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Second Empire Restaurant

#10 of 1,134 Restaurants in Raleigh
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330 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27603 (Harrington St.)
(919) 829-3663
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Located in downtown Raleigh’s historic Victorian Dodd-Hinsdale House...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Would recommend for a special night.

Food was amazing. We got a gift certificate from friends and they recommended this restaurant. We picked the casual dining and were a bit surprised by the prices.. However.. Food was totally amazing. Great for special occasion. I thought I had great shrimp and grits before but I was wrong.. Food... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Akron ohio
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
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Akron ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Food was amazing. We got a gift certificate from friends and they recommended this restaurant. We picked the casual dining and were a bit surprised by the prices.. However.. Food was totally amazing. Great for special occasion. I thought I had great shrimp and grits before but I was wrong.. Food was just amazing

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This restaurant was so great that we booked a reservation for four days later. We visited Second Empire twice in June, and we were extremely pleased with the delicious food, friendly and accommodating service, and the elegant ambiance. This is fine dining at its best in a historic residence. Reservations are recommended for Friday and Saturday evenings.

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Cary, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Second Empire knows how to make you feel special on your special day. My husband and I celebrated our first anniversary there last night and it was lovely. They greeted us at the door with a "Happy Anniversary"...they had a menu specially addressed to us and the Chef wrote a note on the menu as a memento. The food was... More 

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Cary, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

I finally had the opportunity to dine here and was very impressed with the food and service. We ate in the main dining room of the historic house and the grand staircase and the tall entryway are very impressive when you first enter the house. The hostess was very gracious and showed us to the table. The rooms were all... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Love this place (especially the atrium downstairs). On last visit, however, I had two apps which appeared to be nearly identical. There was way too much in the way of colorful dabs of sauces and decoration. Both plates appeared to be prepped or finished in the same way. The only difference was what was placed at center (and one of... More 

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boston, ma, usa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

visiting from out of town, dining alone, looking for a nice meal in a quiet and refined atmosphere. this place was a home run. great service, interesting menu, inspired preparations, excellent wines. very satisfied, highly recommended.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

I was looking for a romantic place to take my wife for our second wedding anniversary and found Second Empire with a quick google search. It sure did not disappoint, the house itself is beautiful with great historic charm. We sat in the main dining floor which is on the main floor of the house. I had the 13oz Ribeye... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Its location in a beautiful old home always makes it a lovely place for a special evening, but the food, while good, is not as special. There were 4 in our party, and everyone enjoyed the meals, but no one was thrilled. I felt that the chef was working very hard to see how many ingredients he could include rather... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Beautiful house converted into a five star restaurant. Parking available on the street, most people just walk there. Excellent food, superb service and wonderful ambiance in the tavern below. Whiskey tastings on request. Best filet I have ever had!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

we ate in the tavern below. we like it better than the more formal restaurant above. you can get food off either menu in the tavern. had the scallops over fava beans..some of the best i have ever had. wife had the special fish (grouper i think) over gnocchi and it was delicious as well. salad was also fresh and... More 

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Additional Information about Second Empire Restaurant

Address: 330 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27603
Phone Number: (919) 829-3663
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Raleigh
Open Hours:
Tuesday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 31 - 80
Cuisine: American, Pub

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 330 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27603
    (Harrington St.)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Raleigh
  • Phone Number: (919) 829-3663

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 80
  • Cuisine: American, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Doing business, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions

Description

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.
Open Hours
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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