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Second Empire Restaurant

#12 of 1,140 Restaurants in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence
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330 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27603-1726 (Harrington St.)
+1 919-829-3663
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Tue - Sat 16:30 - 22:00
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Wake Forest, United States
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My wife and I have continously gone here for special occasions (birthday, anniversary, etc.). My wife has allergies to eggs, gluten, soy and dairy and this has never been an issue. We always make sure to note this when we make the reservation and they tell the chef ahead time to avoid any surprises. She even gets her own fig... More 

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Thank Sean K
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We dined in the main dining room where I had the best fillet in Raleigh! The restored Victorian home set the mood for fabulous food and a quiet intimate dinner. It's so refreshing to eat and have a quiet conversation at the same time! The hostess and wait staff were very helpful and worked well together. This triple-diamond restaurant earned... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The reviews tell you everything you need to know. Our dinner was perfect from start to finish. The waitresses was lovely, attentive and knowledgeable. The meals were perfect and delicious. I feel like the prices were well worth the wonderful evening.

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Thank Madison H
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We attended the Groth wine dinner with another local couple who have also traveled with us to Napa. The food prepared by the chef to highlight each wine was spectacular! Never had a bad meal here. This is our Go To restaurant whenever we want to make an impression on our guests or just indulge ourselves. This was also the... More 

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Thank Gary J
Raleigh, North Carolina
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74 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My girlfriend and I went for an anniversary dinner. We dine very often, probably once every week. Unfortunately we could not get the main dining room settling for the tavern instead . We were not disappointed, The restaurant exudes class, from the beautiful old wooden floors to the extremely well trained staff. Our waiter knew the menu like the back... More 

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Thank traveldocsx2
Cary, North Carolina
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39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

[Meal] My wife had the scallops and when I had asked her how was your meal she replied "I have never tasted scallops cooked like this." It was beyond her expectations. I had the Tuna cake and my experience was as equal too my wife's comments. [Service] Our server's name was Destinee. She is a four star professional server with... More 

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Thank Luis F
Raleigh, United States
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are a foodie or want a memorable dinner don't miss this! It's pleasing to the eye and worth every mouthful! It is a meal I will always remember. I talked about it for days. The Tavern serves in a more casual atmosphere with access to both menus. The main dining area is more formal and perfect for special... More 

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Thank marjeant2017
Fayetteville, NC
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As with many people, we heard the hype about the Second Empire Restaurant and had to give it a try. I can honestly say that it did not disappoint. It is certainly a lovely place as it was once a Victorian home. The restaurant is has a tavern section as well as the main restaurant. The one interesting point to... More 

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Thank tswolfe65
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went for our anniversary. We knew it was expensive but had heard great things. The service was awesome and made us feel special. Dinner was wonderful but a little slow. We had to wait for drink refills. They were very busy and we weren't in a hurry but that would have given them 5 stars!

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Thank Pam O
Apex, North Carolina
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207 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Everything about the restaurant was outstanding. This is a wonderful place to celebrate a special event. Let them know ahead of time the event that you are celebrating and they customize a menu for you. The parking was the biggest problem. No room in the small parking lot and we didn't realize that we could park across the street. The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$ 31 - US$ 80
Cuisine
American, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Tuesday
16:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
16:30 - 22:00
Thursday
16:30 - 22:00
Friday
16:30 - 22:00
Saturday
16:30 - 22:00
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
Description
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?