RUN, Don't WALK, to BABYLON!
As first timers, we had heard several good things about this Moroccan eatery, and all proved to be true. The only "bad" thing was that they had run out of the particular tempranillo wine we wanted. But we just ordered another one! All the appetizers were incredible, including the mussels (which are often not). The tangine pots are beautiful, and the treats within so yummy! We ordered a variety: the lamb, the vegetarian couscous, the steak. Our server, Andi, was a pure delight and so knowledgeable! Josh the bartender even checked on us! All of us were positively delighted with each and every dish we ordered, and we cannot wait to return!!
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
A perfect evening get away
When you step through the doors of Babylon, you're immediately transported to a place where the tribulations of work and time dissolve into the beautiful atmosphere of a seductive Moroccan restaurant and lounge. The inside is exotic and warm, with exposed antique wooden beams, intricate ornate tile ceilings and hand-made metal lamps. The reflection pool and exotic outside terrace set the mood for perfect al fresco dining or an evening cocktail at the hand-made mosaic tables or covered outdoor bar. Amazing food, attentive service and a great wine list add to the list of features that make Babylon a remarkable find in the heart of downtown Raleigh.
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food & Ambience
The design of the outdoor seating is beautiful. The food was delicious.
I will definitely recommend it to my friends and go back.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food and the staff were
The food and the staff were absolutely amazing. Prices were reasonable and the ambiance is spectacular. In a city with more restaurants than I can count, Babylon has now become a top five!!!!
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
The outdoor patio dining experience
The outdoor patio dining experience at Babylon is one of the great dining treats of the Triangle. Exotic, exciting, and romantic as the evening turns to night. Decent food at reasonable prices, accommodating service. A great time. This is our 3rd time out on the patio and all have been wonderful, memorable times.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Go for lunch, not brunch
Great ambience and our waiter was fantastic. We were expecting more out of the brunch though, expecially for the price. The food was good, just not a lot to choose from. If I am paying for a buffet brunch (and on Mother's Day) I am wanting a full spread, with plenty of fruit, omelet stations, lots of desserts, etc. We are planning to go back and enjoy their regular menu, but will not be dining for brunch again.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have passed Babylon so many times driving through downtown Raleigh (easy to do, it tends to sneak up on you) and was always intrigued by this little gem tucked away off a busy street. My partner and I opted to go there for dinner a couple of nights ago. The restaurant is beautiful, and the outdoor dining is great. The food was wonderful and our server was patient and attentive. He told us that they have a DJ on the weekends, and we will definitely be back to experience that.
Great experience, highly recommend!
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Atmosphere, Great Food
Wanted to bring an out-of-town guest out for a nice dinner at a unique restaurant and Babylon knocked it out of the park! Waitstaff was very professional and attentive. Food was wonderful. We choose the traditional Moroccan entrees since we had never been there before. We sat outside under the awning and in front of the reflecting pool. Ambiance was delightful. Can't say enough about what a wonderful experience it was and can't wait to have a reason to go back. I've heard that their Sunday Brunch is very good too.
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food on the pricey side
This restaurant is great for that special dinner, or to sit on the awesome patio and enjoy one of their unique cocktails. My husband and I have eaten here four our five times, and this last visit was for their wine dinner. The food is always great, Moroccan with clear Spanish and French influences. An extensive wine list and interesting cocktails top off the meal. That being said, expect to pay for the full experience.
5/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent experience. It would
Excellent experience. It would be great for a date or a group of friends or family. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was wonderful. Sitting outside near the pool made us feel like we were in Miami.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time here and will definitely return. Was able to sit outside which was a treat. Appetizers and Morrocan dessert were excellent. Staff was very helpful with wine choice. Server even checked to see that I was ready for entree. Hate being rushed and this was special attention to details I appreciated. Entrees were not as outstanding as other parts of meal, but good just the same. Next time perhaps just a series of appetizers.... lots of interesting choices.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
This such a beautiful restaurant! I will definitely return. We had brunch there that was very good. I also recommend their bloody mary's. I plan on visiting one evening to check out their dinner!
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place but slow
Food and atmosphere were wonderful BUT the service was so slow. Our server was very knowledgable he just didn't show himself very much. It took almost 30 minutes to get our coffee after dinner and the sauce we ordered with our appetizer showed up after we finished eating. Little work in that area and the place would get 5 stars from me. A real gem in Raleigh!
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Babylon is by far the most
Babylon is by far the most glamorous restaurant in Raleigh. The outdoor patio is so swanky and the interior is absolutely stunning. I recommend this for a date night or for a great girls night experience. Their wine list is great, but they have awesome mixed drinks. The strawberry mojito in the summer is to die for.
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great outdoor seating.
Perfect outdoor seating area. Beautiful and romantic. Food was great, service was awesome.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything about this hidden gem is wonderful. Could not have it enjoyed it more, The only exception is that the "show" dancers should have come out on time.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my first visit to Babylon. Amazing atmosphere, energetic vibe, great food and cocktails. Def coming back!
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
different dining experience
Really good, interesting food. The brunch dishes are delicious too.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Looking for Something Different
My girl friends and I were looking for a place that provided great atmosphere and delicious food and we found it at Babylon. It was our first visit there and we made very early evening reservations, which I recommend if you want to have an easy conversation before it gets crowded (anytime before 8:00 PM). The menu was very diverse with healthy selections throughout and in our opinion the food was fantastic. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and what wine paired nicely with our entre' selections. A definite favorite restaurant...unlike anything in the Raleigh area. Highly recommended for a change of pace.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
A great place for a date! The service was excellent as was the food and ambiance. Highly recommended!
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Unexpected find, great food, exceptional night out.
7/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great outdoor dining
Great place to go on a nice evening. Can't beat the courtyard for a great dining experience. Food was great and so was the service.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our second time at Babylon. We really enjoy it.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best atmosphere in Raleigh
What a wonderful place. Just relocated back to Raleigh. For Friday night we decided to try this (new to us) restaurant. We wanted something different, what a great surprise Babylon turned out to be. Such a great use of space, so conveniently located in downtown, plenty of parking and outstanding food. Where else can you sit outside by a reflecting pool with your sweetheart with the skyline of Raleigh in the background? Definitely will be going back with more friends.
This is our new favorite place to eat out.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great find here in Raleigh.
A great find here in Raleigh. Loved the outdoor patio for drinks before and after dinner. Nice quiet dining experience inside. Very friendly staff.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
perfect for a summer evening
it is delightful sitting outside, with the pool, and interesting people to watch
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been there before, and came back again. Food, Service, Ambiance all great. Sat outside under the awning, even though it was raining a bit, all was great once again. Will keep going back for more.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Even in the rain Babylon was fun and tasty. We were still able to sit outside under an awning, enjoy a wonderful dinner and fun atmosphere. Stuck around after dinner to have another drink at the bar.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic first visit
Had heard a lot, especially from the late 20-something's, about Babylon. Had a free date night, so decided to give it a try. Everything was great- the service, the setting, most importantly everything we had was delicious. It was pretty crowded, so it's obvious that a ugh level of service is at the top of their list. Hostess, busboy, waiter, GM, owner - all delivered "thanks for coming here, what can we do" level service. The crowd was older than unexpected - definitely late 30's to late 40's. ONLY negative I'd say at all is it was loud, though because of rain nobody could sit in the outside uncovered areas.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was delicious
This was my first time dining at Babylon. I was very impressed. I ordered the lamb chops on mashed potatoes. They were cooked excellently. I dined with 3 others and all enjoyed they dinner.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
always a great evening when
always a great evening when weather permits outdoor seating in the wonderful and exotic courtyard. No place in the Triangle compares to Babylon for outdoor dining. Four of us all had good meals and some of the dishes dishes were outstanding. Service was pleasant, accommodating, and wait staff did not rush us. Very nice, relaxed, intimate and cozy experience.
8/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good choice for restaurant week
The starters, the lamb and the chicken on the special menu were all very good and there was plenty of it. The waitress was friendly and helpful. We were a bit disappointed that we could not order anything off the regular menu because it all looked so good, but I guess that is normal for the restaurant week special price offering. The outdoor ambiance is very nice. We will definitely plan another trip downtown to try out some of the other menu items.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good pick for Raleigh Res't Week
Our first time at Babyon was very satisfying. We enjoyed 3-course Raleigh Res't Week menu with unusual and delicious choices. We ate inside but will likely retun for casual dining outside where a varied menu meets all needs.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
From the appetizers to the wine and main courses, our meal was outstanding and far succeeded any expectations. Everything was delicious, and the service was also superb.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unique and tasty
This was our first time to visit Babylon. We will return.
We enjoyed the outside setting, but inside appeared very nice as well. There was not a big crowd when we arrived at 7:00, yet it grew with the evening. When we were leaving, they were much busier, but never felt crowded. Almost everyone gathered outside - not sure anyone was sitting inside - and the vibe was very good - not too loud, good energy, relaxing as the week approached a close.
The average patron seemed more baby boomer than any other generation; merely a point of observation.
The food was very good, the staff pleasant and helpful, the service exceptional.
Thanks, Babylon, for a nice evening with good friends!
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
A True Oasis in Downtown Raleigh
All the staff were warm and friendly from the moment you stepped through the door. Food was outstanding. The restaurant is an old textile mill that has been decorated with Moroccan tiles and a large pool in the patio. It is a gorgeous space; you will want to take a few minutes just to wander around the restaurant and eye the décor. The restaurant is right off a heavily trafficked street, but we were secluded behind walls and trees and could barely hear the traffic. We had a delightful experience.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Outside Seating in Raleigh
Great food and great outdoor dining (best in Raleigh), the lamb appetizer is to die for, the pizzas are fantastic and so are the mussels when they are on the menu!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was great. The atmosphere was really cool. Babylon is great for a romantic date, girls night out or a get together. I really enjoyed myself and the staff was friendly.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
I went to Babylon for my 21st birthday dinner and it was everyone's first time. We all really enjoyed the food! It was delicious! Our service was very good and explained the menu well. Also, the waiter did a good job referring the cocktails that I drank. Overall, it was worth the money and time.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything is wonderful about this restaurant. Beautiful inside and out. Food is delicious. Good service. What more could one want?
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great atmosphere & outside
Outdoor bar & fountain create amazing atmosphere. Food has been just good not great the 3 times I have been.
It comes out hot/or cold as it is meant to & is tasty, but wish their were more options. I will return for cocktails & apps! They have
Added a small plate tapas menu which I think is really smart!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Oh That Courtyard
The Babylon story for us is always the experience of eating outside in the magnificent, exotic courtyard that is almost magical after dark. Our service was also exemplary, and was accommodating, friendly, and attentive. Food can be hit-or-miss depending on what you order, but w a couple glasses of wine or drinks, who cares ! Prices are very reasonable for a setting this unique and beautiful.
10/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent food & fun atmosphere
Excellent lamb chops, excellent Mediterranean vegetables, excellent grand mariner mousse, excellent service, vibrant atmosphere, would definitely go again!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and even better service
Went for my wife's birthday. They were very accommodating and the food was great. I had the chicken in the clay pot my only negative was I wish I knew this had lots of olives. My wife had a steak that was outstanding. Our two vegetarian daughters had small plates and loves it. Dessert cheesecake was killer and all dissertation are home made. Outside looks awesome for warmer weather. Our waiter was outstanding
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
I went there to celebrate one of my friends birthday and we loved the food! New experience and loved it. It was a Wednesday night and there were few people and lots of silence.... It would have been much better if they offered special desserts for special occasions. At least next time we know what not to expect . Overall, my friends and I had an enjoyable evening.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Girl's evening out, decided to try Babylon, and we thoroughly enjoyed it! We were greeted by a super friendly staff, had a fantastic server in Zema - he had a thorough knowledge of the menu and wine & drink list, was incredibly friendly and thoughtful, which made our dining experience a pleasure. All of the food we tried was delicious, from the spinach salads (Fetard and a special spinach salad), to the prosciutto & cheese plate, to the lamb tagine (cooked to perfection, melt in your mouth) to the desserts. We will definitely return!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent for Girls' Nights!
My friends and I are huge fans of Babylon! It has a great atmosphere. We were thoroughly impressed with how helpful the staff is consistently. This past time I went with a friend who had never been before. We asked for assistance in picking items off of the wine list and off the regular menu and they were awesome in their selections. I also appreciate their honesty. I highly recommend this restaurant!
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
I very much enjoyed the ambiance and aesthetic of the restaurant. The food was great and our waiter was very polite and informative. It was a very romantic and enjoyable experience. Thanks-JB
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
We arrived early to restaurant.
We arrived early to restaurant. One of the employees served us a beverage in the courtyard and made us feel very welcome. A waiotress brought us a menu to view while we waited. As soon as the restaurant opened, we were seated. The food was wonderful. This was a very good night.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had chicken and lamb tagine. Each was superb. I couldn't have wished for better food or better service. Nice ambience too.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM