When selecting a restaurant for a business lunch, there is much to consider. Is it in a convenient location? Will the space be quiet enough so you can have important discussions without shouting over the noise? Do you need a private room?

If you are entertaining business clients from out of town, you most certainly want to show off the best our city has to offer. Luckily, Downtown Raleigh provides many options for business lunch. Check out a few of our favorites:

Jimmy V’s Osteria + Bar

Located right next to the Sheraton near City Plaza, Jimmy V’s Osteria + Bar is particularly convenient if you are entertaining out of town guests that are staying in the area. The dining area is large and can fit groups of any size.

Rye Bar

Like Jimmy V’s, Rye Bar is a convenient spot for out of town guests. It’s located in City Plaza, beneath the Marriott and across from the Convention Center, making it ideal for business lunches that need to take place during a professional conference. They offer amazing southern dishes that are sure to impress. I recommend the short rib mac and cheese!

Bida Manda

Bida Manda is a go-to if you are looking to impress a client! This beautiful restaurant features Laotian cuisine. I recommend the crispy pork belly soup! Bida Manda is very popular, so you should definitely make a reservation.

Jose & Sons

Jose & Sons is a unique restaurant located in an area known as The Depot District. This restaurant offers Mexican cuisine and is typically quiet during lunch hours so you can have those important business conversations. There’s also a private parking lot, making it one of the easier lunch options near downtown, particularly if you have people driving in from other areas.


Sitti is another popular business lunch option. It offers a variety of Middle Eastern dishes and includes many vegetarian and vegan options. Sitti also offers private dining options.

Clyde Cooper’s

If you are hosting business clients from out of town and want to give them a true taste of NC, take them to Clyde Cooper’s. It might not be the quietest place for a business lunch, but your clients will most certainly enjoy the local flavor. Clyde Cooper’s also caters, if you want host your business lunch at the office.

In addition to Clyde Cooper’s, many other area restaurants offer catering, including The Big Easy and The Pit. Other Downtown Restaurants with private dining options include Gravy, Taverna Agora and Caffe Luna. With all of these options in Downtown Raleigh, you are sure to have a successful business lunch!

So what are some of your favorite business lunch spots in Downtown Raleigh? Please be sure to hit us up on Twitter @919BlogNC or visit our Facebook page at FB.com/919Blog and let us know! We would love to hear from ya.

This post was created in collaboration with the Downtown Raleigh Blog editorial team and 919 Blog contributor Amy Howard for exclusive digital publication via TBN