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9 Philly Rehearsal Dinner Restaurants Our Food Editors Love

These Foobooz-approved restaurants deliver on delicious food for your rehearsal dinner.

Photograph of Mission Taqueria by Peach Plum Pear Photo

Want to impress your family and wedding party with a truly delicious rehearsal dinner meal before your wedding? We asked Philadelphia magazine’s food editors for their favorite Philly restaurants that also welcome large parties and private events, then did the research on everything you need to know about booking your own shindig there. Read on for details!

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Kensington Quarters
Host your wedding party in the rustic charm of Kensington Quarters, housed in a former welding shop. You can sit 40 people on the outdoor patio, or relax in their second floor space, which seats 24 and has a full bar and demo kitchen where you have the option of holding interactive experiences for guests. Dinner and dessert are served family-style from a farm table and the menu changes seasonally, but you can be sure that it’ll include delicious, healthy foods centered around a large roast. The restaurant is committed to using artisanal products, seasonal produce, local dairy, and whole, healthy, GMO-free animals. Costs range from $55 to $75 per person. Full buyout (restaurant capacity is 60) also available. 1310 Frankford Ave, Fishtown; email info@kensingtonquarters.com for more information. Click here for Philly Mag’s review of Kensington Quarters.  

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Barbuzzo
Barbuzzo’s modern and airy second floor space seats up to 55 people and has its own restrooms, a private bar, and a chef’s kitchen. They’ll serve your party from a large menu that draws from popular items at all five of the restaurants in the Barbuzzo family (Barbuzzo, Lolita, Jamonera, Little Nonna’s, and Bud & Marilyn’s). You can’t go wrong with Little Nonna’s spaghetti and meatballs or the Mediterranean bronzino, and we’re told that the salted caramel budino is a must for dessert. A three-course dinner is $65 per person; add in hors d’oeuvres for an extra $30 and an open bar for anywhere from $35 to $55. They require a food and beverage minimum of $2,500 to $8,000 depending on the date, and event slots last 3 hours with the option of extending for an extra fee. 110 South 13th Street, Midtown Village; email barbuzzoevents@yahoo.com for more information. Click here for Philly Mag’s review of Barbuzzo. 

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Nomad Pizza
Turn your rehearsal dinner into a pizza party at Nomad’s 7th Street location, where they’ll host 50 to 80 guests in their industrial second floor space or 20-30 in their downstairs area. Enjoy all-you-can-eat pizza (the Truffle Pecorino is a must) while standing under vaulted ceilings with exposed beams, relaxing on the couch, or sitting with friends and family at the community table that runs through the room. Prices range from $35 to $75 per person for dinner; add on an all-you-can-drink option and the range bumps up to $55 to $90 per person. Typical service lasts two hours, but you can add more time for an extra fee, and they’ll start you out with hot appetizers and salad before sending out a fleet of pizzas. 611 S. 7th Street, Bella Vista; email nomadpizzacompany@gmail.com for more information.

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Russet
The chefs at Russet are ready to create a personalized menu for you to enjoy. The Center City BYOB’s menu is ever-changing, but their chefs create simple, natural dishes that will delight your party. Their long wooden tables — made from yellow pine by one of Russet’s farmers — seat 40, and, once they’ve filled up on their delicious Italian- and French-inspired cuisine, guests can wander onto the wisteria-covered patio. Prices range from $45 to $85 per person, and menus range from family-style to a six-course tasting menu. 1521 Spruce Street, Center City; email Rory Wright at russet@russetphilly.com to book and for more information. Click here for Philly Mag’s review of Russet. 

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Zahav
Award-winning chef Michael Solomonov’s modern Israeli restaurant Zahav offers two private dining rooms which can hold up to 14 or 24 guests in their elegant, earthy atmospheres. Surely you’ve heard of the place – Foobooz has called its emergence onto the food scene a “watershed moment” for Israeli cuisine in America. A must-order is the signature lamb shoulder, but they can tailor your event’s menu to meet any vegan and vegetarian needs. The friendly, knowledgeable staff will work to make sure that dinner goes off without a hitch. The food and beverage minimum Sunday through Thursday is $750 for the small room and $1,000 for the large room. Friday through Saturday, minimums run $1,000 for the small room and $1,500 for the large room. 237 St. James Place, Society Hill; email events@zahavrestaurant.com to book and for more information. Click here for Philly Mag’s review of Zahav. 

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Fork
Serving cuisine inspired by the Mid-Atlantic region and its local growers, Fork can host groups of up to 45 in their private dining room, which was designed by Marguerite Rodgers Interior Design and features a mural by local artist Kevin O’Brien. For events, the restaurant offers a private dining menu pulled from their à la carte menu; popular options include house-made pastas and dry-aged steaks. Pricing ranges from $65 to $95 per person, with the option of including a cocktail hour of small bites before being seated. Decor-wise, the dim lighting, candles, flowers, and linens will set an elegant scene for your stylish wedding weekend. Full buyout (restaurant capacity is 100) also available. 306 Market St, Old City; call 215-625-9425 to set up a viewing of the room. Click here for Philly Mag’s review of Fork. 

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Le Chéri
Le Chéri is located in the Philadelphia Art Alliance building, which was constructed in 1906 as the Wetherill Mansion. Their private dining rooms are elegant and historic, and seat anywhere from 12 to 30 people (hosting your event in one of the on-premise galleries is also occasionally a possibility). Le Chéri offers customizable prix fixe menu options or buffet-style service. While you can’t really go wrong with Chef Pierre’s delicious French cuisine, go-tos include the salmon fumé, duck confit, and beef bourguignon. Basic event menus start at $55 per person; room fees and minimums do apply. Full buyout (restaurant capacity is 50) is also available, and offers you the option of spilling out onto the patio, weather permitting. 251 S. 18th Street, Rittenhouse; contact Yuki at events@lecheriphilly.com to book and for more information. Click here for Philly Mag’s review of Le Chéri. 

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Clarkville
Clarkville may be relatively new on the block, but they’re itching to throw you a party. If your wedding party is comprised of pizza lovers, head over to West Philly to enjoy some of Clarkville’s delicious pies. For $20 per person, they’ll serve pizza family-style for 2 hours; for $8 more per person, they’ll also add in selections from their small plates menu. While you can customize the choices, we recommend the honey pie. Shaved brussel sprouts, bacon, grilled onion, and sriracha honey? Our mouths are already watering. Your party will be hosted on the second floor, with a private bar and a long dining room area, split in half by a table where they’ll keep the pies coming. Their non-traditional atmosphere offers a sense of whimsy for a fun-loving crowd. 4301 Baltimore Avenue, University City; email reservations@clarkvillephilly.com to book and for more information. Click here for Philly Mag’s review of Clarkville. 

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Mission Taqueria
If you’re the taco type (who isn’t the taco type?), book your dinner at Mission Taqueria. They arrived on the scene last summer, but have wasted no time in becoming a hip, fun staple in Center City. Their private dining room seats 30 and can hold up to 45 standing, and the space feels like a grown-up Urban Outfitters store with neon pink touches, lots of plants, and primary-hued seats and stools. If your party is big enough, you have the option of also taking over the front-of-house bar/picnic table area, or even buying out the restaurant entirely (capacity is 180). Mission offers two options for dining. If you want a sit-down meal, it will run you $35 per person, and everyone gets three tacos served buffet style ( choose from a menu of 11). If you’d rather fill up on chips and guac, quesadillas, and empanadas, go the snack route at $22 per person. Drink-wise, margaritas are your best bet. We recommend the green juice marg, which contains green apple, cucumber, and kale. Seatings typically last 3 hours. 1516 Sansom Street, Center City; call 215-383-1200 or email events@missiontaqueria.com to book and for more information.