The perfect choice for foodie couples
by Stephanie Cain Updated 07/02/19
If your Instagram features more food pictures than selfies or beaches, you might want to consider a restaurant wedding for your big day. With a culinary focus—obviously—restaurant wedding venues offer plenty of built-in amenities for your nuptials, from stunning views to seating, drinks, staff, and sometimes even wedding decor. Talk about a one-stop shop! Plenty of restaurant wedding venues also feature private rooms, meaning a guest list as small as 12 feels special, and you can also consider a buyout for a larger gathering of hundreds.
To help inspire your wedding venue search, here are 19 restaurant wedding venues across the U.S.
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Gramercy Tavern, New York City
Intimate gatherings searching for a quintessential New York experience should look no further than the famed Gramercy Tavern. Known for its stellar chefs—the restaurant holds two Michelin stars—as well as highly regarded wine list, Gramercy Tavern also lays claim to one of the coziest private rooms in Manhattan. Fit for 22 guests, the stately wooden table, wood beamed ceiling, and American antiques in the room perfectly complement the classic fare and your refined celebration. As an added bonus, the restaurant can organize floral arrangements from local designer Roberta Bendavid.
Merriman’s Kapalua, Hawaii
If Hawaiian sunsets, locally caught seafood, and, of course, ocean views are your idea of a dream wedding, check out Merriman’s Kapalua. Invite up to 100 guests to watch you exchange vows on the deck overlooking Kapalua Bay before moving to the restaurant’s indoor-outdoor space for your reception. Smaller gatherings can opt for dinner under chandeliers in the cabana, which fits 40 friends and family.
McCrady’s Restaurant, Charleston, South Carolina
The Long Room at McCrady’s Tavern has more than 200 years of history as an event space, and it’s easy to see why. Large bay windows flood the space with sunlight, plus two enormous fireplaces and massive Venetian chandeliers add old-school charm to the event space in downtown Charleston. Add to all of that a menu by renowned chef Sean Brock and you’ve got the makings of a true Southern wedding.04of 19
City Winery DC, Washington, DC
From the traditional winery wedding in a barrel room to views of Northwest DC from its private rooftop, restaurant wedding venue City Winery DC features five unique spaces for weddings. Some even fit up to 225 guests! We’re partial to the third floor wine garden, with its ivy-covered walls, fireplace, and plenty of space for 100 guests and a dance floor. Plus, couples can create custom wine labels for the bottles served at the reception.
Carbon Beach Club Restaurant, Malibu, California
Say “I do” with the waves of the Pacific Ocean crashing below when you host your nuptials on the terrace of this restaurant set inside the chic Malibu Beach Inn. After exchanging vows, treat guests to a dinner of freshly caught Pacific seafood and ingredients sourced from the nearby One Gun Ranch. Plus, out of town guests can easily stay onsite at the oceanfront property and you can book pre-wedding spa treatments or beachside yoga sessions before the celebrations begin.
Taco Bell Cantina, Las Vegas, Nevada
How about a fast-food restaurant wedding venue? Weddings are all about showcasing your personality, so if serving up Chalupa Supremes with Fire sauce is your idea of a grand reception, then head to the Taco Bell Cantina in Las Vegas. After exchanging vows with 25 friends and family on the second floor—custom backdrop and Taco Bell Sauce Packet bouquet included—chow down on your favorite fare in celebration. Then cut into a Cinnabon Delights cake and toast with your branded Taco Bell champagne flutes.
MyMoon, Brooklyn, New York
This Spanish restaurant, in Brooklyn, New York, offers just the hipster vibe couples look for in a neighborhood wedding venue. It’s housed in a restored 19th century factory with exposed brick walls and high ceilings—perfect for your vintage-inspired style. Host your “I dos” on the deck before moving to the semi-private lounge, where 50 guests can sit comfortably for a multi-course meal. You can also rent the entire restaurant for larger groups up to 250.
Wine Cask Restaurant, Santa Barbara, California
The gold-painted wood ceiling and Mediterranean-inspired stone courtyard of this downtown Santa Barbara restaurant is the draw for many a engaged couple. From its seasonal cuisine to landmarked Spanish Colonial architecture, Wine Cask offers plenty of charm for your nuptials, including placing a sweetheart table next to the historic fireplace—talk about photo ops! Smaller parties can also opt for dinner a cozier experience in the wine library, which includes a bar and walls lined with bottles of wine.
Park Tavern, Atlanta, Georgia
This turn-of-the-century stable-turned-event space has one of the best views in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. Set in Piedmont Park, the private Piedmont Room’s 15-foot windows gaze over the lush trees of the park to the midtown skyline. The historic stone archway and gorgeous wood-paneled foyer of this restaurant wedding venue make for idyllic photo ops, too.10of 19
Casa Tua Aspen, Aspen, Colorado
This popular après ski destination and private club in Aspen, Colorado, offers its public restaurant spaces for wedding celebrations, including buyouts of the entire, bi-level rustic space. Hosting your event here is almost a one-stop shop; the restaurant team will help organize music, flowers, and decor in addition to their Northern Italian cuisine and robust wine list.11of 19
The Peached Tortilla, Austin, Texas
Popular Austin food truck, The Peached Tortilla, not only has its own brick and mortar restaurant but also an event space, Peached Social House. It has everything you love about the food truck, including the Korean braised short ribs and street tacos, plus craft cocktails and enough room for both a ceremony and a reception. And if you want the actual truck, they can have it pull up, too.12of 19
Brix Napa Valley, Napa, California
Who needs an actual winery when this iconic Napa Valley restaurant offers one-of-a-kind vineyard views? Opt for a large alfresco affair amid the vines of Kelleher Family Vineyards (just behind the restaurant), or take the celebration to the bottle-lined wine cellar if your guest list hovers around a dozen.13of 19
21 Club, New York City
Step into a bygone era of Manhattan when you host your wedding at the famed 21 Club. Housed in a midtown townhouse, this restaurant wedding venue has 10 different private spaces for groups of various sizes, like the hidden wine cellar that was an actual speakeasy in the 1920s. You’ll have access to the same classic menu, including mini versions of the cult-worthy ‘21’ burger.14of 19
Zuma, Miami, Florida
Japanese izakaya wouldn’t work for a large guest list, but it certainly will when you invite 34 guests to celebrate your newlywed status at Zuma Miami’s private room. Accented with acacia wood and floor-to-ceiling windows, the light-filled space feels as modern as the menu. One perk: Host a sake tasting as part of your festivities.15of 19
Cliff House, San Francisco, California
Set on Point Lobos, the Cliff House has the private Terrace Room, an indoor-outdoor space overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Marin coastline, and famed Seal Rocks. Host your nuptials on the terrace with the gentle ocean breeze and horizon as the backdrop before moving inside for a seated dinner and dancing with 120 of your nearest and dearest.16of 19
Brennan’s, New Orleans, Louisiana
NOLA really comes alive at Brennan’s, one of the Big Easy’s most iconic restaurants, so it’s no wonder that it’s also a popular destination for intimate weddings. Second line your way to the establishment, where you’ll find nine different spaces that hold 16 to 150 guests. If the weather cooperates, go for the stone courtyard and a brunch wedding, complete with Bloody Marys and mimosas.17of 19
Blackbird, Chicago, Illinois
Celebrate Midwestern cuisine and your new spouse with a reception in Blackbird’s second floor private room. The restaurant was created by a James Beard award-winning chef, so your dinner menu will not disappoint. A minimalist aesthetic will serve as the backdrop to your toasts with up to 48 friends and family at this restaurant wedding venue.18of 19
Rainbow Room, New York City
Looking for the iconic Rainbow Room views but with a much more intimate guest list? The popular restaurant view atop Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan also features a private room. You’ll get the same 65th floor panorama and delicious menu, but in a space fit for a dozen VIPs.19of 19
Foreign Cinema, San Francisco, California
Blending food, drink, film, and art into one space, this beloved San Francisco establishment puts on quite a wedding. Not only is the California cuisine seasonal and local, but you’ll have access to the space’s vintage “drive-in” projection system to showcase any film you choose. If art is more your thing, book the restaurant’s newest collaboration, Modernism West, a private dining experience in an art gallery that holds 60 guests.