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Reception at the Garden Grill at the Gran Bahia in Punta Cana

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#1 clairemarie

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    Posted 19 January 2011 - 05:56 AM

    Has anyone recently returned from having a private reception at the Garden Grill at the Gran Bahia in Punta Cana -  wondering what your feedback is on the location and also the menu that is offered.  Also what is included in the price for the private reception as I noticed somewhere where they charge you 1.50 for folded napkins??????  Is this for real or do they even charge for the tableclothes etc.  Did anyone find you could negotiate with them?


    Trying to decide on which venue for the reception - so would be interested in hearing any feed back on the other private areas they have as well.  Thanks

    #2 D.R bride to be

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      Posted 15 February 2011 - 12:22 PM

      Hi there,


      i was just married there in November. We had originally reserved the Garden Grill for our private reception as well. But when we went for the tour, we realized that it wouldn't really work for us because right in the center of the room, was a large grill buffet station....right in the middle of the room!

      we were having a DJ, and we know we were going to be doing tons of dancing, so our coordinator suggested the Italian "Cappricio" resto. It is the exact same as the Garden Grill but much more of an open space which was perfect for us. But we were able to keep the menu of the Garden Grill which was what we had wanted.  Just thought I would suggest it.


      With a private reception, the room is reserved for you and only your guests. Don't worry, they do not charge for napkins, tableclothes, or covered chairs with sashes...they things were all included. I did bring my own table runners in our wedding color just because i didn't want to pay for them there.

      They even provide menu cards with your names on them, but you can bring your own too if you want something a bit more special.


      Hope this helps :)

      #3 clairemarie

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        Posted 16 February 2011 - 01:42 PM

        How did you enjoy your meal that they provided - what was it that you picked?  Are there any areas that you wouldn't pick again - did you have an open bar - or do you feel it was worth the price they charge.  Thanks for any additional inform - it is always great to hear from someone who has experienced it.  Thanks Claire

        #4 D.R bride to be

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          Posted 22 February 2011 - 10:33 AM

          I have to say that everyone really really enjoyed the meal. i was actually surprised at how good it was lol.


          We chose:

          - caesar salad with chicken

          - beef bisque soup (DELICIOUS)

          - choice of Beef Sirloin or Grilled Salmon

          - Pineapple Cobbler for dessert


          + our wedding cake


          We paid $20 extra per guest in order for them to have the choice of a main meal (sirloin or salmon) Ended up not being worth it because only a few ppl choice the salmon, but we still had to pay $20 for everyone at the reception. But we still wanted to give them the choice.



          we did have open bar. We chose the International drink...so we could have Bacardi, Absolut, and Jack Daniels for example instead of just the local brands. It is ABSOLUTELY worth it to have open bar. we didn't want our guest to have to trek to the reception to get a drink! eventhough it it pricey, it so worth it.



          Hope this was helpful. just let me know if you have any other questions

          Good luck,


          #5 nelisha

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            Posted 28 February 2011 - 01:53 PM

            how much was the open bar?

            #6 Yendiangie

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              Posted 24 March 2011 - 01:04 PM

              When is your wedding Claire?

              I'm getting married there on November 26, 2010...

              Was also wondering about what restaurant to choose for the reception...

              #7 Aphrodite

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                Posted 29 March 2011 - 04:52 AM

                I am getting married there on November 11, 2011 and I chose the Il Cappricio restaurant - mainly because my family is Italian so I thought they would like the food on the menu there better than anywhere else LOL.


                Good to hear that someone had a good experience with the restaurant :o)

                #8 ashley1316

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                  Posted 29 March 2011 - 05:44 AM

                  I am getting married there on july 8 2011. I originally had chossen the garden grill, but after getting some pics back from the wedding cordinator, i to was disappointed with the buffett in the middle.

                  So i have switched to the II Cappricio.



                  #9 newfiebride1

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                    Posted 21 October 2013 - 05:39 PM

                    I just returned from the resort last month. I'm getting married there next year. There is no buffet in the middle of the Garden Grill private section, just for future brides who read this and start to panic.

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