Another great dinner at Bia!
We've been to Bia now 3 different times. Once back when it was Solas and twice since they changed the name in December to Bia. Honestly,our first visit back when it was Solas was fine....food and service were good, but the menu lacked a little imagination. Since the name change to Bia, the menu has been a huge improvement with both "foodie" type dishes as well as some basic grilled chops to appeal to the less adventurous palates.
Last night, we enjoyed the Cioppino and the duck egg ravioli after sharing the baby octopus appetizer. The Octopus and Ravioli were great, but the Cipoppino stole the show!
Service was flawless and unobtrusive and we also were able to find a really nice bottle of wine for less than $50. We'll definitely be bac
3/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Took my wife for the first
Took my wife for the first time and she loved the scene. Steak was amazing, but you definitely have to be ready to spend some money. GREAT EXPERIENCE!!
3/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Our night at Solas was nothing
Our night at Solas was nothing short of perfection! It was our 13 year anniversary, and with two small kids under two years of age we NEVER get out. Our server, Sharon, told us about the five course option so we chose that. We then met Bryan Kowalski the head chef and Mark Morrow the wine director. I felt they really cared how special this night was for us. Everytime we thought it just couldn't get any better they would come back and blow our minds! We had permanent smiles the entire night! To top it off one of the managers offered us a bottle of champagne for us to enjoy on the rooftop. This dinning experience is what every single person should enjoy at least once in their lifetime! We will be recommending to everyone!! :)
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
My sisters came in town from
My sisters came in town from Florida and I wanted to take them to a nice restaurant, they loved it. The lamb and flounder was great. And my waiter was very polite. And have great suggestions from the appetizer, drinks and main entrees..
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Solas/Bia Restaurant is a wonderfully multifaceted place. Every level is great. I surprised my husband and brought him there for his birthday and he can not stop talking about what a good time he had.
I can not wait to go again for a girls night out.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
My first time dining at the
My first time dining at the main restaurant (Bia) and it was a great one. The service was impecabble and the restaurant is beautiful - I enjoyed the ambiance. The Food was rich and well-presented; my husband's entree (flounder) was bland, but the waiter and mgr were quick to compensate with apologies and a new entree (very impressed with that detail). My entree (braised rib) was awesome! Overall, we were pleased and will return...
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love this place!!!!!
I came with a group of friends to celebrate their birthdays & party. Although the menu was to my taste some of my guest didn't like the limited selection. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The manager Kim O'Sullivan was so very helpful with making the night really special by giving us a booth in VIP. We will definitely use this spot for our future get togethers.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful Fun Place and great staff
Our experience at Bia was great. We enjoyed the ambience of the the restaurant and the attention of the staff. The staff was very friendly. The menu was ok but well prepared and presented. Had a great time and will definitely go again. We found out the other activities and events there and would enjoy going to those.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Its a place where u can enjoy your food ...and then relax listen to some good music and then if u are nit ready to leave u can go up to the roof and enjoy the bar and dance
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Romatic atmosphere
I took my wife here for our One year anniversary. The Restaurant was simply excellent. From the moment the Valet opened the door and we walked up the Red Carpet being treated like celebrities, Until the moment we were ushered into the vehicle by the Valet. The experience was wonderful. The inside of the restaurant was exquisite from the table setting and seating right down to the menu. The waitress was great and she was very knowledgeable of menu and the selections at the restaurant. She was prompt and kept our glasses full while not disturbing the intimacy and privacy of my wife and I as we enjoyed our dinner. My wife enjoyed how every member of the staff came by and Greeted us and wished us a happy anniversary.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nothing to complain about here. Great peaceful dinner.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Girl's Night Hot Spot
Went their for girls night with 4 friends and Fulton (our waiter) provided excellent service and recommendations for our group. We ate from the small plate menu. Our favorites were the stuffed shrimp and the crab cakes. Very responsive, hostess rearranged tables outside when we decided to eat outside instead of inside.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Presentation eloquent, taste beyond others, service with smile and friendly info and conversation.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed the dinner immensely.
Enjoyed the dinner immensely. Excellent small dishes and outstanding service
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I chose Bia as our Downtown Restaurant Week adventure. We both had the Beef Wellington. I chose rare. While it was not quite a cool red canter is was extremely flavorful. We chose the wine parings. The appetizer can with a Chardonnay, the main course with a Cab, and the dessert with a port. My wife had a sweet blueberry wine with her dessert which I ended up drinking, Between the food and the wine I ended being completely satiated. The restaurant was quiet enough to carry on a good conversation.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome as always!!
Loved the new menu! Our waiter Josue was wonderful..very accomodating and knew the menu well. the food was delicious as well. Perfect for date night
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Great Find
Thanks to Raleigh Restaurant Week, this was our first visit. We were greated promptly and scored a lovely table on the covered patio. Enjoyed the jazz music while sipping one of the best martinis we've had in a very long time. The wait staff was spot on and also available. There was a comfortable elegance vibe that is rare in Raleigh. Food was excellent. We cannot stop raving about our dining experince to all of our friends. We will definately return.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We don't usually go into Raleigh to eat but this was a wonderful experience. The restaurant had both indoor and patio seating and the ambience was relaxing and romantic. There was live music on the patio and the service was offered in a way that did not make you fell rushed to finish. We were able to chat leisurely but the food courses were presently in an appropriate amount of time. In addition the food presentation was beautifully done. Overall I was pleased with the evening.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
I made a reservation for Bia for a Thursday night. The occasion was my friends Birthday dinner! I was amazed at how well the service was! I was expecting it to be mediocre like all other restaurants. However, every single server/bartender/hostess came by the table to wish my friend a Happy Birthday, even if they were just passing by! They made her feel so special, which of course made my night as well! :) Our servers name was Chris and he was FANTASTIC!!! We will definitely be dining here in the future and requesting his service again!!! I cannot wait to eat here again! My one regret was not asking to speak with the chef so that I could tell him what an amazing job he did on the food! His food could definitely rival chef Gordan Ramsay!!
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Anniversary Dinner
My wife and I had a wonderful, romantic, Anniversary dinner at Bia. The service was excellent - attentive and friendly. The menu had nice variety, and the dishes we tried were delicious. We felt the prices were very reasonable for the types and quality of dishes offered. The only drawback was that we were one of the only tables in the restaurant at 7pm on a Saturday. It made the meal more quiet, but we didn't have the feeling that we were at a popular, hot spot.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We really enjoyed Bia. Although we expected the food to be good, it exceeded our expectations. We were very pleasantly surprised at just how good our food was. Our waitress left room for improvement however. She either was tired or was having a bad day but her energy was not friendly and genuine.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
the menu online looked good, so I booked it for a new employee dinner. Way exceeded expectations. The chef even cam to our table to talk about the amazing lentils that were under the lamb. Service was wonderful. Will be back.
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a very nice birthday dinner
Had a very nice birthday dinner here. The rooftop was nice. The night club staff could use some work the girl working there was trying to charge $400 to sit at the "VIP" tables that were noticeably unoccupied lol but other than that we had a very nice experience.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food, Service, Atmosphere +++
We tried Bia for our anniversary. It is a definite "Do again"!! Nice modern upscale atmosphere. We had the fresh mozzarella and heirloom tomato salad to start. ..Best I've ever had! The fresh cheese was flavorful, the tomatoes tasted like tomatoes!! The greens were fresh and lightly dressed. There was the distinct taste of salt in the dish, but it was not over bearing and really complemented the cheese and tomatoes.
The grilled salmon with corn succotash... absolute perfection, lightly seasoned and perfectly grilled. The succotash was a medley of corn, edamame, and diced red pepper, delicious with the salmon. The Cioppino was a winner too. Clams, Mussels, crab, and shrimp with homemade pasta in a tomato sauce with a just a kick! YUM
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Nice Surprise.
There is no parking lot for this spot, but the restaurant closes at 10 so between 5-10pm parking is very easy to find on Glnwd we parked right in front! We could not decide what to eat, so we chose almost all the small plates, the dates wrapped in bacon stuffed with bleu cheese my fav, the lamb lollipops, Taylor's fav. On Wednesday all small plates are only $4, and wine 1/2 off! Great selection of alcohol Taylor had Woodford Masters, and they generously poured, my Tito's martinis were perfect. I would go again. Some of the best service I got and the bar manager even came to our table and speak of all the bourbons they had. Oh and they invited us upstairs the view was amazing! Been back twice since.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
So Good We Came Back!
This is a great find! The small plates menu is fantastic. The lamb was succulent. The mac and cheese was creamy,cheesy,with the pasta perfectly al dente. The sliders were savory and the roll was just right - soft, chewy and warm. The salmon with succotash is my all time favorite entree...perfect blend of flavors with crispy skin and moist tender meat. The service is efficient and polite but not intrusive. The atmosphere is sophisticated but not stuffy. If you eat before 8pm it is not crowded. The prices are very affordable given the food quality and setting. This place might be my families new favorite "go to" for any occasion we can dream up!
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good variety of food
We found a good selection of entrees and small plates with a good beer & wine menu. Food presentation was very good. We will come back the next time we're in Raleigh.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
The live music (Jazz combo) in the early evening was a nice touch. We could still converse over the music, which is important. There was a nice selection of unique and tasty small plates. The two of us were quite pleased when we received the check--very good price for all that we ordered.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Looking forward to going back
It's always a good sign when your patrons start working on plans to come back before they even leave the restaurant. Delightful food and exquisite service, combined with what we found to be the perfect ambience...we were tempted to make reservations before we left.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
had a wonderful time with
had a wonderful time with friends for a friend's birthday night out. will return again soon.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fun with a touch of class
My two BFFs joined me, and from the moment we arrived everyone was very attentive, provided information,
included a tour of three levels and we decided to dine on the rooftop.
A great setting with a view of the evening sky, downtown lights, and the feeling of
being open, though enclosed to protect from the surprises our Autumn weather can offer.
The food, seafood for us - like the Cioppino, was great, followed by desserts, and not one disappointed.
Overall, a great place with a great staff, and great food. One of my friends is talking
about returning to share a romantic wedding anniversary for their 30th year celebration.
That good!!! And Thursday (10pm) is Noche Latina - so bring your
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM