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For 2
Date
Tue, 5/22
Time
9:30 PM
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ORO

4.6
916 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Tapas
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
BRUNCH
Sunday: 10am - 2pm

LUNCH
Tuesday - Friday: 11am - 2pm

DINNER
Monday-Thursday: 5pm - 10pm
Friday-Saturday: 5pm - 12am
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Phone number
(919) 239-4010
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Christopher Hylton
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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.
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Private party contact
Maresa Pratt: (919) 239-4010
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Wilmington
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, View, Wine
What 916 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

One of the top restaurants in raleigh and the wait staff is always on point.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Food was fantastic, but inappropriately priced for the quantity. You will get better value elsewhere.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Interesting flavors in all the well executed small plate items we ordered. Nice presentation. Excellent service. Creative cocktails. All in all a real nice experience. Would return and recommend.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

You will never stop dreaming about the truffle mac n' cheese. Never.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The food was delicious and creative. We had crabcakes, caprese salad, scallops, potstickers, and the flatbread (with smoked salmon), and one of us had a cocktail. Just be prepared to spend some dough. The scallops were $9 each, for example (plate of 2 for $18).

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Awesome food, cocktails - great atmosphere - a gem of a restaurant located in vibrant downtown Raleigh

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

This was our first visit to Oro and certainly won’t be the last! Once we had the “system” of ordering explained to us everything was fine. We were somewhat doubtful that we would have enough to eat since the portions are small but NO worries. Everyone had a taste or two of everything and it was a fun, enjoyable experience. The food was excellent and the Campfire S’mores were so much fun. A very ingenious idea!! Thank you Oro, you truly are gold.

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Love the ambiance. Highly recommend the fish and chips tacos!

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Oro is a very classy restaurant serving American food in spectacular fashion. The table-served dishes make it perfect for an intimate date or a group of foodies with refined palettes.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The atmosphere is both chic and relaxing, and the service from all the staff is superior. Chef/Owner Chris Hylton goes by every table to check on his customers' experience.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Great meal as always. Chris is a wonderful chef and host. Seasonal tasting menu was delicious.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Oro is amazing! The atmosphere is hip & fun. The food is consistently great & Corey is the most fun server! It never disappoints! 😍😍😍

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

ORO lived up to our expectations and some! What a lovely dining spot with great service (thanks Corey), ambiance and food. The Chef has a wonderful menu and the preparation is stunning. I always enjoy a Chef/Owner that takes the time to visit with each table and Chef Chris did not disappoint.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

This is probably our 3rd visit. The food is consistently excellent ... Well prepared, served hot and flavorful. We had 5 small plates between the 2 of us. The calamari was excellent, crab cakes very good, the chicken pot stickers were excellent so much so we got 2. The salmon could have been better in terms of flavor, but it was will prepared. The chef came out while we were there and that's always a nice touch.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Absolutely loved it and we drove for and hour and a half because it’s so good

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

We have loved Oro for some time now - the space is beautiful, the service is always excellent, and the food has always been delicious. We were slightly disappointed in the food at our most recent visit, though - they have a “fishy” cod dish in place of what was a previous favorite (sea bass), the calamari seemed frozen, and the black eyed pea cakes were not very good. (The cauliflower, caprese with burrata and two desserts were excellent). Generally, my husband and I agreed that the meal was just not as good as we gotten there on several occasions in the past. We will return one more time to see if this was an anomaly because it’s been great before and always means great service.

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Restaurant was empty. Food and service was good.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Excellent food and drinks as usual.

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3.0Dined on April 17, 2018

This was our third visit to ORO and, I must say, we were somewhat disappointed. Since we've been there before, the portion sizes were not a surprise and the presentation was lovely. I had jalapeno stuffed with pulled pork that was more like mush. Before cutting, they were pretty, bur very unappetizing afterwards. Other dishes were fine; no complaints. Beer list is quite paltry, with no draft beer at all, which I understand is a fairly recent development. Since our table had three beer-drinkers, it was something of a letdown. Our waiter seemed a bit unhelpful and sort of full of himself. A minor distraction, to be sure, but combined with the other issues will make ORO a place we frequent less in the future.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Again, unbelievable! Brunch not to be missed, either. The sausage wontons - sausage soft, wontons fried golden brown and sauce-needed the muffin to finish and clean the plate. The avocado creamy but held its shape with sauce and parmesan crumbs to top it; melt in your mouth. the Lobster creme brûlée - you tasted every ingredient, light and oh soon relish! The challah french toast was not sopping wet, outside riddled toasty dusted with powder sugar topped with chocolate sauce lightly with the coconut whipped cream. The make your own bloody mary bar something to talk about. Many condiments and additional items to add - bacon strips, shrimp, veggies, horseradish-on and on. YOU MUST EXPERIENCE! can't wait to return.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Shared 8 items with 4 people- was the perfect amount. Great flow of food. Appreciated the chef stopping by our table. Will def share the experience with others!!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

A must go to restaurant! Not a complaint from any of us. The Mac n cheese to die for, light but creamy you could taste all of the flavors and it stayed creamy to the bottom of the bowl! Unbelievable is the dessert....s’mores adult style! It should be on a video. We just went back for Sunday brunch and couldn’t believe that everything was delish! YOU have to experience the best restaurant in Raleigh!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Always wonderful and good fun in a sophisticated, upbeat atmosphere!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

We went to Oro for our anniversary, We had excellent service and the food was very good! The truffle mac and cheese amazing. I would suggest if you order the lobster ravioli, order it first. While it is very good, it doesn't have the bold flavors as all the other dishes we had. The filet was so tender. We really enjoyed the experience.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Our server was extremely nice to us, the restaurant is very elegant but with a modern touch, and their food is out of this world.

The only thing I'd like to make you aware is that the menu suggests that they serve shareable dishes ("Oro offers dishes that are designed for sharing" - To me that means large dishes) when they actually serve tapa-sized dishes (very small cute dishes). I get it though, tapas are dishes for sharing but the wording should be more specific in my opinion so that you know how much to order up front. We ordered 2 dishes first and ended up ordering 4 more because of the misleading menu wording. It's not the end of the world though :)

Other than that, it's a fantastic place for a date or special occasion!!!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Oh my, what a fab place this is! Both the food and service were excellent. The truffle mac ‘n cheese, scallops, ribs and banana bread pudding were outta this world!

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Excellent food and service as always. Love the portion sizes.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great doors! Amazing service!

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Very good food in upscale modern environment. The brussels sprouts and scallops were both very nice

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Epic night!! Service and food was above and beyond expectations.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Excellent job. Excellent food.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Fabulous experience. Great food and service from great people.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The food and service were amazing. I brought my very special date for our seven year anniversary and she could not have had a better night. The executive chef made a point to visit us numerous times throughout the evening to make sure everything was perfect. Highly recommend for any occasion and especially recommend the s’mores!

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Fantastic meal and service, we thoroughly enjoyed the 6 course meal option for two! Atmosphere was a bit loud for us.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Everything was phenomenal! We will definitely dine here again!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Breakfast of the Islands was amazing! Their brunch was a great experience and would definitely go there again. Staff is super friendly and owner personally spoke with us and made us feel very welcome being out of town.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Cannot say anything negative. Not just dinner but an experience. Corey’s service was great and his recommendations were spot on!

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Pricey for the quantities, but each dish was delicious !

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Great service (thanks Corey), an exciting menu and delicious food. The menu is meant for sharing, and is divided into veg, seafood, and meat. We were advised to go slow, and we ordered a veg and a seafood or meat plate and had 3 'courses' like this between the three of us, so a total of 6 plates. I loved every bite but my standout favorite was the cauliflower and kale.
The restaurant is noisy (as so many are nowadays) but I'd definitely go back, and recommend it to anyone wanting a tasty meal in downtown Raleigh.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

I have a problem with the waiter keeping his order taking iPad in the back of his pants. Wow. Please use a satchel or apron to keep it in.

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