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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Food was good, great ambience and experience but way too overpriced!"
    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 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
  • "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 $148.00 4 people NO COCKTAILS, ordered 3 plates each. needless to say, we went to Sitti, for cocktails after!."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We probably dine at ORO once or twice a month. Easy parking nearby. Super friendly staff. Everything we order is delicious and our favorites are always just the way we remembered. Great wines by the glass wines and specialty drinks. Owners are very attentive and always present. Fun place to go with friends and share plates."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Wonderful soft, but vibrant ambience that is only enhanced by beautifully presented and well portioned tapas style selections. Tried quite a few selections during this dining experience and everything was wonderful a concert on the palate! The wine list is very extensive with many selections that pair nicely with the food selections, especially several notable Napa Wineries reserves. The cocktails were just as impressive as the food. Looking forward to dining again very soon!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We enjoyed the jerk chick and lamb chops! Dessert was great as well! Highly recommend"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We had a great time! Our waitor was fantastic and he helped us select plates and drinks. The drinks were great- I had peach sangria. And it's tapas style. The food is out as soon as it's ready so you get something right away. We ordered 2 plates per person and shared. Then we had the s'mores fire for dessert which was fun! I'd definitely go back and would recommend this place. The food was delicious!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Very modern and classy. Perfect place for group outing. Excellent wine and food. I'm always satisfied "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Good food but ridiculous size, expensive and super noisy. We won't come back. We are totally familiar with the tapas concept since we are from Spain. We have eaten like that all our life but 15- 20$ 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
  • "This was our second visit to Oro. It was a Friday night and there was only a few other tables in the restaurant. We love eating downtown, but this was the worst meal we have had in a long time. The fish tacos were bland, and our octopus was completely overcooked. The flat bread and calamari were also very disappointing. We waited a long time for our server to return to the table to send back the octopus. We were sitting in the mezzanine and my husband had to call the hostess from his cell phone to find the server. This restaurant is in a prime location and the decor is elegant, but the food definitely needs some work. It is not a good sign when your restaurant is empty and others around the corner are slammed with people."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We were a table of five with four first timers. We'll all be back. Best overall meal we've had in ages. Bravo! Our waiter was great!"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Lots of small-plate selections, so most everyone can find some things they like and share them around. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Visited for Mother's Day dinner. Not crazy about the table-upstairs & I was facing the wall; however, it was next to a large window, which helped. Staff were super friendly and helpful. We loved the calamari as a starter with the sweet ginger sauce & the fish tacos. Added a salad of the day (mixed greens, roasted peppers & goat cheese), followed by the fish tacos, truffle mac & cheese & Seabass. Mouthwatering! Added a 4th taco. This left the 4 of us so full, that we passed on dessert. Bacon Maple Manhattan -- best Manhattan ever! Wine list disappointed that night (waitress explained they had been slammed the night before, & several wines were out). Enjoyed a chardonnay -definitely beyond price point. Good menu selection. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Nice location, nice ambiance, diverse menu. While most everything was well prepared, used fresh ingredients; however, there was nothing we ordered that had the WOW factor. We had a nice beet plate (molasses base, diced beets, & feta cheese), strawberry salad (could have been tossed together from bagged ingredients at home - the dressing was nothing special), shrimp dumplings (a pleasant surprise but the sauce had too much soy sauce and not enough other flavors, e.g., ginger), and finally the seafood risotto (which was good but a little bland. For the latter, many grains of risotto had dried out from sitting out too long uncovered). The defining moment was when the bottle of white wine was initially served room temperature. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Loved this place. Big windows/white decor. Sat upstairs. We love tapas and this place did not disappoint! The four of us shared the following: Strawberry salad, Beet Salad, Crispy Shrimp, Shrimp Dumplings, Filet Mignon, Sea Bass, Pork Belly, Truffle Mac & Cheese. Dessert was creme brulee cheesecake. Nice pace in between the dishes. Only entree that was just OK was the Pork Belly. Everything else was amazing. Great wine list. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We were really looking forward to a night out and wanted to try this place. The good was very mediocre, the entree we had was terrible and we had to explain why we wanted to return it. Needless to say we won't be going back. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Truffle Mac and Cheese, Lobster pot pie, fish and steak tacos, flat breads, amazing salads, steak, chicken, pork skewers and so much more. I have been to Oro about a dozen times. The chef/owner cruses around the dining room talking to customers and ensuring that everyone is happy. He is from Jamaica so you have modern american with great flavors thanks to spices and fruits of the islands. The food is great, the dining room modern, good wine selection and great service. This is a small plate restaurant and we usually order 2 plates per person and share. Warning, the food comes out fast so only order 1 plate per person at a time ro you could be overwhelmed. "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "I would recommend the truffle mac n cheese. It's delicious... I wish they had more choices on wine by the glass."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Great food with a gourmet flare...unique and delicious!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Incredibly disappointed with the quality of our food this time around. Ordered tuna tempura, fish tacos, pork belly and seared scallops.Tuna tempura was the highlight of the show with it's multiple layers of taste and texture!Would definitely recommend this item. Fish tacos were by far the worst thing I've eaten at this restaurant. The flour tortilla shells were grilled and while the grill marks looked nice they left the shell with a burned bitter taste.The fish bits inside the taco were tiny deep fried nuggets of an indescribable origin (and could have been deep fried bits of shoe leather for all I could tell). There was no sauce whatsoever on these tacos. I might try this restaurant again but I may wait a few months to dull my memory."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "The food is very good but unfortunately they served it a bit fast, they brought the food almost all together instead of "steadily and continuously throughout the meal" as it says on the web site and the menu."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Tried many dishes and all were excellent (except for the gnocchi, but I accidentally ordered not reading thoroughly that there was duck in it, which I'm not a fan!). The braised short rib that came with the sea bass was phenomenal. Truffle mac & cheese was amazing! The wine is great, but they don't have a very good variety of moderately priced wine which was hard for our group since not everyone wanted to pay $20/glass :) Food came quickly but service was a bit slow at times. It was OK, though, because the servers were fun and very knowledgeable when they did come around! No biggie, though, it was better than the service that constantly interrupts your conversation. We had a great time!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food was delicious and the service was excellent, but the portions were super small. Four of us had to shared 3 lamp chops, 3 fish tacos, and salads that were so tiny that we had to order individual salad plates. We won't be back."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We went for our wedding anniversary recently and it was ok. The food was way overpriced as tapas usually is but the portions were small even for small plate dining. The food wasn't spectacular but it was pretty good. The staff was great. And although there was some sort of beer something going on, it just took away that the staff were all wearing t-shirts and not ... I don't know, something nicer. Overall it was fine but I don't think we'd go there again. Nor would we necessarily recommend it to friends unless they had some extra money and were ok going to mcd's afterwards to stop being hungry."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "My husband and I had our date night here. The amotsphere was great.. however the tables are very close... So not a lot of privacy. We enjoyed the great food and wine and the chef even stopped by our table. We will definitely go again."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I enjoyed the food and personal touch of the Chef/Owner greeting customers and actually cooking in the kitchen. I have been here several times and this touch seems to be the norm."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The restaurant is very loud inside and difficult to hear someone speaking from just across the table. The food was good, but portions were incredibly small considering the price. We were dining out with another couple and the food comes out as it is ready, but sometimes it is not enough to share for four people. We ordered the ribs (four ribs - $13), chicken skewers (two tenders - $9), macaroni and cheese (one spoonful each - $8), beef skewers (three small skewers - $10), ravioli (4 ravioli - $10). This would be a great place to stop and have a drink before going somewhere else for dinner or for a light bite with girlfriends, but not if you are hungry. We ended up leaving and going somewhere else to share a regular meal and dessert."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We went with another couple for a birthday celebration. Upon arriving a few minutes late for our reservation, we were warmly greeted and immediately seated by the host. The waitress was prompt and friendly, and made excellent suggestions. We had been here once before with a group for a late night appetizer and drinks so we weren't sure about how it would be for dinner. The calamari was outstanding, the fish tacos were also a table favorite but honestly, everything we tried was delicious. The owner/chef came out about half way through dinner to see how we liked our meal. We will be back again and again!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "This place was fantastic and did not disappoint! The bone marrow and foie gras was literally one of the tastiest dishes we have ever eaten. We were so impressed with how flavorful it was. Several other dishes were also very good and we ended with the banana bread pudding which was to die for. Overall, we were very impressed with the food and the service and plan to go back to try more things. The only thing that could've been improved was the space -- the tables were a little too close to one another and conversation was not exactly private. However, the evening was wonderful and the food made up for the close quarters. If the other dishes are as good as the ones we tried, this place will definitely become one of our favorites spots to eat."
    Dined on 2/22/2014