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

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Updated July 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 (520)
$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
MinnieBee
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
I would have given Cholanad 5 stars for their food. It was very tasty! I’m a vegetarian so I had plant -based selections. My husband had lamb, which he enjoyed, but had an upset stomach later so gave the food 4 stars. . Can’t say for sure that this was the food, though. The service was spot on. We were there late on Saturday night so the restaurant was pretty quiet and but kind of plain atmosphere.
A photo of Rey's restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4831)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Rey's is an upscale, fine dining, steak house featuring spectacular food & exceptional service with a hint of New Orleans / French Quarter Flare. The comfortable ambiance and affordable prices are sure to please. Six Private dining rooms available for 6 - 200 guests. Gorgeous new courtyard for outdoor dining, weddings, social events or al fresco dining.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Rey’s atmosphere and food quality is like no other restaurant in the Triangle area.
A photo of Maximillians Grill & Wine Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (917)
$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!
Top review
Fritz
Dined on Jul 16, 2024
Max is my favorite spot. The food is always excellent. Diamond was tending the bar and was charming as always. Will treats us like family which is another reason I always come back. I'm a customer for life.
A photo of Amalia's Authentic Italian Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (745)
$50 and over
Italian
Wake Forest
About the restaurant
Amalia Fumelli is the inspiration behind Amalia’s Authentic Italian Restaurant. She was born in Italy in 1932, and grew up on a farm. As she grew up, she took an interest in cooking and learned everything about the Italian kitchen from her mother and grandmother. For countless hours each day, Amalia began making hand-made pasta with her rolling pin on an old, wooden table. After many years, she had mastered her pasta creations through her skilled handiwork, precise cutting skills, and the amount of love she put into her work.

Over time, Amalia has passed all of her secrets and knowledge about food along to her children and grandchildren. One grandchild in particular, Filippo Fanfani, gained a passion for the art of cooking through her guidance. As a child, he spent all his days at his grandmother’s house preparing meals for his family. The two have a strong bond, that began with their conjoining love of creating meals that are enjoyable for everyone.

Top review
Quincy
Dined on Jun 28, 2024
Geatano owner and server. Took us into his world and joy of food that is so richly connected to family from Sicily. We were educated about what we eat and drank and why it was so good. The food can be great, but when you a master server connect you to the food, the experience is epic. Thank you for your-insatiable limitless passion to food Geatano, we are all the better connected for it.
A photo of Nino’s Cucina Italiana restaurant
4.8
4.8 (97)
$31 to $50
Italian
Greenville
About the restaurant
Nino’s Cucina Italiana is a tribute to our father, Nino. He still travels constantly to all the locations to make sure everything is done “Nino’s Way,” with quality food, personality, and love.

Over 75 years of an Italian family tradition in baking and cooking from three generations has culminated in Nino’s Cucina Italiana. Our Italian dishes are centuries old recipes handed down from our family throughout the years. We prepare all our food daily—making fresh dough, sauces, mozzarella cheese, pasta and our delicious meatballs in-house.

Top review
MarieRvip
Dined 4 days ago
It was an amazing dinner had seafood cannelloni out of this world fresh homemade and delicious not overcooked. The servers could be a bit more professional, and conscientious of your needs. We had two drinks at the bar before we sat down. They were wonderful and the bartenders were perfect great experience we live in the area and have been here many times.
A photo of Fleming's Steakhouse - Raleigh restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1768)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
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 4 days ago
Food was great and the service was even better. Servers are very knowledgeable of the food that is Being served. Made my date night amazing
A photo of Peak on Salem restaurant
4.5
4.5 (604)
$30 and under
American
Apex
About the restaurant
Drinking great wine with great food in good company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures.
Top review
Molly
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Amazing service and delicious food! We enjoyed our night out at Peak on Salem!
A photo of Ay Por Dios! Mexican Bistro restaurant
4.4
4.4 (36)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Chapel Hill
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
Jean
Dined on Jun 21, 2024
Great food and service. A bit expensive but lots of food so took it home for another time!
A photo of Kanki Durham restaurant
4.3
4.3 (423)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Durham
About the restaurant
Since 1972, Kanki has been the Triangle’s favorite Japanese steakhouse and sushi house.
Located in West Durham on Mount Moriah Road, Kanki Durham serves up delicious hibachi lunches and dinners, sushi and much more.

Our Durham, NC Japanese restaurant is the only Kanki location with a To-Go number, and we make picking up take out orders fast and simple with designated parking spaces and an easily accessible “Take Out” door.

Kanki will only seat complete parties. Please have all your guests accounted for prior to seating. Incomplete parties must wait to be seated until all has arrived.

An 18% gratuity will be added to parties of 6 or more.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Experience was fantastic and both server and Chef were amazing!
A photo of P.F. Chang's - Durham restaurant
3.8
3.8 (250)
$30 and under
Chinese
Durham
About the restaurant
We are an Asian & Chinese restaurant offering dine-in, takeout, to-go, delivery, and catering. Make a reservation online to dine in. Order Asian and Chinese food delivery, takeout, and catering online or through the P.F. Chang's mobile app. Let us cater the perfect feast for you - corporate office catering menus are also available. P.F. Chang's offers a variety of signature Asian, Thai, Korean, Japanese, Mongolian, and Chinese food dishes including Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Chicken Pad Thai, Signature Lo Mein, Fried Rice, Mongolian Beef, Chang's Spicy Chicken, and Pork and Shrimp Dumplings. Order online for sushi delivery and takeout. Many gluten-free and vegetarian menu items are available. Try our seasonal cocktails and seasonal menu items.
Top review
sylliegirl
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
No issues - everything was good but not great. Portions seemed to have gotten smaller and more expensive. Pad thai was bland.
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