Second Empire Restaurant

★★★★☆
The Ultimate Dining Experience in an Elegant yet Relaxed Atmosphere
  • 330 Hillsborough St

    Raleigh, NC 27603

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  • 919-891-4286

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Open for Dinner Tuesday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm Tavern opens at 4:30pm
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The service was superb and the menu interesting. We have been several times and have mixed feelings about the different times. The desserts and drinks are always impressive.

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The service was superb and the menu interesting. We have been several times and have mixed feelings about the different times. The desserts and drinks are always impressive.

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Tavern @ Second Empire is out of this world. If you sit in the tavern you can order from the tavern menu AND the upstairs menu, both of which are fabulous. The service is extraordinary. The staff even knew we were celebrating our tenth anniversary and had a special menu for us signed by the chef as well as a complimentary dessert. Make sure to tell them if you're celebrating something special!

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★★★★★

Tavern @ Second Empire is out of this world. If you sit in the tavern you can order from the tavern menu AND the upstairs menu, both of which are fabulous. The service is extraordinary. The staff even knew we were celebrating our tenth anniversary and had a special menu for us signed by the chef as well as a complimentary dessert. Make sure to tell them if you're celebrating something special!

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Eating in the Tavern at the Second Empire is a real treat. Every dish is served elegantly and this is a wonderful place to go for a special occasion meal.

5
★★★★★

Eating in the Tavern at the Second Empire is a real treat. Every dish is served elegantly and this is a wonderful place to go for a special occasion meal.

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Great food in a unique and attractive venue. Wait staff is very good, chef and team are well-known and excellent and overall experience is one of the best in Raleigh. Location downtown requires a bit of planning for parking.

5
★★★★★

Great food in a unique and attractive venue. Wait staff is very good, chef and team are well-known and excellent and overall experience is one of the best in Raleigh. Location downtown requires a bit of planning for parking.

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We recently attended a private party here and I have to say the food was exceptional! The wait staff was very nice and was always asking if we needed another drink. It was nice to have them go to the bar and get them too!

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★★★★★

We recently attended a private party here and I have to say the food was exceptional! The wait staff was very nice and was always asking if we needed another drink. It was nice to have them go to the bar and get them too!

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We went for a special occasion and they had a set menu. It felt a little like an assembly line. The food was ok, but the atmosphere was terrible that night. Maybe if you go on just a regular night it would be better?

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We went for a special occasion and they had a set menu. It felt a little like an assembly line. The food was ok, but the atmosphere was terrible that night. Maybe if you go on just a regular night it would be better?

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The Tavern is in the basement of Second Empire. It's more casual but you can order from both menus. The foie gras is phenomenal. A great place for a romantic evening!!

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The Tavern is in the basement of Second Empire. It's more casual but you can order from both menus. The foie gras is phenomenal. A great place for a romantic evening!!

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Loved it, the food and service were fabulouse. Each plate was served with decrative edible adornments. We enjoyed the pumpkin bisque soup creamy tasty delicious. Try this place you will like it.

4
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Loved it, the food and service were fabulouse. Each plate was served with decrative edible adornments. We enjoyed the pumpkin bisque soup creamy tasty delicious. Try this place you will like it.

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Message from Second Empire Restaurant

Located in downtown Raleigh?s historic Victorian Dodd-Hinsdale House (circa 1879), Second Empire combines history, atmosphere, exceptional service and gourmet cusine for an unforgettable dining experience. Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern features our award winning Contemporary American Cuisine in two dining atmospheres. Upstairs enjoy the ultimate dining experience in an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere of charm and grace. Downstairs in the Tavern and beautiful Atrium room enjoy a lighter fare menu and more casual environment. The Capitol Room, Raleigh Room, Pine Room and Atrium Room are available for private parties seating up to 55 people or various combinations of rooms for parties up to 300 people. Second Empire is very proud to be the recipient of the DiRoNA Award the AAA Four Diamond Award and the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since 1998.

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The restored 1879 Second Empire Victorian mansion that houses the restaurant may be the most elegant restaurant setting in the city. Such details as an ornate hand-carved staircase and white linen-draped tables set with Christofle and…

Key Points

  • AAA Four Diamond Award Winner!
  • Tavern Menu
  • Private Parties available
 

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