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16 Unique Rehearsal Dinner Locations in Philadelphia

Rehearsal dinners are special. Often, it is the first meal when both families unite and celebrate together at one table before the wedding.

Photo credit: The Goat's Beard

Partyspace has rehearsal dinner venues in Greater Philadelphia from Center City restaurants with an Amalfi Coast ambience to a culinary landmark on a masted ship to a historic Chester County restaurant with French influences! Imagine your rehearsal dinner at a rustic urban farmhouse or a wine cellar as your backdrop in South Jersey? Choose a rehearsal dinner location that is different from your wedding venue so really make an impact on these two separate events.

This get together is also an ideal time to bring out a groom’s cake, a nice surprise he will not expect but enjoy. Typically, groom’s cakes are whimsical like a Star Wars action figure, favorite sports team and a reflection of his personality or hobby.

Click below on the Rehearsal Dinner Venues in the Philadelphia area for more information, rates, and menu packages before they book up for wedding season—or restaurant week!  


Caffe Aldo Lamberti: Below Caffe Aldo Lamberti's main dining room, you will discover three beautiful private wine cellars that are perfect for your rehearsal dinner in South Jersey. The Tuscan cellar accommodates up to 16 guests, the Sonoma cellar up to 40 guests and the Bordeaux cellar up to 36 guests. All three cellars are available for private parties and house over 15,000 bottles of wine within them. 

Photo credit: Caffe Aldo Lamberti

Ask one of their banquet specialists about reserving one of the cellars for rehearsal dinner or next private party. Caffe Aldo Lamberti can also host larger events in one of our four additional beautiful party spaces, accommodating up to 175 guests. They will work with you to create a memorable event that your guests will reminisce about for years to come.

City Tavern: There is no other place in the world where you can experience authentic 18th century American Culinary history. City Tavern offers a full 18th century lunch and dinner menu and serves ales of the revolution, beers brewed with founding fathers’ recipes, as well as a full bar.

The restaurant has 10 dining rooms and gardens, which are the perfect setting for rehearsal dinners in Philadelphia; celebrating and enjoying the flavors and traditions of the past come to life.

Colonial Dames: The lovely Pennsylvania Headquarters House on Latimer Street was designed by renowned Colonial Architects, Ritter and Shay, and was completed in 1921. The inside is painted in authentic colonial colors and beautifully decorated with period antiques, vintage paintings and historical artifacts. 

The House exudes a personality, style and warmth unprecedented in the Philadelphia area and provides a truly unique venue for your rehearsal dinner in Center City. The House can comfortably accommodate small, intimate gatherings for 10 to 50 guests in a number of finely appointed downstairs rooms, or up to 120 guests for a reception in its beautiful upstairs ballroom. The upstairs of the House is fully air-conditioned for comfort during summer months.

The Corinthian Yacht Club of Philadelphia: Imagine hosting your rehearsal dinner in Delaware County at this historic building with dining rooms and a lounge overlooking the Delaware River. The Corinthian Yacht Club of Philadelphia features an outdoor pool, deck and tented area on six acres. Enjoy beautiful views of sunsets over the river and Commodore Barry Bridge.

Known for fine dining, a professional staff makes sure your gathering is a unique and memorable success.

The General Warren Inne: The General Warren Inne, a historic 1745 country inne is the perfect site for your rehearsal dinner, intimate wedding ceremony or reception in Chester County. The fine dining restaurant offers award-winning food comprised of American-Continental classic entrees, attentive service and a historical setting to create a day of memories that will last a lifetime.

The General Warren Inne also has eight charming guest suites.

The Goat's Beard: The Goat's Beard offers completely customizable private party packages to meet the needs of your rehearsal dinner in Philadelphia. Their staff makes it a priority to provide a host of options, churning out the perfect menu, ambiance and overall setup for what is sure will be one of the best party planning experiences you've had yet.

Located in the upper levels of the restaurant, the private dining areas at The Goat's Beard can accommodate a small group of 12 or a larger group of 30; if you need more space, they can combine rooms into one setting or, even give you an all-access pass to rent the entire restaurant. Either way, you'll be in full control of everything from the music to the rehearsal dinner menu. 

Moshulu: Delightful by day. Dazzling by night. Moshulu’s private rooms take full advantage of the unparalleled views of Philadelphia’s waterfront and skyline, perfect for your rehearsal dinner at this culinary landmark. Multi-level decks offer a glorious open air experience, as well as tented space, which is heated for year round use. The finest cuisine is paired with skilled professionals, resulting in an amazing event for you and your guests.

Photo credit: The Plantation Ballroom at Vickers Restaurant

The Plantation Ballroom at Vickers Restaurant: While Vickers’ can accommodate top-notch weddings in its Plantation Ballroom, its private signature rooms are ideal for smaller groups of 10-40 guests for rehearsal dinners, bridal showers or intimate weddings in Chester County.

French doors open onto the outdoor patio surrounded by lush landscape. This is the perfect space for an outdoor cocktail hour in warm months. During winter events, the Hunt Room can be used for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. While enjoying Vickers’ Continental cuisine with French influence, an oversized hearth fireplace brings warm light to a dining room clad in reclaimed wood from the early 19th century barn.  

Penns Woods Winery is a seasonal venue (Fall, Spring, Summer) for smaller gatherings, perfect as a Rehearsal Dinner venue in Chester County. Celebrate with a wine picnic, wine and gourmet chocolate tastings or try pairing varietals with local meats and artisanal cheeses amid its lush, rolling 30-acre property.

All events are tented on their patio, depending on the size of the party.

Positano Coast: If the flavor of their food is not enough to transport you to Italy, the atmosphere certainly will. Inspired by owner Aldo Lamberti's seaside hometown in Italy, the ambiance of Positano Coast will make you feel like you are on an Italian seaside holiday. With a soothing imported cobalt blue tile floor, life size images of the Amalfi Coast and remarkable second floor views of Old City, Positano Coast is a distinctive restaurant unlike any other in the City of Brotherly Love!

At Positano Coast, they can accommodate up to 150 guests to celebrate all special occasions, including weddings, rehearsal dinners, and more. Positano Coast also offers private space that is perfect for rehearsal dinners in Philadelphia. Positano Coast provides both sit down options in private dining rooms, as well as cocktail party buffet selections in the fabulous Sopra Lounge. For any event, consider this beautiful and unique venue, where the staff will work with you to create the perfect menu and setting. Positano Coast offers a wide variety of private party packages that can be suited for your event needs.

Powel House: Built over two centuries ago as a place for refined entertainment, the Powel House continues to lend itself to elegant occasions that are both beautiful and comfortable, in a location central to Philadelphia's historical district. Rental spaces are within museum areas.

An outstanding example of Georgian architecture, the first floor's dining room and parlor adjoin the passage, featuring one of the most elegant colonial mahogany staircases. The second floor highlights the rococo ballroom, where George and Martha Washington celebrated their anniversary in 1779. Also, in the adjacent withdrawing parlor, is yet another elegant setting for cocktails, conversations, and dining. The garden is one of the only two private gardens in the historic district in Philadelphia that is available to rent for a wedding with 100 guests or less.

Physick House: Located only three blocks south of Independence Mall, the brick, four-story Physick House is the only freestanding Federal townhouse remaining in the Society Hill section of Philadelphia. With its huge doorway fan light and its collection of French-influenced Neoclassic furnishings, the Physick House offers beautiful period rooms and a medical museum depicting the amazing career of Dr. Philip Syng Physick. Its unusually large city garden contains plants popular in the 19th century and features a winding path and grotto. 

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Supper Restaurant, conveniently located in the Bella Vista section of Center City, offers a customizable space to host a rehearsal dinner in Philadelphia to remember. Enjoy your celebration while experiencing Supper's seasonal farm-direct American cuisine, utilizing fresh, local ingredients. 

Supper is a warm and welcoming urban farmhouse featuring a lively open kitchen. Granite bars on each of the two floors specialize in unique seasonal cocktails, fine wines and a selection of the best local small-batch beers. The benefit of catered service in a restaurant setting creates a unique atmosphere for any bride and groom. 

Wayne Art Center: This contemporary and state-of-the-art facility provides the perfect backdrop for a wide range of events for small gatherings like rehearsal dinners on the Main Line. Celebrate while wandering through spacious galleries, lobbies and light-filled studio spaces. The floor plan is flexible to accommodate your needs.

Wayne Bed & Breakfast: Built at the turn-of-the-century in the Arts & Crafts Victorian style, Wayne B&B offers an elegant and tranquil rehearsal dinner venue in a historic 1890 home. Five bedrooms retaining the charm and character of an earlier century are filled with style and grace for those interested in overnight stays. This classic Victorian beauty, nestled in the heart of Wayne and only blocks from downtown historic village of Wayne and the train station, will charm you at every turn. Even better, this private retreat is located on a quiet street despite its convenient location. 



Posted by Dawn Mitchell on 01/28/2015

Category Articles: Rehearsal Dinner