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Bolt Bistro & Bar
Bolt Bistro & Bar

Bolt Bistro & Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.boltbistro.com
  • Email: briana@boltbistro.com
  • Phone: (919) 821-0011
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30 pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    Lounge opens daily at 4 pm except Sunday
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, American
  • Executive Chef: Alan Gould
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hargett St
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Bolt Bistro & Bar
Bolt brings a chic, bistro, steak house concept to downtown Raleigh . We offer Certified Angus Beef, Fresh Local Seafood, Chef's feature pasta dishes, vegetarian options, and small plates. Every guest will find a dish they love from our menu!

Lunch with us is perfect for the busy downtown professional. Bolt offers a new menu with salads, unique sandwiches, and entrees all priced under $13. Our professional staff understands the time restraint and will have you back to the office in an hour.

Our modern, industrial space is fit for an afternoon gathering with an offering of small bites, 25 + wines by the glass, local craft beer, and our signature cocktail list. Check out our new Happy Hour for $6.95 menu Monday-Thursday 5-7 pm.

Private Dining has never been so personal! Our Sales and Catering Manager will help to create an event for you and your guests that is unforgettable! Contact us for your next business or social event!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "Dined at BOLT on April 16th and had a wonderful experience. Wasn't very crowded, so service was good but could have been better given the lack of diners. Kitchen was very accommodating to special requests, but all the food did not come out at the same time. Soup, salads and entrees were very good...lamb chops, scallops and prime rib were all very much enjoyed by our group of four. Desserts were OK...just OK...nothing to write home about."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "This was our first visit and won't be our last! Every aspect of our dining experience was exceptional. The staff were attentive and friendly, the food exemplary and the manager William took the time to make us feel welcome. We started off with very fresh PEI Mussels & Frites followed by an unusually tasteful Caesar Salad. My Austrialian Lamb Chops were prepared to perfection and my wife loved her Shrimp & Grits. This is upscale dining at a moderate cost."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We decided to take some out-of-town guests here this past Monday evening. Happy Hour was in effect when we arrived at 5:00, so we first took advantage of that. Then at 5:30 we were escorted to our table. Every one of us came away with the opinion that Bolt is now at the top of our list for future dining-out experiences. This is due in part to our outstanding table service and in part to the highly satisfying taste of the dishes we selected."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Having never been here, my wife and I chose this spot last minute to take friends to. The wait-staff were on top of their game with great knowledge of the wine and food menus. The food was amazing from both a taste and presentation persepctive and we were actually thrilled to have left-overs to eat later. While it was a little pricey, it was such a great treat to find such a great place to eat."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The food was awesome and service was awesome. Not one complaint! We will for sure be dining there again!!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I went to Bolt Bistro for my birthday this past weekend and had a wonderful time. Everyone at my table ordered something different from the menu and everyone was happy with their choice. Great atmosphere and experience!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "we have been to bolt around a half dozen times & it just keeps better & better. my wife had the pork chop & I had the stuffed chicken. both were outstanding. the fried oyster app. is also a winner. I highly recommend bolt & will be back soon."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We had dinner there on a Saturday night early. We were seated immediately, but had to wait a bit for the server. Once she arrived, however, the meal moved along at a good pace. One of the specials that night was a lobster bisque - to die for! We also ordered the flounder special with a Mediterranean sauce, and it was melt-in-your-mouth. The shrimp and grits was okay, but as one of the least expensive items on the menu, worth it. We also enjoyed the bread pudding for dessert. Overall, a very good experience. We would recommend and return."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We tried Bolt during restaurant week and my steak was amazing. The appetizers were tasty but nothing to rave about but part of this may have been what we ordered. Calamari rarely wows me personally and this was the case here as well. A bit pricey for me to be a frequent diner but overall I would recommend BOLT."
    Dined on 6/5/2013
  • "Chris and Chad were great at checking on us to make sure we had everything we needed. David (the owner) always has a smile on his face and is happy to come ask you how everything is going. He really wants to make sure you are enjoying yourself and the food. The first time we went to Bolt was just for dessert and David sat and talked with us for at least 10 minutes to chat and discuss the inspiration behind the restaurant and more. This time we came for dinner and the dinner menu did not disappoint. They even took the coupon we gave them even though it was for the wrong restaurant (we didn't realize it until we got back to the car and looked in our book). It is definitely a new favorite for downtown Raleigh and we will be back."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We were celebrating with my husband and teenagers. We were met and greeted warmly. Our waitress Summer was attentive and sweet. Service was excellent, loved the windows, lighting, oil case on tables, and enough noise the we felt comfortable carrying on a conversation with lots of laughter without feeling we were disturbing anyone. We were asked by two different manager/owner looking people how things were going. Food was delicious. It wasn't cheap. With 4 of us, one appetizer, 3 glasses of wine and one dessert, with tip was $175. But it was a wonderful splurge."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Food was fantastic and our server, Brittany Dunn was knowledgable and engaging and served us well. A great, fun time."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Every dish was well prepared and flavorful. The brussel sprouts were fantastic!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "My family doesn't live in Raleigh, so when they visit dining out is something we enjoy. The food and atmosphere at Bolt were great. But, after the main course our waiter brought us our bill without asking if we wanted dessert, which is my favorite part of the meal and had planned on ordering. After we signed the bill, we continued to catch up while finishing our wine when our waiter told us we needed to leave because he needed to turn his table, but we could hang out in the lounge. I didn't realize I had signed up for a time slot and didn't appreciate being asked to leave after spending $200 plus on dinner. As much as my family loves amazing food, we also value the dining experience, so we not be returning or recommending this place."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Overall we had a relatively enjoyable dining experience however I made a reservation for 8:30pm on Saturday night as I figured it would be fairly busy, when we arrived we were told that a table was being cleared and we would be seated shortly, we then proceeded to wait an additional 30 minutes to be seated. Additionally, a member of the management staff sat at the table next to us downing drinks and socializing intermittently throughout our meal. At one point I watched him down a drink and then proceed to come over to our table a few moments later asking how everything was, smelling of alcohol. I am on the fence as to whether we will go back or not, the food was good but overall I was not impressed."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We went to Bolt on a Friday night and were seated promptly. The service was great, very friendly and prompt. The food was outstanding. As others have said, the Lobster Mac and Cheese is awesome. People in my party also had the Scallops and Stuffed Chicken and they were both enjoyed."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend here for Valentines day. Had an 8:30 reservation, arrived about ten minutes early, wasn't seated until almost 9:00. The menu was changed for Valentines weekend and it was VERY limited. They also raised the prices for the weekend. The food was great though. Our waitress did a great job as well."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Great place. My girlfriend and I went there on a a Friday at around 6:30. We were surprised to find the place not very full at the time. There is a good list of wines and a menu that was not to overwhelming. Overall we had a good experience."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Staff was super friendly, food was better than average and ambience was pleasant. Our waiter, although very nice and polite and whose name was never given, was not overly attentive, and/or seemed new. He did not really know how the specials were prepared and we had to prompt full descriptions. We had tickets for a show and although we allowed plenty of time so as not need to hurry our meal, I'm not sure if we would have had enough time had we not flagged our waiter down to retrieve the bil and cash out. I would definitely go back because it was a very nice overall experience, but know that service is a bit slow and allow for this if you have a subsequent destination."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated Valentines Day at Bolt after 2 previous great experiences and left impressed yet again! The experience was superb from the greeting to the romatic ambiance and of course the food was absolutely superb! I will absolutely be visiting again and recommending to family and friends. We started off with the calamari which is a step above the rest and includes fried pineapples and banana peppers as a sweet and sour bonus! I had the filet which was cooked to perfection. Ended with a delicious chocolate torte and a sweet added touch of chocolate covered strawberries offered by Bolt For vday! Love this place!!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Very Nice Restaurant. Service was outstanding. We arrived early for our reservation and were taken directly to our seats without having to wait any time. Food was excellent. Loved the architecture and ambiance. Although it was a little tight inside the dining area we were able to enjoy our meal and conversation in private without having to hear the conversation of the table next to us. I will recommend Bolt to all my friends for a special night out spot. Can't wait to go there in the spring and summertime and enjoy the outdoor seating. Love the location as well."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great Service... We arrived early, they sat us early. Food was exceptional. Service was great. It's good to see managers and owners on the floor talking to tables..."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This was out first time at Bolt, and I had high expectations. . It was a busy Saturday night... and so we didn't have a best service. Food was good, but for the price it was not interesting nor presented in an eye-catching manner. It was OK...but it could have been better! I guess I had higher expectations and was disappointed."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We were very pleased with the food, service and atmosphere. We will eat here again!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Overall restraunt was great and food was fantastic. A little pricey but worth it. The staff was not prepared and didn't seem to care. We set a reservation and was placed on a waiting list anyway. We waited for about an hour which again is frustrating when having called ahead and reserved a table. Server seemed too busy and overwhelmed to take care of you."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "It is always an adventure to go out to the world of Prix Fixe menus on Valentines day. My wife and I both agree the people watching is at it best. Folks that never set foot into a restaurant all year long, come out in droves. We also consider it a great test to see if a restaurant can handle the horde of patrons and still maintain a decent operational pace. Bolt, did a good job with the food this Friday. Regardless of the ice storm that hit, the hordes of Valentines day, and a Friday night all converging into one week, the food was really good. The wait staff just needs some more training. I would not call this place "fine dining" by any stretch, but the prices would suggest so."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I wanted to try something different for Valentine's Day. The staff was friendly and professional. We missed our reservation time, but they were still very accommodating. The food was amazing. The best lobster bisque I've had! I can't wait to go back. I definitely recommend Bolt Bistro."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Went for Valentine's Day with three couples. Summer, our server, was fun, nice and accommodating. Nice night out! Food was excellent, drinks were fun. Beef carpaccio was Awesome!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We read an article in the News and Observer that commented very favorably on their brussel sprouts. Since we enjoy brussel sprouts we decided to give it a try after a "Friday Favorites" of the NC Symphony. We were very pleased with the brussel sprouts, plus the salmon and the shrimp and grits."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Very enjoyable dinner. The food was wonderful and the service was great. Not a lot of dinners the night we went but they just gave us more of the attention. Cannot wait for prime rib night on Wednesdays ."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Excellent food, wonderful service especially our waitress Summer! Even our picky kids loved it:)!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Even with tan exciting college basketball game on that evening at the bar, my experience was fantastic. The noise level was moderate, the food and service was great and I had a VERY memorable special evening out with my beautiful girlfriend!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "My wife & I went during Restaurant Week. You expect a limited menu w/smaller than usual portions. The green salad & wedge salads were good and normal sized. My wife had the filet mignon & I the rack of lamb. Both were ordered medium well, but only the lamb was cooked to that order, the filet was under-cooked. The sides were delicious. The bananas foster bread pudding & the chocolate torte were delicious. Wines by the glass were typical and a little pricey. Staff was attentive without hovering and saw to all of our needs. Very good experience overall."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "I thought Bolt was a fantastic dining experience. They had great food, great service, and a great ambience. I would definitely return."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "First time trying Bolt, and for Raleigh Restaurant week. You do need reservations for the weekend, but OpenTable makes it easy. The food was very good. I will be going back."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Delicious food in romantic fun urban atmosphere anyone would love. Friendliness and professionalism of staff is excellent."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We had a great dinner with friends during Restaurant Week. The rack of lamb was excellent, garlic potatoes were just right, the filets were prepared exactly as ordered. Service was a bit harried due to the numbe of people there, but the owners (both) talked with us multiple times to see that everything was to our liking. We definately will go back for a special dinner or just a drink when downtown."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "My husband and I went here during Restaurant Week and he had the Salmon and I had the Lamb. Both dishes were delicious. We will definitely go back. Our server was very attentive and the cocktails were awesome as well!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We dined here on a Saturday night during Restaurant Week. If the menu and service was designed to showcase what Bolt does best then we won't be back. We must have been served by 6 different waiters, had to chase our wine, bread, and sides that should have been on the entree plate, but instead came out late on a side plate. We're not dessert people, but we were offered two sides instead. I ordered potatoes au gratin and green beans. The serving was two slices of potato! That and a slither of salmon. Really? For a $100+ dinner, this place does not deliver on the goods. Sorry."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "This was our first experience with the Bolt, and we enjoyed it very much. The selection of entrees during Triangle Restaurant Week was numerous, with many wonderful choices. The Scottish salmon was excellent. We were very pleased that it was not noisy."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
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