City-by-City Guide: Chic Ohio Rehearsal Dinner Sites

7 rehearsal dinner sites guaranteed to wow your crowd.
by Christa Vagnozzi

1. Vineyard Style

Wine lovers? Then gather your guests for a dinner among vintage bottles of reds and whites. Diana Stolar of Devoted to Details, led us to Graystone Wine Cellar in Columbus, where you can host a wine-paired dinner in the cool recesses of the Vineyard Room. (614) 228-2332

2. Posh Pub

Make room for the groom: Host your rehearsal dinner in a swanky Irish Pub. A favorite of Dawn Dagenbach of My Details by Dawn, Jack Quinn’s Restaurant & Irish Pub in Covington, Kentucky has cozy, rustic rooms available for private parties. The menu: traditional English-Irish cuisine, paired with fine Irish brews. (859) 491-6699

3. Culture Club

Modern couples with an appreciation for the fine art (and their own caterer) should consider the Toledo Museum of Art. Boasting neoclassical-and Frank Gehry-designed buildings, the museum can host seated dinners surrounded by ancient and modern works of art and one of the world’s finest glass collections. (419) 255-8000

4. Scenic Seating

For a room with a Cincinnati view, head to The Vernon Manor Hotel in Cincinnati. Dawn Dagenbach recommends the outdoor terrace of this historic manor for a casual barbecue or a more formal sit-down meal for groups up to 50. (513) 281-3300

5. Organic Outpost

Set the tone for organic style with a rehearsal dinner at Dragonfly. This colorful Columbus establishment specializes in gourmet vegetarian and organic cuisine that tastes as good as it looks. Even better? They can custom-design a menu for you, or pull from their ever-changing seasonal menu to take advantage of fresh local produce. (614) 298-9986

6. Sunset Cruise

Take to the seas aboard the Nautica Queen. Jennifer Hartman of Hartcard Occasions suggests a sunset cruise on this luxury cruise vessel, where you and 25 or more guests can feast on a hearty grill and seafood buffet while sailing beneath historic bridges and taking in downtown Cleveland’s skyline. (216) 696-8888

7. Foodie Find

If to you, the rehearsal dinner is really about the dinner, check out the Jag’s Steak and Seafood in Cincinnati. In a private room separated by chic French doors, 10-60 guests can feast on a meal best described as a Chicago-steakhouse-meets-Boston-seafood hall. What’s more? There’s an impressive wine list and piano lounge. (513) 860-5353

Photo: Courtesy of Graystone Wine Cellar

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