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Second Empire Restaurant
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Ranked #11 of 1,476 Restaurants in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $80
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, 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.
Reviewed March 30, 2013 via mobile

Went to the restaurant for a private group dinner and this place did not disappoint. Even with a group of 30+ everyone was pleased with their dinner. Great overall experience.

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Reviewed March 29, 2013

We attended a rehearsal dinner at this restaurant. It is a lovely setting and the room accommodated about 50 people. The wines were very good and the dinner which was a choice of the filet or salmon were both excellent. I would love to go back again and look over their menu as a regular diner.

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Reviewed March 14, 2013

We had a large group of about 16. We were well accommodated with wonderful wait staff. I had the grouper which was very good as was the key lime pie. I would go back for dinner. Some might say it a bit pricesy with most meals in the mid to upper $20's, but food was well worth it.

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Reviewed March 7, 2013

A little noisy when full but the food is always outstanding. If you want the "upstairs menu", eat upstairs for the same price. If you want a little action in the different rooms and bar, eat downstairs. THe food is always over the top, unique and service quality is top shelf. Great Occasion Restaurant!!

Thank Charlie M
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

I took my wife here the other night to celebrate her birthday. It was a fantastic night out! The atmosphere of the restaurant is beautiful and elegant. All of the staff we came in contact with were extremely friendly and helpful. Since this was for a special occasion they printed out a personal menu for my wife's birthday and the head chef left a little note. Nice touch! We split a cheese plate to start off and it was excellent. For our main courses I had the duck and my wife ordered the pork chop and both were what you would expect from a fine dining restaurant. For dessert we ordered the pecan tart and it was very delicious. Overall we were very happy with Second Empire and it was a great finish to a fantastic day!

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Thank Eddie_Mullins
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