Going out with a large group in Downtown Raleigh is lots of fun, but can be a hassle logistically. Groups of eight or more can be difficult to seat in a small restaurant, or even a large one if it’s a busy night. Your best bet is to call ahead and make a reservation, but sometimes these gatherings happen serendipitously.

Restaurants that are large in size and have long tables (or tables that are easily pulled together) are most suitable for accommodating large groups. The following Downtown Raleigh restaurants are perfect for hosting large groups:

Whiskey Kitchen

Whiskey Kitchen is located right beside Nash Square. It features indoor and outdoor seating on long picnic tables, so it should be easy for your group to find a spot to sit together. As the name of the restaurant suggests, it offers a fantastic selection of whiskey, scotch, and bourbon to please all tastes!

Flying Saucer

Large crowds of beer-lovers flock to Flying Saucer, which has 100s of beers on tap. It features large tables and an awesome patio for your crew to hang out, drink beer, and dine on some excellent bar food.

Taverna Agora

Taverna Agora is a big Greek restaurant with plenty of large tables to accommodate crowds. Enjoy Greek specialties such as Moussaka while sipping on wine inside or on its fabulous patio. Opa!


Parkside is pretty easy to find. Look for the neon sign that says “Restaurant” at the corner of Martin Street and Dawson Street. Inside, you’ll find plenty of tables to accommodate any group size. Parkside offers an impressive draft list and creative pub fare. Try the bacon wrapped dates!

The Big Easy

The Big Easy is located on Fayetteville Street, which is right in the middle of the most active street in Downtown Raleigh! It’s popular with groups and offers plenty of seating in the front room, the back room and even in its Balcony Mezzanine if there’s not a private party going on.

Oak City Meatball Shoppe

If you have a large crowd and don’t have a reservation, another option is to look for restaurants with community tables. Oak City Meatball Shoppe and Sitti might not be the biggest restaurants in Downtown Raleigh, but they both have a long community table that may be just the right size for your Downtown Raleigh crew!


So what are some of your favorite food spots for large groups 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