Best Rehearsal Dinner Spots in Detroit

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Getting hitched in downtown Detroit poses an important question for the foodies among us. Where to host a rehearsal dinner? I’ve got good news: There are loads of options, covering everything from a traditional menu in a historic mansion to a laid-back living room vibe, with bowling lanes within a few feet. The one common ingredient in these recommendations … they all cater to group dining, offering either private dining rooms or long table spaces perfect for a feast.

1) Selden Standard: (Midtown) One of the newer hot spots, Selden offers a trendy dining atmosphere and a few options for group dining – a lovely private room, patio or long communal table that can be reserved. Known for their forward thinking small plates and craft cocktails, it’s  a convenient location (nearby parking) that will deliver for even the snobbiest eaters in your wedding party. {Visit website} $$$

2) Punch Bowl Social: (Downtown) We like Punch Bowl because of it’s laid-back atmosphere that caters to fun in the form of bowling, arcade games and kareoke … what more could you need? Dependent on group size, you can reserve the Holiday Lodge room or upstairs, both of which work well for a buffet style meal. Don’t forget to order a few punch bowls – vintage crystal bowls filled to the brim with delicious cocktails. {Visit website} $$

3) Joe Muer Seafood: (Downtown) With Detroit river views, Joe Muer’s is an ideal location if you’re staying in the Marriott Renaissance Center; it’s just downstairs. With a menu that focuses on seafood entrees and sushi, and an elegant atmosphere, it’s a great spot for a fancy meal. One private dining room is available to accommodate groups of different sizes. Try the coconut cake; trust me. {Visit website} $$$$

4) Roma Cafe: (Eastern Market) An icon among Detroit restaurants, Roma offers a classic Italian menu and has two small dining rooms, which can be reserved for large parties. The atmosphere is warm and cozy, but elegant (think servers in jackets). One thing is for sure; your diners will not leave hungry. {Visit website} $$$

5) El Barzon: (Mexican Village) This hidden gem is off the beaten track, but with its mix of Italian and Mexican menus, and its lovely white-linen patio, it’s sure to please everyone in your party. We recommend choosing this restaurant if you’re getting married in warmer months, when you can use the patio in all of its ambiance. {Visit website} $$

6) Vertical: (Downtown) A new and trendy wine-focused restaurant, Vertical feels edgy and East Coast in the best way possible. Chandeliers hang above a long table upon your entry, which is a perfect spot for a larger group. Note that the restaurant is still quite narrow and doesn’t suit large groups. {Visit website} $$$

7) The Whitney: (Midtown) Historic and ornate, The Whitney is also known for its haunted house guests. We love the grandeur of the old home, and it offers plenty of dining rooms (think: library) for private parties. The menu is traditional, but very good, and you need only head upstairs for an after dinner drink at Ghost Bar. {Visit website} $$$$

What’s missing? Share your favorite restaurants that cater to groups in the comments.

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