Are you on the hunt for a place to host your rehearsal dinner in Washington, D.C., Maryland, or Northern Virginia? Here are some of our favorite locations in The DMV.
While you could certainly go the unconventional route, we’ve found that restaurants are a great option for wedding rehearsal dinners because they’re all-inclusive. This means that the use of the space, food, and beverage, rentals (tables, china, glassware), and staff are all included in the cost.
Big Bear Cafe can host your rehearsal dinner in an intimate garden setting in the heart of DC. You’ll be surrounded by cobblestone patios, flowering trees, and native grape vines. The interior spaces are lit with candles and offer communal dining tables or an open plan for a cocktail reception.
Officina offers several locations for your guests to delight in Italian gastronomy cuisine. They offer a 12 seat private dining room as well as a rooftop event space overlooking The Wharf that accommodates up to 60 guests.
Republic Restoratives is a distillery that produces fine American spirits and can offer 3 event spaces perfect for any gathering. Note that this location doesn’t provide food in-house, but will assist you with coordinating catering, rentals, and staff.
Iron Gate Restaurant – inspired by the chef’s travels, this Greek and Italian inspired menu will be such a treat for any guests! This property was built in 1875 and offers a unique combination of indoor and outdoor spaces. In the restaurant, you and your guests can have a front seat to the kitchen and enjoy a family style tasting menu and incredible wine pairings from their celebrated Sommelier.
Cubanos is an authentic Latin restaurant renowned for its traditional Cuban dish ropa vieja. They can accommodate small or large gatherings. And don’t forget to try their famous mojito!
You can complete your rehearsal dinner plans by adding decor touches and setting the mood with a thoughtful and personalized music playlist.
Let us know your favorite restaurant in the comments!
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