Sitti
Sitti

Sitti

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sitti-raleigh.com/
  • Phone: 9192394070x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday 11:00am - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
  • Executive Chef: Matt Scofield
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering is available. Please e mail Liz@sitti-raleigh.com
  • Entertainment: Movies in our courtyard! Call for info on our next showing.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hargett
  • Public Transit: R-Line stop # R-19 (free bus line)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available as well as two parking decks located within a block of the restaurant.
A word from Sitti
Located in heart of downtown Raleigh, Sitti offers authentic Lebanese cuisine made fresh in house daily. We have all ABC permits and specialize in hand crafted beers as well as Lebanese and French wines. Our restaurant is capable of accommodating everyone from a single diner to large parties of up to 150. We also have an outdoor courtyard that is perfect for a sit down meal or just to enjoy a cocktail or two on a nice afternoon. Sitti is the perfect place to host company events, bridal receptions, or just a get together with friends and family. Please come join us for a great meal served with a smile, in an urban and exciting downtown area, at casual dining prices.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Sitti reviews from OpenTable diners
203 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (123)good for groups (100)special occasion (82)neighborhood gem (66)hot spot (62)romantic (47)great for lunch (43)great for outdoor dining (27)late-night find (21)notable wine list (19)vibrant bar scene (17)kid-friendly (14)great for brunch (12)scenic view (10)Show More
  • Great atmosphere, Service so-so
    jj76
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The restaurant was prompt to sit our large group. The hostess was very friendly and warm. The waiter took nearly 25 min to get our drinks, he never brought over water. It took ample time to take our food order and was not swift with drink refills. The food, however, was spectacular.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed the food choices and combos
    local
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our first visit to Siti was during a food tour so we knew we were going to like the food choices and dinner did not disappoint. It was very busy though and felt like we were sitting too close to other patrons. Very noisy too. Overall though really enjoyed our dinner and would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Rand
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Sitti has become one of our favorite dining places to visit. The food is always excellent and the service is just as good. Although this visit our steak came out well done and had to redo the service was excellent. They took the steak off our bill on their own which is what a great restaurant should do.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid.
    CJCbostonVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    A number of interesting spots for dinner in this few block radius... Decided on here - based on OT and also it was nearly full - always a good sign. We were slightly disappointed in the opening mezze plates - they were OK but somehow were shy of how great these can be elsewhere. The kebobs were also good - generous certainly and flavors as expected. But somehow still just shy of greatness. Sweet staff, better than expected wine and beer list - certainly worth a visit if this is the style you want for your dinner but then again there are so many interesting spots to choose from....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bachelorette Starter
    exceldine
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We started out bachelorette party here, and it was an excellent choice. The cost of entrees was varied enough that everyone was comfortable, and the food was delicious. My biggest regret was that I waiting a few days before to get the reservation, and it required us to stick to a 5:30 dinner. Even then, the place was busy--but we had no extra wait time with our food or our server. Definitely try the hummus---the pita is the best any of us had ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Brought my sister in law for her birthday the wait staff was great we had a lovely evening. Everything we ordered was delicious. They even brought a dessert out with a candle, a nice treat.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Time Had
    arrice23
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We enjoyed a date night at Sitti. We had a great time. It was just hard to hear each other talk. Food was great! The tasting option was perfect for the two of us to discover what we liked. Would recommend and go back myself.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Date Night!
    ApexAri
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My husband and I came here for dinner to celebrate his birthday. We both love ethnic foods and thought we'd try out Sitti for the first time. What a great meal! The restaurant itself was very open with high ceilings and it let in a lot of natural light which made the area feel more open and inviting. The staff were nice and were surprisingly knowledgeable about everything on the menu: what was in it, what it was made out of, etc. We had a great dinner and will be back again for sure! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    Mattcat
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    great service and wine! I would recommend it to a friend. Great view of the city also!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic as always
    JaneVenison
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Really great food, interesting menu, very hip and lively.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Non intimidating Lebanese food
    luvs2eat
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This is a great place to eat! The food is well prepared and the service is competent. I like that although the food is Lebanese, anyone can find something wonderful to eat there. You can try items you may be unfamiliar with as appetizers and then stick to something less risky for an entrée. The quinoa salad was a hit! Fresh greens, quinoa, goat cheese in a flavorful dressing that didn't overpower the dish. The fresh pitas are addictive! They will bring all you want. My artichoke chicken was tender, and a wonderful blend of flavors with the sun dried tomatoes and the lemony caper sauce. I am trying to avoid fats in my diet and the waiter was extremely helpful in tailoring the dishes to reduce the oil and fats. Give this place a try
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite go-to
    CoastToCoastCarrie
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Food is excellent and the atmosphere is energetic. Great for lunch business meetings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food always
    PopeesVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Never disappointed Flavors spot on ! Dessert was perfect end to a great meal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious!
    Samantha
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Sitti is great every time I go. Hummus is fantastic, so are the cheese rolls. Love their vegetarian dishes. Tasty drinks. Authentic Lebanese. Great service, too. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our group of six enjoyed Sitti during Raleigh Restaurant Week. The fixed menu had a good variety in all three courses offerings. The calamari was golden brown, well seasoned. The chocolate peanut butter torte had a surprising twist - a cinnamon and clove spiced whipped cream. The texture of the cheesecake was perfectly smooth and was well complimented by a not too sweet and slightly tart berry reduction. For those of us who had lamb, our recommended Lebanese red wine (La Prieure) was a perfect pairing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WE LOVE SITTI!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This is our very favorite place to eat out in downtown Raleigh. The food and service are fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Food
    AdamGVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Every time I go to this place the food is amazing. The Sitti sampler platter is a great place to start.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Meal
    2Planes
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I really enjoyed my dining experience at Sitti. The food was flavorful and light. I didn't walk away feeling overly full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, great change of pace
    CWBC
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Raleigh is truly an up and coming city and Sitti is a prime example with its great Mediterranean cuisine. Kebabs were delicious and the dip trio is a must with their fresh bomba pitas. It's a little noisy inside but very clean and elegant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A dining experience
    timmybroadway
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Eating at Sitti is a dining experience. We have gone several times with out of town guests and they have been impressed. Among our guests were people of Lebanese descent. They praised the food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Sherry
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Very authentic food. Service was great and a hip but comfortable ambiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice menu, but food arrived cold
    tigerlily
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Went for dinner the other night and we were excited by the interesting menu with many vegetarian options. The ambiance was fine, but nothing spectacular. Some of the tables are packed in tight but our table was nice. The service was fine, but we waited a long time for our food to arrive. When it was brought to the table, everything that should have been hot was cold. No apologies were made. I would have sent things back, but we were hungry, had an out of town guest, etc. I LOVE the menu items. Everything was well seasoned and presented nicely. Portions were smallish. Prices were highish. I love Mediterranean food so my expectations and standards are high. Overall, I'm not eager to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lebanese Lion
    ReservedGlutton
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I have always been fond of Mediterranean Cuisine and this place did not disappoint. Their cheess rolls were one of the best I have ever tried. The kabobs were excellent (thanks to the extremely good dipping sauce, I think it was made of egg white + garlic + lemon juice and some other stuff). The meatballs were also top notch. One last thing, the Sitti Rice was a definite 5/5, and trust me, I know what good rice should be (I'm Asian, and in case you don't know, we know how to do rice). The only weak spot in all the food we tried was the lentil soup, it was just average in my opinion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Evening with Friends
    diningdiva
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    5 couples all went out to enjoy food and drinks. Everyone was really happy with their food, drinks stayed full and cocktail orders were taken throughout the night. I would say all in all, great experience. One down fall, after we were done eating and plats were removed, we were quickly given our checks. We all agreed we would have stayed longer and probably ordered more cocktails, just a little side note.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The one objection is that it is very loud. conversation is difficult.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We had lunch and the food was great. It was my first time and yes I would go back and recommend Sitti to others. Had the chicken salad pita and it was great! Thanks. :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Took some clients to lunch and the blackened salmon salad was very tasty and would highly recommend it! The service was prompt.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love!!
    Foodiequeen
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Got a fabulous table with my friends, gorgeous setting. The food was ah-mazing. Tried the hummus sampler and it was incredible. The drinks were very creative and well done. All around, wonderful experience and wonderful service. Will be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of towner's delight
    1nightout
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The food was excellent! From beginning to end it was a great experience! We got several appetizers and entrees and shared off all the choices. We all enjoyed each plate and had more than enough to feed our appetites! This is a "must" for everyone!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reasonable price
    lawstudent
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This was our first time and the food was great and the pries was very reasonable . Service was very good and the pocket bread fresh out of the oven is awesome
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great food, great service, great atmosphere! Would definitely go back to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never a bad choice
    KB618
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    A group of 4 of us had 7:15 reservations on a Friday night and were seated promptly upon our arrival and given plenty of the delicious pita bread! We were put in the basement area, which is not as scenic, but I do appreciate that the noise level is much lower downstairs. The upstairs can be very loud and hard to hear. I ordered the chicken kabobs, which were flavorful but a bit dry. The garlic whip it is seved with is fantastic though! I was disappointed to find out that rice no longer comes with this dish so I had to order it as a separate side. Otherwise, you are just getting 8 small pieces of chicken, a grilled onion, and grilled tomato which would not fill me up. Everyone enjoyed their food and it's always a good place to go.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Before the Theater
    DesireeK
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Had a 5:00 reservation so that we'd have enough time to eat, visit and then make our way to Memorial Theater. As always, the food was very tasty. I had "The Bee's Knees" cocktail and it was layered with flavor. You tasted the lavender honey first, then the tart lemon and gin last. VERY good. My dinner partner had the "Samkeh Harra" (salmon) and LOVED it. I had the "Graides" (sautéed shrimp) which was equally delicious. Each time I visit Sitti, I conclude it is consistently delicious and vibrant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't miss the patio
    311H
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We enjoyed the dip trio and pita bread for an appetizer. That and a salad would have been a meal in itself! Our waiter was attentive without being obtrusive and brought us pita chips on request. We did order 4 kababobs, chicken, beef, shrimp and Kafka. They were a little over done and not well seasoned, but still very tasty. We enjoyed the quiet atmosphere of the back patio. The main dining room appeared to be noisy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OK Mediterranean Food Poor Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I had a reservation. When I showed up my wife and I had to wait 15 minutes to be seated. At that point, I took it as a sign of what was to come and wanted to leave but my wife insisted we stay. It took 30 minutes for my drink to come after ordering it. Our waitress was barely around. The restaurant appeared understaffed. An older lady that looked like the owner was constantly running around trying to keep things together. It was very loud. We could not discern the music that was playing and had to shout to hold a conversation. The food was not memorable. It wasn't bad, just not great. The couple next to us complained to the mamager about how they were dissatisfied with their food and the server they had. I would pass on dining here again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fantastic!
    Karen
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    One of our favorite restaurants. The food is always spectacular!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner for two
    MKJ2008
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My wife and I had dinner on Saturday night. We got there about 15 minutes early and they were able to accommodate us. The venue was very cold (temperature). We placed our order and the waitress never acknowledged our appetizer. The food was great but the service was just oK. That being said, we would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great summer vibe
    NCdiner
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    It was a beautiful summer night to enjoy Sitti, on the back patio. It was nice and quiet, removed from the busy restaurant and street. Our server was very friendly and attentive. The food was fabulous and the pomegranate chicken was the star of the night!! Would definitely recommend to friends and cannot wait to dine again at Sitti.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Allure is fading
    personalchef
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We have eaten here on weekends and weekdays many times over the last couple of years. Unfortunately the service seems to be becoming less of a priority, we have seen a lot of staff turnover, and the past few times have had to go for long lengths without seeing our server or anything to drink. Last visit our food arrived at the table overcooked and lukewarm, as if it had been sitting on the plates for some time before being brought out. (Asked for medium rare, it was well-done and room temperature, so... overcooked AND sitting there long enough to cool?) Unfortunate, as we had really found a great gem in this place when they first opened.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Baba
    Greek
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The food was fresh and flavorful....only better babba is my Dad's. The service was excellent. If you like great Mediterranean food, this is a great choice.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall