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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Cholanad Restaurant and Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (519)
$30 and under
South Indian
Chapel Hill
About the restaurant
Cholanad Team is focused on delivering the South Indian culinary experience in a world class style. We are aspiring to become a world leader in ethnic cuisine experience that includes food, ambiance and service.
Top review
Avalonian
Dined on May 10, 2024
The food was great. Our server was terrific! Fun meal.
A photo of M Tempura restaurant
4.9
4.9 (537)
$50 and over
Japanese
Durham
About the restaurant
M Tempura is Durham's traditional Japanese tempura restaurant offering Tempura as well as Kaiseki Omakase offerings.

For the multi-course menu items, all members of your party must choose the same option please.

We currently cannot accommodate shellfish, vegetarian (egg in batter), gluten, and seafood allergies. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
We love watching Savannah and eating her food! She is an excellent representative of NC!
A photo of Blue Jay Bistro restaurant
4.9
4.9 (924)
$31 to $50
American
Halifax
About the restaurant
Blue Jay Bistro, on Main Street in downtown Littleton, North Carolina, is a realization of our vision: To return to Ed’s beloved hometown (where he played football and basketball for the Littleton Blue Jays, his high school alma mater) and create a unique culinary experience unlike any other; for Blue Jay Bistro to serve as a symbol for an exceptional dining experience for local and surrounding communities.

We want residents and visitors alike to experience Contemporary American dining at its best. A combination of traditional and creative dishes using only the freshest and finest ingredients sourced locally and globally. Providing uncompromising quality and professional attentive service.

— Ed & Deb Fitts, Owners
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
From the appetizer to the dessert, everything was perfect! The food was incredible and the service was the best we have ever had! 5 stars isn’t enough!
A photo of The Capital Grille - Raleigh restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2489)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Make it a day to remember. From birthdays and anniversaries to professional milestones, we aim to make every gathering special at The Capital Grille. Open seven days a week, The Capital Grille is best known for our expertly prepared steaks, which are dry aged in house for 18 to 24 days and then hand-cut by our restaurant's on-premise butcher. The Capital Grille's wine list features more than 350 selections, and its floor-to-ceiling wine kiosk regularly houses 3,500 - 5,000 bottles. Reservations are recommended but not required. For more information, please visit our website. We look forward to delighting you.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Great atmosphere, fantastic service and the food was phenomenal. I'd say it was better than Perry's
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4.8
4.8 (20)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Chapel Hill
About the restaurant
Fine dining in a historic brick-and-wood setting with soaring ceilings and windows. Featuring hand-cut USDA prime and dry-aged steaks selected just for us. Poultry, fish, game and vegetarian dishes are offered alongside a full bar serving classic and contemporary cocktails. Enjoy the cozy ambiance of our lounge with fireplace and try out our lounge plates on Lounge Thursday, where most of our lounge offerings are $10! An a la carte menu is also offered. Live piano accompaniment Tuesday through Saturday evenings, with jazz bands performing on Wednesdays.

NOTE: For parties larger than 6 please call us at 919 704-8731. Email addresses may be used to receive occasional updates.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Food and service is always excellent! And love our piano man! So nice to have great piano while dining!
A photo of Maximillians Grill & Wine Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (911)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Cary
About the restaurant
Maximillians Grill & Wine Bar has been serving Cary & the Triangle since 1991. Owned and operated by Will & Margie Hennessee, Maximillians offers global cuisine using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Offering over 15 wines by the glass in addition to an extensive bottle list, or enjoy one of our hand crafted cocktails or local draft beers. We hope you will join us, and if it is your first visit, it won't be your last! Cheers!
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 25, 2024
We sat outside Enjoyed a bottle of wine Had them split a salad for us. The main courses we chose was superb. We will definitely return again.
A photo of Ruth's Chris Steak House - Cary restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2366)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Cary
About the restaurant
Expect nothing less than an extraordinary meal and first-class service from one of the most outstanding prime steak houses in the world: Ruth's Chris Steak House. Among the most distinctive dining destinations in the area. At Ruth's Chris Steak House your service will always be first class-attentive but never fussy.
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CasualFoodieNH
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
As usual, Ruth Chris had great food and service. The wine menu was extensive and the cocktails served perfectly. Highly recommend Ruth Chris for a delicious meal served hot along with excellent service and wonderful desserts.
A photo of Fleming's Steakhouse - Raleigh restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1754)
$50 and over
Unspecified
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Your Raleigh Fleming's is located at the Crabtree Valley Mall, just north of the Raleigh Beltline on Glenwood Avenue and only a short distance from RBC Center and North Carolina State University. Fleming's in Raleigh is an outstanding choice to enjoy an exceptional Prime steak, glass of wine or handcrafted cocktail. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion, hosting a business dinner or simply wanting to enjoy a night out - we will create a safe and memorable evening in our Dining Room or Outdoor Patio. If you prefer to enjoy your fine dining experience at home, you can order and pay for lunch or dinner online and then pick up curbside or select from one of our delivery partners.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Our waiter was absolutely amazing, to say the least! Very personable, easy to talk to, checked on our team the appropriate amount of times (we were well taken care of, but not pestered), very polite, and remembered things like he had a photographic memory (we were all very impressed). The majority of us said he was one of the best waiters we had ever experienced, by far! Wish he could join us everywhere we went! :) 100 out of 10 for Kendrick!!! Only detail to mention would be that the steaks did get mixed up around the table when served, but we were a large group and it was a few other staff members from Fleming's (not Kendrick) that served us. On that note, Kendrick was amazing in making sure everything was corrected for us all in a quick and efficient manner. All of this and Kendrick was able to do two of these large groups and more on his own! Can't put into words how impressed I was!
A photo of Botanical Lounge restaurant
4.5
4.5 (25)
$30 and under
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Raleigh
About the restaurant
A strictly 21 and up establishment, Botanical is an indoor / outdoor lounge concept located on the bustling Glenwood South Entertainment District. We specialize in Craft Cocktails, a Full Champagne Bar, and Tapas style Small Bites. Capability to be indoor/outdoor venue by opening the bifold doors that run the length of the entire venue to the covered outdoor patio. Enjoy our amazing Fried Brussel Sprouts or infamous Filet Sliders on our comfortable velvet couches before your night gets started!

Dont forget to check out our awarding winning rooftop bar, Highgarden venue. This is a completely open-air concept with an amazing view of downtown Raleigh. With plenty of cabana and high-top seating, as well as walking room, you will get the Miami roof top vibe in the center of downtown Raleigh. Find a table by one of our gas fire pits and enjoy a cocktail tree while watching the sunset!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 25, 2024
Very enjoyable atmosphere with a DJ on one end of the rooftop. Nice view of the city and great drinks.
A photo of Tony Roma's - Durham restaurant
3.9
3.9 (106)
$30 and under
American
Durham
About the restaurant
Tony Roma's, Legendary for Ribs. Famous for So Much More. Tony Roma's offers a wide variety of culinary deliciousness in a casual dining atmosphere. Join us for our World Famous Baby Back Ribs, steaks and more. Let’s get saucy!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Hostesses was friendly and accommodating. Waitress was very professional! Food great!
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