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Venue Spotlight: El Zapato

Venue Spotlight: El Zapato

Private Home Designed by Jeff Shelton in the Heart of Downtown Santa Barbara

Where Dr. Seuss meets Gaudi

Nestled in the heart of Santa Barbara’s vibrant downtown, El Zapato emerges as a beacon of smile-inducing charm making it an idyllic destination for those seeking a unique venue for their wedding or special event. The whimsically shoe-shaped design is a treasure of Santa Barbara that has so many possibilities for a welcome dinner, stayover vacation rental, or wedding reception space all in one location. What more could you ask for?

A Touch of History

El Zapato’s story is as rich and colorful as the streets of Santa Barbara itself. Whenever Jeff Shelton takes on a project, he creates a unique tile at the owner’s request. In the case of El Zapato, the owner, Carla, requested a Maine lobster recognizing her home state. This love of Maine is shown throughout the property with touches of whimsical lobsters and and lighthouse decor.

A Very Unique Architecutral Adventure

Panoramic rooftop views of Santa Barbara, and a private courtyard located in the heart of downtown make this an ideal venue for private parties and exclusivity to celebrate in your own style. The large courtyard is the perfect location for daytime social gathering or nightime wedding reception under the stars. Let’s not forget to mention the three fully furnished rooftop decks with plenty of room to take that particulary colorful picture with its copius amount of stunning vantage points.

Why Choose El Zapato?

The picturesque El Zapato provides the perfected backdrop for caturing your special moments in the midst of the vibrant energy and beauty of Santa Barbara. Whether you are hosting a wedding, corporate event, or a social gathering, El Zapato‘s versitle spaces can be transformed to suit any theme or style.

Choosing El Zapato means choosing a venue that will leave a lasting impression on you and your guests that is the as extrodinatry as the moments you will celebrate within its walls.

Book your next event at the El Zapato in the Heart of Downtown Santa Barbara!

Written by Shayna Cogan
Pure Joy Catering and Santa Barbara Venues

El Zapato, Santa Barbara



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