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Second Empire Restaurant

#10 of 1,115 Restaurants in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence
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330 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27603-1726 (Harrington St.)
+1 919-829-3663
16:30 - 22:00
Closed now
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Tue - Sat 16:30 - 22:00
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Greenville, North Carolina
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is the best restaurant in Raleigh, hands down. It is a bit pricey for everyday dining, so we only come for special occasions, but we are NEVER disappointed. Frankly, plenty of restaurants charge the same without this quality, especially at the beaches. There are affordable wines, too. My husband even eats things he doesn't like here -- because... More 

Thank Susan H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was in Raleigh for 'Art in the Carolinas' and found this GREAT restaurant! It is a reason to go to Raleigh. We ate downstairs their brick walled pub and returned two nights later. They have a divine wait staff and great menu offerings. Enjoy! If an artist, do take in the once a year learning event 'Art in the... More 

Thank Pauline R
Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
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53 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The presentation, service and presentation were superb. The good left both of us wanting. The ribeye was average and was not special in any way. Rather bland. Wife had salmon that was again average nothing to scintillate the taste buds. The chocolate cake was dry.

Thank Mark G
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good FOOD, BUT A BIT PRICEY. The Chef IS A PRIMA DONNA, really off the edge. But I have been several times and will go again!

Thank Tarver S
Grapevine, TX
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43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Why would you put sweetbreads together with sea scallops and pork rind on a chicken parmigiana, as the dinner menu was for Tuesday 11/1/16. It just doesn't make any sense. Whatever the chef was trying to accomplish the members in my party were left to figure out just what was going on in the kitchen. Otherwise its a warm inviting... More 

Thank RVMillman
Lone Tree, Colorado
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38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

We spent our 10th anniversary here and it was wonderful!! Service from All of the waitstaff was great! All of our food was delicious the appetizers of the tuna tartar and the soup de jour were so tasty. They had a special of filet minion that melted in you mouth. The crab cake over the risotto had a burst of... More 

Thank Fredeez
Raleigh, North Carolina
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35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

My husband and I love going to Second Empire for a special meal. Our meals are always delicious and service is always wonderful. Highly recommend.

Thank N M
Cary, North Carolina
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61 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

We to go to Second Empire a couple of times a year for a special night out with friends. We usually eat downstairs in the Tavern because it's a little less formal and because you can order from the Upstairs menu or the Tavern menu. Our waiter was "spot on" and our food was fantastic. Great wine list that's reasonably... More 

Thank Virgil S
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

It was my extreme pleasure to entertain a group of 5 business guests from Southern California. It was their first time in North Carolina and in Raleigh. After a short tour of downtown, we went for drinks and dinner at Second Empire. We were fortunate to get a reservation for our group and elected to eat in the Tavern downstairs.... More 

Thank Hooman42
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99 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

We had a very nice experience dining in the main dining room. We had 3 servers tending to our every need, so service was great. It was a bit odd when we were asked if we would prefer "silent service," I guess some want their servers to be seen but not heard. We started off with the tuna tartar which... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 31 - USD 80
American, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?