Rehearsal dinner woes? What about having it at a friends house and using take out catering, or walking from your rehearsal to a local restaurant. Vacaville is filled with amazing restaurants that can accommodate a rehearsal dinner of almost any size.
We’ve got it covered! Our staff has done the research for you, here are some ideas on where to hold your rehearsal dinner whether you are looking for a restaurant in our Historic Downtown Vacaville, or are planning on hosting at home.
*If you are trying to keep costs down, consider hosting a rehearsal lunch and then have your wedding rehearsal afterwards.
We called our local restaurants and caterers to get the info you need about pricing, how much notice is needed for reservations, and how many people their banquet room will hold along with other information to help create a wonderful event for your guests.
$: up to $15 per person
$$: $15-$20 per person
$$$: $20-$25 per person
$$$$: $25 and up per person
Restaurants within walking distance of the Opera House:
Evelyn’s Big Italian Pizzeria & Ristorante ($-$$$)
555 Main Street Vacaville, Ca (707) 448-1600
Evelyn’s Big Italian located across the street from our building next to Andrews Park and has an event room downstairs that will hold 60 guests. There is ample parking around downtown and the restaurant is only a ¼ mile away from the Hampton Inn and Suites. Evelyn’s banquet menu has 5 package options ranging from salad, garlic bread, and pizza, to two entrée choices, garlic bread parmigiana and organic salad. Their banquet menu can be found here.
China House Restaurant ($-$$$)
513 Main Street Vacaville, Ca (707) 446-8068
The China House Restaurant located across the street from the Opera House, has been a staple in Downtown Vacaville for many years. Their classic Chinese cuisine is served family style, an easy way for your guests to have exactly what they want. Restaurant photos and menu can be viewed on their Facebook page here.
Fuso’s has a banquet room that will hold 15-45 guests, their banquet options include lunch or dinner. Fuso’s has specific banquet menus with a multitude of choices and to fit any price range. Dinner choices for a sit down service begin with a choice of salad, three classic Italian staples and a dessert. At the upper price range choices include an appetizer, salad, three entrees including choices of Fettuccini Carbonara, Hand-made Goat Cheese Gnocchi, or Linguini Seafood Pasta and many more delicious options. The restaurant’s website has banquet menus with a variety of prices and the entrée choices, they even include a buffet menu and offer party trays for takeout.
There isn’t a fee for the banquet room, but a minimum order of $400 that you place on deposit to reserve the room. This allows you to secure your date with them and prevents booking another event at that time. More information is available on their website.
Joe’s Creekside Cafe
301 Main Street Vacaville, CA (707) 448-3800
Looking for a bit of history to accompany your wedding at the Opera House? Host a rehearsal dinner at Joe’s Creekside Café, located in the historic Vacaville Post Office building. Joe’s Creekside is located 3 blocks from the Opera House. The restaurant serves American fare and has a banquet room that will accommodate 15-25 people and will give you a choice for your guests from a selected menu or the general restaurant menu.
The restaurant does not charge a room fee, but they do require a refundable deposit of $100 to reserve the room. Joe’s will help you arrange a delightful evening for you and your guests. Restaurant information and menus can be found on their website here.
Pietro’s #1 Restaurant ($$$-$$$$)
407 Cernon St. Vacaville, CA
(707) 448-7354 or (707) 446-1771
Pietro’s #1 is located less than a 10-minute walk from the Opera House and has been serving Italian dishes in downtown Vacaville since 1956. Their banquet facility called the Wine Room can serve up to 44 people and offers choice from salad, pizzas, and handmade pasta to a dinner including anti-pasta, salad, pastas and a steak or chicken course and a dessert. Their policy is to charge per guest not necessarily the number the reservation is for. They do not charge a reservation fee or deposit, reservations can be made as long as the room is available (we recommend booking early to get your specific date.) The banquet menu can be found on their website here.
Local restaurant recommendations and Catering companies:
Chef Daniel has provided culinary services at the Opera House for many events. His staff is always professional and his food is delicious. Chef Daniel graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1984 and has over 30 years of culinary experience. He served for 11 years as the executive chef of the Green Valley Country Club. He is licensed and insured and can provide for your event drop off options (which may include, replenishing, food presentation and service staff) to full service catering. Chef Daniel will help you plan for a wonderful lunch or dinner for your guests. Sample entree and side selections are available to view on his website. Contact him for a personalized consultation.
Erica is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Saint Helena, California with 15 years of catering experience. Her desire is to highlight fresh, seasonal foods in Vacaville and the surrounding communities. Event minimums depend on the season and availablity, she brings service staff to suit the size of your event. Her on-site catering prices include finishing on site so that you can be assured of a professional presentation at your event.
No matter what the occasion, Erica Marie’s Catering will plan and deliver a menu to remember. They offer complete meal packages that include beverages and desserts. Whether Elegant , Casual, or even Barbeque, they will tailor a spectacular menu to fit your theme. For photos of her cuisine and catering events visit her Facebook page.
Pietro’s #2 ($-$$ Lunch and $$-$$$ Dinner)
679 Merchant Street Vacaville, CA (707) 448-4588
Pietro’s #2 is located just off the freeway on Merchant Street, and offers two banquet rooms that can be combined to seat 10-100 guests. So their can accommodate a small dinner or a large out of town contingent of family and guests.
They have a lunch option also starting at two items and their banquet dinner have options from a family style/buffet with pizza salad and pasta, to a sit down dinner with steak or chicken dishes and house specialties. The restaurant also offers catering off site as well as pick-up and delivery of party trays for a nominal fee. For more information and to see their menus check out their website.