ORO

4.4
977 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.
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

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Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:45PM - 11:00PM

What 977 People Are Saying
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KC
Raleigh
6 reviews
5.0Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve dined at ORO a few times, have ordered ~20 different menu items, and have never been disappointed with a single dish. The food is inventive and loaded with flavor, and the ambience is sophisticated and elegant. ORO never disappoints, and the bill is always lower than I expect. Fantastic!

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AP
San Francisco
10 reviews
5.0Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative fun food to share with lots of gluten free and vegan or vegetarian option. Quiet, friendly and tasty

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k
1 review
5.0Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food. I took a friend to ORO from out of town. I will definitely go again.

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BM
Raleigh
2 reviews
2.0Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Extremely rude and unpleasant waitress. Food was okay but not worth the price at all. fun fancy drinks but thats it. Food timing was awful and couldn't get drink orders right. Then waitress irritated when asked for a lime wedge...come on.

Wont go back.

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J
Raleigh
3 reviews
5.0Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get the smoking mirror drink.

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LB
Raleigh
2 reviews
2.0Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

We selected this restaurant since we had never eaten here, it was restaurant week, and we were celebrating a birthday. The beet salad was wonderful, but the shrimp tempura looked like miniature shrimp. The main meals were so small that sharing was quite difficult. While the strip steak was cooked perfectly, there were only two small slices of meat. The trout was about the same size and not very flavorful. The desserts were yummy, with the apple tart surpassing the donuts. However, for the cost of the meal, I not only left very unsatisfied, but there was no mention of the birthday, even thought it was in the reservation notes and mentioned again when they called to confirm. With all the amazing restaurants in the Raleigh area, I will not be giving this one a second chance.

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TH
Savannah
3 reviews
2.0Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Extremely noisy. Acoustic should be improved. Overpriced for the quality of the food . Waitress put our friend’s dish on our bill. Feels like a customer conveyer belt.... leave quick that we can serve others .

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JS
Raleigh
1 review
5.0Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had great service that was efficient yet not intrusive. Our server was fantastic. I wish that I could remember her name. The food was uniquely prepared and was a delight with every bite.

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ZS
1 review
3.0Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The staff and decor was lovely but the food was completely uninspired. Each dish lacked a full flavor profile and left me so unsatisfied that the food might as well have been transported into my stomach. When I ordered a mock tail I got what tasted like straight pineapple juice. When I expressed dissatisfaction they made my second drink the same thing but watered down. I wished I had just stayed home a cooked for myself.

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MG
Raleigh
28 reviews
5.0Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

We went for Restaurant Week menu which was different from items on regular menu. The food was good and attractively served. We enjoyed the taste of our dishes. The noise level was so high that you could not talk to those at the same table. We must come back for the regular menu items.

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OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
5.0Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, the food was amazing and the service was excellent!

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JP
Raleigh
1 review
5.0Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was very nice just a little loud

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LI
Raleigh
7 reviews
5.0Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oro is always on the top of my list for a fun dinner with friends. We happened to go during restaurant week and got a great 3 course meal for $30. Cocktails were amazing and put in very creative containers.

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OT
Raleigh
1 review
3.0Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Went with friends for restaurant week. This was my first experience at Oro. Food was good, not great. Steak was barely warm, but did have nice flavor. Server was highlight of meal.

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PB
Raleigh
20 reviews
4.0Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Their Restaurant Week menu finally pulled us in. Really good food and, unlike some small plate place, two plates made a filling meal. The food was really tasty and visually pleasing; service awesome. We also like they didn't bring everything at once (again like some other small plates places) and our server explained the way the usually run (i.e. when it is not restaurant week) is you order each round of food separately so you can control the pace. Only knock is wine by the glass is on the pricey side and my husband ordered a martini, not expecting it would be a $17 drink!! Hence the lower value rating.

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FR
Raleigh
17 reviews
4.0Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We went during restaurant week. The first thing the server said as she handed us the menus is 'our restaurant week menu is the exact opposite of our regular menu.' So I guess we shouldn't base future visits on this one. Overall the food was OK. There was nothing really exceptional. Pro is a tapas restaurant, so having a set 3 course menu is not the norm. We had 2 of the 3 app offerings, both were OK. They weren't bad but they didn't make us want to rush back. Main course was sirloin, not on the regular menu. It was good, there was a spice I couldn't place that threw me off just a bit, my wife liked it. The desert was a pear strudel that tasted pretty bland, hard to identify it as pear, and a tin drop of vanilla ice cream.

Not in a rush to return, if we do it won't be during restaurant week.

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MC
1 review
5.0Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and dining experience!! Smoke & Mirrors, YES Please

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LM
1 review
5.0Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. The service was great and food came out pretty quick and all was delicious. Definitely would go back

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
4.0Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Went to Oro during restaurant week. 8oz New York strip steak was great. They sous-vide then sear. The smoke and mirror Manhattan was wonderful presentation and (of course) delicious. Will definitely recommend and return.

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s
1 review
5.0Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful...just wonderful! Food was amazing! Service excellent! Will return again...and SOON!

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LA
1 review
4.0Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun time at restaurant week at Oro! Food was great!

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D
Raleigh
2 reviews
5.0Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our entire experience was lovely from being greeted at the hostess station to our witty and knowledgeable server, to the excellent food.

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S
Raleigh
9 reviews
5.0Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So Delish with exotic cocktails. Our waiter,Corey, was fantastic and made the evening extra fun. The chef/owner came to our table and gave us all.a,glass of bubbly! I sent other friends last night & they said it's their new favorite spot!

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Miami
1 review
5.0Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant had Magnificat food, dining, and atmosphere!!!!! The food was sooooo good and the wine was so great!!!!

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OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
2.0Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 3

Standard martinis - one dry and one dirty = $17 each! Check for 4 martinis wast over $70! Food was decent (not really terrific - filet was extremely small) and service was nice, but those drinks were way way overpriced. I live in The SF Bay Area and was expensive even compared to SF standards. Obviously why the place was empty the 2.5 hours we were there.

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RG
Raleigh
5 reviews
5.0Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

8 of us went for a birthday. The service was perfect, the food was great, and they made us feel so welcome and special.

Standouts:
The smoke and mirrors cocktail- an unbelievable presentation!
A make your own s’mores dessert tray that was fun AND delicious!
Best grilled octopus dish ever!

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AB
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a date or casual. I’ve only been there for business meetings but am definitely looking forward to a “date night” there with wife and friends:

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LM
Birmingham
1 review
5.0Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oro was fantastic in every way! Our service was impeccable and the meal was delicious!!

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GC
San Francisco
1 review
5.0Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Oro has become a part of the itinerary every time I get to Raleigh. Food is great and the service is very good.

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DR
Raleigh
6 reviews
2.0Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

This is one of the loudest restaurants I've ever been to. The food wasn't bad, but not good enough to overcome the atmosphere.

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JF
1 review
5.0Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! The experience was worth it, and the food was excellent. I will be returning!

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OT
Raleigh
21 reviews
5.0Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had the best brunch at Oro’s. We truly enjoyed the entire meal. We have had dinner as well and have recommended them to friends!

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A
Washington DC
2 reviews
5.0Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience at ORO! The food was absolutely delicious and we loved the tapas style of eating and sharing! The restaurant is simple and lovely and, we were surprised to find that it wasn’t crowded. Don’t miss the Brussels sprouts or the salmon!

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CB
Atlanta
2 reviews
5.0Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service are both amazing every time! Location is perfect; parking lot across the street made it easy to get to. Love this place.

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H
Raleigh
10 reviews
3.0Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This was our second time to Oro, and a much better food experience this go round. I highly recommend, from the current menu, the wok fried brussels, calamari, salmon, as well as the grilled octopus. My girlfriend also highly enjoyed her "Rosé All Day" cocktail.

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DS
Raleigh
1 review
4.0Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very friendly, relaxed service and comfortable seating with soothing ambience. Food was interesting and nicely presented. Portions suitable for two. Smoke and mirrors cocktail was presented in a glass case with smoke to infuse the drink. A fun meal.

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CW
Raleigh
3 reviews
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous experience. Ask for Cory.

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KC
Raleigh
1 review
4.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first time here. My wife and I were seated upstairs all by ourselves, not sure why when there was plenty of seats in the main seating area. The food was very good, they bring it out as soon as it is ready, so that's a little bit different, but it was good and hot when it got to the table. Try it, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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j
Raleigh
5 reviews
3.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

At this price level I don’t expect frozen Calamari. Why bother with Opentable if you don’t get points.

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MJ
Raleigh
1 review
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The portions are pretty big for a Tapas restaurant. Loved the Brussels sprouts!

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