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Hi all,
I am hosting a bachelorette party for my friend in about a month. We're just planning to go out for dinner and drinks somewhere in Raleigh. I'm from out of town. Anyone have any good recommendations on a place? I'm looking for a place that can accommodate a large party (about 10 women) and that is nice but not too fancy. We are a pretty low-key bunch, so no crazy bachelorette party antics here! Oh, and my friend, the bride, is not very culinarily adventurous. Thanks for any suggestions!!

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  1. You might try Jibarra. It's an upscale Mexican place that should have enough variety to accommodate people of varying levels of culinary adventurousness. They also have a really nice bar area and serve excellent drinks. They should be able to accommodate a large party very well. A lot of popular spots might be a bit unpleasant for a group of 10 to try to get into.

    For example, Poole's is wonderful but would be a nightmare for a large party on a weekend, especially because they don't take reservations. I think Dos Taquitos Centro is in the same boat -- great spot but rough for a large party.

    If you'd prefer Italian, La Volta on Fayetteville Street is a pretty nice place that may suit your needs. Buku could also be fun. It's a large space, they have a great bar (with a private room that could be perfect for your party), and the food is really, really good. I thought for sure Buku would fall off after the chef left but I've been a couple of times since and I think they are better than ever. The moules frites that are on the menu now are my favorite in town.

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    Jibarra Restaurant
    7420 6 Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615

    1. I've been to a low key bachelorette party at 518 West. They take reservations and they'll put you upstairs where it is quieter. The menu is varied, has accessible pricing and the wait staff is good at their job. It fit the bill for us, and it was easy to walk over to Glenwood South afterwards.

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      1. re: sisterbeer

        Thanks for the tips -- very helpful!

      2. Coquette would work - I've seen similar groups there. Menu will accommodate the hesitant and the more adventuresome eaters.

        1. I would also recommend 18 Seaboard, A nice space, they have options on the menu that would satisfy both the culinary and non culinary adventurous. Good wine list and cocktails, large space where your party would not be crowded, and even a small private dining area to look at.

          In downtown area with lots of parking

          http://www.18seaboard.com/index.html

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          18 Seaboard
          18 Seaboard, Raleigh, NC 27604

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          1. re: chazzer

            I was going to say Coquette is a great place for groups, I had a birthday brunch there with a pretty rowdy group of girls, and they were very tolerant. If you don't go there for dinner they have $10 bottomless mimosas at brunch! Their French Onion soup is excellent. Jibara is also a great recommendation as mentioned above. & they have good brunch as well.

            1. re: chazzer

              I agree with the 18 Seaboard rec. In addition to the side art-gallery space (prob too big for your purposes), they have a smaller private room that might be the right size. Very good food, but with moderate prices.
              Jibarra and Buku are also excellent recommendations. Buku might be a little complicated if you are trying to split bills, since its menu focuses on small plates. Jibarra has an awesome cocktail/margarita menu and a fun urban atmosphere, I think it would be a great choice.
              I don't think of La Volta as particularly good food - it's fine. But I've only been there for lunch.

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              Jibarra Restaurant
              7420 6 Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615

              18 Seaboard
              18 Seaboard, Raleigh, NC 27604