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Rehearsal Dinner in Durham,

NXS Mar 12, 2010 03:57 AM

We are hosting a rehearsal dinner in Durham, the evening of July 9 prior to our son's wedding the next day. We would sincerely appreciate suggestions of which restaurant or club would be appropriate for a nice reception & sit down dinner. The number of guests will be 20 & a private room is preferred.

Thanking you in advance for your comments.

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    suse Mar 20, 2010 08:59 PM

    Nana's or Four Square sound like what you might want.

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      anne7134 Mar 12, 2010 06:06 AM

      What's your price range? What's your preferred atmosphere?

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      1. re: anne7134
        Lucydevil Mar 12, 2010 09:08 AM

        Also where in Durham will your guests be staying. Downtown, near Southpoint etc?

        1. re: Lucydevil
          NXS Mar 12, 2010 12:13 PM

          Price range is not a huge concern. Should $100 per person be sufficient?

          Regarding atmosphere we want it to be very nice & as I mentioned in my initial post would wish a private room.

          Guests will be staying at the Hilton Durham near Duke University (3800 Hillsborough Rd)

          1. re: NXS
            anne7134 Mar 12, 2010 12:36 PM

            In Durham my top choices for private dining would be:

            Four Square
            Vin Rouge

            Other options
            Blu Seafood
            Ruth’s Chris

            In Chapel Hill
            Spice Street
            Jujube – semi private, up to 20 or so
            Bin 54
            Depending on the size, you could probably fill up Lantern or Elaine's

            1. re: anne7134
              NXS Mar 13, 2010 05:15 AM

              anne7134, many thanks for your list. I will look at their websites over the weekend and then visit the several I have narrowed the choice down to.

              1. re: anne7134
                Shag Waits Mar 13, 2010 10:45 AM

                Of these good suggestions, I'd like to wholeheartedly recommend Four Square. The setting is quite nice and they have the most interesting food, the best in the area in my opinion.

                1. re: anne7134
                  fussycouple Mar 21, 2010 05:26 AM

                  These are good suggestions. I might recommend that you also check out:

                  Washington Duke (Durham, at Duke)
                  il Palio (Chapel Hill)
                  Fearrington House (out in the country)

                  which are all traditional places in the area for wedding parties, birthdays, receptions, etc. They will all have the features you desire and should be accustomed to serving for such occasions.

                2. re: NXS
                  LulusMom Mar 13, 2010 03:28 PM

                  If I'm right about where the Hilton is (and I may very well be wrong) Piedmont and Rue Cler are walking distance. I don't think Rue Cler has a private space, but I bet Piedmont does. I'd whole heartedly agree with the Vin Rouge suggestion and I like Blu a lot too. I'd try to stay in Durham ... you want them to be able to not worry about trying to figure out the roads around here (if they're not from here) after an evening of fun.

                  1. re: LulusMom
                    boaviagem Mar 13, 2010 04:11 PM

                    Hotel wise you are confusing the downtown Durham Marriott (convention center hotel next to the Carolina Theatre) with the Durham Hilton which is on Hillsborough Rd. west of 15-501. The Hilton is 10-15 drive from downtown/Piedmont/Rue Cler. The upstairs of Piedmont might work for a group of 20.

                    1. re: boaviagem
                      LulusMom Mar 14, 2010 04:02 AM

                      You're absolutely right - I had a weird feeling I might be getting that wrong hotel-wise. Sorry!

                    2. re: LulusMom
                      zekkius Mar 16, 2010 03:57 PM

                      as a family member semi involved for a rehearsal taking place a couple weeks after yours, I can tell you that Rue Cler can be rented (main room), as well as several other spaces, as Pop's has the same ownership. If memory serves, Pop's is migrating to another location and it's main room as well as another room are both available.

                      obviously, being on hillsborough vin rouge and parizade are easy locations to get to.

                      purely out of curiosity as to choice of the hilton - croasdaile reception?

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