10 Beautiful Rehearsal Dinner Restaurants That Will Wow Your Guests

Rehearsal dinners used to get a bad rap. For decades rehearsal dinners would be booked at any random restaurant you could think of, where guests were subsequently treated to a tasteless buffet before heading back home wondering if the wedding food was going to be just as bad. After years spent being an afterthought, however, rehearsal dinners are definitely having a moment. With the rise of destination weddings, couples are ditching the “wedding party only” invite list and creating a larger “welcome” dinner or drinks gathering that includes most guests. While this can be overwhelming to your budget if you have a larger guest list, smaller weddings often have the luxury of creating a pre-wedding experience that can often be just as spectacular as the wedding itself. After all, the space you choose (not matter your size or budget) will set the tone for your wedding, and everything from the food to the flowers and decor will give guests a sneak preview of what’s to come the next day.

We’ve gathered a few of our favorite picks that do just that, below. From seaside restaurants serving the catch of the day to Michelin-starred experiences in historic hotels, if you’re looking for a unique wedding rehearsal restaurant these would ALL be amazing choices.

Merriman’s Fish House

Kauai, Hawaii

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Details: Located on Kauai, Hawaii’s “Garden Island,” Merriman’s Fish House offers an elegant yet intimate setting, complete with sunset views for your rehearsal dinner. The curated menu is filled with Hawaii regional cuisine, and food is served either family-style or plated and can be paired with the restaurant’s eclectic wine list. Bonus? There’s also hardwood floors for a band or DJ, meaning you can get the party started a day early.

Pricing:

  • January – March: $15,000 food & beverage minimum
  • April – December: $10,000 food & beverage minimum

Get more information here.

Plume

Washington, D.C.

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Details: Set in the historic hotel The Jefferson, Plume is a Michelin-starred restaurant that offers classic fare crafted with modern techniques by Executive Chef Ralf Schlegel. The entire eatery can be rented, and groups hosting a rehearsal dinner can request a custom menu featuring any of the restaurant’s popular dishes, such as the King Salmon marinated in a bento box of Amish beeswax at-table, or the Maryland Orchard Point Oyster with cherry blossom vinegar. Couples can also include a vegetarian menu, a non-alcoholic beverage cart for younger guests, or a selection from the country’s largest list of Madeira wine among other unique features.

Pricing: 

  • $22,500 food & beverage minimum
  • Inclusive of restaurant rental and food and beverage service

Get more information here.

Zuma Miami

Downtown Miami, Florida

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Details: Whether it’s a casual or more formal rehearsal dinner, the new space and its exclusive terrace offers views of the Miami River, custom menus for each event, and a private three-hour sushi class that includes the history of sushi, preparations, a how-to for perfect rice and where to find the best quality fish in Miami. With decor inspired by natural elements, including earth, fire, water and air, the space includes floor-to-ceiling windows and a custom-made glass display for guests to view and select sakes from the Zuma reserve.

Pricing:

  • Dinner: $3,000+
  • Lunch: $1,500+
  • Brunch: $2,000+

*Event capacity: 34 seated and 34 cocktail reception-style on the terrace.

Get more information here.

Bagatelle

Miami Beach, Florida

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Details: Bagatelle is Miami Beach’s own version of the French Riviera, offering a chic design and intimate setting that’s ideal for wedding rehearsal dinners. The restaurant allows wedding parties to personalize their experience by sitting with the executive chef ahead of time to create a customized menu of appetizers, main courses and desserts. There’s plenty of seasonal options, too — think truffle galore (Pizza à la Truffe Noire and Poulet Rôti Entier à la Truffe), a full crudo bar, French delicacies with a twist and more. The private main dining area accommodates approximately 130 guests for a seated dinner and 155 guests for cocktails.

Pricing:

  • Ultimately dependent on group size, time, and service request but a seated dinner typically starts at $75 per person

Get more information here.

Blue Marlin Restaurant (Sanctuary Cap Cana Resort & Spa)

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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Details: In Punta Cana, couples can book the rehearsal dinner to their destination wedding at the recently reimagined Sanctuary Cap Cana Resort & Spa’s Blue Marlin Restaurant. The eatery, decked in turquoise colors and escapist, teepee-style design gives the illusion of hovering above or floating on the blue Caribbean ocean below. Serving fresh seafood daily, the Blue Marlin is ideal for all members of the wedding party, with full menus for vegan travelers and those with dietary restrictions.

Pricing:

  • The Blue Marlin is part of the all-inclusive dining options at the luxury Sanctuary Cap Cana resort
  • Rooms start at $316 per night for double occupancy

Get more information here.

Kindred Fare

Geneva, New York

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Details: This eclectic farm-to-table eatery in the Finger Lakes region of central New York also makes for a lively private event space with its Southern-facing windows, high ceilings, natural decor, and seating for up to 36 people. The restaurant’s executive chef, Max Spittler, is a Geneva native and Culinary Institute of America graduate. Both seasonal and custom menus, along with a full bar, are available.

Pricing:

  • Large parties are served family-style starting at $38 per person for three courses

Get more information here.

Reata

Fort Worth, Texas

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Details: For couples wanting a cosmopolitan feel while still being able to indulge in traditional Texas cuisine, Reata in downtown Fort Worth offers plenty of spaces to accommodate rehearsal dinners of all sizes, from a roof deck overlooking the city’s Sundance Square to more secluded indoor options with AV capability. Food ranges from grilled mahi mahi with lobster Florentine to the more quirky “calf fries” (aka bull testicles) with cream gravy.

Pricing:

  • Food & beverage minimum starts at $2,000 depending on which room is reserved

Get more information here.

Pierre’s Restaurant at Morada Bay

Islamorada, Florida

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Details: On one of the largest private beaches in the Florida Keys is Pierre’s at Morada Bay, a two-story plantation house with a wraparound veranda facing the Florida Bay and Islamorada’s signature purple sunsets. A hand-carved staircase leads to the main dining room, dotted with Moroccan and Indian artifacts, and banquettes strewn with colorful pillows create a romantic setting. Downstairs, The Green Flash Lounge offers a mahogany bar, leather chesterfield sofas, and an area for a DJ or band. Couples can buy out the entire restaurant or just the VIP Room (40 people or less), and enjoy Pierre’s French Fusion cuisine with fresh seafood and globally-inspired fare.

Pricing:

  • Average three-course plated dinner start at $60 per person
  • Buffet starts at $75 per person

Get more information here.

21c Museum Hotel’s Lockbox Restaurant

Lexington, Kentucky

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Details: In a 103-year-old bank building in Lexington, art lovers will feel right at home in 21c Museum Hotel’s Lockbox restaurant, featuring a rotating selection of modern art exhibits. The original bank vault, The Safe, serves as a private dining room where couples can enjoy an intimate rehearsal dinner experience. Beyond the massive human-sized door lock and exposed gears, guests indulge in a rotating menu of locally-sourced dishes – like rabbit & dumplings, summer peaches and fried lemon ricotta donuts.

Pricing:

  • General starting rates for renting out the Main Gallery + Gallery 1 are $2,500, and
    Gallery 4 is available for more intimate events starting at $750
  • There are no set food & beverage minimums per gallery space, as they are customized based upon each couple’s specific event, but plated dinners and buffets typically start at $125 per person

Get more information here.

queensyard

New York, New York

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Details: Those seeking a stylish city venue for their rehearsal dinner should look no further than queensyard at Hudson Yards, where seasonal contemporary cuisine is paired with views of New York City’s newest landmark, The Vessel. Offering a high-touch, lavish dining experience with various hosting options, from their private dining room to a full restaurant buyout, couples can enjoy a variety of unique dishes such as the Maine Scallop Crudo and Berkshire Pork Chop (and of course, queensyards’ renowned gin and tonics).

Pricing:

  • Private Dining Room: $2,000 buyout minimum
  • Reserved Kitchen: $12,000 buyout minimum
  • Full Restaurant: $55,000 buyout minimum

Get more information here.


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