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Hi, friends. I'm in charge of dining for my grandmother's 80th birthday celebration coming up in December. Any recommendations for amazing food and a setting that could accommodate 60-70 people for a midweek lunch? This group won't do well with anything ethnic or too far out of the box, but I would love to find a place that does familiar dishes with a lot of skill and fresh ingredients. So far, based on the recs on this board, I have Capital Club 16 and 18 Seaboard on my list. Thanks in advance for your help!

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18 Seaboard, Raleigh, NC 27604

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  1. If something outside of Raleigh is an option you may want to look into Lucky 32 in Cary.

    The food fits the bill. They also have a number of menus for large groups and IIRC there is a section of the restaurant which could accommodate the group.

    http://www.lucky32.com/menu.htm

    Hope she has a wonderful birthday!

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    Lucky 32
    7307 Tryon Rd, Cary, NC 27518

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    1. re: meatn3

      It's been awhile since I was at any Lucky 32 but wouldn't describe the food as amazing.

      If French or Northern Italian are not considered too ethnic, I would consider either Vivace or Coquette. Both are in the North Hills area, owned by the same outfit and I think the food is quite good -- way better than Lucky 32. I would give Vivace the edge for a bit more culinary creativity but the ambiance at Coquette has more charm. They have very nice separate dining spaces for groups (not sure if they can accommodate that large a group. though).

      1. re: TerryG

        OP mentioned familiar dishes with skill and fresh ingredients. Plus space to accommodate a big group.

        Lucky 32 seems to fit within the comfort range of the group. Southern food, some contemporary twists, nice range of dishes, comfortable seating/good lighting/appropriate noise level for a more mature group.

        I wouldn't call it amazing*, but I do think it could be a good fit.

        *Although I know a number of people who would use that word to describe their peanut butter pie - I think it was pie - I'm not a peanut butter fan!