Simple and tasty for a very large group in Raleigh
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!
18 Seaboard, Raleigh, NC 27604
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.
Hope she has a wonderful birthday!
7307 Tryon Rd, Cary, NC 27518
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).
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!