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Restaurants in Raleigh, NC

Our son and his wife are moving to Raleigh and we would like to get them a gift certificate for Christmas to a nice restaurant. I read reviews on Fins, Nina's that said the food was good but the service and ownership were rude. What are some good restaurants in Raleigh that might compare to nice restaurants in Chicago? Bistro 607, Nana's Chop House, Bloomsbury Bistro, BakeHouse Bistro? Any seafood or Japanese places that you would recommend? Bogart's looks nice but reviews were so - so. What are your favorites?

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  1. Bloomsbury has always been very good although I have not been in a while.

    1. Frazier's on Hillsborough Street is very, very good. That's probably the best meal I've had in my 6 months as a Raleigh-ite, although I admit I don't have the opportunity to go high-end very often.

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      Frazier's
      2418 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27607

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      1. Enoteca Vin in Raleigh and, if you don't mind a little distance, Magnolia Grill in Durham.

        1. I had one of my best dining experiences at http://www.ancuisines.com/ in Cary (just south of Raleigh).
          Every detail of the experience was perfect!

          1. I've been very pleased with Fins on 2 visits. No rudeness to repoort from me.

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            1. re: Tom from Raleigh

              I've only visited Fins once, but was suitably impressed. Had time to kill before attending a concert around the corner and happened upon the place by accident.
              We ate in the bar, and the service was exemplary. The 'tender knew the menu and was passionate about the food. We loved every aspect of our experience.

              1. re: Tom from Raleigh

                Thanks....it looks like a nice restaurant.