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Old 08-25-2010, 01:27 PM
Location: Raleigh
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Among the options above, I would go with Coquette. Both Vivace and Magnolia Grill can be really noisy. I really like Watts Grocery, but it just doesn't strike me as a good business dinner spot. IMHO Margaux's is just plain weird, and I've found the food to be overwrought.

Nana's is excellent. Although it's also a smaller space, which could make a business dinner awkward. While a couple of the options above are too noisy, Nana's could be too hushed.

An's in Cary could be a good option too. The food and service are typically top notch. They have a large bar area if you need to kill time before or after dinner.
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Old 08-25-2010, 01:28 PM
Location: SW Durham, NC (27713)
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How about Shiki?

Shiki Sushi House of Steak
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Old 08-25-2010, 01:48 PM
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An is a good suggestion. Didn't think of that before. The Tavern at Second Empire is good, and I'd also recommend Stonewood Grill. Not too fussy, but nice. And quiet enough for a business dinner.

ETA: I agree with Clever User Name about Margaux's. I've never been impressed with that place. And to think that they claim to serve French cuisine. Pish!
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Old 08-25-2010, 01:54 PM
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Thoughts off the top of my head:

Bonefish Grill in Cary or North Hills
McCormick and Schmidt's at Crabtree Valley
Second Empire Tavern (downtown Raleigh)
42nd Street Oyster Bar
I have been to lots of business dinners at Margaux's and always liked it, although I haven't been there recently
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Old 08-25-2010, 02:08 PM
Location: Oxxford Hunt, Cary NC
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If you eat fish, you aren't a vegetarian but rather a pescetarian (see Pescetarianism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).

The vegetarian diners might be looking for more than a salad to eat - which is about all they could order at some of the restaurants mentioned here.
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Old 08-25-2010, 02:13 PM
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I haven't lived in Raleigh in a few months, but when I did I worked downtown. In my experience, though, the traffic in downtown Raleigh's MUCH lighter than in other parts of town. I would think it would be easier to get somewhere downtown during rush hour than it would be to get around the Beltline to the North Hills area.
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Old 08-25-2010, 02:13 PM
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I have to second Nana's. I've had a business dinner there, and the experience couldn't have been better.
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Old 08-25-2010, 02:16 PM
Location: Durham, NC
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Oh yeah, An is an awesome place! Mez is another good one...upscale Mexican in a nice setting.
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Old 08-25-2010, 03:42 PM
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only time I would ever go there - when a large corporation was picking up the check I save the best value for money restaurants for when I have to pay. I do agree it's over priced but I do enjoy relaxing in the Wild Turkey Lounge which is one of the better bars in the Triangle. I 2nd the Second Empire that has been suggested by Didee.

Originally Posted by mdp_az View Post
I would strongly recommend against Thai Cafe (great food, but not quite up to par for a business dinner) and Angus Barn (most overpriced, overrated food in the Triangle). Plus, out-of-towners seem to find Angus on their own (too bad for them) so as a local you should seek out a better and lesser-known gem.

I'll add Revolution to the already good list of places I've seen recommended.
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Old 08-25-2010, 03:44 PM
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An Italian restaurant might be a good compromise offering vegetarian choices. Downtown I would choose Cafe Luna or 518 West.
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