A lot of planning goes into your wedding and the wedding day itself is a frenzy of activity that can be overwhelming for the couple getting married. The rehearsal dinner is an important event not only so you can dine with your wedding party, but also so you can take some time to breathe and enjoy the company of your guests right before you tie the knot. With its ocean views and fine restaurants, Orange County offers some spectacular options for your rehearsal dinner.
18420 Von Karman Ave.
Irvine, CA 92612
When you bring together a group of people, you’re also bringing together a lot of different tastes. You probably don’t want to get too exotic or specific with the kind of food in case the wedding party has a lot of picky people. Pasta is always a good standby even for the pickiest eaters. At Prego, you’ll get excellent service in a fine-dining setting and even the pickiest people in your party will be able to find something to eat. Parking is valet only, so tell the members of your party to bring some cash.
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2647 Park Ave.
Tustin, CA 92782
You’d never expect that a great place to hold your rehearsal dinner is located in a shopping center, but that is exactly the case with The Winery. The wine selection here will help you celebrate your special occasion. The staff consists of only professionals not only at hosting rehearsal dinners, but also at pairing wine with food. The Winery will provide an unforgettable experience for your wedding party.
Salt Creek Grille
32802 Pacific Coast Highway
Dana Point, CA 92629
Salt Creek Grille is a good location for your rehearsal dinner for several reasons. First, this restaurant has a private dining room so you can be assured to be in the exclusive company of your guests. Second, the location on Pacific Coast Highway and Crown Valley is pretty ideal. Not only can you look out on the ocean while you dine, you can also walk away from your rehearsal dinner for a stroll on the sand. Finally, the ambiance at Salt Creek is exactly what you’re looking for in a location for your dinner.
The Rooftop Lounge
1289 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach CA, 92651
If you want to give your rehearsal dinner guests a truly unforgettable experience, The Rooftop Lounge is the place to go. Located atop La Casa del Camino Hotel, this location offers stunning views of the coast. The experience will be even more amazing if you are there to see the sunset. In addition to great views, The Rooftop Lounge also offers a private room, amazing food and mojitos with fresh fruit. Your guests will be talking about this place long after the dinner is over.
Mastro’s Ocean Club
8112 E. Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92657
Mastro’s has a reputation for fine dining so you know you and your guests will get a good meal here. You, however, don’t just want your guests to have a meal. You want them to have an experience. Mastro’s Ocean Club offers a variety of dining areas including two patios where you and your guests can enjoy your amazing dinner. The website offers a virtual tour so you can check out all the dining areas before you even visit the restaurant.
Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com.