This historic hidden gem in the heart of Downtown Raleigh accommodates up to 140 seated guests for indoor/outdoor celebrations. Inside, the Jiddi (meaning "grandfather" in Lebanese) is a fully enclosed space that seats up to 100 guests, with market lighting, exposed brick, and high ceilings. In the Courtyard, there is a marble-top outdoor bar, lounge seating, and a stage area, perfect for live music and ceremonies. The Courtyard offers an enchanting atmosphere with our house market lights, and is equally romantic under a clear-top tent rental from a third party vendor! This urban oasis is tucked behind two street-facing restaurants: Sitti Authentic Lebanese and Gravy Italian Kitchen, both serving as exclusive caterers to the venue. At the Jiddi Space & Courtyard, we are committed to excellent hospitality and crafting an experience as special as the occasion!
Get ready for your Big Day in our beautiful suite that overlooks the Courtyard! This space is reserved in conjunction with The Jiddi Space & Courtyard for an additional fee. The space is available for 6 hours before guest arrival for your event. Capacity of 20 guests max. Options of light bites, lunch, and refreshments are also available to add to this rental.
Our friendly staff members are assets to the establishment and ready to help coordinate your big day. The venue provides a range of services, including:
The Jiddi Space & Courtyard is catered exclusively by Sitti or Gravy, and our private dining menus reflect the food you know and love from these two award-winning restaurants. Our food and beverage offerings include:
The Jiddi Space & Courtyard is a popular venue for a wide variety of wedding-related celebrations as well:
As part of the Heiling Levine complex on the corner of Wilmington and Hargett streets, the Jiddi Space & Courtyard share a rich history. Now occupied by Sitti Authentic Lebanese restaurant, the Heilig Levine building proper was home to 2 hotels, a furniture store, and a grocery store before W. A. Heilig and Albert L. Levine's furniture business came to the space in 1936.
The Jiddi Space & Courtyard were used as storage for the businesses around it – for carriages in the late 1800s to early 1900s, then for furniture and other goods in the mid-1900s. When Empire Properties bought and restored the Heilig Levine complex in 2005, the Jiddi Space & Courtyard were used as a workshop during the renovation.
Nestled in the heart of downtown Raleigh, just blocks from Marbles Museum, North Carolina State Capitol, and the North Carolina Museum of Science. 23 minute drive from RDU airport.
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Ann R. · Getting married on 05/02/2022
Amazing Experience at Sitti for Daughter's Wedding Reception
We had our daughter's wedding reception at Sitti and it was one of the best decisions we made! Devan and Jessica were fabulous and the entire evening went without a hitch! The staff was incredible and I can't say enough good things about the entire event. From the moment we sat down with Devan to plan the evening, we knew we were in good hands! A shout out to Johnny Knight the photographer (another recommendation from Devan) who was fabulous! He was a joy to work with and really connected with the bride and groom and everyone who attended. . .his photos were amazing! Thank you again for wonderful memories!!!Sent on 04/07/2020
Jiddi Space & Courtyard's reply:Thank you Ann! It was our pleasure, and it sure was a beautiful event. We are so happy you enjoyed yourselves. Look forward to seeing you again soon. ♥
Christie M. · Married on 09/09/2020
Amazing experience from booking to wedding day!
I can't say enough good things about booking the Jiddi Space for my wedding reception. From day 1, which I booked about a year in advance, the event coordinator Devan was extremely helpful and responsive. They thought of every last detail so I didn't have to! I love this venue because it's all inclusive. All you have to bring is entertainment and any decor you want and you're going to have a fantastic night. All my guests raved about how much fun they had, and it's all thanks to the team at Sitti/Jiddi that made it happen. I'm so glad I chose to have my wedding reception here.Sent on 10/21/2019
Jiddi Space & Courtyard's reply:We are so happy you chose us to celebrate your big day! Glad we made it an easy planning process so you can enjoy. These pictures are beautiful. 💗
Heather J. · Married on 11/01/2019
Perfect in every way for our wedding!
Literally everything couldn’t have been better!! From the planning to the day of, Devan and the team with the Jiddi Space made our special day absolutely perfect. I highly recommend this space and experience to everyone.Sent on 11/10/2019
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We have been a part of many event at the Jiddi Space & Courtyard and it is one of Raleigh's hidden event space gems. There are very few courtyards in the area and no others in downtown Raleigh. Of course the food is unbelievable good since this is a part of Sitti! The people that run the events are as good as they come and are very accommodating. Awesome space!
We love working with our friends over at the Jiddi Space! Not only is it a beautiful space inside (the Jiddi space has an old world charm) and out (gorgeous courtyard), but the food is delicious. On top of that, the Event Managers - Amy and Devan - always ensure a quality experience from beginning to end. Our customers are always happy. You can’t beat that!
We absolutely love working with this venue - and our brides love it too! The atmosphere is wonderful and the staff is always accommodating and helpful. Not to mention we've heard rave reviews about their food! We will happily continue working with this wonderful group of people.