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Second Empire Restaurant

#12 of 1,096 Restaurants in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence
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330 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27603 (Harrington St.)
(919) 829-3663
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Tue - Sat 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Best cheese plate offering I've seen in a while. Exceptional service. Worth the price. Ribeye was amazing, good portions. Heart of Raleigh, lots to do close by before or after dinner.

Thank JodySepich
Raleigh, North Carolina
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Took wife to Second Empire on July 6th because she didn't want to cook. I was in my Bermuda Shorts but it did not matter because Second Empire welcomes you whatever you wear....The restaurant in a historic home in Raleigh offers both 2 menus as well as 2 dining locales as this old house is quite large. So depending upon... More 

Thank aslanf192
Raeford, North Carolina
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband took me here for my birthday and we really enjoyed it. The food was wonderful and cooked to perfection. Their wine list has so many great wines choices. I even received a signed menu for my birthday from the chef.

Thank Holmes2802
Granville Ohio
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53 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had read exceptional reviews about this restaurants so I hoped it would hold up to what the critics were saying. Second Empire was exceptional! Our table was in a small room on the main floor with about six tables. This made for a quiet intimate atmosphere. The service was exceptional. Our entries were all presented at the same time.... More 

Thank beachvacation4me
Raleigh, North Carolina
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142 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We celebrated my birthday in the Tavern at Second Empire. The food was delicious, the service was outstanding. Prices are good. Very nice atmosphere. I had the Wiener Schnitzel and chocolate souffle for dessert. Both were very good. Great restaurant for special occasions and business dinners. Very quiet and relaxing. We enjoy eating downstairs, less formal. Parking lot in back.

Thank JWO55
Cary, North Carolina
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197 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We celebrated our 50th. anniversary and had dinner in the Tavern downstairs. The Second Empire upstairs is a bit more formal and probably good for group events. Up and down are decorated very attractively, and so the ambiance is pleasant all over. The staff is very attentive and pleasant. The food is pretty much outstanding, my husband had the French... More 

Thank 24lorraineS
Durham, NC
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215 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful birthday dinner with family and friends! Delicious cauliflower soup, crab cakes, and chocolate souflee! Perrier Jouet by the glass! Gorgeous building!

Thank CarsonsMommy
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant is nothing short of delicious. We ate down in the Tavern. It was a bit bright for my liking, but the experience was still amazing. The white tablecloths gave you a feel of fine dining, yet the Tavern is more casual. Be sure to dress nicely though. :)The variety on their menu was great. I had the catch... More 

Thank Beverly B
Raleigh, United States
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate in the "tavern," the more casual part of the restaurant. The service was very good and the food super. Both the "upstairs" and tavern menu are available. From start to finish it was a very good meal. Our only complaint is that wine is unnecessarily pricey. Otherwise, all aces.

Thank David M
Lima, Peru
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55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Second time here. Nice ambience, beautiful decor. Service try hard, they are good at some times then running short at others. In the pictures you can tell that even thought my entree was done my cocktail glass was still there, don't ask for fresh ground pepper cause they bring you a plastic salt and pepper shaker. The food... Well...chef is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $80
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?