The Best Places in the Bay Area for Your Rehearsal Dinner


Ah, the rehearsal dinner. It always sounds like such a great idea. What should be a moment to relax and celebrate with your close family and wedding party before the big day can easily turn into a hectic, time consuming mess. When you still have a million plus things to do the last thing you want to do is have a stressful, crowded, noisy dinner that’s too rushed, painfully slow, or leaves you wondering if you’ve just given your entire bridal party food poisoning a la “Bridesmaids” right before your wedding.

Make sure you have a splendid rehearsal dinner of your dreams by checking out some of the Bay Area’s best restaurants for your rehearsal dinner. You can thank us later!

A Rustic Rehearsal Dinner: Bottega Napa Valley

If you’re after a cozy and intimate feeling rehearsal dinner, Bottega Napa Valley is right up your alley. With a range of delicious offerings of Californian, Italian, and Mediterranean cuisine, this restaurant serves up rustic comfort in both it’s fare and ambiance. A variety of banquet rooms are sure to fit your style and the gorgeous views will help you relax and unwind before the “I do’s.”

An Upscale Experience: Chaminade Resort and Spa

Dining at Chaminade Resort & Spa

Couples looking for a refined and indulgent dinner should check out Chaminade Resort and Spa. Between the breathtaking views and exquisitely decorated banquet halls, you’ll feel posh and pampered at Chaminade. Nothing says lush like a resort, and the beautiful grounds will leave your guests relaxed and ready for the big day.

Classic Steakhouse Dinner: Alexander’s Steakhouse

For the bride and groom with family and friends with big appetites, a steak dinner at Alexander’s Steakhouse is the perfect choice before a busy wedding day. This modern and refined steakhouse will help you push pause on your wedding mayhem button and allow you and your guests to connect and relax for the evening.

For the Seafood Lover: Scott’s at Jack London Square

When hosting out of towners visiting the Bay, there’s no better choice than fresh seafood. Scott’s at Jack London Square is the perfect place for your rehearsal dinner both for the seafood and a stunning view of Golden Gate Bridge. Scott’s is right on the water in the Oakland Harbor, and offers some of the best freshly prepared seafood around.

Italian Food Lover’s Rehearsal Dinner: Pastas Trattoria

Pastas Trattoria - Pleasanton, California #5

If you’re after a hearty Italian meal before the big day, Pastas Trattoria is the perfect spot. The cozy private dining rooms give a cozy intimate feel. Dishes range from classic pastas to sumptuous fillet mignon and lobster, so there’s a little something for everyone.

Seeking a Garden Rehearsal Dinner: Bernardus Lodge

Bernardus Lodge & Spa - Carmel Valley, California #1

The luscious garden setting at Bernardus Lodge is nothing short of magical. The lodge’s restaurant, Lucia Bar and Grill, features creative California country cuisine. Treat your wedding party and family to fresh salad, various meat and seafood entrees, woodfired pizza and host of delicious desserts. The verdant setting mixed with the local fair with have your guests feeling relaxed and enchanted.

For Wine and Winery Lovers: CADE Estate Winery

CADE Estate Winery - South Angwin, California #6

For lovers of sumptuous wine and fine food, CADE Estate Winery is an ideal place for your rehearsal dinner. CADE has a list of preferred caterers they work with, so you have lots of menu options to choose from before booking your rehearsal dinner. While you’re there you can relax and take in the gorgeous views surrounding the vineyard.

For Stunning Views AND Handmade Pasta: Mezza Luna

Mezza Luna - Half Moon Bay, California #5

When atmosphere and a view are a must, Mezza Luna does not disappoint. With a menu full of handmade pastas, pizza, and fresh seafood, your guests will be heaven as they carb up and wind down while taking in the stunning views of Half Moon Bay.


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