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Second Empire Restaurant

330 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27603-1726
+1 919-829-3663
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good20%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
330 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27603-1726
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I don't give 5s out much but this one is well deserved. The restaurant, set in a restored 100+ year old house is absolutely gorgeous. The basement is the tavern while the ground floor is the restaurant. Seven of us sat in the main dining...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

This visit we ate in the Tavern. You have a choice of ordering from the regular Second Empire menu or the Tavern menu and all 5 of us chose to order from the Tavern menu. We started with Caprese salad, French Onion Soup, Strawberry salad...More

Thank Levon M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Second Empire is the perfect spot for a special occasion, date night, or just because you are in the mood for some great food. Took the family there recently to try it out since they have never been and all approved. We started with some...More

Thank Tomas M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is definitely a restaurant you wouldn't bring your wild and crazy children too. This restaurant is ideal for a romantic evening with your significant other. It's not really my scene on a weekly basis, but for special events such as anniversaries or holidays it...More

Thank RaleighMama
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visiting Raleigh on business that just happened to be my birthday weekend. I saw great reviews about Second Empire and the historic home reminded me of Charleston, SC. The wait staff was great. Our waiter, Matthew, was knowledgeable about the menu and made great food...More

Thank Caroline F
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

If you are looking for a elegant, quiet, and relaxing dinner experience, this your place! The building is a historic gem and all the employees are welcoming and polite. The cuisine is delectable. Your palate will be very please!

Thank Renee W
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Had dinner for four. Luckily one of our companions knew enough to ask for the tavern menu. We are actually able to order from both menus. I had the paella and others had scallops and beef. All were excellent. A good bottle of wine at...More

Thank William H
Reviewed 29 July 2017

I went with a colleague (we had been once before) and the food was even better than the previous visit. The salads were to die for and the fish was excellent. The cheese plate at the end of the meal was really excellent. At $180...More

Thank MemberGuildfordUK
Reviewed 24 July 2017

This was such a great experience! The food and service was amazing! Our waiter Chris was very attentive and knowledgeable about the food. We loved his recommendations and thoroughly enjoyed the food! My husband was the only one who had a menu with the prices...More

Thank Duquesnegirl
Reviewed 19 July 2017

My new favorite fine dining restaurant! Besides the ambiance in a beautifully restored mansion, the food and service are beyond any other establishment I've been to in the Raleigh area. Excellent selection of nightly specials; wine list of choice selections from great wine-producing regions; and...More

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Nancy D
29 June 2017|
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Response from KMLNY | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the delay....yes a wonderful bar. Do NOT miss the opportunity to go to Second Empire. spectacular.
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!
26 July 2015|
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Response from Joseph F | Reviewed this property |
As mentioned before. This is a restaurant in Raleigh, NC. Not a hotel in Paris.
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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
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
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
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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