You’ve said yes to your fiancé and to Charleston, now its time to start looking at dates and venues. When you’ve planned your dream wedding day, you want a rehearsal dinner location that matches its charm. Charleston is consistently ranked at the top of the country’s food rankings, and with the plethora of prime bars and restaurants, deciding on the best venue for the day before the big day is no easy task. Take a look at our picks for the city’s top rehearsal dinner venues to help you narrow down your selection.
Leon’s Oyster Shed
We invite you to enjoy a different event experience: a less formal, more relaxed gathering. Kick back, laugh loudly, and enjoy your celebration. Within a historic Charleston home, our space takes cues from much of the reclaimed, comfortable charm that makes Leon’s so inviting.
Inspired by the timeless beauty of a 19th century Charleston home, we honored her elegance, the wisdom of her years, by creating an airy, garden-inspired dining experience around it with a classic-meets-cosmopolitan ambiance.
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 bring only the highest quality spirits. Their space can handle large crowds and allows outside catering.
Ink N Ivy
Ink N Ivy was created to eat, drink, N be social. The atmosphere of this eclectic restaurant is all about being yourself and eating the food you love. As soon as you walk through the door, you’ll be blown away by the cuisine and delighted by the selection of cool cocktails.
Located in historic downtown Charleston, 492 showcases the city’s charm that diners are looking for from the vintage building to modern fixtures. Guests can enjoy Executive Chef Josh Keeler’s award-winning cuisine & handcrafted cocktails.
The restaurant can accommodate 130 guests inside with seating at the expansive bar, communal tables, and plush booths throughout. The Bower accommodates 100 seated and 200 seated for cocktail receptions under the newly-opened temperature control structure.
Bohemian elegance meets Southern charm at the corner of Meeting & Wentworth streets. Discover modern American cuisine with a coastal influence while enjoying spectacular views of Charleston’s historic skyline. Élevé’s carefully-crafted menu completes an ideal venue.
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.
Historic Rice Mill
The Historic Rice Mill offers the best of the Lowcountry. Breathtaking waterfront views, historic property, and a well-planned space, all tied together with scrumptious food and beverage options to create your dream wedding or bring your special event to life.
The upper level gallery offers two elegant dining rooms located directly above Magnolia’s restaurant. The wine room accomodates 36 guests and the Primrose Room comfortably seats 85 with balconies overlooking Lodge Alley and its neighboring courtyard.
Marion’s in the French Quarter is located on East Bay Street in the historic downtown area where you and your guests will appreciate the charm of surrounding cobblestone streets and get swept away by exquisite waterfront views of the harbor.
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.
Tucked away on quaint 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 events.
39 Rue De Jean
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.
With its premiere location in historic downtown Charleston, Stars is an exceptional event venue. They offer customized menus for parties as few as 15 to as many as 140. Their event specialists will work alongside you to ensure every detail is exactly as you imagined.
The Alley is not just a bowling alley; it’s a one-stop entertainment hub that has excellent food and beverage options. The Alley offers two event spaces, the Upstairs Messanine that can hold 40-100 guests, and the Bowling Bar space that holds 20-40 guests.
The American Theater
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, perfect for weddings and dinner receptions.
Virginia’s on King
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 arena for your special occasion.
The main floor contains their full-service restaurant with covered patio. The Warren Room, on 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.