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Second Empire Restaurant

330 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27603-1726
+1 919-829-3663
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good18%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“duck breast” (18 reviews)
“sea scallops” (10 reviews)
Open Now
17:00 - 22:00 Hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
330 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27603-1726
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Reviewed yesterday

Service and atmosphere are excellent. We were celebrating my better half's birthday, and she got as a souvenir a menu signed by the Chef.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Silvio R
Reviewed yesterday

My wife and I recently celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary and our son and daughter-n-law gave us Gift Card to the Second Empire Restaurant. Before you even enter, your eyes are filled with a beautiful site of this historic Victorian home turned to restaurant. The...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank bdorts
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Fine dining with wonderful service. The only down side was our 2 person table was so big, we couldn't reach out to hold hands. Food very good as is the atmosphere for the experience.

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank Margaritaville12345
Reviewed 3 days ago

My husband and I go to Second Empire every time we come down to visit from DC. The service and atmosphere is always on point, and I am never left feeling "empty." The prices are beyond reasonable for a restaurant of this caliber.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank JoyfulWellRichWise
Reviewed 1 week ago

Most romantic restaurant in Raleigh! And you can carry on a conversation with your loved one without having to compete with the music! The service was 5 star with William! And the foie grass is not to be missed! And the flourless chocolate torte by...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Bountifulblessings
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As my subject line indicates, next to Pooles, which is an Ashley- Christensen-hope-you-get-a-table restaurant, Second Empire is the best fine dining restaurant in Raleigh. We went there for a birthday celebration, every dish was magnificent. The menu changes every evening. The plates are served and...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank SusieSuggs
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

No wonder they are ranked so high in the RAL area! Great venue w a history story eloquently told by our knowledgeable server Destiny. She and her serving partner Jason were a primary reason we had a top notch customer experience. Oh yeah...the food. Starters...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Hbadge
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had a fantastic dinner at Second Empire to celebrate my birthday. Even during the busy holiday season, the entire staff was attentive and everything was top notch. The food was on point - from the cheese board, to the entrees and the decadent desserts....More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank pwmraleigh
Reviewed 12 December 2018

In December we drove to Raleigh to enjoy a Christmas party with friends. We dined on Friday evening to celebrate our 46th wedding anniversary with another couple who's company we truly enjoy. They selected the restaurant as a surprise. It is our second visit to...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank sentellr
Reviewed 11 December 2018

A Raleigh dining tradition that is backed up by very attentive and knowledgeable servers, and relatively complicated French-style dishes with beautiful presentations. This was our first visit here, and we will more than likely dine here in the future. Keep in mind, however, that this...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank T P
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Questions & Answers
13 August 2018|
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Response from Guhor1966 | Reviewed this property |
Although we did see shorts, it was not appreciated. Casual or business casual would be more appropriate.
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!
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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
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 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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