Looking for an amazing place to dine for your rehearsal dinner in Napa Valley? If you’re planning a wedding in the heart of wine country, congrats on booking such a breathtaking and romantic destination! Does it get any better than sunsets across the vineyard, rolling hills, and resorts straight out of a Hollywood movie? Probably not!
While planning a wedding in Napa Valley is a major dream scenario, finding locations to host all of your pre-wedding events can be challenging! We know the importance of rehearsal dinners for a destination wedding experience. So we’ve put together a list of our 7 favorite places to dine in Napa Valley to host your rehearsal dinner. Keep reading for more!
1) HALL Wines | Rutherford
Hall Wines Rutherford private space is the Chandelier room. It has all the glitz, glamor, and romance of any private dining space that boasts a chandelier with over 1,500 Swarovski crystals!
If you opt to host your rehearsal dinner there, you’ll be dining at a table made of cherry wood that is illuminated with Onyx.
Hall Wines operates on the historic Bergfeld Vineyard at the base of the Mayacamas Mountain. The property is 33 sweeping acres just off Highway 29 in the quaint town of St. Helena.
What to Know: Booking a seat at Hall Wine’s Rutherford Chandelier room is by appointment only! So reach out in advance to snag this gorgeous bit of opulence for your rehearsal dinner in Napa Valley.
2) Depot Hotel Restaurant Sonoma
Resembling a Tuscan villa, with gold stucco walls, an outdoor fireplace, and flowing fountains, the Depot Hotel Restaurant Sonoma serves up Italian cuisine with fresh seafood. In fact, the menu dives into Californian takes on Italian classics!
The Depot Hotel Restaurant Sonoma is a favorite location among locals who plan weddings with 20-150 guests. In particular because of its combination of indoor/outdoor settings! But we say if it’s fab enough for a wedding, why not enjoy it for your rehearsal dinner as well? The bright airy garden is an amazing place to enjoy delectable bites the night before your best day ever!
Rehearsal Dinner Details: Settings include the Pergola Terrace, Fountain Room, and Garden Dining Room. Our favorite is the Pool Terrace which is beautiful for a cocktail reception!
3) Goose and Gander – St Helena
Craving some rustic American eats while on location in Napa Valley? Goose and Gander‘s private farm produces the freshest seasonal ingredients featured across their menu and custom-crafted cocktails!
If you opt to host your rehearsal dinner at Goose and Gander, the Outdoor terrace is perfect for a cocktail reception with smaller-sized guest lists. If you have a more extensive guest list for your rehearsal dinner in Napa Valley, the indoor dining room is highly recommended!
Why We Love It: You don’t have to visit a vineyard to be granted access to an amazing wine selection in Napa! Goose and Gander pairs their award-winning wine list with a seasonally-driven menu curated by their in-house chef!
4) SingleThread – Healdsburg
A rehearsal dinner in Napa Valley at a three-Michelin star-rated restaurant? Sign us up! SingleThread is brought to you by a husband and wife farmer team who pride themselves on their inventive menu and wine list.
The vibe at SingleThread is rich wood-paneled walls, upholstered seating, and Asian-inspired California flair. It’s heavy on opulent meets rustic, and a win-win for a fabulous Napa Valley rehearsal dinner experience. If you have guests coming in from out of town they will love the ability to stay on-site! SingleThread is part of the exclusive international Relais & Chateaux collection of hotels!
Rehearsal Dinner Options: For rehearsal dinners with smaller guest counts, you can book a custom-curated 11-course tasting menu that includes a champagne toast on the rooftop terrace overlooking Healdsburg Square! Having a larger-sized group? The restaurant offers a semi-private dining room for up to 16 guests. Have more than 16 guests? SingleThread also provides full buyout options!
5) Clos Pegase Winery – Calistoga
Looking for a more exotic dining experience for your rehearsal dinner in Napa Valley? Clos Pegase Winery offers African, Mexican, French, and fusion plates that are out of this world! By the way, did we mention your rehearsal dinner will take place in a literal cave!
Located in Calistoga, Clos Pegase Winery is every bit the little slice of heaven you could possibly dream up in a winery! Panoramic views of the vineyards & forests all dressed up in a classic winery atmosphere with a touch of old-world charm.
Rehearsal Dinner Details: Clos Pegase Winery offers both private and semi-private options for hosting your rehearsal dinner. Additionally, a selection of indoor and outdoor spaces all have the capacity for up to 200 guests!
6) Inglenook – Rutherford
A historic vineyard that has a vivid tale to tell of its wine-growing tradition, Inglenook is a whole vibe! This vineyard has touted ownership by Francis Ford Coppola and the staff is more than happy to incorporate a tour into your rehearsal dinner experience!
On the menu at Inglenook is a deelish selection of farm-to-table dishes inspired by Mediterranean fare and infused with California’s charm! Celebrate your rehearsal dinner in the same space (the Chateau’s Refectory) where Coppola held his 80th birthday party. It features a cozy domed ceiling awash with the glow of hand-cut crystal chandeliers, creating an atmosphere to rival that of a medieval monastery!
Rehearsal Dinner Details: Choose from a variety of jaw-dropping spaces including the Chateau’s South Barrel Room which provides an intimate dining setting with small tables surrounded by large oak barrels. Or, the Courtyard’s Fountain, which includes a gorgeous water feature lined with London Plane trees and topped with a canopy crafted from natural foliage!
7) Seven Branches Venue and Inn – Sonoma
The food is classically American and farm fresh, would you expect anything else? But the space is a reflection of Sonoma’s Spanish heritage with tiled roof, rammed-earth walls, and charming balconies and patios.
Located just blocks away from Sonoma’s town square, this space was intentionally designed to promote rest and relaxation. The aesthetic is open and airy and the botanicals are rich and green!
Rehearsal Dinner Details: The indoor ballroom and outdoor courtyard are both private event spaces on site. Each space provides the ability to accommodate well over 100 guests!