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Second Empire Restaurant
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Ranked #5 of 1,526 Restaurants in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $80
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings
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 April 6, 2014

This beautiful place made me feel like I was in France and no other reausteraunt. The food just like it was fresh from France
And the value was perfect for all of the that and I wish to go back.

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1  Thank Teacookiesandcats
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Reviewed March 10, 2014

This is in the basement of the Second Empire, which is excellent. The Tavern is a brick walled, hardwood floor upscale casual place. They have their own menu but you can also order dishes from the upstairs menu as well, which makes it a very nice choice. The atmosphere upstairs is very formal and excellent. The Tavern is smaller, more crowded and a lot noisier. In the bar area, tables are close together, if you go, ask for a table in the atrium, much nicer. They have an excellent wine list and the staff are very friendly and well trained. This is a nice place, a bit on the expensive side for what the environment really is, however.

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1  Thank David D
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Reviewed March 4, 2014

We celebrated our Anniversary here last week. We reserved the Chef's Table and had a wonderful experience. Eating in the kitchen gives you a unique advantage and at Second Empire the kitchen was impressive. First of all the kitchen was immaculate! This is something we all want to hear about our favorite restaurant. The chefs and staff made us feel welcome and it was a delight to watch them prepare our meal as well as the hundreds of other dinners that were served while we were there. Our dinner was exquisite with wonderful wines chosen to accompany each course. I can only say Thank You to Chef Daniel Schurr and his staff for a very memorable evening!

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1  Thank NanaKiki48
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Reviewed March 1, 2014

We had not planned on such a fine dining experience when deciding on Tavern at Second Empire, but are glad that we stayed. When we asked to be in the more "casual" tavern section of the restaurant, we assumed it would be just that - a tavern. The white table cloths and impeccable wait staff were a few notches above any tavern at which I've dined in the past.

The calamari appetizer was for our teen son, and it was light and delicious! All three entrees were beautiful both in presentation and in taste. With eye-catching colors and depth of texture and taste, we were all thrilled with our meals.

The wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable without being overbearing. Excellent service.

Will definitely go back when in Raleigh again.

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Thank tallchick1966
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Reviewed February 27, 2014

I was here with a group for a business dinner. The selections were limited but well varied. The first course offers a lot of unique opportunities to explore and the main courses are well presented and flavorful. Service was excellent and the pacing was wonderful. Our dining room wasn't overly crowded but it was a mid-week dinner. I highly recommend for a special occasion, or business dinner.

Thank Brando62
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