13 Charlotte Rehearsal Dinner Venues We're Obsessed With

Toast the night before your nuptials at one of the Queen City's best.
Taylor Carson - The Knot Contributor.
Taylor Carson
Taylor Carson - The Knot Contributor.
Taylor Carson
The Knot Contributor
  • Taylor writes wedding venue roundups for The Knot.
  • Taylor was formerly the Assistant Managing Editor at Philadelphia magazine, and she continues to freelance for Philadelphia’s lifestyle and wedding verticals.
  • She received her degree in journalism, with a minor in English, from Temple University.
Updated Apr 03, 2024

Are you marrying in Charlotte and looking for a place to kick off your wedding celebration the night (or two nights) before your nuptials? Let this list of Charlotte rehearsal dinner venues aid you in the process. After all, planning another event while you're planning a wedding can be overwhelming.

We've searched Charlotte's many neighborhoods for rehearsal dinner venues, and below you can browse some of the area's best options—ranging from beloved establishments to hidden gems, at a variety of price points. If, after browsing these offerings, you'd like to continue your search for rehearsal dinner venues in Charlotte, North Carolina, we have you covered, too! Just visit The Knot Vendor Marketplace to explore dozens of local event spaces.

The Duke Mansion in Myers Park

In Myers Park, The Duke Mansion can make your rehearsal dinner dreams come true. The historic bed and breakfast, dating back to 1915, is experienced in hosting a slew of events, so you won't have to worry about the quality of your dinner. The venue calls its Ray Dining Room ideal for small to midsize groups, and attached is a picturesque screened-in porch that will only add charm to your celebration.

The Gilded Cellar in South End

The Gilded Cellar is located on the bottom level of Resident Culture Brewing Company's South End location. The ornate, industrial space is a cool rehearsal dinner venue in Charlotte. The planning team—boasting a track record of executing over 1,000 events—will help you customize your ideal version of this pre-wedding festivity.

Essex Bar & Bistro in Uptown Charlotte

At craft cocktail bar Essex Bar & Bistro, the setting is "prohibition era meets modern." Essex has multiple private dining spaces available for rehearsal dinners, receptions, showers and more. The culinary team will work with you to customize a menu that aligns with your tastes served within a well-maintained city restaurant space.

204 North Kitchen & Cocktails in Uptown Charlotte

204 North Kitchen & Cocktails in Uptown Charlotte hosts events of all types and sizes within a charming, industrial setting. For your rehearsal dinner, you can choose from a traditional dinner buffet ($47 per person, 25-person minimum) or a prix fixe dinner ($56 per person, 25-person minimum). For beverages, you can opt to have an open bar or a consumption bar, with enhancements available.

Blackfinn Ameripub in Ballantyne

Blackfinn Ameripub, an American pub-style restaurant and bar, doubles as an event space with an attentive staff. For your rehearsal dinner, you can book the semi-private dining area, the mezzanine, the patio or the shared bar area for something more casual. The patio, which has a capacity of 30 guests, is covered and boasts two 60-inch TVs and infrared heaters.

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Maggiano's Little Italy in SouthPark Mall

Don't overlook renowned chain Maggiano's Little Italy's SouthPark Mall location for your rehearsal dinner. Here, as its website notes, you and your guests will enjoy a "chef-prepared menu, decadent desserts, a wide selection of wine and handcrafted cocktails—all in an upscale private event space." Other amenities include event planning assistance, A/V equipment, complimentary centerpieces, music and tablecloths, printed menus and more.

Dressler's at the Metropolitan in Midtown

Dressler's at the Metropolitan opened in 2010, and the New American establishment has been providing guests with "memorable evenings and exceptional service" ever since. For private dining, such as your rehearsal dinner, Dressler's offers two spaces or a full restaurant buyout. The first room can seat up to 28, the second can seat up to 45 or you can combine both for dinners up to 75.

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery in Lower South End

For a rehearsal dinner that's more casual and fun, look no further than the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, whose facilities resemble classic German beer halls and gardens. At the Lower South End location, you'll have access to a full kitchen, A/V capabilities, a variety of alcoholic beverages and two event "festhalles"—both of which include a section of Olde Mecklenburg's covered patio. Plus, the Hornet's Nest, the third event space on-site, is available for a private taproom experience during your event.

Ri Ra Irish Pub in Uptown

If you have Irish roots, consider Ri Ra Irish Pub for your rehearsal celebration. Ri Ra's event spaces include the Whiskey Room (up to 25 seated), the Music Room (up to 52 seated) and the Patio (up to 38 seated). For rehearsal dinners, the restaurant recommends its Tryon Street Buffet menu; for $32 per person, you can choose from three entrees and three sides.

The Ballantyne in SouthPark

The Ballantyne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, is a stunning hotel venue boasting indoor and outdoor event spaces. For rehearsal dinners, The Ballantyne recommends its atrium, an open-air space that is beautiful as is and will only become more romantic with your decor. The atrium seats up to 60 for dinner.

TPC Piper Glen in Piper Glen

TPC Piper Glen Country Club doesn't only host weddings; it also hosts rehearsal dinners, engagement parties and much more. You can choose from a variety of menus—or create your own—for your event. Throughout the planning process, you'll have access to TPC Piper Glen's expert culinary and private event teams to assist you with all your dinner logistics.

Fiore Restaurant & Lounge in Ballantyne

Fiore Restaurant & Lounge, the self-described "most notable lounge in Ballantyne," doubles as a private party venue. Fiore's moody setting features ambient lighting and high ceilings, and there's room for up to 30 for intimate gatherings or over 100 with a full buyout. Fiore's menus will delight your rehearsal dinner guests, as it features elevated cuisine and cocktails.

DoubleTree by Hilton Charlotte City Center in Uptown Charlotte

Last on our list is DoubleTree by Hilton Charlotte City Center. With more than 14,500 square feet of event space, the DoubleTree can host your entire wedding weekend, from your rehearsal dinner to your wedding to your post-wedding brunch. As an added bonus, the venue features a newly remodeled outdoor rooftop venue, Rooftop 230.

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