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ORO Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ororaleigh.com
  • Phone: (919) 239-4010
  • Hours of Operation: SERVING LUNCH AND DINNER Monday: 11am - 10pm Tuesday: 11am - 10pm Wednesday: 11am - 10pm Thursday: 11am - 10pm Friday: 11am - 2am Saturday: 5pm - 2am Sunday: 4pm - 9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Christopher Hylton
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: ORO can cater your next event whether it be a business lunch or a wedding reception! Catering menus are available by contacting us through our website.
  • Private Party Facilities: Boasting an upstairs mezzanine with a 9-foot fireplace that can accommodate up to 40 guests seated and 60 guests for a standing reception, ORO can exceed your expectation for any business meeting or social gathering. For larger parties who desire the use of the entire ORO space, the facility can accommodate up to 80 guests seated and 150 guests for a standing reception.
  • Private Party Contact: Cara Hylton (919) 239-4010

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wilmington
  • Parking: No
A word from ORO
ORO Restaurant & Lounge located in the heart of Downtown Raleigh, is a fun, chic, and casual restaurant in the PNC Building at the corner of Martin and Wilmington Streets. Rather than offering individual starters and main courses, ORO serves dishes that are designed for sharing among friends and are brought to the table steadily and continuously throughout the meal. Offering 16 wines-on-tap; ORO's wine list, cocktail selection, and variety of local beer is diverse and exciting to please all palates.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The decor is contemporary - We had several different plates, everthing was good. The service was a bit slow, but we were not in any hurry. I would go again, it is a great place for a special night out or to meet friends"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "We were not impressed at all. You can see their attempt at Asian fusion but it's not as good as some other places in the downtown area. We won't be returning. If you like small plates, give Taste Bar (http://thetastebar.com/) a shot. We discovered this "hidden gem" before our ORO experience. Much better food (not Asian fusion but good food). They have a few dishes that are done wrong - the ribs are dry and overcooked; the lobster ravioli is the worst I've ever had; NY strips are in a fruity/sweet sauce. Oh well, that pretty much says it all."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Raleigh was detour for us - totally worth it. If you're ever in Raleigh and you don't end up going - you're making a mistake. If you can find an excuse to BE in Raleigh, you have to go to ORO. If you don't have a REASON to go to Raleigh - FIND ONE, NOW!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "My sister and I took friends to ORO to celebrate their birthdays. It was new to all of us, and we were eager to try the various small plates. It was an eclectic menu with plenty of options. Everything was delicious, from the chicken and pork potstickers to the fried chicken & fried green tomatoes to the bbq ribs! We shared seafood paella and wild mushroom risotto, both generously portioned and flavorful. The truffled mac and cheese was a favorite. It's a small place, but the balcony has a nice ambience and view. The service was friendly and efficient, and the chef visited each table to greet and see how folks were enjoying the food. We all agreed we had to return to try more dishes."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Just order one or two items at a time. Everything comes out very quickly, which is a good thing but you feel as though you have to rush to eat everything while it's hot. It is very noisy. Also, the a/c is set on very low, so bring a sweater if you are at all bothered by the cold. I would not recommend it for a quiet dinner for two. But, the food is great and the service is as well."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "My friend and I had wonderful wine, dinner, and dessert. We got to try out several different dishes and every single bite was truly tasty. Vegetable, seafood, and meat dishes - they were all fantastic. Some dishes surprised me in a very good way with combinations of different flavors. We were stuffed from dinner but we couldn't say no to the Campfire dessert. Not only it's yummy but it's a dessert you can have fun with! Great experience!!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "All dishes we ate were excellent. Service was fast and friendly."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "My teenage daughter and I were in town for a show and wanted something different for dinner. I stumbled across this restaurant and thought we would give it a try. We were promptly seated by our server and he explained that Oro's menu was like a tasting menu and that all dishes were shareable. He was friendly and very accommodating. I asked if they has sweet tea and he said they didn't but he would be happy to make some for me and it was perfect! My daughter and I chose the soup of the day (heirloom tomato), chicken and pork potstickers, pork belly, mushroom risotto and truffle mac and cheese. The food was amazing!! And it was plentiful because we ended up with more food than we could eat. If I'm back in Raleigh, I will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "The tapas style servings allow you to sample many different dishes, all with their own unique and varied flavors, seemingly from around the world. The service was great, and the modern spacious setting allowing for a terrific atmosphere and view of the downtown street scene. Excellent dining experience."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Loved the restaurant but they did not read the instructions for seating us with another party because reservation could not be made for 6 people. However after a short wait they accommodated us."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Our first time at ORO the food was great the bellini was great. This is a fun place for a couple"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Awesome place to eat !!! Different style of food @ great prices !!!! Definitely would recommend !!!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "If you are a foodie and within an hour of ORO. GET IN THERE. perfection from the moment we hit the door to the moment we exited the building. A tapas-style dining experience, we gushed over and savored every morsel. We tried about 9 different main event items, and 2 desserts, and each dish was perfect!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "My second experience here was excellent. Fun food, fun chef, good wait staff."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Everything was great about this place. Fish tacos are killer"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "This was my 3rd time at Oro. The food was great as usual. The only thing was the truffle mac n cheese which is my fav was a tad bit bland but everything else was AMAZING"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This was a good spot for lunch. Not crowded, service was quick. Service could have been friendlier though."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "had eaten lunch there a few times and enjoyed it. dinner is an entirely different experience and even more enjoyable. tapas style, food comes out when ready and it gets ready quickly......we were only 3 people, but next time we want to bring about a dozen and order one of each menu item! each dish was better than the previous one."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Had a nice visit, but you never really know how much food to order at a small plates restaurant. I always get the soy, ginger green beans which are awesome here. The crab potstickers/dumplings were very flavorful. Only complaints were that we asked for our steak plate to be "Medium" and it was very medium rare. Wrong meat temps at restaurants irritate me. And the desserts were TINY. Definitely not a sharing portion. Be forewarned. But the crème brulee cheesecake was very tasty. Would come again. Very nice atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Loved the Truffle Mac n Cheese and Sea Bass. And they have my favorite wine... Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This was my and my husband's 2nd time eating at Oro for our Anniversary. The food was very good and was consistent with our first visit. When we arrived 5:45 pm, there literally was no one else there so it felt like we had the place to ourselves. By the time we left there were about 13 - 15 people there. The General Manager was kind enough to bring my husband and I a glass of champagne with a hearty "Happy Anniversary"! The only thing that we were disappointed with was the fact the the Owner/Executive Chef, Chris Hylton came out and hung out at the bar with two people he obviously knew for at least our last 30 minutes there but didn't take the time to greet the other 10 guests that were in his restaurant, when he clearly was not busy."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The food is always delicious; never disappoints and the waist staff from the hostess to our waiter feel like old friends - love coming here!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "This was my 4th time dining at ORO, and I've always been very pleased by the food and service. The menu can be a little pricy if you don't order carefully. Be sure to start with A max of two tapas plates each, and you can always order add'l food if necessary."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food, service, and bar was excellent as usual at ORO. We love dining here and highly recommend it."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This was our first (and last) visit to Oro. We knew going in it was tapas (small plates). The food was very good but very pricey. The wine list was good but again, a 6 oz glass of wine at $24.00 is a bit outrageous. I asked for a mojito..the waitress replied "if the bartender has mint " he can make it. She brings over the cocktail which was simple syrup and mint flavor to me,. I suppose if I were a hummingbird it would be acceptable. I asked her where the mint was since this was clearly a clear beverage she handed me. She replies, "he strained it out". NOT. the bill was $148.00 4 people NO COCKTAILS, ordered 3 plates each. needless to say, we went to Sitti, for cocktails after!."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This restaurant came recommended to us by a friend. I'm so glad we went! It was amazing! Food was out of this world. Would go back again and again! Thank you Oro! Kuddos😊"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food was good, great ambience and experience but way too overpriced!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We had a really awesome dinner, the food was amazing! My only complaint was the acoustics. It was sometimes hard to hear the conversation at my table and our server due to all the noise."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We probably dine at ORO once or twice a month. Easy parking nearby. Super friendly staff. Everything we order is delicious and our favorites are always just the way we remembered. Great wines by the glass wines and specialty drinks. Owners are very attentive and always present. Fun place to go with friends and share plates."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Wonderful soft, but vibrant ambience that is only enhanced by beautifully presented and well portioned tapas style selections. Tried quite a few selections during this dining experience and everything was wonderful a concert on the palate! The wine list is very extensive with many selections that pair nicely with the food selections, especially several notable Napa Wineries reserves. The cocktails were just as impressive as the food. Looking forward to dining again very soon!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had a great time! Our waitor was fantastic and he helped us select plates and drinks. The drinks were great- I had peach sangria. And it's tapas style. The food is out as soon as it's ready so you get something right away. We ordered 2 plates per person and shared. Then we had the s'mores fire for dessert which was fun! I'd definitely go back and would recommend this place. The food was delicious!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We enjoyed the jerk chick and lamb chops! Dessert was great as well! Highly recommend"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Very modern and classy. Perfect place for group outing. Excellent wine and food. I'm always satisfied "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Good food but ridiculous size, expensive and super noisy. We won't come back. We are totally familiar with the tapas concept since we are from Spain. We have eaten like that all our life but 15- 20$ for super tiny tapas! it's way too expensive for almost not eaten. Besides, we were four, and it was very hard having a conversation because of the noise. Sorry guys..."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Oro is a wonderful tapas-style restaurant filled with all kinds of palate-tantalizing treats. The truffle mac-n-cheese and banana bread pudding are highly recommended!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Really cool place that doesn't meet the expectation for the food. Chicken flat bread ok, spring rolls good, paella blend, bone marrow ok, lamb good, beet salad good, strawberry salad good, sangria nice and strong. The nice touch was the executive chef coming to your table. Honestly, it can be a great place but the food needs a overhaul or we choose the wrong dishes. The service was great. Sorry for my HONEST review."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "You cannot for wrong with Oro. Chris and Kara run one of the best establishments in Raleigh. The must haves include the Tuna appetizer, Roasted Corn, Calamari, short ribs and sea bass. Finish it off with the S'more plate."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This is a great find in downtown raleigh! Enjoyed a nice bottle of wine, with multiple small plates for a long evening of food and conversation. Everything was well paced, with attentive service. Quality of ingredients was impressive. The grilled octopus was some of the best we have had anywhere in the world."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The food was delicious. I had ordered the veal ravioli, fish tacos, ahi tuna and of course, the mac and cheese. The mac and cheese is just as great as everyone before me said it was."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Small plates are awesome! Truffle Mac and cheese and spring rolls are a must! White sangria is amazing!!!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014