A couple's rehearsal dinner is often the first occasion in which the wedding party and guests come together in celebration, and so sets the tone for the remainder of the shindig. Therefore, it only seems right that the chosen venue for such a reunion should provide a warm and inviting atmosphere combined with irresistibly toothsome eats. Los Angeles luckily boasts no lack of restaurants for every appetite, budget, and personality, from minute pizzerias bursting with flavorful foods to celebrity-favored sushi eateries with catches fresh from the nearby ocean. These six restaurants offer the best of Los Angeles cuisine for an ideal beginning to your wedding festivities.
Nobu Malibu (Above)
Japanese restaurant Nobu may not be a new point of interest on the Los Angeles food circuit, but the eatery is nevertheless a classic meeting point for fans of fresh sushi and luxurious surroundings. Couples striving for an elegant rehearsal dinner will fall for the restaurant's quiet opulence and consistently succulent sushi.
Photo: Courtesy of Catch & Release
With its informal interior design and critic-beloved, seafood-infused menu, Catch & Release is the ultimate Los Angeles eatery for mouthwatering bites in a comfortable atmosphere. Chef Jason Neroni's rich Bucantini with Dungeness Crab and traditional New England Clam Bake entrees are ideal for sharing family-style — if you care to share at all!
Photo: Courtesy of Maré
A petite venue that packs an epicurean punch, Maré is a cozy spot perfect for entertaining your nearest and dearest as you prepare for your big day. Maré's twinkly-light festooned outdoor space will draw you in, but the food will keep you riveted. From the simple Crudite of Vegetables appetizer to the broth-doused shellfish entree, the restaurant's menu offers no faulty choices.
Photo: Courtesy of Bestia
The brainchild of Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis, Bestia is beloved by Los Angeles locals for its experimental Italian fare. Not to be missed are the restaurant's famed pizza and pasta selections, including a Casarecce al Pomodoro that utilizes basic ingredients in the most heavenly manner, and the kale-infused Gorgonzola Pizza.
Photo: Courtesy of Lucques
One simply cannot find a more definitive Hollywood dining experience than Lucques, a restaurant whose wedding-ready romanticism matches its beautiful menu. Fresh vegetables add flavor to the much-adored Chilled Summer Squash Soup, while carnivores will dive directly into the French-inspired Niman Ranch Steak Frites.
Photo: Courtesy of Night + Market
If Thai street food intrigues you, Night + Market may be your soulmate — at least in matters of the stomach. The restaurant's compact kitchen produces beautifully rendered curries, noodles, spicy salads, and sweets for a couple as adventurous as they are hungry.