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Birthday dinner with no meat in Raleigh?

ambermae Nov 21, 2012 12:50 PM

My husband and I have a tradition of going out for a tasting menu dinner for his birthday every year. Some places we have been: Savoy, Zely & Ritz, 18 Seaboard, Mura, and Jibarra. This year his birthday is on First Friday and, because it is Friday, will need to be meatless.

Can anyone recommend a restaurant with good upscale fish dishes that might have a tasting menu option? We have stayed in Raleigh so far but would be willing to go somewhere else in the Triangle for the right spot.


  1. Tehama Dec 10, 2012 08:58 AM

    Where did you end up dining for the hubby's birthday?

    1. b
      burgeoningfoodie Nov 26, 2012 12:12 PM

      An unofficial vote towards Fearrington..


      1. Tehama Nov 22, 2012 06:24 AM

        Oh! I don't know why I didn't think of this before - Bloomsbury Bistro. Plus, right now, they have a special on gift certificates that they do every year at Christmas time to get more bang for the birthday buck! I pasted the link from their website below. I'm a big fan of the Bistro!

        If you want to go on a short road trip and do something different, you might drive down to Southern Pines and check out Chef Warren's http://www.chefwarrens.com/ordereze/default.aspx I don't know if they do tasting menus, but it occurred to me that might be a fun birthday outing, so you might give them a ring and see what they can do for a special for your hubby.


        I'm offering fans and loyal patrons of my restaurant special pricing on Bistro gift certificates. Toler's table members can buy $50 gift cards for $45, $100 cards for $85, and multiples of $100 cards for only $80 each.

        1. Tehama Nov 21, 2012 02:15 PM

          What price point are you considering?

          The only tasting menus that comes to mind right now are at Second Empire and I think Saint Jacques (French) does as well. You might enquire with them to see about the seafood offerings and then I'll be glad to ponder on it more, too!

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          1. re: Tehama
            ambermae Nov 21, 2012 02:20 PM

            We'd like to keep it around $150 for dinner and a drink or two. Herons is right out (but one day...).

            1. re: ambermae
              burgeoningfoodie Nov 26, 2012 10:47 AM

              May I ask WHY a tasting menu is a requirement?

              Also I listed a few other places besides Herons. Some places may not list a tasting menu, but maybe the chef is willing to do one, if you let them know that it is for a celebration and settle on a price together. I don't think this is unheard of. That being said... the new Oakleaf down in Pittsboro may be nice but no listed tasting menu .

          2. b
            burgeoningfoodie Nov 21, 2012 02:11 PM

            I would have to say give Herons a chance..


            I hesitate to recommend Buku as it can be hit and miss.

            http://www.nanasdurham.com/ I know it doesn't say but I would call to see if they can do a vegetarian menu



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