When hosting your destination wedding in beautiful Charleston SC, what better way to welcome your guests then a rehearsal dinner in one of Charleston's best restaurants? The rehearsal dinner is a great way to meet and greet your guests and show them a warm southern style welcome complete with the best food in the city! We've compiled a list of our favorite rehearsal dinner locations to help make the decision a little easier! All of the options listed below have private locations to host your gathering or are available for a restaurant buy out and make for perfect Charleston rehearsal dinner venues.
Cypress, housed in a historic two-story building on East Bay Street in downtown Charleston. Cypress offers a private dining room that can accommodate up to 75 guests. The room can easily be transformed into two smaller dining rooms for as few as 16 guests to offer a more intimate setting. With its own kitchen, the Cypress culinary staff is able to provide your group with the Cypress dining experience.
The Upstairs at Virginia’s dining room is completely separated from the downstairs dining room. Purposely designed to host small receptions, rehearsal dinners and bridal luncheons, Upstairs at Virginia’s is your ideal local for your special occasion! Classic Charleston influenced interior and the aromas of home cooking inspire all of the comforts of a traditional Southern kitchen, the perfect setting for hosting any of your events.
The Upstairs at Rue event space offers a private dining room that can be transformed to host your event, accommodating up to 200 guests. This unique space, overlooking Upper King street, features vaulted ceilings, exposed brick and a private entrance. Upstairs at 39 Rue de Jean is located in the heart of Downtown Charleston. The venue maintains the charm of the city’s historic architecture while allowing the versatility to create an atmosphere appropriate for your special event.
In the heart of historic downtown Charleston, High Cotton is the ultimate setting for distinctive wedding events. With its blend of Southern style and sophistication, High Cotton takes wedded celebrations, rehearsal dinners, receptions and luncheons to new heights. High Cotton offers three distinctive private dining rooms.
Fish, located in Downtown Charleston on King Street, offers two dining rooms for your event, the Alcove and the Second Floor Dining room. The Alcove is nestled adjacent to our downstairs bar area. This warm space is a perfect backdrop for casual dining groups of up to 25. Fish’s new second floor dining space offers flexible seating for up to 70 seated guests. The piazza offers additional gathering space, with views of the interior courtyard and Upper King Street. Guests also enjoy a private bar area.
With its premiere location in historic downtown Charleston SC, Stars is an exceptional event venue for private dining events, bridal showers, weddings, or rehearsal dinners. Whether you are hosting a formal evening affair, luncheon or casual rooftop gathering under the stars, we offer customized menus for parties as few as 15 to as many as 140. Our event specialists will work alongside you to ensure every detail is exactly how you imagined.
Located on King Street, this independent, small batch distillery creates handcrafted spirits for people who care about how things are made. Using only hand-selected grains, they mill, mash, ferment, distill, age, blend, and bottle – bringing the highest quality spirits from the farm to you. Their event space can handle large crowds and allows outside catering.
At Butcher & Bee, we lovingly craft sandwiches using time-honored preparation techniques. We source the finest local ingredients the region has to offer, our ever-changing menu is both adventurous and familiar.
The Alley Charleston is not just a bowling alley; it’s a one-stop entertainment hub that has excellent food and beverage options. The space is bright, open and expansive and has whimsical design elements that add to the flavor and entertainment already offered. The Alley offers to event spaces the Upstairs Mezzanine that can hold 40-100 guests, and the Bowling Bar space that holds 20-40 guests.
It’s no surprise that one of the country’s most beloved and historic cities is home to an Art Deco gem like The American Theater. Today, this stylish event venue on Upper King Street sets the stage for life's greatest scenes, from weddings and dinner receptions to business seminars and corporate retreats. Entertain a crowd beneath the handmade milk-glass chandeliers of the grand ballroom, or treat your guests to a private film sceening inside our quintessential, stadium-seat cinema.
Located in the heart of historic downtown Charleston, SC, High Wire Distilling Company is dedicated to making premium, handcrafted, small batch spirits. Spacious with a vintage industrial feel, the Production Area features a 20ft high, barreled ceiling and a beautiful, hand-hammered, copper still as a focal point. Abundant natural light and racks of wooden barrels create an excellent atmosphere for entertaining up to 150 guests.
The Upper Level Gallery offers two elegant dining rooms located directly above Magnolias restaurant. With a separate entrance on historic Lodge Alley leading to a spiral staircase and lounge area, these private rooms are the ideal venue for your next event. The Wine Room can accommodate up to 36 guests and features a beautiful bay window overlooking Charleston's historic district. Alternatively, the Primrose Room comfortably seats 85 with French doors and balconies overlooking Lodge Alley and its neighboring courtyard. The rooms may be reserved separately or together, and are handicap-accessible.
Giant glass windows bring the outside inside in this dramatic garden-style setting. Dine al fresco in the lush courtyard, perfect for enjoying the Holy City’s ideal weather. The Palmetto Cafe combines the very best of American Lowcountry cuisine with the freshest ingredients.
The restaurant can accommodate 130 guests inside with seating at the expansive bar, communal tables, and plush booths throughout. Diners can also sit at the chef’s counter and get an up-close view of the action in the open kitchen. Outside, The Bower accommodates 100 seated and 200 standing for cocktail receptions under the newly opened temperature control structure. There is also a smaller covered area—Edmund’s Patio—perfect for more intimate dinners and functions.
The Main Floor contains our full service restaurant with covered patio. The second floor is a large banquet space, with dining room and piazza. It serves as both an event space and a reservations only, family style dining area for groups. The third and fourth floors are beautifully furnished two-bedroom apartment with piazza and chef's kitchen. It is available for short-term rentals or full service events. The large kitchen island seats 9 and is ideal for private dinners, cooking demonstrations, birthday parties, chef’s tastings, etc. while the wide porch is an ideal place for cocktails.
Tucked away on charming Queen Street in downtown Charleston, Poogan’s Porch is one of Charleston’s oldest independent culinary establishments, with a fresh approach to Lowcountry cuisine. This beautifully-restored Victorian house offers the ideal setting for wedding-related activities – from bridal luncheons to rehearsal dinners and receptions.