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Second Empire Restaurant

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

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 1 week ago

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

1  Thank Erin S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Best meal I have eaten since moving here 3 weeks ago. I tried the catch of the day the - Barramundi - Asian Sea Bass. It was amazing - wonderful light white fish with mixed with amazing flavors. Husband had scallops which were good but...More

Thank icu812
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of our favorite places to go to celebrate. Appreciate the time and care they take with presenting vegetarian and vegan options. Any place that tells me up front (without having to ask) what stock/broth goes into a soup is one that takes care with...More

Thank Zenlibrarian
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For me, this is the finest restaurant in Raleigh. The menu is inspired. Presentation is beautiful. Staff is very attentive. It's not someplace we can afford to eat on a regular basis. However, when my wife and I have a special occasion, we go to...More

Thank Sprtsgy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food and service is top notch! The servers are so knowledgeable about the menu and know exactly what to suggest if you need one. Lovely atmosphere and is idea for a romantic night out.

Thank 919FrankieTraveler
Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

Charming with excellent food and service. Ideal for celebrations. A+ experience. Close to the Capital. Old Victorian home restored perfectly.

Thank Tom A
Reviewed 18 June 2017

Ate dinner at Second Empire with my husband and parents tonight. The food was amazing! Alex, our server, described the specials in flavorful detail everything sounded wonderful. From appetizers to dessert, we were impressed and delighted. Will definitely go back - simply wonderful!

Thank julieGinNC
Reviewed 3 June 2017

Son just got married and we hosted rehearsal dinner for 43 people in Atrium Room downstairs. The event could not have gone better. I've hosted plenty of events at upscale restaurants for business. Second Empire's performance was best ever. Highlights (keep in mind we do...More

1  Thank Orville K
Reviewed 28 May 2017 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...More

Thank Sean K
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Nancy D
29 June 2017|
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Response from David H | Reviewed this property |
You should be comfortable eating in the Tavern.
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
USD 31 - USD 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, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
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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