rehearsal dinner - SEATTLE
i am looking for a place to have a casual rehearsal dinner in arouns seattle in early october.
we were thinking of having it at jalisco as it would fall under the "casual" category - but something got lost in translation and i don't think they knew what we were asking. i know it's not the best chowhound food - but it would be convenient, easy a relatively inexpensive.
the wedding will be in redmond so anything over there would work as well.
That's where we had our rehearsal dinner (*not* my choice). =( Even though they can accomodate large groups, it can get too loud for a nice conversation & meal (too loud for toasters to be heard even within the group).
If I had to do it all over again...I'd do it over again elsewhere.
(though I'm in OC, I got married in Seattle.)
Is your rehearsal on a Friday? Traffic across 520 from Redmond around dinner can be a bear.
Pomegranate in Redmond is excellent and can fit up to 80, I believe. Purple Cafe in Woodinville has a "loft" that you can have a cocktail style rehearsal dinner. There's also a Jalisco's in Kirkland, you might have better luck there. Maggiano's has family style dining which can be fun for large groups.
Seattle side, Gordon Biersch offers a terrific private dining package that includes beer. Bucco de Beppo gets really loud, and I'm not a fan of their food, so I don't prefer it.
If your party has less than 17 people, you might want to consider Tango on Capitol Hill (Pike and Boren). There's a separate dining room for small parties, and I think the food (small plate tapas) is faboulous--particularly the duck confit, the ceviche mixtura and the diablo dessert. I've heard wonderful things about the paella as well. The only drawback is that their service is a little slow, but they might be able to arrange the menu ahead of time. A friend just had an event there and they were able to get it for about $22 per guest (excludes drinks).
If you have a larger group, there's a great little Greek cafe also on Capitol Hill called Vios. We were there for a small casual wedding dinner last winter, and the food was wonderful (homemade tastes, not pretentious, served family-style).
Also, it might be worth looking into Chinese restaurants--some of them have great big round tables that accommodate up to 12 guests. Depending on your food choices, it may not be too expensive.
I wonder if there are many neighborhood cafes that slow down enough in the evening that they would be willing to accomodate private parties?
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!