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alan412 Jul 8, 2010 07:17 AM

My wife and my anniversary is Sunday (7/11). I am looking for any recommendations for an anniversary dinner.
(I considered Herons, but it is closed during July and August for a kitchen remodel.)

I would like somewhere that we can have a leisurely enjoyable dinner. My wife is pregnant, so a great wine list is not a requirement.

We are pretty adventurous eaters, but neither one of us is a fan of sushi.

We live in Cary, but can drive a bit for a good place.

Thanks in advance for your recommendations.

--Alan

  1. Tehama Jul 8, 2010 08:16 AM

    My friends always go to Mo's Diner for their anniversary. It is absolutely one of my very favorites, too, for special occasions.

    My first special occasion place, though, is Bloomsbury Bistro. And The Mint in downtown is elegant and I find their food to be top-notch.

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    Mo's Diner
    306 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

    Bloomsbury Bistro
    509 W Whitaker Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC 27608

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      alan412 Jul 8, 2010 09:32 AM

      Unfortunately:
      * Mo's Diner is not open on Sunday.
      * Bloomsbury Bistro is not open on Sunday
      * The Mint is not open on Sunday

      :-(

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      Mo's Diner
      306 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

      Bloomsbury Bistro
      509 W Whitaker Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC 27608

      1. re: alan412
        Tehama Jul 8, 2010 12:22 PM

        Wow .... I was going to also suggest Margaux's Restaurant if you wanted a French influence, but they are closed, too, on Sunday.

        Could you maybe do Rue Cler in Durham for brunch (they are not open for dinner) and then maybe go to the museum at Duke afterwards? A nicer dinner on Saturday night or Monday? http://www.ruecler-durham.com/blog/?p...

        Happy anniversary!

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        Rue Cler Restaurant
        401 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701

        Margaux's Restaurant
        8111 Creedmoor Rd Ste 111, Raleigh, NC 27613

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      burgeoningfoodie Jul 8, 2010 08:19 AM

      So if you're in Cary why not look at all of the Triangle instead of just Raleigh?

      I hear good things about Bloomsbury and J. Betskis. I'd hit up Bonne Soiree or if you were going to pay the money of Heron's, why not go to Fearrington House? Durham has Four Square which might do well for you both.

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      Four Square Restaurant
      2701 Chapel Hill Rd., Durham, NC 27707

      Bonne Soiree Restaurant
      431 W Franklin St Ste 10, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

      Fearrington House Restaurant
      2000 Fearrington Village, Pittsboro, NC 27312

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        alan412 Jul 8, 2010 09:35 AM

        I am willing to go to all of the Triangle.

        Unfortunately,
        * Bonne Soiree is not open on sunday
        * Fearrington House is not open on Sunday
        * Four Square is not open on sunday

        :-(

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        Four Square Restaurant
        2701 Chapel Hill Rd., Durham, NC 27707

        Bonne Soiree Restaurant
        431 W Franklin St Ste 10, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

        Fearrington House Restaurant
        2000 Fearrington Village, Pittsboro, NC 27312

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          burgeoningfoodie Jul 8, 2010 11:14 AM

          And who says you HAVE to do it on Sunday? If there is a restaurant she's been dying to go to, but you have to make Monday plans. I (not being married...yet) don't see the harm in having that special occasion a day late if given reason (I really wanted to take you to ____ and had to make reservation for Monday). I guess these types of things are left up to the people making up the couple. This is not a critique and I commend you on remembering and sallying forth for a place on Sunday. I like Vin Rouge's food too. I'm not sure how Vivace would fit into a nice dinner I've not been but was told it is nice. Vin Rouge can be a bit loud. Like I said if you want to splurge like Heron's.. Fearrington should do well for a nice "special" dinner.

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          Vin Rouge
          2010 Hillsborough Rd., Durham, NC 27705

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            LulusMom Jul 8, 2010 01:32 PM

            Yes, yes, Vin Rouge is open Sundays, and I love the place. I think Piedmont is open Sundays too, but it has been a while since I went, and I can't say I know that it would be fantastic.

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            Vin Rouge
            2010 Hillsborough Rd., Durham, NC 27705

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        dinersaurus Jul 8, 2010 09:45 AM

        Clearly, Sunday makes this tough. But, Fearrington is open on Sunday according to their website and OpenTable. 18 Seaboard in Raleigh might work. Fearrington is fancier, the food is better...but it's also more expensive. I really like 18 Seaboard, but I see it more as a very solid and moderately inexpensive place to go on a weekly basis, but maybe not a special occasion. I believe that Vin Rouge in Durham is open on Sunday. I'm a fan of their bistro cuisine, and the dark interior could be cozy and romantic...or it could also be kind of raucous depending on the crowd you're around.

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        Vin Rouge
        2010 Hillsborough Rd., Durham, NC 27705

        18 Seaboard
        18 Seaboard, Raleigh, NC 27604

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          mpjmph Jul 8, 2010 06:35 PM

          If you're willing to do dinner on Saturday instead of Sunday, I highly recommend St. Jacques in Raleigh. It has been the go-to special occasion restaurant in my family for years. They have the best service I've ever experienced, and are especially doting for anniversaries/birthdays (but never overbearing!).

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            fussycouple Jul 9, 2010 04:20 AM

            Fearrington House is open Sundays from 6-8 pm, and is exactly the kind of place you want to go to for an Anniversary.

            If you really can't find a place you want to go to on Sunday, then open the festivities on Saturday night by going out, and then make her a fancy dinner on Sunday night at home. Last time I did this, I made steak, pan-seared scallops, steamed fresh haricots vert, baked potato, and a frozen lemon cream cheese pie for dessert, just to leave an example.

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            Fearrington House Restaurant
            2000 Fearrington Village, Pittsboro, NC 27312

            1. re: fussycouple
              mange2te Aug 11, 2010 04:39 AM

              For the benefit of other Hounds who might be looking for an anniversary dinner in the triangle: we celebrated ours at Four Square with the Chef's seasonal menu. Appetizer was very good but the entree was out of this world. Best upscale food we've had so far in the triangle. Ambiance is decidedly not hip (staid) but the food was fresh, inventive and delicious.

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              Four Square Restaurant
              2701 Chapel Hill Rd., Durham, NC 27707

          2. RonboNC Aug 11, 2010 06:24 AM

            Wow, Sunday IS really tough out here, ran into this challenge on another question. I think you lose 95% of your choices dining on a Sunday or Monday night. I would have tossed out An, Revolution, or Tasca Brava as choices but they're all closed.

            Jibarra (Nuevo latino) does a great Sunday brunch and is open for dinner at night. Nice open atmosphere, it can be romantic and on a Sunday night, should be quiet. Not that expensive, not sure if you're looking for something more expensive/upscale...

            Good luck!

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            Jibarra Restaurant
            7420 6 Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615

            Tasca Brava
            607 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27603

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            1. re: RonboNC
              RonboNC Aug 11, 2010 06:37 AM

              Ok, I've got one more semi-recommendation! Sigh...

              How about Solas?! Very cushy, romantic, rooftop lounge and pricey. The reason I'm half-hearted is that I've heard so many mixed reviews on the food. Some people think it's quite good but I'm a value person at heart. HOWEVER, for an anniversary dinner I'm guessing money is not that critical. It is a good looking place and open on Sunday...

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              yahooer Oct 30, 2010 10:00 PM

              We celebrated our anniversary at Il Palio in the Sienna Hotel in Chapel Hill and were surprised and delighted. I remember calamari was probably best we've ever had while arancini were overcooked and were our least favorite dish. Salads were fresh and delightful. Full size portion of lasagna was devoured while I was happily devouring half size portion of seafood tagliatelle with each different seafood cooked to perfection. Dessert came with Happy Anniversary written around the plate in chocolate. No singing, no big deal, just enough to let us know they appreciated us spending this special evening with them. And yes, it so happened it was a Sunday.

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