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Tavern at Second Empire

330 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27603
(919) 829-3663
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Ranked #8 of 1,222 Restaurants in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $80
Tue - Sat 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Harrington St.
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.
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English first
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Have eaten at great restaurants all over the world, however, this one is one of the best. The service is perfect as is the food. Have been back several times and not disappointed. Just a perfect evening. Have only eaten in the Atrium which is a more casual area of this restaurant.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Having been to Tavern a couple times. We decided to eat in the main restaurant. Bret was our waiter, and he was on top of is game. The food was wonderful, two of us had the filet of beef and I had the lamb chops with veal sweetbread. We ended the meal with the chocolate souffle and a cheese board.... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

outstanding food, ambiance and customer service. We were treated as if we were royalty; felt very special; lots of little personal extras. one of my best ever dining experiences hands down

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Winter Springs, Florida
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I was expecting more based on the recommendations of others including Trip Advisor. I thought it was very good with interesting presentations but not spectacular. Fish was a little dry. Service was fantastic. There were 6 in my party and only two of the six raved about their choices. Parking is poor but the ambiance of the restaurant is very... More

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101 reviews 101 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We wrapped up restaurant week with a visit to Second Empire. For some basics. It has some limited parking behind the restaurant and there is a reasonably priced paid lot across the street from the main entrance. The restaurant has a tavern downstairs as well. The place is large enough to accommodate a number of people yet feels quiet and... More

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Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

Lovely ambience, great service and the flavors were delectable! Our daughter ordered the mussels as her first course. All I can say is it was probably the most divine dish I have ever had the pleasure of tasting! The mixture of flavors on each dish are so creative and interesting. My husband raved about the duck , my son-in-law raved... More

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San Diego, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I was working in Raleigh for a week and did a search for top places to eat. Second Empire came out in top 5, so I gave it a shot. The building is beautiful inside and out. The food was some of the best. I had the polenta/pear salad wihich was incredible (see picture). The halibut entree was succulent and... More

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Miami, Florida, USA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We were directed to this restaurant by friends, who told us this place has some of the best reviews in the city. Were they wrong. We arrived punctually at 8:30 and were seated promptly by a nice hostess. That was the best part of the experience. We were offered both the Tavern menu and the main menu from the upstairs... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is the place in Raleigh. The staff are awesome and the food is great. This is a 5 star restaurant at its best. We always eat here.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We went there Thursday for our 15th anniversary dinner. They had a signed menu waiting for us when we got there. Seated promptly and received superb service. Food was top notch and as always the desert to die for. Wife had the Soufflé which was well worth the wait. Lived in Raleigh for 41 years and that was first time.... More

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