Out of the many wedding traditions there are, the rehearsal dinner is often overlooked from the celebration but is super important. The rehearsal dinner can play an important role in any wedding celebration, as it’s a time to show hospitality, thank your closest family and friends in an intimate setting, and help set the tone of your big day. When planning your nuptials in Camarillo, we want to help you plan the best rehearsal dinner experience, and while there is no right or wrong, we want to make the process of planning easier. Let’s dive into our list of top local rehearsal dinner locations:

Slate Steak, sushi and cocktails

Get transported to a paradise-like atmosphere of purple hues and tropical libations when visiting SLATE Steak, Sushi and Cocktails. This local favorite serves up, as its name suggests, the best in steak, sushi, and cocktails. They specialize in contemporary American cuisine with a fresh interpretation of various favorites. Their seasoned mixologist serves up the best Instagram-worthy craft cocktails that the entire bridal party will enjoy. A perfect setting for a larger group, the dining area can be transformed for a rehearsal dinner with space for live entertainment and even dancing.

The Manhattan of Camarillo

If you are in search of Italian fare for your rehearsal dinner festivities, The Manhattan of Camarillo is the place to be. This restaurant offers a fine-dining Italian steakhouse environment with live entertainment, a beer garden, and a private, spacious wine room. Both the beer garden and wine room can be used for private events and offer customized menus. Located within a short distance from many of our most popular outdoor wedding venues, this restaurant is perfect for those who want to avoid long drives before the big day.

twenty88 bistro

Twenty88 Bistro, awarded best restaurant in Camarillo, offers Gourmet Fusion and artfully crafted cocktails. Located in the heart of Old Town Camarillo, within popular shopping districts, Twenty88 provides a refined dining experience with impeccable service. The team at Twenty88 specializes in private dinner settings and small events perfect for intimate gatherings or off-site catering.

twisted oak tavern

For those looking to fully immerse themselves in Camarillo history, Twisted Oak Tavern celebrates it’s past and includes nods to its historic building’s early days within Old Town Camarillo. This tavern, perfect for a lively group, serves up the best scratch kitchen dishes, craft cocktails, and local beer while featuring the best local entertainment. Twisted Oak includes a hidden outdoor patio, the ‘Camel Room’ for smaller private gatherings, and assistance with decor and audio/visual needs.

Ruby’s fresh Mexican food & tequila bar

A taste found south of the border more of your liking? Ruby’s Mexican Food & Tequila Bar offers authentic Mexican food complete with catering services and a full-service tequila bar. Host your rehearsal dinner in their main dining room or take advantage of our incredible Mediterranean-style weather on their outdoor patio. From margaritas to tacos and all the classics in between, you can’t go wrong with a Mexican Fiesta theme.

post-wedding brunch

Extend the celebration and spend more time with your guests after the wedding by hosting a post-wedding brunch or farewell lunch. There are plenty of local Camarillo restaurants that are perfect for large groups and serve fantastic brunch options.

Waypoint Cafe, a not-so-hidden gem, is a popular restaurant dubbed one of the best airport cafes in Southern California. Delight on their incredible dishes in large portions and pair them with a boozy mimosa or towering milkshake. Brunch on their patio to watch planes flying in and taking off from the runway.

Ric’s Restaurant & Sports Lounge voted the best sports bar in Camarillo is great for larger groups with different palettes. With an extensive array of menu items, TV’s for sports viewing, and private gathering spaces, this restaurant is perfect for the sports-loving couple

Finney’s Crafthouse is a family-owned American tavern built for good times. The combination of their scratch kitchen and craft bar makes Finney’s Crafthouse a comfortable and inviting gastropub that attracts guests of all types. Their 360 full bar serves over 30 draft brews and hand-crafted signature cocktails. They feature plenty of outdoor space for larger groups and they are located steps from the Camarillo Premium Outlets.