Rehearsal Dinners Purpose

What is a Rehearsal Dinners?

rehearsal dinners are a pre-wedding ceremony in Puerto Rico and North American culture, habitually held afterward the wedding rehearsal and the night beforehand the wedding ceremony.

The guests usually consist of the married-to-be couple and others who form the wedding party. The rehearsal dinners costs are regularly incurred by the groom’s parents. Nevertheless, modern customs allow for both the bride’s and the groom’s parents to incur these expenses.

What is the purpose of a Rehearsal Dinners?

The purpose of the rehearsal dinners are for the relatives and friends of the bride and grooms to meet and have a wonderful time. The couple commonly takes this occasion to thank each person who has helped with the wedding arrangements. Events mostly include toasting (or roasting) and the presentations of small gifts for those who have assisted design the wedding.

The rehearsal dinners are traditionally held the night before the wedding, often on a Friday and frequently starts at about 7 p.m. This leaves time for the people who are invited to gather after work. For a Sunday or holiday wedding, you have more choices for your rehearsal dinners.

Ever since the rehearsal dinners has become more of a festivity in its own right than just a formality, some couples choose to hold the event two nights before the wedding. This way, there’s more time to relax, recuperate and get ready for the main event. Sometimes a lot of attendants won’t make it until late on the eve of your wedding, a breakfast celebration the morning of the wedding can be a fabulous alternative.

The rehearsal dinners are the perfect period for your two families to spend a quality moment together before the wedding day in a not-so-hectic situation. Take advantage of the relaxed environment, full of happy anticipation—come wedding night, you’ll most likely be pulled in too many directions to put in quality time with anyone. The final goal is to discharge some pre-wedding pressure and make everyone feel relaxed with the forthcoming weddings, while not surpassing the main event.

Why choose Barrachina Restaurant Old San Juan for your Rehearsal Dinners?

Barrachina Restaurant is situated the heart of historic and romantic Old San Juan. Our restaurant is ideally located just 20 minutes from the main San Juan airport and a few minutes away where grand cruise ships dock. We are the perfect place to combine all your rehearsal dinners preparation and afterward.

If you are planning to have a rehearsal dinners, Barrachina Restaurant can offer you different salons with a range of capacity from 60 to 110 people for wedding rehearsal,banquets, birthdays, anniversaries and more..

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Appetizers / Aperitivos

*Select one per person / Seleccione uno por persona

Shrimp Scampi / Camarones al Ajillo

Main Course / Plato Principal

*Select one per person / Seleccione uno por persona

Spanish Rice / Paella Criolla

Beef Tenderloin / Medallones de Filete de Res

Mahi Mahi Filet with Coconut / Filete de Dorado en Salsa de Coco

**Served with rice, beans, vegetables and fried plantain. / Todos los platos servidos con arroz, habichuelas, vegetales y tostones.

Any dessert from our menu / Postres a escoger

$32.95 per person / por persona

Plus 18% service charge and 7% tax / Más 18% de servicio y 7% de tax

We required a deposit of 50% to guarantee the reservation. / Se requiere el 50% de depósito para garantizar la reservación.

Appetizers / Aperitivos

*Select one per person / Seleccione uno por persona

House Salad or Soup of the day cup or Puertorrican Delights / Ensalada de la Casa ó Copa de Sopa del Día ó Delicias de Puerto Rico (Assorted Fritters: Croquettes, Corn Fritters and Turnovers / Croquetas, Sorullos de Maiz, Pastelillos y Calamares)

Main Course / Plato Principal

*Select one per person / Seleccione uno por persona

Chicken Breast Parmegian / Pechuga de Pollo a la Parmesana

Grouper Fillet in a Creole Sauce / Filete de Mero en Salsa Criolla

Fortaleza Steak in Mushroom Sauce (Skirt Steak stuffed with Ham, Cheese, Onions and Peppers covered with Mushroom Sauce) / Steak Fortaleza en Salsa de Setas (Churrasco Relleno de Jamón, Pimientos, Cebolla y Queso Suizo)

**All specialties are served with rice, beans, fresh vegetables and tostones or fried plantain. / Los platos salen con arroz, habichuelas, vegetales y tostones.

Any dessert from our menu / Postres a escoger

$34.00 per person / por persona

Plus 18% service charge and 7% tax / Más 18% de servicio y 7% de tax

We required a deposit of 50% to guarantee the reservation. / Se requiere el 50% de depósito para garantizar la reservación.

Appetizers / Aperitivos

*Select one per person / Seleccione uno por persona

House Salad or Puertorrican Delights / Ensalada de la Casa ó Delicias de Puerto Rico

(Assorted Fritters: Croquettes, Corn Fritters and Turnovers / Croquetas, Sorullos de Maiz, Pastelillos y Calamares)

Main Course / Plato Principal

*To choose between / A escoger entre

Chicken Caribeño (Chicken Breast Chunks with Pinneapple Ginger and Almond Sauce) / Pollo Caribeño (Pechuga de Pollo en Salsa de Piña)

Mofongo Stuffed with Seafood (Plantain fried and mashed seasoned with garlic and pork skin served over lettuce and tomatoes stuffed with seafood) / Mofongo de Marisco

Fortaleza Steak in Mushroom Sauce (Skirt Steak stuffed with Ham, Cheese, Onions and Peppers covered with Mushroom Sauce) / Steak Fortaleza en Salsa de Setas (Churrasco Relleno de Jamón, Pimientos, Cebolla y Queso Suizo)

**Served with rice, beans, fresh vegetables and tostones or fried plantain (except mofongo). / Platos servidos con arroz, habichuelas, vegetales y tostones (excepto el mofongo).

Vegetarian Dish / Platos Vegetarianos

Vegetarian Mofongo / Mofongo Vegetariano

Vegetarian Fajitas / Fajitas Vegetarianes

Linguini Primavera / Linguini Primavera

*One drink is included. Your choice of the following: Glass of Wine, Piña Colada or Sangria / Se servirá un trago a escoger entre: Copa de Vino, Una Piña Colada o una Copa de Sangría

$38.95 per person / por persona

Plus 18% service charge and 7% tax / Más 18% de servicio y 7% de tax

We required a deposit of 50% to guarantee the reservation. / Se requiere el 50% de depósito para garantizar la reservación.

Appetizers / Aperitivos
Mesclun Mix with Passion Fruit Dressing / Ensalada Mesclun Mix con Aderezo de Parcha

Main Course / Plato Principal

Chicken Breast Stuffed with Fried Plantains and Fruit Sauce / Pechuga de Pollo Rellena en Amarillo en Salsa de Frutas

Skirt Churrasco with Glazed Onions in Wine / Churrasco al Grill con Cebollas Glaseadas en Vino Tinto

Seafood Mofongo / Mofongo Relleno de Marisco

**All dishes are served with pilaf rice and sauteed vegetables / Platos servidos con arroz pilaf y vegetales salteados

One drink is included. Your choice of the following: Glass of Wine, Piña Colada or Sangria / Se servirá un trago a escoger entre: Copa de Vino, Una Piña Colada o una Copa de Sangría

$32.00 per person / por persona

Plus 18% service charge and 7% tax / Más 18% de servicio y 7% de tax

We required a deposit of 50% to guarantee the reservation. / Se requiere el 50% de depósito para garantizar la reservación.

Appetizers / Aperitivos

Cream of Broccoli (soup) / Cream de Brócoli

Main Course / Plato Principal

Chicken Breast with Caramelice Carrots / Pechuga de Pollo con Zanahorias Caramelizadas

Skirt Churrasco with  Onions and Mushrooms Sauce / Churrasco Relleno de Chorizo y Cebolla en Salsa de Setas

Salmon with Ginger and Pinneaple Sauce / Salmón en Salsa de Piña y Jengibre

**All dishes are served with rice and sauteed vegetables / Platos servidos con arroz mamposteado y vegetales salteados

One drink is included. Your choice of the following: Glass of Wine, Piña Colada or Sangria / Se servirá un trago a escoger entre: Copa de Vino, Una Piña Colada o una Copa de Sangría

$32.00 per person / por persona

Plus 18% service charge and 7% tax / Más 18% de servicio y 7% de tax

We required a deposit of 50% to guarantee the reservation. / Se requiere el 50% de depósito para garantizar la reservación.

Appetizers / Aperitivos

Mesclun Mix with Papaya Dressing

Main Course / Plato Principal

Chicken Breast Chunks in a Pinneapple Sauce) / Pollo Caribeño en Salsa de Piña

Pork Tenderloin in a Mango Sauce / Medallones de Cerdo en Salsa de Mango

**All dishes are served with roots and sauteed vegetables / Platos servidos con majado de viandas y vegetales salteados en vino y perejil

One drink is included. Your choice of the following: Glass of Wine, Piña Colada or Sangria / Se servirá un trago a escoger entre: Copa de Vino, Una Piña Colada o una Copa de Sangría

$34.00 per person / por persona

Plus 18% service charge and 7% tax / Más 18% de servicio y 7% de tax

We required a deposit of 50% to guarantee the reservation. / Se requiere el 50% de depósito para garantizar la reservación.

Appetizers / Aperitivos

Mesclun Mix con Aderezo Balsámico

Main Course / Plato Principal

Beef Tenderloin with Spanish Sausage and Onion / Escalopines de Res con Demi Glace de Cebolla y Chorizo

Shrimp Sauteed un wine and Vegetables / Camarones Salteados en Vino y Vegetales

Chicken Breast stuffed with Prosciutto and Spinach / Pechuga de Pollo Rellena de Espinaca y Prosciutto

**All dishes are served with pilaf rice, mashed fried plantain with bacon / Platos servidos con arroz salvaje (pilaf) y majado de amarillo y tocineta

$39.00 per person / por persona

Plus 18% service charge and 7% tax / Más 18% de servicio y 7% de tax

We required a deposit of 50% to guarantee the reservation. / Se requiere el 50% de depósito para garantizar la reservación.

Wedding Planner Services

For wedding planner services call Wanda García at 787.565.4405.

Testimonials

The event went better than I imagined! I was very happy with the service, the piña coladas were amazing, and food was delicious. Every one of my 55 guest had a great time. The flamenco dancers were incredible, the staff was very helpful and cheerful, and overall everything went great. My wife and I will always be grateful to Barrachina for making our wedding day spectacular.
We had our wedding rehearsal dinners at Barrachina for 50+ people, and were more than satisfied with the level of service, quality of food and drinks, and professionalism from their staff.

Setting up the event by email form California was the easiest of all of our wedding planning, the staff was always very responsive.

We chose the Caribbean Menu #5 (Mofongo w/steak, pork stuffed with chorizo and spinach, and fish in typical sauce). We were VERY happy with all the food that evening, as were all of our guests. Pricing on drinks and food was fair.

To top off the event, there was a flamenco show in the room that evening, which was excellent and a pleasant surprise for our guests.

I highly recommend Barrachina for group events. My interest in choosing Barrachina was to set the tone for the weekend’s wedding festivities, and introduce new visitors to Puerto Rico to some local food and drinks. On that end, we were happily satisfied and would do it again.

My wife and I married at the Hotel El Convento in November 2011. We chose Barrachina for our rehearsal dinners and could not have been more pleased with our experience. The atmosphere was great. The staff was professional and courteous. And our guests very much enjoyed the flamenco show (which you may have to pay extra depending on the date). All in all it was a fabolous event at a reasonable price.

Similar to philcalisoul, we planned our event from the States. The restaurant’s general manager, Rafael Ruiz, was very responsive and helpful. Although the lack of a detailed contract concerned me initially, Mr. Ruiz gave me every assurance that the event would proceed as we discussed in our correspondence. He stayed true to his word, charging us at the agreed price and only for the 35 guests who were able to join us that evening.

I recommend Barrachina for everyone wishing to hold a relaxed group event in Old San Juan. If you are interested only in fine dining, you may want to explore other options. But if you are interested in a truly enjoyable overall experience, try Barrachina. The local cuisine is very good and the pina coladas are unmatched. Your guests will thank you.

We got married last month at Castillo San Cristobal in Old San Juan, and then went to Barrachina with our family and friends and had a great time. The food was excellent, and the flamenco show amazing. The service was so good nobody wanted to leave the wedding reception!
I absolutely loved Barrachina – I called last minute for a group reservation of 25, and they took it with no problem and a pleasant attitude. When we arrived, only 15 of our party showed up, and the staff was more than accommodating – they simply split the tables, and used them for walk-ins. The food was amazing – you MUST try the Paella Criolla and their signature Piña Coladas and Sangria!

We had such a wonderful experience, my better half and I went back NEXT NIGHT to try more things on the menu. Between the flamenco dancers, potent cocktails, parrots, outdoor seating and gracious staff, I would recommend this restaurant for anyone – families, groups, date night, business dinner, ect.

We had a party of 19 and planned our destination wedding in Old San Juan. We picked our reception at La Barrachina because it has an environment for all ages especially for a family. The restaurant gave us a selection of six entrees including my favorite, Paella. They also got us a wedding rum cake that was one of the best I ever tasted. Transportation was also arranged by the restaurant to pick us up at our hotel, take us to the wedding site, then the restaurant. All superb! My new wife and I also dined here prior when we were deciding on what restaurant to choose from. On certain nights they put on a free dinner dancing show. Excellent all around!