Unique Rehearsal Dinner Venues in Charlotte
Rehearsal dinners have grown more distinctive in recent years, chosen not only to offer a good meal, but to showcase the couple’s personalities and tastes.
by Jen McGivney
Depending upon where you choose, you and your guests may be dining in a historic home over fine food, or eating pizza while waiting for a turn at karaoke. Find the place that reflects your style best.
Your Rehearsal Dinner Style: Fun and Carefree
If you want a fun and casual vibe, 8.2.0 might be your spot. The food menu offers pizzas, lots of pizzas (with gluten-friendly and vegetarian options); the cocktail menu offers familiar favorites and new inventions; and the karaoke lounges offer mics for those in search of limelight.
The King’s Kitchen
Your Rehearsal Dinner Style: Big-Hearted
Dining here not only invests in area farmers who supply fresh ingredients, but it also invests in Charlotteans who seek a fresh start. Partnering with area ministries and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Dream Center, The King’s Kitchen hires staff who receive on-the-job training to equip them for new careers. What better way to celebrate your next chapter than by helping
Nuvolé Rooftop TwentyTwo
Your Rehearsal Dinner Style: Swanky
Your guests will dine in an open-air terrace, 20 stories high and overlooking Uptown. Nuvolé Rooftop TwentyTwo's menu offers small plates and inventive cocktails, and the atmosphere is sleek and sophisticated. And if you want to keep the party going after dinner? Options abound at the surrounding Epicentre.
Bentley’s on 27
Your Rehearsal Dinner Style: Classic Sophistication
Atop the 27th floor, with three walls of floor-to-ceiling windows, Bentley’s is known for its view as much as its high-end French-American cuisine. With strict attention to quality of service, the restaurant is a popular choice for celebrations and milestone moments. And with windows facing the sunset, dinner here is served with a spectacular backdrop.
Your Rehearsal Dinner Style: Cozy Upscale
This New American restaurant has two locations—one in Midtown, one in Huntersville—and offers a menu of the usual favorites (think steak and seafood) with a few surprising spins. Dressler’s Midtown location offers a patio that will give your guests a beautiful Uptown view.
Your Rehearsal Dinner Style: Hip Foodie
A continual winner of best-restaurant and best-chef awards, 5Church offers high-quality menu inspired by Executive Chef (and former Top Chef contestant) Jamie Lynch. The atmosphere is stylish, with distinctive décor that makes an impression.
Your Rehearsal Dinner Style: “Mad Men”-esque
It doesn’t get more classic than a steak and martini. Sullivan’s does both well, and the South End steakhouse creates a classic atmosphere for a rehearsal dinner, with rooms lined with bookshelves, wine vaults and dramatic art.
Your Rehearsal Dinner Style: Steak-and-Cabernet
This sleek South Park steakhouse offers Upscale dining and a wide selection of steaks, including dry-aged and waygu, as well as seafood. Del Frisco’s wine list is long and sure to impress connoisseurs. You’ll have a variety of private rooms to choose from, each with distinct and modern décor.
Your Rehearsal Dinner Style: Cocktails with a View
Wow your guests with a rooftop Uptown view. Fahrenheit offers several dining room options to accommodate groups of nearly all sizes, and it allows your family and friends to toast to your upcoming wedding with a beautiful skyline view as a backdrop. The cuisine is new American, the wine list is expansive, the beer is local, and the cocktails are a must.
Your Rehearsal Dinner Style: Classic Romance
Hosting your rehearsal dinner allows you to give your guests several experiences at once. Uptown location? Check. Intimate dining in a historic home? Check again. In a restaurant that has topped Charlotte best-of lists for more than two decades, McNinch House offers fine dining in a beautiful Queen Anne-style home circa 1892.
Your Rehearsal Dinner Style: Italian Beauty
This contemporary Italian restaurant is beautiful on the inside, and offers a gorgeous view of uptown from its patio. (One private dining room even has its own terrace.) The menu offers Italian classics for those who like a sure thing, but it also offers inventive dishes for your guests who like to try something new.
Your Rehearsal Dinner Style: Meat. Lots of It.
Steaks, seafood, porkchops. If your crowd favors big meals over small plates, a rehearsal dinner at this high-end steakhouse could be a good option. Located within Epicentre, Fleming’s offers a nice dinner option with plenty of options within Epicentre to dance off your dinner or polish it off with a cocktail.
Your Rehearsal Dinner Style: True 704
Give out-of-town guests a proper introduction to the Charlotte craft beer scene. Breweries like Triple C, Lenny Boy, Catawba Brewing, Free Range, OMB, Sugar Creek, and Heist offer private spaces for rehearsal dinners, and many beer options to toast the festivities.
Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
Your Rehearsal Dinner Style: Uptown Elegance
For a rehearsal dinner that puts you closer to the shore, Eddie V’s offers upscale seafood in a two-story uptown restaurant. The restaurant décor balances nicely between dramatic and elegant, with live jazz adding to the ambiance.