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Looking for a Rehearsal Dinner Location Near Cincinnati, Ohio

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  • MM19 Feb 14, 2011 06:38 AM
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We are having a bit of trouble finding a location for our rehearsal dinner. My in-laws asked that I forward on a number of suggestions for sites. I forwarded on 5: Grand Finale, Nada, Nicola's, J.R.'s Table, and Trios. They selected the Grand Finale.

The trouble is that after the fact, they mentioned to my fiance, privately, that they would like to keep the budget at $1000 (this is for 19 people). This is more than do-able if no one orders more than 1 glass of wine, BUT, as most of the guests are wine drinkers (w/ the exception of 3), it might be a bit tight (only allowing for 1 glass per person), particularly bc/ his parents don't want to ask the guests to do this.

My fiance is worried, though, that they will not be able to enjoy themselves if they are always watching/worried that people are ordering drinks, and adding to the bill. My fiance and I thought perhaps somewhere more casual, but affordable, might allow more flexibility (meaning, people could order drinks if they like without having to ask them to limit themselves to 1 glass). However, as his family really wants to pick a nice restaurant, with an inviting and attractive ambiance, I feel pressed.

We would LOVE any suggestions you might be able to offer. We are trying to avoid chain restaurants; looking for somewhere with good food and wine; but a place where this budget for this many people is more than do-able. Thanks again for your help!

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  1. On your budget you're limiting yourself to about $50 per person. That's not enough for Nicola's for sure, and you'll be pushing it at Nada (drinks will take you over $50) and Trio. Haven't been to JR's Table, and I think Grand Finale is totally mediocre, overrated and dull. Call Via Vite (related to Nicola's, but not as expensive) or maybe Bella Luna, though I don't know if they handle rehearsal dinners. The setting isn't what I'd consider upscale, but I like the food.

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    Via Vite
    520 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

    Grand Finale
    3 E Sharon Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45246

    Bella Luna's
    19 S 6th St, Jacksonville, OH 45740

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    1. re: johnbycz

      Thank you so much, John! This was a big help! I will look into both Via Vite and Bella Luna right away!

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      Via Vite
      520 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

      Bella Luna's
      19 S 6th St, Jacksonville, OH 45740

    2. I think your finance is very smart! Drinking is the key to a fun time at a rehersal dinner.

      If you haven't done it, I would call Grand Finale and tell them your concerns and ask about a "red or white?" (house wine) option only. You can reduce sticker shock that way. I glanced at their wine list and they have Rosemont for $22 bottle/$220 for 10 bottles. Most people would be fine with that and you can have big fun.

      I was going to suggest Slim's in Northside, because it "was" great food and BYOB. The only reason I mention it now that I am closed is that maybe someone will think of another place like that.

      Primavista has an amazing view and a private party number. I'd call them (and some other places) and tell them your budget. I had my rehersal dinner at a place with a view and people still talk about it 15 years later...

      There are a few places in Mainstrasse (Covington) that are pretty good. Otto's, Dee Felice, Chez Nora and they might be good on the budget.

      I would definitely ask them about serving a white and a red without a list. Normally there is a house wine that will work for you and won't break the bank.

      Worst case, let them deal with it. You probably think people will drink more than they really will. Even if each person had an extra wine, it would easily be less than $200.

      Good luck,
      Luigi

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      Primavista
      810 Matson Place, Cincinnati, OH 45204

      Grand Finale
      3 E Sharon Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45246

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      1. re: Uncle Luigi

        Hahaha. I agree! Drinking is key! Again, I have never heard of Primavista/Otto's /Chez Nora, but will look into them right away (I have been out of the area for 17 years! hahaha), and Dee Felice! Haven't been in forever, but used to really love it there! These great suggestions, and so very much appreciated!!!!

        1. re: Uncle Luigi

          Or maybe when you discuss your situation with them, you can see if you can bring your own wine and pay a reasonable corking fee?

          1. re: ahack

            Great ideas, everyone! Thanks so much! This really is a huge help. M

        2. Try Molly Malone's Irish Pub in Covington, there is a great private second floor, casual with a great ambience.

          http://covington.mollymalonesirishpub...