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Classic To Unexpected – Places in Raleigh NC to Host Your Rehearsal Dinner

Rehearsal Dinner Venues

Your wedding reception checklist is underway – caterer, cake, rentals, favors… Time to relax, right? Not quite – you have another event entirely to think about: The Rehearsal Dinner! But don’t fret; the rehearsal dinner is not nearly as intense to plan as the wedding itself (plus, if you don’t have a wedding planner to plan this bash, you can always task your groom with the heavy lifting here). In fact, dare we say it, for many couples, the rehearsal dinner can be even more FUN than the wedding itself. It’s a chance to relax with your family and closest friends and to get all the wedding jitters (and tears) out ahead of the big day!

When planning your rehearsal dinner in the Raleigh, you’ll want to keep your guests in mind: Will they enjoy the food? Is the atmosphere warm and welcoming? Does it showcase something you love about the local culinary scene? While most of the SB&G Preferred Venues are happy to host rehearsal dinners, it is often the most convenient for size and scale to choose a restaurant.

Go Classic

1705 Prime Catering and Events Rehearsal Dinner Raleigh Venue
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1705 PRIME
1705 E. Millbrook Road
Raleigh (map)

1705 PRIME, a private venue for Rocky Top Catering, is as inviting on the outside as it is on the inside. In a restored Southern home just outside downtown Raleigh, the venue is not only perfect for weddings but also rehearsal dinners. The inside décor provides a contemporary, upscale setting. With a variety of room sizes, they are able to accommodate your ideal dinner!

Angus barn Rehearsal Dinner Raleigh Venue
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Angus Barn
9401 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh NC 27617

Angus Barn is a world-renowned venue in Raleigh, NC. With their fine dining yet casual elegance, you would find it difficult to find a more stunning venue. Angus Barn boasts banquet facilities second to none. Inside the restaurant there are have multiple reservable private rooms, Chef & Captain’s tables and the famous Wine Cellar.

Bridge Club Rehearsal Dinner Raleigh Venue
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Bridge Club
W. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC 27601

Located on the second and third floor of an old renovated bank building in downtown Raleigh, the Bridge Club is a event loft from the famous Chef Ashley Christensen. The second floor yields a more comfortable vibe, perfect for a cocktail party, while the third floor has floor to ceiling windows to show off the view of Raleigh and can host the perfect rehearsal dinner.
City Club Rehearsal Dinner Raleigh Venue
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City Club Raleigh
150 Fayetteville Street, 28th Floor
Raleigh, NC 27601

With its breathtaking views of the City of Oaks and its tradition of excellent service, City Club Raleigh has been a top choice for Raleigh area brides and grooms. With more than 25 years of service, this venue takes care of every detail and leaves you with zero worries.

Wedding at Second Empire in Raleigh

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Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern
330 Hillsborough Street

This four diamond AAA-rated restaurant and venue in downtown Raleigh is listed as one of the Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America.Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern brings their famed dining experience to your special wedding and rehearsal dinner with customized menus. Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern (circa 1879) combines an atmosphere of classical history and elegance with delicious cuisine and world-class wines. They have several areas to entertain and host an elegant reception or rehearsal dinner.

Lonnie Pool Golf Course Rehearsal Dinner Raleigh Venue

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Lonnie Poole Golf Course
1509 Main Campus Dr

Lonnie Poole Golf Course is an intimate location with spectacular views. This venue is an ideal spot for North Carolina State University alumni as well as any other couple that sees the beauty in a round of golf. They have indoor and outdoor space that can accommodate your rehearsal dinner and make it a spectacular celebration.


Go Eclectic

Gravy downtown Raleigh
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Italian-American Kitchen
135 Wilmington Street

Empire Eats Catering manages Gravy, an Italian-American eatery, there is a  charming wine cellar that accommodates groups up to 40 people. In the back lot of these Gravy and Sitti (below) restaurants is Jiddi Space, consisting of an exposed brick and an outdoor patio, as well as a large indoor event room. Either restaurant can cater events in this space, and it is available for rehearsal dinner use, or full scale weddings.

Sitti Rehearsal Dinner Raleigh Venue
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Authentic Lebanese Cuisine
137 S. Wilmington Street

Along with Gravy, the Empire Eats Catering manages Sitti, this downtown Raleigh restaurant with delicious food and enticing atmospheres. Sitti is a Lebanese restaurant that is warm and inviting, with its communal dining table and antique Art Deco bar featuring Lebanese liquors, wines and beers. Sitti has a downstairs area with private dining.

NCMA Iris Rehearsal Dinner Raleigh Venu

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North Carolina Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Road
(919) 839-6262

Take over the Museum’s Blue Ridge atrium and patio in East Building, which features private dining space and stunning views of the Museum’s 164-acre Park. Transform a rehearsal dinner into a full-on experience, with 100% in-house event planning for catering, entertainment, linens, flowers, bar, and more for 100+ guests.

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Mulino Italian Kitchen + Bar
309 North Dawson Street

Above Mulino Italian Kitchen + Bar you will find the Melrose Knitting Mill. It is a renovated space with large windows and exposed bricks that gives brides the option to wed or host the reception and have it catered by the restaurant. This newly opened space has quickly become one of Raleigh’s favorite venues.

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Renaissance Raleigh North Hills
4100 Main at North Hills St

Renaissance Raleigh North Hills has the most incredible inner terrace space that can accommodate your entire rehearsal dinner celebration and give you an amazing view! They will take care of all your needs so you can enjoy your special night before the wedding!

Go Casual

the pit raleigh Rehearsal Dinner Raleigh Venue
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The Pit Raleigh
Whole Hog and Pit-Cooked Authentic Barbecue
328 W. Davie Street

The Pit Raleigh is a famous barbecue restaurant that is located in both downtown Raleigh and Durham. Paired perfectly with authentic Southern hospitality, The Pit’s ode to traditional cuisine presents fare far beyond ordinary barbecue offerings. You will be challenged to find a venue for your rehearsal dinner that can make you feel more at home!

Jimmy V's Steakhouse Raleigh

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Jimmy V’s Osteria & Bar
420 Fayetteville St

Located within Sheraton Raleigh Hotel, Jimmy V’s Osteria + Bar is an Italian-American eatery that features traditional comfort foods made with locally grown ingredients. The menu emphasizes sharing, so guests can bond. This fun yet beautiful atmosphere makes Jimmy V’s an ideal place to host a party – our favorite option is outside on the patio.

Raleigh Rye Bar Marriott

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Rye Bar and Southern Kitchen
500 Fayetteville Street
The handsome private dining room at Rye Bar & Southern Kitchen in the Raleigh Marriott is a newer hotspot in the heart of downtown Raleigh, and is perfect for rehearsal dinners. The warm and welcoming 60-seat space and seasonal menu with a sophisticated twist on traditional Southern cuisine is a certain crowd-pleaser.


Many large scale event venues also do rehearsal dinners. For example, Merrimon-Wynne House has just rolled out a new package. For a full list of our venues, click here!

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