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Elegant Saturday Lunch in Raleigh-Durham?

MaxTartuffo Jun 17, 2012 07:22 PM

Hi All,

We are looking for a beautiful setting with delicious food around the Raleigh-Durham area to take my adopted grandmother. Occasion is Saturday lunch. Don't want anything overly formal. Thank you in advance for your help. Not always easy to combine both requests,

  1. w
    walras Jun 17, 2012 08:40 PM

    If Granny is adventurous,Tonali's Saturday brunch/lunch is casual and remarkably good.

    1. brsmith2 Jun 18, 2012 09:46 AM

      I'd suggest Rue Cler in Durham, Coquette or J Betski's in Raleigh, Herons in Cary, or Il Palio in Chapel Hill.

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        bbqme Jun 18, 2012 09:20 PM

        I can't think of a more elegant place with a beautiful setting for lunch in Durham than the Washington Duke Inn.

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        1. re: bbqme
          btc1951 Jun 24, 2012 08:36 AM

          I second the Washington Duke Inn suggestion. Anytime!

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          normanc Jun 19, 2012 02:31 PM

          If Glenwood Grill serves Saturday lunch, would be a fun place; or 18 Seaboard..

          1. r
            rosssamuels Jun 24, 2012 12:51 PM

            1. The Market Cafe @ Ferrington Village, casual, you can shop the stores and wander in the gardens.
            2. Parker and Otis, among many shops and several other restaurants in historic Brightleaf Square, Durham.
            3. The Cafe @ Nasher Musuem. See the art work and have an artfull lunch, close to Duke U
            4, The Cafe at the NC Musuem of Art. See the collection, roam the gardens and have a very nice dinner.
            All these places allow you to make a day of it, if you want.
            I'd like to know where you actually do go.

            1. d
              dschoonmaker Jun 25, 2012 01:21 PM

              Many great suggestions here. Here's another we like:


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