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Second Empire Restaurant

330 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27603-1726
+1 919-829-3663
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good18%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
330 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27603-1726
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I set a meeting up for 12 in a separate dining room, only 9 people showed up and everyone at Second Empire were fine with it. We had pre-selected the menu and the food came out in a timely manner the waitress was wonderful and...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Truffle oil? Really? Perhaps I’m not getting your target audience-maybe you’re looking for folks who like the snob appeal of spending a lot on a meal but don’t know very much about food? The paella was bland at best-rubbery shrimp and rice in a watery...More

Thank hsheffield1
Reviewed 1 week ago

In a beautiful old mansion near NC State University, this tavern and restaurant is a delight. Amazing extravigant menu of first and prime courses. Wonderful atmosphere. Our family birthday dinner had us sharing three appetizer plates ("First Courses" including a Carpaccio plate, a crabmeat and...More

Thank docnc
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is definitely a top choice for a special date. I enjoyed my birthday dinner and wine with my husband and will go back for another special occasion. Reservations recommended.

Thank Greta E
Reviewed 1 week ago

The deserts are amazing, and almost too good looking to eat! Main course presentation always top notch also. You can't go wrong wonderful place.

Thank Becky Y
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent food and service. You can't go wrong. Everything on the menu is great. For some reason, we go for special celebrations, but we really should go more often than we do. Prices are a bit more than "moderate" for Raleigh, but worth it. I...More

Thank tom_phil4
Reviewed 1 week ago

Second Empire is your classic fine-dining experience. It's about as nice of a restaurant location and atmosphere as you will find. The house it is located in is beautiful and the menu has some intriguing and diverse options. However, with all that said the overall...More

Thank Andy G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoy dinning and enjoying cocktails at the bar of Second Empire. Ashley is always awesome. Great people watching. Food is always delicious. I'm glad they went down to one menu, but I still have difficulty choosing my meal as everything looks so good....More

Thank Rob B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had not been to Second Empire for over 18 years due to moving away. Now that we were back in the area,we decided to revisit this wonderful restaurant for our anniversary. We were not disappointed. The restaurant looked as lovely as before and the...More

Thank emangramp
Reviewed 10 October 2018

First of all their menu changes. Ours had pretty much a choice for all kinds of eaters. Seafood, steak, chicken, lamb, pork, etc.I had a difficult time deciding because everything looked so good. And the prices are fair for an upscale restaurant. We went for...More

Thank bal1234
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14 August 2018|
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Response from Guhor1966 | Reviewed this property |
Although we did see shorts, it was not appreciated. Casual or business casual would be more appropriate.
Nancy D
29 June 2017|
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Response from DadFlyDoc | Reviewed this property |
Yes. The tavern is exceptionally nice. It has its own menu, however you can select from the dining room menu as well.
13 February 2016|
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Response from Gloria K | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the previous answers. I think calling the restaurant is the best. And if it works for you to go then get ready for a fabulous meal!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$80
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 330 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27603-1726
    (Harrington St.)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Raleigh
  • Phone Number: +1 919-829-3663
Located in downtown Raleigh’s historic Victorian Dodd-Hinsdale House (circa 1879), Second Empire combines history, atmosphere, exceptional service and gourmet cuisine 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 (Distinguished Restaurants of North America), the AAA Four Diamond Award (Raleigh’s only restaurant with this award) and the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since 1998.
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