Jimmy V's Osteria + Bar - Downtown Raleigh

3.8
660 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Jimmy V’s Osteria & Bar is a unique and modern restaurant was created with Jimmy Valvano’s passion and commitment to excellence, and a percentage of the restaurant’s revenue is donated to the V Foundation. Jimmy Valvano’s love for food is the influence behind our menu creation featuring local and seasonal dishes with an emphasis on delicious Italian/American down to earth and traditional comfort foods using local farm grown ingredients and straightforward preparations. Also, our culinary team focuses on shareable small-plates, to encourage groups to socialize in a convivial atmosphere, which is warm and inviting for family gatherings, a night on the town or toasting drinks with friends.
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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We went there for Thanksgiving. They informed us that it was buffet only. We were disappointed but stayed anyway. The waitress that finally showed up at our table obviously didn’t want to be there and it was obvious. I understand, nobody wants to work on Thanksgiving but you’re already there, make the best of it. Instead she put a damper on our evening. The food was just okay, nothing to write home about. All in all just a fair experience. I was disappointed.

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FloydT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

We remember Jimmy V’s from McGregor and this is not the same place, not sure why this would be a destination, food was ok, no wine selection (they had 1 choice for Pinot Noir) Steak was thin and rare, chewy. Easy in and out, service was fair.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

When I arrived, I used the hotel entrance and waited to be seated, and no one spoke to me instead of a waiter who was waiting tables outside. The waitress who ended up serving us, Jamie, just played on her phone and walked away from the front. I had ri ask the hostess behind the bar where I could sit. But the waitress was pleasant once my husband joined me at the table. The food here is ok, I ate the steak sandwich with mac and cheese, and the steak was overcooked. I wouldn't come back. The menu that they have available is very different from their normal menu.

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CindyL
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hose to eat outside where there was plenty of Protected seating wr a great courtyard/street view. Our servers were attentive and friendly. Food options were very good and food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They took our reservation and they were closed when we showed up

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KarenO
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Service was pleasant but slow. It took 50 minutes after ordering to get a burger and pizza. The burger was fine, cooked to medium rare as ordered, but the pizza was a disappointment. It lacked flavor and was very greasy. Overall, we were disappointed in a place that we had liked in the past.

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HealthyEater
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Greeters and Waiters ignored my presence for 8-10 minutes. At least four servers passed my husband and me standing at the check-in counter which was located in the middle of the restaurant in front of the bar without saying “hello” or “someone will be with you soon”. We had reserved a table a several days prior. I felt some kind of way about how I was ignored. Finally, a waiter came to greet us.
Appetizers, Drinks and Entrees were okay. Extra Pita bread was ordered but overcooked all over and black on the bottom as if they reheated those leftover in the kitchen from the previous hour. Very disappointed that the cook and waitress would serve them to my family.

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vipGRWbbb
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nothing fancy, more bar food then dinner menu. Good for a quick meal.

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kris
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our visit was awesome, thank you for the anniversary gift.

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MrsYertle
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Man...this place needs a serious overhaul. The entire experience, from the disinterested hostess, to the looming and grouchy manager, to the server who asked us if we wanted dessert while we were not even halfway through our dinners and never cleared our empty drink glasses...sorely lacking. We won't be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have eaten at this restaurant several times and always have good service and the food is well prepared.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent rib eye and accompanying sides.

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vipRebecca
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

If you have somewhere to be and hoping to get in and out this isn't the restaurant to dine at as they might forget to put your food order in and all the tables that come after you get their food first. They don't apologize for their mistake either just say that they are busy even though they were not busy when you arrived or placed your order.

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MaryK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great staff, welcoming atmosphere! Will be back again!

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vipAshleyH
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience4

Went here for lunch. Restaurant was pretty much empty and we still had pretty poor service from our waitress. Just inattentive. Delivered entrees before our appetizers came out (she forgot about the appetizer). No offer to refill our drinks. Just seemed like an off day for her. Will try again as the food was good.

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NancyL
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food, service, and ambiance. It was a quiet evening, would go again.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Jimmy V’s! Great ambiance - very nice but still comfortable (especially for the Wolfpack) Our waitress was training a new waiter on his first day. They were both prompt and took great care of us. The food is always great and the bartender didn’t mind making my favorite drink even though it wasn’t on their menu anymore.

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MichelleK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love eating at this restaurant! Great food and the staff is always incredible.

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vipCourtneyS
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I would not go here! You are better off going to chili’s! We were expecting a nice place to eat, but this is more of a place for very low end bar food. Even the pizza was lousy. I’d rather eat frozen pizza than Thad. They had good wine choices, although they were pricey, but not worth going. We will never go back!

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jessicag
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The wait was extremely long the food was not good at all not one thing we had the works was nice but did not update us on what was going on

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vipAarolynS
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Don't be fooled by the name the on this restaurant. The scallops where overcooked and dry, the calamari was greasy, and the steak had no flavor. There maybe better Jimmy V's out there but not the one downtown Raleigh NC.

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vipScottR
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The staff was friendly and the food was delicious.

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DanielH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great waiter service. and very friendly, willing to engage

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience1

The menu on Oren table didn’t match the menu at the restaurant . Very limited menue and good was below average

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MariaA
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and atmosphere. We'll definitely be back to this restaurant.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was excellent.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Service was great, food was really good! The atmosphere was just ehh

OT
OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible. Just terrible. Not worth it.

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MiamiDiner55
Raleigh
19 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

First time coming here and the food was very good. Prices were a little high on some dishes but overall a good value.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Took an hour just to get our food. Waitress never stopped back. We ordered desert and sat waiting so long we had to cancel it and then stand around for the bill. Won’t be going back.

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lesliew
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had dinner before the symphony ! We had an amazing dinner . All
Was just perfect ! The food was delicious and our waiter outstanding and informative !

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Chicken wings were great but the two pizzas were just warm and the base was lacking flavor. We were disappointed. It was really busy so maybe that was a factor.

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suzzt
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Reservations made, showed up 10 minutes early (but willing to seat at the bar) and was still sat in the wrong seats with a group (40+) of teens next to us! Also, if a restaurant cannot handle a large (40+ people) crowd then don't! Our food was sooooo late (an hour) and cold!
Granted, I have eaten here before and had no issues.

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FunFoodieCouple
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

We ordered the tomato bisque as an appetizer which came out with the meal. It was not good at all. Only had a few bites. We ordered the rib eye for our meal. We were seated next to the kitchen and could see our meal sitting there ready for at least 10 minutes. The steak was cool and the asparagus was cold. Waitress never came back to the table until we were ready to go. Worst meal we have had in Downtown Raleigh. JImmy V's Steakhouse in Cary is good though. We have had dinner there several times. Very disappointed with the Raleigh location.

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vipseahorse
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food was good but parking was not

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CarlaS
Raleigh
59 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Our waitress seemed distracted (had to ask for my drink twice and we had to ask for water refills twice) and the bus boy started clearing our table before we were finished (complete with setting his grey bus tray with dirty dishes in it on our table before I could even grab my last drink of water). Felt very rude.

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AaronB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience3

Not a great experience tonight. We decided to go to the restaurant for my birthday. We had been a few years ago and remembered it being a good experience. To start, fifteen minutes after being seated, I had to go to the manager to ask if he could have someone come see us and take our drink orders. To his credit, the manager offered to comp our appetizers due to the delay. Throughout the meal, my wife’s water was only refilled when she flagged someone down and requested a refill. It was just the two of us. My wife’s entree came to the table ten to fifteen minutes before mine. Of course, when mine finally came, half the food was cold. I ordered the ribeye. I like my steak rare. The piece of meat that I received was so thin, there’s no way it could be cooked any less than medium. We decided to order the creme brûlée for dessert. We couldn’t even eat it. I’ve never had chewy creme brûlée until tonight. At that point, our waitress had already run our card. She never came back to the table, and the manager was nowhere to be found. Very disappointing meal.

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JimmyJ
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food2service3ambience3

It took an hour to get our food. The ribeye was 1/2" inch thick and over cooked. My asparagus was undercooked and cold. The Mac and cheese came out lukewarm. The lava cake dessert looked like it was a prepackaged lil Debby snack. Our server was nice.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Went for Valentine’s Day. The food was great but the restaurant was oddly empty for such a big day which was somewhat off-putting. Begs the question, ‘What’s wrong for it to be this empty?’

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BryanW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Food was below average. The ribeye steak I ordered was thin and stingy. I ordered it medium rare and when it arrived it was well done. The replacement steak was rare on the inside and burned on the outside. The macaroni and cheese was runny and tasteless. The meal was a total disappointment!

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Jimmy V's Osteria + Bar - Downtown Raleigh offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 256-1451.

Jimmy V's Osteria + Bar - Downtown Raleigh is rated 3.8 stars by 660 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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