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Rehearsal Dinner on or near Brickell

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newfood Feb 2, 2010 09:11 AM

I am getting married in downtown Miami, and I need to arrange a rehearsal dinner for around 65 ppl the night before. Any suggestions? I would like a fairly private room and nothing too fancy.

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    jessicam29 RE: newfood Feb 2, 2010 09:52 AM

    I recently went to a rehearsal dinner at the Mayfair hotel in the Grove and it was really nice. They set up tables outside, since the Mayfair has this indoor/outdoor feel. The food was pretty good, but what was really nice was the atmosphere. They also set up an area with couches and chairs, like a lounge space. The rehearsal was at St. Jude in Brickell, so the Mayfair is only about 10-15 minutes away.

    1. Icantread RE: newfood Feb 2, 2010 01:51 PM

      No need to be shy here. When you say nothing fancy, what $/head range are we thinking? Also how much travel? Walking distance?, Brickell, Grove/Gables, Beach, etc?

      65 is a good crowd

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        newfood RE: Icantread Feb 3, 2010 09:25 AM

        Under $50 per person. Walking distance or a $5 cab ride.

        Two ideas I had were pericones or gorden birsch

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          Frodnesor RE: newfood Feb 3, 2010 09:53 AM

          I've never loved the food at Perricones but it's a nice space. May also want to look at Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita (in the old Firehouse space). Never eaten there but it's another good space.

          Gordon Biersch doesn't exactly say "rehearsal dinner" to me.

      2. Frodnesor RE: newfood Feb 2, 2010 02:11 PM

        65 is a pretty big size, not a lot of stand-alone restaurants that could handle that kind of group. You may want to look at Gibraltar in Grove Isle which is one of the few places that jump to mind that would have the right setup to accomodate that kind of group. They only recently took it over and I've not been yet.

        Most of the hotels likely would have banquet rooms, but it's not always easy to judge what you'd get in the way of banquet food based on what the hotel restaurant is like.

        You may want to look into buying out Andu for the night. We had a cocktail reception there a couple years ago that they did a great job with.

        If you're willing to head off the mainland and over to South Beach, Talula's outdoor patio might be able to handle a group of that size.

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          newfood RE: Frodnesor Feb 3, 2010 09:26 AM

          I adore Talula, but it is a bit of a trek.

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          morganeats RE: newfood Feb 3, 2010 09:37 AM

          I just went to a wedding at Mayfair and do not recommend its food, the food was BAD.
          I went to a rehersal dinner at Perricones. Beautiful setting, you would probably rent out the entire patio with that number and the food was quite good considering the size of the group. Also, the service was very attentive.
          As for others near Brickell:
          Cafe Sambal at the Mandarin Oriental is a beautiful setting and the food is usually pretty good (esp the burger!). They have japanese/asian style food.
          I think a fab spot for a rehersal, if your willing to go to SOBE, is the upstairs room at smith and wollenski, its Beautiful and overlooks the bay and the food is surprisingly good for an old school steak house (its one of the spots I have in mind when my time comes ;)
          EOS is an awesome setting (great decor) w decent food but may be expensive
          Balans opened on brickell, i havent been yet but the one on sobe is pretty good
          There is a Capital Grill on Brickell, nice setting, good standard steak house food
          Once upon a time i had a good meal at Dolores But You can Call Me Lolita near mary brickell village, i looooved the decor (in the old firehouse, white walls, candle lit), but not sure how the food is currently
          River Oyster Bar (again, havent been in a long time, but used to love the food). Not fancy, next door to Tobacco Road which is an old Miami bar (fun spot to go post dinner for guests looking to stay out).
          If youre willing to stray off brickell you'd def find better restaurants, but I think the above mentioed are some of the best bets for that general area.

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            pilches RE: newfood Feb 3, 2010 11:34 AM

            Not on Brickell, but a short ride away, is La Logia on Flagler Street. They have a room upstairs and I'm sure would accommodate your party. The food is good and they do a very good job with private parties. Also, it would be quite a bit under your price range.

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              morganeats RE: pilches Feb 8, 2010 08:26 AM

              I thought about La Logia but didnt rec because I feel that its not the safest location for out of town guests who are unfamiliar with the neighborhood. Its very empty and there is alot of crime in the general area at night. However, the food is delicious and prices fair!!!

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