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Business Dinner - Research Triangle Park

laura jean Sep 3, 2009 11:08 AM

I am looking to book a business dinner in RTP, but am totally unfamiliar with the area so I am hoping to get some guidance. It appears that Durham is close to RTP - are Raleigh and Chapel Hill also considered close?

I'm looking for a "classic" business dinner place - steakhouse, Italian or American. The dinner will be for 10-12 people, and budget is not a concern. Some options I've found online: Bin 54, Fearrington House, Bistro 54, and of course Ruth's Chris. Would you particularly recommend or un-recommend any of these places? Are there other places I should look at?

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    dubedo RE: laura jean Sep 3, 2009 04:45 PM

    Durham is closest, but even Chapel Hill or Raleigh are probably only about 20 minutes away. Fearrington House, however, is quite a long ways out in the country, probably more of a production than you want to get into. I haven't eaten at Bin 54, but it is relatively close to the highway, so it would be one of the more convenient Chapel Hill options, and I think if you search this board you will find positive reviews.

    I have found that Parizade in downtown Durham is very good at this sort of large-group gathering (service-wise), and the food is reliably good. Check out their website and see what you think.

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      mikeh RE: laura jean Sep 3, 2009 04:57 PM

      I would second the recommendation for Bin 54. Classic dark-wood posh steakhouse atmosphere. Fearrington is way too far, and its more a country inn/special occasion atmosphere than a business-type one.

      A lot of business clients like to go to Angus Barn when they're in the area. I know that place gets panned a lot on this board for being held up as the epitome of fine dining when it's nothing creative, but it's a Raleigh institution and I really like the prime rib there. In my opinion, for what they're going for (straightforward steakhouse with top quality cuts), they do it well. They have "banquet" rooms that are private and seat larger parties, so those really work well for business hob-knobs.


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        fussycouple RE: mikeh Sep 9, 2009 04:35 AM

        Angus Barn also has a great wine list, and an excellent bar. It would probably be my #1choice for a "classic" businessman's dinner in this area, followed quickly by Fearrington House.

      2. eat2winraleigh RE: laura jean Sep 3, 2009 07:21 PM

        Capital City Chophouse is closer to RTP for a steakhouse option, but Bin 54 is great. At the mall (15 minutes away) there is McCormick & Schmicks (seafood) and Flemings (steak), which both have nice menus.

        1. aphayes RE: laura jean Sep 8, 2009 09:57 PM

          Angus Barn is not far at all (just hop on 540 and get off at 70). It is a steakhouse that has a lot of local flair.

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            Tom from Raleigh RE: aphayes Sep 9, 2009 06:14 AM

            I would recommend Bin 54 in CH, Magnolia Grill in Durham or maybe The Pit in Raleigh. The Pit has been getting a lot of publicity lately and it has local flavor.

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              burgeoningfoodie RE: Tom from Raleigh Sep 9, 2009 01:48 PM

              I couldn't recommend the Magnolia Grill for business as it can be a bit boisterous.

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            burgeoningfoodie RE: laura jean Sep 9, 2009 01:51 PM

            Maybe Herons in Cary, though that is a bit upscale as is Carolina Crossroads on UNC campus. I see a lot of businesses at Saffron (Indian) in Morrisville, but again it can be a little noisy and you may want to make reservations for most the places that show up on this board. Unfortunately the places I'm naming may not be ideal for certain size crowds.

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              Suzy Q RE: burgeoningfoodie Sep 9, 2009 05:58 PM

              I didn't even think about Indian, and I'm not sure why - my husband and his colleagues meet a lot at Azitra in Brier Creek. Great atmosphere there, and the food ain't half bad either. :-)

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              jean9 RE: laura jean Sep 9, 2009 05:07 PM

              I have heard lots of good things about Bin 54 though have never been because it is a little out of my price range. I would be excited to try it as a business dinner, just my two cents. I agree with the other post that while the food is great at Magnolia Grill the restaurant is too loud for business. An is an asian fusian restaurant that while out of your parameters, is quite popular as a business event / dinner location.

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                burgeoningfoodie RE: jean9 Sep 10, 2009 06:30 AM

                I wouldn't say it's out of his parameters. It's two exits away from the Airport and the not even a mile off the exit.

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                  eat2winraleigh RE: jean9 Sep 10, 2009 01:39 PM

                  I've been to An for a business dinner, and it was great. We had cocktails for an hour at their bar area which is nice and spacious, and the restaurant was quiet enough where we could talk business for several hours. Great appetizers for groups, wine list, and after dinner drinks.

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                  bbqme RE: laura jean Sep 10, 2009 05:53 PM

                  Oh man, expense account dinner? Bin 54 would be awesome if you're looking for a steakhouse. If you are looking for something closer Heron's has been getting good buzz.

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                    RaleighHound RE: bbqme Sep 11, 2009 09:10 AM

                    Bin 54 is amazing. By far the best steak I have ever eaten. Order the dry aged beef. Angus Barn is another great place for a business dinner. They are very used to accomodating a large crowd. I know the UNC basketball team eats there frequently before they travel.

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