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'Hound rehearsal dinner in Durham or Chapel Hill?

I am working on finding a place to have a good dinner for 40-50 people in Chapel Hill (preferred) or Durham next year, and although my mental encyclopedia of Triangle restaurants is lengthy, I am having trouble coming up with places with that much space. Now we are really lamenting the passing of Aurora, it would have been perfect! Renting out an entire restaurant is a possibility, if they're open to that. The only place my mother-in-law-to-be found was the Sienna, which is a bit more stiff and formal than we were hoping for. Have any of you been to events like this at a local restaurant that you thought came out well - good food, professional service?

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  1. If Cary is not out of the question, An could be a possibility. Has several private rooms, depending on time of year there is a large patio with a fireplace (I seem to remember), also one part of the restaurant is to the side & seemed like it could be sectioned off. Food & service was fantastic. Congratulations on your upcoming marriage!
    http://www.ancuisines.com/

    1. Top of the Hill and Spanky's both do rehearsal dinners for that size. Spanky's has a special menu that they'll do. I'm not sure how formal you want it, though.

      1. I've been to one at La Rez that was pleasant.

        1. The Carolina Inn is the place to go. 4 star 4 diamond and the location is the best

          1. Here's a very different suggestion, and I apologize in advance if this isn't upscale enough.... Sitar India Palace in Durham has a private room that I think will accomodate that number of people. I think it's good value in terms of food and service, with the main downside being the strip mall location. I've been to a couple of events there (a bridal shower, a pre-wedding family gathering) and had a good time both times.