A rehearsal dinner is a lovely and time honored tradition. It is an occasion when a couple and their families get together and relax while they dine, the stress of the wedding planning almost over, the anticipation and joy of the wedding ceremony lending a special excitement to the meal. Traditionally the groom’s family pays for this dinner, but today it is not unusual for the bride and groom, the bridal party, or other family members to cover the cost of this special meal. A couple-to-be should make sure the planning of their rehearsal dinner is part of their overall wedding plan – it requires a guest list, a budget, a venue, and the same attention to detail as a wedding reception (although on a smaller scale.) If you are getting married in Houston, Texas, there are literally hundreds of restaurants you can choose from to host your rehearsal dinner. For four of the most elegant choices you can make, see below.
Le Mistral Restaurant. If elegance and French cuisine fit your plans for a rehearsal dinner, Le Mistral Restaurant in Houston, Texas is an exquisite choice. Rated number one for “Best Food in Houston” in 2010 by Zagat, this restaurant will not disappoint you. Located on Eldridge Parkway in Houston, Texas, you can choose from the Wine Cellar, for more intimate rehearsal dinners (up to ten guests), the Chef’s Table (twelve guests) or the restaurant itself. They also have a banquet room for a larger rehearsal dinner. Choose from this Houston, Texas restaurant’s signature menu, including such choices as Seared Fois Gras, Fletan a la Noix de Coco or Osso Bucco. Their French desserts include Crème Brulee, Tarte Tatin, and homemade ice cream. This Houston, Texas restaurant also has a wine list for your rehearsal dinner that received the Award of Excellence in 2009 from Wine Spectator Magazine. For more information on this Houston, Texas rehearsal dinner choice, click here.
Mark’s American Cuisine. This breathtakingly beautiful restaurant has been voted the most romantic restaurant in Houston, Texas. Located on Westheimer in a renovated church from the 1920s, Mark’s is everything you could ask for in a Houston, Texas rehearsal dinner venue, and more. It has hand painted walls, tables lit by candlelight, even golden ceilings. You can choose from three exquisite rooms for your rehearsal dinner – the Alcove (up to eight guests), the Cloisters (up to 40 guests), and the semi-private Loft (also up to 40 guests.) Mark’s was voted by Zagat’s survey for “Best Restaurants of the World” in 2009 as number one in Houston, Texas, and has won every year since 2001 for the Number One Food Spot in Houston, Texas. Their wine list has been recognized by Wine Spectator Magazine. Their cuisine changes daily as it is designed by their executive chef, Mark Cox, but how does Kobe Beef, Copper River Salmon, Alaskan King Crab Legs and Spiney Lobster Tails sound? The staff of this Houston, Texas restaurant will work with you to ensure every detail of your rehearsal dinner is perfect. For more information on this Houston, Texas rehearsal dinner choice, click here.
Courtyard on St. James Place. This gorgeous restaurant offers you three choices for hosting your Houston, Texas rehearsal dinner. Choose from their Wine Cellar, an intimate venue for 20 to 50 guests that has old world charm and ambiance, the split-level Garden Room, complete with a wrought iron terrace, and their Grand Ballroom (up to 350 guests.) A charming and elegant choice for your rehearsal dinner, this Houston, Texas restaurant is located near the Galleria. Menu choices include Pecan Crusted Chicken, Cajun Blackened Redfish, or Fettuccini Alfredo. For more information on this Houston, Texas rehearsal dinner choice, click here.
Carmelo’s Ristorante. If you and your rehearsal dinner guests enjoy authentic Italian cuisine, this Houston, Texas restaurant (or ristorante) is your perfect choice. Located on Memorial Drive, this charming Italian restaurant is an elegant choice for rehearsal dinners. Their private dining rooms are beautifully decorated, and their wine list is extensive. This Houston, Texas restaurant also offers off-site catering. Choose from such Italian classics as Lasagna, Rigatoni or Tortellini, along with Grilled Sirloin Steak or Veal Pavarotti. And for dessert? Italian cream cake, ice cream with espresso, and more. For more information on this Houston, Texas rehearsal dinner choice, click here.