The best thing about a welcome party or rehearsal dinner is the lack of formality. The pre-wedding event allows the soon-to-be-wedded couple enjoy time with their close family and friends that are generally a part of the wedding party. Philadelphia is filled with some of the best restaurants in the country, with a variety of styles of cuisine and atmosphere to fit the wedding ambiance. We’ve put together a list of great restaurants that would be amazing to hold the rehearsal dinner to kick off the party.
306 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Tel: 215-625-9425 | www.forkrestaurant.com
If you’re a foodie and into preserving local growers, Fork Restaurant may be the perfect spot in Philly for you to host your wedding rehearsal dinner. Serving contemporary American cuisine and located in Old City, Fork Restaurant is inspired by the mid-Atlantic regional fare and local growers. A James Beard semi-finalist in 2015, 2016, and 2017 for Outstanding Restaurant, this Philly staple knows how to prepare a delicious meal. The restaurant has a private dining space that can hold anywhere from 8 to 40 people.
La Fontana Della Citta
1701 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Tel: 215-875-9990 | www.lafontanadellacitta.com
Italian food is also known as the food of love, so La Fontana in Philadelphia is a great location to kick off a wedding celebration. This Rittenhouse restaurant keeps its focus on serving food with fresh, top-shelf ingredients, charm, and smile. Their 3-tier prix fixe menus are perfect for simple planning with exquisite results. La Fontana is a BYOB restaurant, which can allow for some money saving as well. Their private dining can accommodate anywhere from 12 to 130 guests.
Estia Greek Restaurant
1405-07 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Tel: 215-735-7700 | www.estiarestaurant.com
If you’re looking for a unique restaurant that not only makes amazing food, but is downright beautiful, Estia Restaurant is the place for you. This gorgeous restaurant provides an amazing experience to start your wedding party. Their menu, which is largely seafood-based, is absolutely to die for. Estia offers 6 different private dining experience options based on the number of guests in your party, and is located in Center City.
Did you hold your wedding rehearsal dinner at one of these restaurants? If so, we would love to hear about your experience! Contact us today to let us know!
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