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I grew up in Raleigh but haven't lived there in quite some time. We will be returning to baptize our two children and could use some suggestions for a Sunday brunch location. Our group will be about 20 people and other than the two babies - all adults. Most of the group will be flying in from other parts of the country and we are trying to find somewhere that shows off Raleigh. (guests will be coming from Philly, NYC, LA, etc.) It doesn't have to be stuffy. My original thought was 18 Seaboard (one of the few restaurants I've been recently) but of course they aren't open for Sunday brunch. I love the historic feel of the place.

518 West is available but I haven't been there in quite a while and can't really remember what the vibe of the place was. Would that be a good option? Poole's looked very neat but being that they don't accept reservations, that seems impossible for a group our size.

Any suggestions? We are somewhat flexible with budget but would like to keep it reasonable. We will need to eat around 11 as we will be having a private ceremony around 1pm. Downtown is preferable but we aren't locked in there.

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18 Seaboard, Raleigh, NC 27604

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  1. Downtown Jibarra has an interesting, flavorful brunch and IIRC there is a section which can be partitioned off for private parties. An added plus is plenty of parking on the property.

    http://www.jibarra.net/menu-brunch.php

    Across from NCSU is Porters. They have a private room to the side which would fit a group of this size. I have not had their brunch, but their dinner menu has always been delicious. Parking is a little trickier here, but not too bad now that construction on the road has been completed.

    http://www.porterstavern.com/images/m...

    Poole's would be difficult in layout and in keeping to a timetable.

    Hope you and yours enjoy a perfect day!

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    1. re: meatn3

      Agreed on Jibarra as a nice brunch spot, they do semi-unlimited mimosas/BM's along with their Royal Brunch. 518 West is nice, rustic decor but reasonable prices. Brunch is mostly Italian-ish. Some other options that I'd toss out for a group of 20:

      Humble Pie: Small plates, nice deck if the weather is nice
      Buku: Global street food, nice space, used to have a nice brunch but changed chefs recently

      Some places I haven't tried yet: The Oxford, Bogarts, Dos Taquitos Centro

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      Jibarra Restaurant
      7420 6 Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615

      1. re: RonboNC

        My last few visits to Buku since the change in chefs have not been as good as in the past. I have not had brunch there though.

    2. Coquette (French Brasserie) at North Hills has a nice brunch and rooms for groups. Savoy in North Raleigh is upscale without being stuffy. They used to do brunch on Sun, but not sure if they still do.

      1. Thanks all. I saw Humble Pie but couldn't tell much about the space from the website. Coquette is on the shortlist too. Jibarra is an option I hadn't thought of. Haven't been but I'm pretty sure the Owner (or maybe family of) is a guy I grew up going to school with. I've heard great things. We also put a call in to The Pit but they don't take reservations on Sunday. We're asking about the private room option but the minimum seems pretty high for the prices on the menu. Thanks for all the suggestions. Will definitely spend time checking all these out and report back.

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        Jibarra Restaurant
        7420 6 Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615

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        1. re: jlh370

          We booked Jibarra. They were super accommodating. My folks went to 18 Seaboard for dinner tonight and said they saw something about 18 Cantina open Saturdays and Sundays 11-3. Anyone know what that is about?

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          Jibarra Restaurant
          7420 6 Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615

          18 Seaboard
          18 Seaboard, Raleigh, NC 27604

          1. re: jlh370

            I did do brunch at 18 Cantina a while back, it was decent! Decor is sort of pub-ish, so it's an odd mix with the Southwestern food theme.

            I think you'll be happy with Jibarra, great space good food and excellent service! I've eaten there probably close to 20 times and never had anything but a good time. Don't forget the royal brunch with mimosa add-on! Last brunch we did there was 3 1/2 hours and let's just say we were feeling no pain when we left...

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            Jibarra Restaurant
            7420 6 Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615