Rehearsal Dinner & Venue Spotlight: the Steam Plant

For over 100 years the impressive smoke stacks at  the Steam Plant have been an important part of downtown Spokane’s landscape. Now this historic landmark is one of downtown’s best restaurants! And it gets even better! It’s also one of the coolest rehearsal dinner or wedding spots in the entire city. With 80 foot ceilings, exposed boiler pipes all over, a central location, great food and tons of flexibility, you should definitely consider Stacks @ Steam Plant for your rehearsal dinner or wedding.

Here is an interview to learn more!

Steam Plant North FacadePhoto by Peter Hassel

What type of weddings and wedding related events does your venue work best for?

We are able to accommodate a full wedding and reception with some imagination and planning.  Our real niche, however, is rehearsal dinners.  We have four separate dining rooms that can accommodate parties ranging from 16-60.

Steam Plant Commons BarPhoto by Studio Fontana Maria Photography

What makes your venue unique?

We are located in the historic steam plant in downtown Spokane.  Our venue is one of only 100 buildings in the U.S. that is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  Inside the facility, our guests have a close look at boilers, catwalks, pipes and even the opportunity to walk inside one of the 225-foot smokestacks.

Steam Plant Commons Seating

What is the capacity of your venue?


What are your catering guidelines?


Event reservations can be made up to one year in advance. Any reservation for one of our private spaces must be confirmed with a credit card, along with a signed copy of our contract. Using a credit card number authorizes the Steam Plant to charge $100.00 to that card in the event of an untimely cancellation. The Steam Plant requires a one-week notice to cancel an event reservation. Reservations can be made through the Event Coordinator at (509) 462-0285.


For all events greater than 15 guests, a set menu is required with up to four entrée selections for your guests to choose from. You will select your menu with the help of the Event Coordinator using entrée choices from our event menus no later than two weeks prior to your event. All food and beverage, corkage and rental fees are subject to sales tax, an 18% gratuity and a 4% planning fee. Once the event is booked and guaranteed, we will begin finalizing the menu. You are encouraged to customize your menu. Pricing for customized menus is done on a case-by-case basis.


Full payment is due at the conclusion of your event. All charges must be applied to one bill, with a single form of payment.


The Steam Plant offers a full selection of alcoholic beverages. On tap we offer ten varieties of Stacks Brewing Company’s finest microbrews. We have a complete selection of liquors and our wine list is extensive, yet affordable. We are pleased to assist you in making a choice to complement your dining experience and fit your budget.

6a0120a5828782970c017d3c34a433970c-800wiPhoto by Madeline James Photography


A nominal fee will be applied for parties requesting linens for their tables. Linens are available in a variety of colors…just ask! Corkage fee is $10.00 per bottle. We only charge corkage fees on bottles that are opened. Cake cutting fee is $.50 per person for our staff to cut and serve desserts purchased outside the restaurant. There is a $50.00 set up fee to have a full, private bar in a room, with no sales requirements. We can also set up a beer and wine bar for you as well for a $25 fee. Flowers, visual displays and decorative items are welcome. Confetti, however, is not permitted. The Event Coordinator would be happy to assist you with special occasion cakes, presentation materials, audio/visual equipment, floral displays, decorations or anything else needed for your event.


The Event Plan will be presented for your signature prior to the day of your event. The Event Plan, a “blueprint” for your function, will detail all aspects of your event as discussed with the Event Coordinator. A guaranteed final event menu is due at least 10 days prior to your event. The final guest count is due 96 hours prior to your event. If cancellation of an event is necessary, a one-week notice is required. Those parties not providing proper notice will be subject to a $100.00 cancellation fee. If any food or equipment has been specially ordered or prepared prior to cancellation, you will be billed for the full amount.

Steam Plant BoilerPhoto by Studio Fontana Maria Photography

Do you have a ceremony location?

Yes – for smaller weddings we position the couple in front of the fountain in our main banquet area – the Commons.  For larger weddings, we are able to put the couple on the catwalk above the main dining room while guests can sit or stand below and observe the ceremony.

Steam Plant Boardroom2Photo by Studio Fontana Maria Photography

What is your advice for couples planning their wedding?

Have fun!  Remember, this day is a celebration of the commitment that you are making to love each other for the rest of your lives.

Steam Plant Stacks

What is included in your packages?

No pre-designed packages.  We work with you to make your event, whether the full-blown ceremony and reception or just the rehearsal dinner, what you want it to be.

Madeline James Trezzi Farms7Photos by Madeline James Photography

What is the price range of your venue?

Depending on the room you choose, our minimums range from $300 – $800.  The price to rent the entire facility is dependent on the day, please contact us for more information.

unnamedAbove photos by AiP Creative Photography unless otherwise stated.

For more info or to arrange a tour visit the the Steam Plant website!


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