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Chestnut Hill Rehearsal Dinner help!

phillyjules Jan 4, 2010 10:29 AM


My friend is having her wedding at the Valley Green Inn and she wants to have the rehearsal dinner the night before in the Chestnut Hill area. I think most of the rehearsal dinner guests are going to stay at the Chestnut Hill Hotel. My friend is not from the area and I'm just familar with Philly. Where could 10 people plus one child go for a reasonably priced rehearsal dinner? I would like a place in walking distance to the hotel or a quick drive away. Most of the rehearsal dinner guests don't have exciting palettes or drink alcohol.

I just saw a bad review for Solaris Grille. I was thinking about Earth, Bread, and Brewery but I'll be one of the few throwing back some beers. I do like the oven cooked pizzas...

Any suggestions would be greatly helpful.

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    JanR RE: phillyjules Jan 4, 2010 11:00 AM

    If it's a Thursday or Friday night, you could go to Cake. Very pretty setting, in Robertson's former greenhouse. Those who drink can take wine with them. It's byob.

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      gwebber RE: phillyjules Jan 4, 2010 11:43 AM

      I second the Cake recommendation. You could also try the Wine Thief, which I haven't been to but people really seem to like.

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        Hungryin theBurbs RE: phillyjules Jan 4, 2010 12:35 PM

        The restaurant in the Chestnut Hill Hotel would be easy. There's a bar upstairs and tables downstairs. The food and atmosphere are fine, nothing special, but pleasant, with food that would appeal to most palates (pasta, burgers, fish, etc.).

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          DaisyM RE: Hungryin theBurbs Jan 4, 2010 01:53 PM

          Cin Cin is within walking distance if Chinese would work. There is a back room that is semi-private.

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          Bob Loblaw RE: phillyjules Jan 4, 2010 02:46 PM

          although not downtown, chestnut hill is "philly."

          walking distance from the hotel, the options are relatively few.
          i've walked to and form there to go to EBB, but most people wouldn't.

          i guess the question is, do you want to have dinner for 10, and it doesn't matter that there are other peopel around? or is there some sort of ceremonial requiring a private seating area?
          also, have you asked at the hotel? there are a lot of weddings that book hotels there, so i'm sure they've been asked this before.
          oh, and if you don't mind pre-visiting the wedding location, VG could probably devote one of its smaller rooms to your party. (Not sure if that's bad luck or not).

          1. Chinon00 RE: phillyjules Jan 4, 2010 03:03 PM

            I like the Wine Thief suggestion but they probably can't do a group seating of ten. General Lafayette Inn & Brewery on Germantown Ave in Lafayette Hill is roomy and cozy but the food is average. EB+B can seat ten if you call ahead but they only serve flatbread pizza and a few apps. Pubs like Tavern at the Top of the Hill or McMenamins could squeeze ten and both have solid pub food and decent entrees. Your safest bet is probably Cin Cin.

            Good luck

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              cwdonald RE: Chinon00 Jan 4, 2010 03:29 PM

              Another option the other way down germantown ave is Earth Bread and Brewery.Technically they are in Mount Airy... They are definitely family friendly. Menu is small but the flatbreads really are good there as are the soups and the salads. The other reason I mention it is they have a new big table in the back that easily seats 10 at the table. Its cut out of a single piece of I believe oak, and is gorgeous piece of furniture.

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                hillster RE: Chinon00 Jan 4, 2010 03:46 PM

                Oh LOVE McMenamins too. I personally wouldn't do it for a rehearsal dinner because it's just a bar to me, but if you are looking fun casual and don't care. It's fun and good food.

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                hillster RE: phillyjules Jan 4, 2010 03:44 PM

                The best place in the area is definitely the wine thief. It is small but they would certainly accommodate you. They are great because they have a large vegetarian selection also and with people with limited palettes their comfort foods would probably be embraced. Wine prices are reasonable comparable to the area also.

                Solaris is horrible. Earth Bread and Brew is good, but the selection is so limited. It is really flat breads and beer. Cin Cin is very good, but can get pricey very quickly. I find Cake to be inconsistent and Chestnut Hill hotel to be bar food at best.

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                  hillster RE: hillster Jan 4, 2010 03:49 PM

                  I just saw this thread on Wine Thief if you want a little more info...enjoy!


                2. thehungrything RE: phillyjules Jan 4, 2010 07:31 PM

                  Rollers restaurant at flying fish might work for you. http://www.rollersrestaurants.com/rol...

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                    phillyjules RE: thehungrything Jan 5, 2010 04:28 AM

                    Thanks for the suggestions! We have awhile until the dinner and will probably check out Wine Thief, Cin Cin, and Cake.

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                    lstaf00 RE: phillyjules May 27, 2010 10:00 AM

                    def bacio-its a byob 311 W Mt Pleasant Ave
                    u will get the whole place to yourself and the food is amazing!

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                      JanR RE: lstaf00 May 29, 2010 10:27 AM

                      Didn't Bacio close?

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                        Chinon00 RE: JanR May 30, 2010 08:08 AM

                        We had dinner there maybe a month ago. Had the puttanesca. Sauce was great but wasn't dress well with pasta. It was like almost a puttanesca with noodle soup. Took it home an retossed in penne. Quite good.

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                          Bob Loblaw RE: Chinon00 May 31, 2010 12:43 PM

                          doubt this will help the OP, but we had an informal pre-wedding dinner (we didn't actually rehearse anything) at Umbria, across from EBB. Very pleased with the event. Not a huge place, probably fits 30 or so? but they gave us free rein, set up the place for us. really went well.

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                      lstaf00 RE: phillyjules Sep 14, 2011 04:09 AM

                      Bacio is still open

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                        gaffk RE: lstaf00 Sep 14, 2011 09:04 AM

                        But Solaris is not.

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