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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, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
330 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27603-1726
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a wonderful date night spot or anniversary location. The food is top notch and cannot be duplicated. The atmosphere is very intimate with an old charm. The staff is very attentive and anticipate your every need.

Thank 919FrankieTraveler
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We received a gift certificate and finally made our reservations to celebrate a special occasion. As a bonus the chef actually signed a menu for us to take home to remember the event! The restaurant is just beautiful. We ate in the formal dining room...More

Thank benooch67
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have dined at SER many times in the past. We have enjoyed our experiences immensley and always looked forward to our return. This visit was a let down. The letdown came not from the food, which was excellent as always but from the poor...More

Thank CharlottesMommy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are in Raleigh, definitely spend an evening here. We stopped by after walking around town sight seeing, we were lucky to get a table downstairs. The food, drinks and especially the service were all impressive. Had a tenderloin filet that was SO tender,...More

Thank morgana254
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a late reservation (8:30) so I always worry that the restaurant has run out of something on the menu or the food has been sitting too long. Not the case at this exceptional establishment! From the pre-dinner cocktails to dessert, the service and...More

Thank 2Ready2Retire
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I were blown away by this restaurant. The atmosphere is luxurious and quaint. The wait staff is professional and attentive without being obtrusive. Conversation is easy. And, oh by the way, the food is excellent.

Thank Patentman44198
Reviewed 5 November 2017

Excellent food at a good price. Staff is great and so is the food. Easy to find and easy to get in and out of. This is a hidden gem in Wake county that more people should try. I heard about it on the radio...More

Thank ckbethea
Reviewed 3 October 2017

The food is delicious and the service is impeccable. This is a perfect place to celebrate an anniversary or to propose to your loved one.

Thank Anna Marie T
Reviewed 3 October 2017

This place is well worth it. We had dinner upstairs which is more formal but not stuffy. Food was very good, highly recommend! We then went downstairs to the tavern for after dinner. Tavern atmosphere but looks like you have a better chance of a...More

Thank Roger J
Reviewed 29 September 2017

Very attentive to detail. Waiter (Matthew) was excellent. He introduced the food choices with detailed knowledge. It was as if he was the Chef. Speaking of Chef the Chef signed our Menu and personalized a note. Presentation was exceptional and the food was FRESH, full...More

Thank Mark W
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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!
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
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Groups
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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