Kiss The Bride

The last pre-wedding bash you’ll throw will probably be your rehearsal dinner - and you want it to be memorable. The first step to planning a fantastic evening? Hunting down the perfect venue. From chic bistros to casual haunts, Charlottetown has a handful of restaurants equipped to host you and your wedding party.

Here are my picks for the top restaurants for a wedding rehearsal dinner in Charlottetown.

The Pilot House (70 Grafton Street)
Looking for the perfect blend of upscale and casual? The Pilot House is where it’s at. This cozy gourmet pub boasts a private bistro (dubbed “Queue”) where you can escape the restaurant crowd. It’s equipped with a private entrance, a bar area, a patio and enough room for 40 guests. What’s on the menu? Parmesan crusted haddock, a tomato jam and brie burger, fish and chips and plenty of other drool-worthy dinner options.

Merchant Man (23 Queen Street)
This homely pub is the perfect no fuss, no muss option for laidback couples. On the menu you’ll find a little bit of everything - oysters, salads, pasta, tacos, steak and more (it even has a few vegetarian options for plant-based eaters). Like many eateries in the neighbourhood, it’s outfitted with exposed bricks and beams, but has a few trend-forward flourishes (like edison bulb lighting) to give it that extra oomph. For private events, such as your rehearsal, it can accommodate groups of up to 28 people.

Sims Corner (86 Queen Street)
This three-storey brick building has been perched on the corner of Queen and Sydney since 1862. It has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a drugstore and now serves as a top notch steakhouse/oyster bar. Its menu - as you may have guessed - features a healthy dose of seafood and top quality cuts of meat. It offers two options for private dining: Sims Cellar (capacity of 24) and Sims Wine Bar (capacity of 20). Each space features exposed bricks and beams and vintage decor.

The Brickhouse (125 Sydney Street)
What was once a warehouse is now a well-loved restaurant that slings elevated pub grub. The building still boasts exposed bricks and beams, but has been decked out with modern touches to bring it into the 21st century. Take a look at the menu and you’ll find a ton of classic bar food with a twist (crab cakes with red pepper aioli, buffalo chicken mac n’ cheese and yakisoba are just a few options).

Peake’s Quay (11 Great George Street)
This casual nautical themed eatery is perched right on the water’s edge, overlooking Quartermaster Marina and Confederation Landing Park. As expected, seafood is its specialty, with lobster, scallops and fish dominating the menu (there are a handful of non-seafood dishes, for those who prefer turf to surf). It can accommodate groups both big and small (its largest being 400 people). Bonus: it’s right next to the Delta Prince Edward, so it’s easy to get to for out-of-towners staying at the hotel.

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