ORO

4.6
1033 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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.
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MB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and a nice atmosphere. The vibe could have been a bit more elevated, but it was nice overall.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Corey and Kim were great. We ate our fill and made it to the Symphony

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was great & the food was all delicious! The prices of the tapas vary, so you can make it as cheap or expensive as you want. I’d go back for sure.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we go we are entertained and enjoy the food!

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HS
Charlotte
29 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and specialty cocktails.

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R
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great layout, wonderful service and food. Loved the knowledge of the servers with gluten free. Definitely will return.

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AH
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful NYE dinner at ORO! I had been wanting to try it and it was even better than I hoped! Amazing food, drinks, vibe, and service. Will definitely be back here again. Try the duck and the mac n cheese - soo good. We ordered wine but recommend the cocktails they looked unreal!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

I’ve eaten here a few times so I was very disappointed when I ordered the NYE special which was a NY strip with a soft shell crab. The “NY Strip” was undoubtedly a chuck steak they had the nerve to call a NY strip. For a restaurant like this I expected so much more and I hate to say I definitely won’t be back despite enjoying this place so much the first two times I went here.

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Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience.

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AW
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cute little spot with tasty small plates. We tried a variety of them and the majority were things I’d definitely order again such as the scallops, garlic shrimp, pork belly, soba noodles and sesame cauliflower.

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AD
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Creative and very tasty menu. Portions are larger than the server led us to beleive so 4 dishes between 2 people was plenty. A bit pricey, especially for beef dishes but the vegetarian ones were outstanding and a resonable value for the location.

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T
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

I watched my server on her phone as my food sat in the window. She wasn't personable at all. I was highly disappointed by the whole experience.

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J
Raleigh
34 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed my birthday at Oro’s! The service was exceptional, the food beyond delicious and the ambiance was totally awesome! We decided on the family deal- incredible! Thanks for a wonderful evening!

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JE
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a great time! Food and service-- EXCELLENT!!! I will return !!

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OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Christmas Eve

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AE
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went out with some friends and everything was wonderful at Oro. The food was really amazing.

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JA
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The evening was near perfection for our annual Christmas gathering. The service and food were excellent. The octopus skewers were out of this world good. Bravo, Oro! Will continue going here for casual or special occasions.

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BR
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had an amazing experience here for my birthday dinner here. Our waiter was incredibly attentive and did his best to accommodate our needs. The food was DELICIOUS and the wine was splendid. We received complimentary champagne for my birthday and a candle on the dessert plate. The atmosphere was intimate, modern and nice. I will definitely be returning.

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d
Raleigh
40 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. Went for a holiday lunch and had the chef's table. They were super accommodating with our dietary needs. Food was delicious and service was awesome!!

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SM
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful find for brunch -- beautiful setting, not your usual brunch menu (creative) and the food was delicious. I went with my foodie friend and she was absolutely delighted, even with the coffee. It was nice to have a few vegetarian options on the menu. My only observation is that it would be nice to have a savory vegetarian entree option that's not spicy. (However, we felt so well accommodated, I'm sure they would have made a modification to the spicy option if I had asked.) Appreciated the attentive (but not annoying service). General manager was knowledgeable, kind and made brunch lovely. Highly recommend!

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RT
Pinehurst
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, fun cocktails and exceptional service! Definitely will be going back.

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AB
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience! Loved the food and creativity along with the extensive wine list! Highly recommend.

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SF
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very tasty food, but overall it felt a bit overpriced for what you get. Also, many people have raved about the crab cakes, but they had taken them off of the menu the night that we went. Of the dishes we ordered, the spring salad, sesame cauliflower, scallops, and octopus were very good. I wouldn't recommend the eggplant or the ribs though. My wife and I also ordered two drinks. Overall, I think it would have felt worth an $80 dinner experience, but not the $120 that it was. Remember, since this is a tapas place you're just getting a small sampling all of the food you order. Our waitress was really good as well and they accommodated my wife's food sensitivities very courteously.

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SP
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. I took my husband here to celebrate is military retirement. The décor is very modern and stylish. The dining experience was amazing. It is tapas style, which was great for sharing and tasting several dishes at one time. We ordered six dishes and they were all delicious. The staff were great and very knowledgeable about the menu items. Chef Chris Hylton was very personable and made us feel welcome and taken care of. We live over an hour away but, I will definitely return to dine at this restaurant. Thank you Chef Hylton, for everything!

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c
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, attentive service

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LC
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a lovely place to eat dinner. The atmosphere was quiet and intimate, and the food was delicious. I love how it comes out as soon as it was prepared. We will definitely be returning in the future.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

For our first time we were expecting a lot from this place. We were very disappointed by how underwhelming the food was, and how expensive for such a lack of quality. Never again.

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IJ
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

First visit based on a recommendation from a friend. The food was very tasty, some dishes more than others but the style of serving and sharing allowed you to sample multiple dishes.

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AG
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great meal with a nice bottle of wine. In short, it is great food with beautiful presentation

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G
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to ORO with a group of friends before an event. It was a great meal and we had a good time!

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MB
Greensboro
9 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place to eat before attending performance of Iron and Wine at the Duke Energy Center. Pleasant walk.

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SW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

Not good Not recommended tho waiter was excellent

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MB
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SO glad I had my birthday dinner here! The food and service were both amazing and we got a chance to chat with the Executive Chef who came over to our table which was so nice. Would love to go back soon!

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HS
Charlotte
29 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great personalized service.

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R
Raleigh
93 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Stopped by for lunch and had the glazed salmon - very tasty and just the right amount for the lunch hour. Many other bento box type options available also, sounded good, but enjoyed that salmon.

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KH
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food offerings were "small plates" intended for sharing, or not, as you wish. Unique flavors, well, and quickly prepared. Server and hostess were very friendly and helpful. One disappointment was Pinot Grigio is not offered by the glass. Would return.

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e
Raleigh
25 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consisting mainly of small plates meant for sharing ORO really excels in innovative selections. Outstanding choices include the lamb chops, scallops, octopus and brussels sprouts. Good wine list both bottles and by the glass as well as a good selection of crafted cocktails

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SK
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

ORO is a great restaurant offering healthy and uniquely prepared tapas (cauliflower, brussel sprouts, shrimp, scallops, sweet potato - and more). I took my wife, daughter and son in law here for my wife's birthday. All of us enjoyed the meals and had a great time together. Me, as an aging old-man, could even carry on a conversation since the background noise was not overwhelming. I highly recommend considering ORO.

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h
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Service here is great. Our server was knowledgeable and had wit which made dining pleasant. The executive chef stepping out to briefly thank each table of guest throughout the duration of the meal was a plus as well. The food on the other hand was a bit of a let down. While satisfactory, dishes were lacking in flavor, and left a lot more to be desired. Dishes came out quickly, but none left a lasting impression which was a bit disappointing especially due to the price paid. On that note, the price of the cocktails are also overpriced for how much you get, though that may be due to the creative presentation which they are received.

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j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was a bit overpriced for what you get. The cocktail was very expensive and skimpy.

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