Oh boy, I am tackling this right now! My inlaws (who are hosting it) are all from down south so it’s up to me to plan the rehearsal dinner, aka, what seems like the mini wedding before the wedding. Here’s who I have looked into so far, I’m still waiting for information from some of them, but all these places have private rooms. We’re looking for something under 3k, but preferably closer to 2k, in Seattle, for 50 people.
-5 Corner Market (Ballard), haven’t heard from them but I know their capacity is at least up to 50 peeps
-Bastille (Ballard), new-ish French restaurant, you can rent either the back bar or the patio. $5,500 food/drink minimum for my June date, it was 1k less for non summer reservations.
-McCormick & Schmicks (West Lake Union), On the water, $2,500 food and drink minimum
-Anthony’s (Ballard on the water or the downtown Seattle waterfront), 2k food and beverage minimum
-Rays Boathouse (Ballard on the water), haven’t heard from them yet
-Hi-Life (Ballard), Old fire station, they have a nice room behind the bar that seats 40 max, no children allowed though! I’m not sure on pricing because I didn’t pursue it since we have 2 flowergirls in attendance. This is a great place though.
-Farestart (Downtown), Came to about 3-4k
-Ivars Salmon House (North Lake Union), on the water, great views, they have several different sized rooms, this is one of the most reasonably priced places I’ve found, under 2k
-Hales Ales Brewery (Ballard/Fremont area), They have a whole upstairs room with separate bar & bathroom, it overlooks the brewery, from discussion they seem pretty reasonable, about 2k+ and very nice to deal with so far
-Volterra, The Drawing Room (Ballard), this is their private dining hall right next to the restaurant, 2700 food/beverage minimum…but it seems like this would be hard to accomplish, their cheapest bottle of wine is $36 and the food is pretty pricey and they also had some other fees listed. You could probably only do beer/wine and heavy apps to keep it under 3k, dins would definitely be more
-Tutta Bella (Wallingford), haven’t heard back but my friend did her 35 person rehearsal dinner there and they had gourmet pizza, salads, beer and wine for less than $700 after tax & tip!
Hope this helps, if anyone has other suggestions I’m still looking before I make a final decision for myself!