Great rehearsal dinner restaurants in Gwinnett

Whether you're looking for a small, intimate restaurant or elegant, fine dining, Gwinnett has a number of great restaurant choices to help you celebrate with your wedding party on that night before your wedding day.

Braselton

Cotton Calf Kitchen, 9924 Davis St., Suite 9, Braselton, 706-684-0410, Event Coordinator Susan Wagner at susan@cottoncalf.com or 678-357-4305, www.cottoncalf.com

The newly opened Cotton Calf Kitchen in downtown is a "120-seat white tablecloth classic American steakhouse (that) features a menu with heirloom vegetables and an array of tapas-style appetizers." The restaurant has three areas available for special events. The private dining room can seat up to 40 people. The main dining room can accommodate 88, and 46 can enjoy the bar and lounge. The Cotton Calf Kitchen has a patio that can easily seat 32, but is not furnished. Guests may rent furniture for a fee. For special events, the restaurant can work with you to pre-determine a menu based on the needs of your guests, including a full bar, wine or beer packages. There are separate audio zones for the private dining room, patio, dining room, and the bar and lounge. In addition they offer a portable 70" LED TV that can be set up anywhere in the restaurant, including the private dining room and patio.

Houndstooth Grill & Bar, 6323 Grand Hickory Drive, Braselton, 770-967-2225, Chef/Owner Yanis Latis at yanislatsis@gmail.com, www.htgrillbar.com

Located near the beautiful golf community of Chateau Élan, Houndstooth features a casual, elegant atmosphere and an extensive menu ranging from burgers and sandwiches to seafood, pasta and steaks. The main candlelit dining room and bar feature locally hand painted murals highlighting the traditional English decor. The newly updated bar is very nice and private. Behind the bar is a banquet room capable of seating up to 50 guests; it is private with sliding doors and its own restroom. In addition, there is a large covered patio perfect for a gathering with family or friends around the marble top fire pit. Houndstooth offers several menu options ranging from $14 to $25 per person as starting points, but the restaurant is happy to customize a menu for your event. Full bar, wine and beer package options available.

Duluth

Park Café, 3579 W. Lawrenceville St., Duluth, 770-476-2989, Michael Ganley at parkcafeduluth@gmail.com, www.parkcafeduluth.net

Park Café in the historic Knox House on the Town Green in downtown Duluth considers itself a Southern neighborhood bistro. Separate dining rooms are available for small groups, with larger party options invited to use the covered or uncovered patios. Group dinner options available from $28 to $39 per person. Park Café's wine market stocks some of the finest cellars in the area. Wine packages for group dinners range from $16 to $19 per person.

Kurt's Bistro, 3305 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Duluth, 770-623-4128, info@kurtsrestaurant.com. Ask for Alexander or Silvia. www.kurtsrestaurant.com

With more than 60 years of experience, owner Kurt Eisele has been bringing his European influence to Duluth for the past thirty years. The private dining room seats up to 48 and the patio can accommodate up to 60 for a cocktail reception. Pre-fixed menus are customized to the couple's event and budget. Full bar and custom packages are available. Kurt's has a film screen available for audio-visual presentations. Guests will need to provide their own projector.

Lawrenceville

Dominick's, 197 W. Crogan St., Lawrenceville, GA 30046, 770-277-8477, General Manager Jean Vallely, www.dominicksitalian.com

Dominick's has been an institution in Lawrenceville for many years, serving authentic Italian cuisine. The private banquet room seats 55-60, and the main dining area can be rented out for up to 120 people. The restaurant offers banquet packages to include salads, coffee, tea, nonalcoholic beverages, four entree selections and desserts for as little as $25.95 a person. They will serve family style or buffet. Full bar and open bar packages. They do not provide audio/visual equipment but can accommodate DJs, screens and a variety of layouts based your needs.

Old Towne Tavern & Grill, 835 Lawrenceville/Suwanee Road, Lawrenceville, 770-339-0909, www.ottavern.com

For a more casual experience, many bridal parties enjoy Old Towne Tavern & Grille's burgers, wings and pizza options. The restaurant can accommodate 72 seated in the private dining room, and 50 in the mezzanine. Full bar, wine or beer packages available. Audio/visual equipment not provided but welcome.

Lilburn

1910 Public House, 107 Main St. NW, Lilburn, GA 30047, 770-564-6911, Jennifer Tiberia at 404-229-5651 or jennifer@tiberiarestaurantgroup.com, www.1910publichouse.com

The 1910 Public House has a brand new event space with a recently completed, beautiful mural. The restaurant is conveniently located across the street from Lilburn City Park, a nice venue for an outdoor wedding. The chef-driven menu embraces the principles of sustainability with locally sourced ingredients whenever possible and changing selections to celebrate the seasons. The menu is extensive, eclectic and gourmet and the environment fresh and modern with a nod to the historical location. Owner Jennifer Tiberia is happy to help wedding parties design a custom menu for any special event. The expansive full bar seats 18 guests.

Grayson

Graft Restaurant, 516 Grayson Parkway, Grayson, GA 30017, Ashley Clements at ashley@graftrestaurant.com or 770-338-9001 www.graftrestaurant.net

Graft Restaurant, independently owned by Ashley and Seth Clemence, is a farm-to-table experience in an historic house that has been renovated into an open-area dining space with a deck. There is no private dining room, but the restaurant is available for buyouts with the ability to open on Saturday afternoons or Sunday evenings for private events. The patio is also available for off-site catering. The dining room can easily seat 40, plus 12 at the bar. For larger parties, the owners are willing to reconfigure the dining room to accommodate up to 60. The patio will seat up to 25. Full bar available with an expansive wine list, craft cocktails, and over 36 different bourbons. Because Graft is truly a farm-to-table restaurant with the menu changing every 4 to 6 weeks, the chef/owner will personally tailor each menu with consideration to budget and seasonal availability. No audio-visual available, but arrangements can be made to accommodate a party's needs.

Norcross

The Crossing, 40 S. Peachtree Road, Norcross, 678-280-9081, Catering Manager Alisha Hairston at thecrossingcatering@gmail.com, www.thecrossingofnorcross.com

The recently opened Crossing in the historic train depot in downtown Norcross offers a traditional steakhouse menu including seafood, pork, chicken and beef selections. Event menus range from $25 to $45 per person, but the restaurant will work closely with you to create the perfect menu. The main dining room is available for rental and seats up to 125. The covered patio can accommodate 50, the buffet room is best for 25 to 30 and a smaller private dining space is available for 35 people. The restaurant offers a projector screen and public address system, but guests will need to provide their own projector. Owners Luis and Yanin are musicians and are often hired to provide live entertainment for private events.

Peachtree Corners

Grace 1720, 5155 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 320, Peachtree Corners, 678- 421-1720, Barbara DiJames Chef/owner at info@grace1720.com, www.grace1720.com

Located in the Forum shopping center, Grace 1720 is a casually elegant fine dining experience. The restaurant has a private dining room upstairs to accommodate a group of up to 35 guests. The main dining room can host up to 70 guests for a seated event, and about 100 for a stand-up cocktail reception. Since the patio is uncovered the restaurant doesn't rent it specifically for events. However, if the weather permits and you have booked the main dining room, it can be included in the event. Full bar, no alcohol packages. Set or custom menus available. Audio visual setup is available.

Suwanee

Ippolito's Italian Restaurant, 350 Town Center Ave. #103, Suwanee, GA 30024 , 678-985-4377, www.ippolitos.net

The very popular Ippolito's offers a variety of menu options for special events. The private dining room seats up to 96 guests. The 800-square-foot lounge is a perfect reception area for cocktails, hor d' oeuvres, registration or even a DJ. They offer complete AV equipment including a 120'' LCD projector screen with surround sound, wireless microphone and iPod connection.

Suwanee Park Tavern, 340 Town Center Ave., Suwanee, 470-266-1516, www.suwaneeparktavern.com

Also located on Suwanee's Town Center area, the Suwanee Park Tavern offers classic American cuisine with burgers and sandwiches to seafood, chicken and steaks. The private dining room downstairs seats up to 75 comfortably and has a stage for DJs or other presentations. A projector and screen are available. Set or custom menu options available.

Snellville

Provino's Italian Restaurant, 2250 E Main St., Snellville, 770-972-8411, snell-10@provinos.com, www.provinos.com

Summit Chase Country Club is often the home to weddings and receptions in Snellville, but for a more casual option, Provino's is a Snellville favorite. The restaurant offers a family-style menu, banquet menu or will work with parties to design a custom event. The private dining room seats 40. No audio-visual equipment available.

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