Host Your Rehearsal Dinner at One of These Orlando Wonders
Orlando is known for its sunny weather, theme parks, and unique attractions. It's no wonder so many couples choose this destination for their "I dos." Central Florida is a versatile destination with its beaches and laidback vibes, or it can offer thrills and adventure for anyone looking for some excitement for their big day. Choosing this place to gather your loved ones for a rehearsal dinner is a fun way to lead into your wedding.
Planning all of your wedding events should be enjoyable, so why not choose the most magical place on earth? An Orlando wedding is guaranteed to wow your guests, and having all the pre-wedding celebrations here keeps the magic going. Let's learn more about some of the Orlando area's hottest rehearsal dinner spots. And if you want even more venue ideas, beyond what we've gathered below, take some time to peruse The Knot Marketplace.
The Capen House at the Polasek
About a fifteen- to twenty-minute drive outside Orlando in Winter Park is where you can find The Capen House at the Polasek, a stunning historic home with plenty of space for your rehearsal dinner. Their preferred vendors' list includes many different dining styles, perfect for any palate. With its Victorian- and Tudor-style design, this restored venue comfortably fits up to three hundred guests. For your more intimate gathering, you can tour the grounds, take photos on the grand staircase, or sit by the lake for post-dinner s'mores.
Hard Rock Hotel® at Universal Orlando™
Just a few steps away from Universal Studios is the Hard Rock Hotel® at Universal Orlando™. With its modern style and relaxed atmosphere, this venue has four different group dining areas to choose from for your rehearsal dinner with enough room for 150 people. Whatever the vibe may be, you can find it all here from their new American cuisine to a classic, upscale steakhouse. Not to mention you won't be far from Universal's CityWalk or its theme parks. Your guests can stay on-site at this hotel, and you can even opt for their outdoor venues for a truly one-of-a-kind event.
Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi
For an artistic and sophisticated twist on Japanese fare, Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi is an unforgettable venue you and your guests will enjoy. Hosting your rehearsal dinner here means delicious dining with an upscale aesthetic. Dragonfly focuses on fresh food with a creative flair, and their private dining room can sit anywhere from ten to 600 people. Inside, they have rich wooden accents, innovative lighting fixtures, and imaginative murals and architecture inspired by Japanese culture. Whether you're looking for relaxed or formal, this space is perfect for any style event.
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Cafe Tu Tu Tango
For a restaurant that highlights local art and tapas-style meals, you should consider Cafe Tu Tu Tango for your rehearsal dinner. Its vibrantly painted walls and bohemian style are inspirational, and the wide selection of private dining spaces means you can have large gatherings or smaller events with up to 200 guests. They've even named some of their areas after famous artists, like Van Gogh and Picasso. From their starters to desserts, you can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Plus, their drinks menu has a variety of cocktails, wines, and draft beers to keep the party going.
Hub 925, or Trellis 925, is an urban, industrial loft space with exposed brick and plenty of space for your private event or rehearsal dinner for up to 110 guests. You can bring your own food and drink, or choose catering from your favorite Orlando restaurant. This venue's versatility makes it a popular choice, and it's minutes away from International Drive and the theme parks for some extra prewedding fun with your guests. With wooden floors and beams that are perfect for string lights and decorations, you can easily make this space yours.
Vincenzo Cucina Italiana
For authentic Italian in a personal, upscale environment, you may want to book your rehearsal dinner at Vincenzo Cucina Italiana. What better way to spend the night before your big day than with your loved ones, eating delicious, homestyle meals? Their private dining directors take care of everything for you, meaning you can take it easy in this elegant space. Private dining events include a banquet menu and a drinks menu with some classic Italian wines from their wine bar. You can book a smaller space for up to twenty guests or a larger space for up to 130.
Rosen Plaza Hotel
If you're looking for a versatile venue where your guests can also rest their heads at night, the Rosen Plaza Hotel has many rehearsal dinner spaces that fit any size. Between their banquet halls, meeting rooms, and even their premier event venue called 3Nine, you'll have plenty of choices for your special event that fit any style and vibe for anywhere between ten to 2,800 people. You can even customize your menu with their on-site catering and restaurants, and their staff can help you with theming. And since it's on International Drive, you'll be close to many exciting tourist attractions.
Anybody for tea? Infusion Tea lets you and your guests have the perfect tea party or brunch, in case you want a unique twist on your rehearsal dinner. Plus, their menu is vegetarian and can be gluten-free. This is the perfect place for high tea, delicious dining, and a more intimate gathering before your big day. It can comfortably accommodate up to 75 guests, and they have a wide variety of teas to choose from, such as black teas, oolongs, and herbals. This cozy cafe and its soothing teas will provide the perfect relaxation before your wedding.
For views of downtown Orlando that can't be beaten, host your rehearsal dinner at the Citrus Club. Located at the top of the Citrus Center, you and your guests can enjoy stunning sights and delectable eats at this remarkable venue. Make your private event a sophisticated and elegant affair with Citrus Club's special events team. Their culinary staff also offers customized banquet menus for allergies or special diets, such as vegan and gluten-free. With a room full of windows and an adaptable space, you can transform this club to offer a truly magical and unforgettable evening for up to 300 people.
The Delaney Hotel & Delaney's Tavern
Right in the heart of downtown Orlando is The Delaney Hotel & Delaney's Tavern, an intimate event space that's a popular spot for rehearsal dinners. They offer traditional pub fare and cocktails that make you feel right at home. This contemporary restaurant has a bar and a terrace perfect for lounging with your guests, enjoying conversation, and tasting their delicious menu of foods. If the words "stylish" and "urban" are on your mood board, this place will deliver. Plus, you can easily accommodate up to one hundred guests in this event venue.
Rosen Shingle Creek
With over two hundred acres and Orlando's only two-story ballroom, Rosen Shingle Creek is one romantic lakeside wedding venue that couples and guests alike will never forget. Hosting your rehearsal dinner in this beautiful space means you can stay on-site and receive luxurious accommodations and dining. For your event, you can book their meeting spaces, ballrooms, or other private dining areas that ensure quality service from their event staff and culinary teams. They can even fit up to ten thousand people, although your rehearsal dinner may require much fewer guests. Their flexible options ensure you'll have the event of your dreams.
This list wouldn't be complete without a fresh seafood option. The Osprey puts sustainability at the forefront, and its event space is perfect for smaller gatherings of up to fifty guests. You can even book the Chef's Table for a divine, one-of-a-kind dining experience. With its sea-inspired decor and industrial-chic design, this restaurant is sleek and modern. Plus, their menu offers favorites such as oysters, shrimp and grits, and grilled branzino. Check out their wine menu as well for the best pairings with your dinner and end the meal with a scrumptious dessert.
If you want the Walt Disney World experience on a smaller budget, Disney Springs is a great choice. This shopping and dining hot spot has many restaurants and experiences to choose from for your rehearsal dinner. From an Irish pub with an outdoor patio to a steamboat restaurant, and a restaurant bowling alley to a modern steakhouse, there's no shortage of delicious and unique areas to host your shindig. Plus, there are plenty of places nearby to stop after dinner for drinks, dessert, or Disney magic. You'll love the gorgeous views and the "springs" running through this beautiful location.