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ORO

4.5
4.5
1857 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 an extensive wine list, cocktail selection, and a variety of local beer that will be sure to please all palates.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 36 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Global, International, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (919) 239-4010

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Christopher Hylton

  • Catering

    ORO can cater your next event whether it be a business meal or a wedding reception! Catering menus are available by contacting us through our website.

  • 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.

  • Private party contact

    Maresa Pratt: (919) 239-4010

  • Neighborhood

    Raleigh

  • Cross street

    Wilmington

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, View, Wine

What 1,857 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Contemporary American

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  1. LK

    LisaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my birthday! Exceptional service and food. I will return.
  2. JK

    JordanK

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Very expensive for quality. Meal for 2 took approximately 2.5h even though we had 30 min of active eating. Lots of waiting for everything. Was told course didn't have "pieces of onion" and it did. Drinks are very heavy pours which makes them not taste like craft cocktails so not worth the price.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We went to Oro for Raleigh Restaurant Week. The restaurant has a hip/trendy vibe and is a nice date night spot. The best dishes to order for restaurant week IMO are the confit fingerling potatoes, coconut curry pork shank (highlight of the meal) and the chocolate mousse. Highly recommend the Vera Vinho Verde if you enjoy crisp, sunny wine. I’d definitely come back to try the classic tapas-style menu.
  4. D

    David

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Overall, enjoyed the experience. Food was well cooked and tasty. I enjoy a tapas atmosphere, Oro didn’t disappoint. Our waitress was engaging and funny. However, she was busy so we had to wait longer than normal to get her attention. I understand she was carrying a lot of tables. The bread pudding was absolutely delicious.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Morgan was so great and had the best vibe! Our water glasses were always full. The food was impeccable and the wine selection was great! The atmosphere was perfect.
  6. J

    Justin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    The restaurant week food was not very good for the price that we were paying
  7. K

    Kaye

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All of the dishes were delicious and beautifully plated! Great service and ambience too.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Total hype-a place that is more show than substance. Great ambiance, but the food is lacking in so many ways. There are better restaurants in the area that are worth the money. The service we received was horrible. The waitress told us she only works there when they are short staff. I hope this is the case because she completely lacks the people skills to make it as a server. We usually tip twenty percent or more. We gave her fifteen percent only because we couldn't bring ourselves to give her the lesser amount she deserved.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food5service2ambience2
    We were seated upstairs at tables less than 2 feet apart. Really disappointed in that. Felt like I was seated with strangers. I was super uncomfortable. Food was delicious as usual, but service was not great. Food was delivered quickly, but we had minimal attention from our server, had to track her down several times to get drinks or order more food. If this had been my first experience at ORO I would not be back. As it is I will not accept upstairs seating again.
  10. n

    nicolel

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ventured out for restaurant week and it was lovely! The swordfish was perfect. The cocktails entertaining and tasty. Dessert was good but nothing special. Beautiful restaurant and everyone was extremely kind and attentive.
  11. j

    jessical

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was so good to go with a group of people when you want to share. There were also so many gluten free options. Would also be a great date night spot!!!
  12. L

    Lisa

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Oro! The food and service are always great!
  13. PN

    PatriciaN

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Great location downtown. It was a bit too loud for me and the sitting was very close! The food was good. We went during Triangle restaurant week, so we mainly got what was on that menu. Will definitely go back and try something on their regular menu.
  14. TM

    ThomasM

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow, what a great experience! Corey and his team are total ROCKSTARS. Went to Oro after being intrigued by the restaurant week options. Blown away by the options, presentation, and flavor. Morgan gave great recommendations, swordfish fish and also the stuff pepper as the main courses. Desserts we rich and flavorful. In all a great atmosphere, perfect way to start your evening.
  15. JD

    JillD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    I like the concept, the place is small make a reservation.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent waiter and food was delicious
  17. TC

    TimothyC

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and quick efficient service!
  18. MP

    MereyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great wine, great service! We will be back. On repeat.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The was okay and our server Kevin was great. The chicken potstickers were tasty. The brussel sprouts were crispy but way too strong. The truffle Mac & cheese had very little flavor.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall2food5service1ambience2
    Server was awkward from start to finish and also popped the smoke bubble of my drink. Just a very weird dude overall, not sociable in any aspect. First interaction was him coming to the table and just standing there without saying a word. As if he was purposefully waiting for me to say hi first.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply amazing! Our waiter Kevin was outstanding! Outside of being personable and suggestive to the menu his candid few seconds of conversation between checking on us made the difference in making us feel welcomed and appreciative! The menu was remarkable and unique, very tasty! We ordered about 6 items from the dinner menu and two drinks from the cocktail menu I can’t wait to go back to try the other options! The Chilean Sea Bass over Short Ribs was the flavor of the night!
  22. KS

    KendraS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was respectful and on it! He made sure to accommodate us and even give recommendations! We loved every moment of it. The food was absolutely DELICIOUS. I highly recommend the truffle Mac and cheese!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    Service was just terrible. The guy that brought my dessert was great. I eat out all the time. It took nearly 1hr after seating to get even a drink. It was just bad. I never had such awful service. Def never going back. But the restaurant was pretty.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow just wow! It was a dinner out with friends night and worth every dime we spent! Corey, our waiter, was phenomenal and made the experience for our dining party and those around us perfection! His recommendations for food and wine were on point. We tried plates from all sections of the menu and were not disappointed—-and PLEASE order dessert both the campfire and the chocolate dome are cannot miss! Plates we tasted: Brussel sprouts, chicken and truffle potstickers, sticky ribs, black chili calamari, tuna spring rolls, Chilean sea bass, tomahawk pork chop,campfire, chocolate dome
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    I had heard great reviews from an experience of a friend from a few years ago. The website has lots of rules for reservations and claims limited seating. It sounded exclusive and very high end. I got all dressed up and saved up for a great dining experience. It was super disappointing. The wait staff does not coordinate nor have anything sleek about their attire which feels very unprofessional. The waiter was kind but seemed out of breath and anxious every time she greeted us. The food sounds interesting but is over cooked and over seasoned. Any one can put together a charcuterie board from food lion with any sense. Nothing special about the cooking, environment or presentation. It was like a college attempt at fancy. But the prices reflected a much higher quality experience. Too bad. Juju in Durham is excellent if you want tapas.
  26. NB

    NechelleB

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was magical and delicious ! It was a magnificent experience! We will be back again!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely incredible meal & experience! So many menu options to choose from and none of them disappointed. The cocktails are very unique too. We left already planning our next visit!
  28. B

    Bdec

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Went with a group, the tasting menu is the way to go, so much food, good variety. Only down side is the drinks are very pricey, interesting/unique presentation but the actual drink taste doesn’t seem worth the expense.
  29. EM

    ErnestM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This is our first time at this restaurant. Kevin was our waiter and we appreciated him helping us with the menu. We enjoyed the grilled avocado and cauliflower. My kale was overfried but thank goodness it wasn’t the main dish with the cauliflower. The salmon was not the best. The other bottom shell was too oily and cooked too much. I would try it again
  30. AM

    AndreaM

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    I have never felt as bad for a server as I did eating here- it took more than 25 minutes for a drink order to be taken and another 25 minutes to have all drinks at the table (3 cocktails and a soda) we had to request drinks and additional plates as there was no checking in because the server was spread so thin. The food is good and a great Tapas Syle- creative cocktails. Louder environment when sitting upstairs because they don't have anything to hold in the noise- it also made it difficult to hear everyone at the table.
  31. K

    Kevin

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waiter was outstanding, service was prompt and food tasted good.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    My husband mom and I went to Oro for Christmas Eve. The main reason for my poor review is they were out of several items and we were not told until we tried to order. We had drinks and appetizers so we were there long enough to be notified. We ended corking our wine and leaving with only one course. The server just kept saying “I don’t normally work here”. So that means the kitchen didn’t do their job in communicating. We were all very disappointed
  33. A

    Amanda

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    The menu gives the impression the food is gonna to be incredibly interesting and different, but it was surprisingly mediocre. The waitstaff is phenomenal, and really go above and beyond.
  34. TG

    TonyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of my favorite restaurants. The food, service and atmosphere is always on point. I don’t look at the menu anymore I just have Cory, the waiter select for me and it’s always prefect.
  35. OW

    OWL1

    Cleveland

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Took 40 minutes just to get our wine. Lots of interesting and tasty plates but the strip steak was not edible.
  36. MB

    MelissaB

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing flavors-highly recommend the scallops and sea bass. Fun atmosphere!
  37. TH

    TracyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined at ORO for a special occasion and they did not disappoint us! The champagne, cocktails, and desserts were all superb. The waitstaff was exceptional and our food was delivered quickly. It was quite an unforgettable experience. We will be going back!
  38. LR

    LeeR

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seated immediately, very attentive staff. Easy parking across the street, love the charcuterie board and sesame cauliflower.
  39. LB

    LynnB

    Raleigh

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our server Cory was amazing. Super smart and entertaining. I found it a bit expensive but then the food was really good. I would happily recommend Oro with the warning about the cost.
  40. PW

    PaulaW

    Greensboro

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was fabulous. Wine list more than sufficient. Service was friendly and efficient. We wished we had had more time to enjoy it all, but the waiter was very helpful getting us out the door to catch our show. We will be back!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

ORO is rated 4.5 stars by 1857 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 36 times today
Google Map for ORO

18 E Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Wilmington

  • Neighborhood

    Raleigh

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Global, International, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Christopher Hylton

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, View, Wine

  • Phone number

    (919) 239-4010

  • Catering

    ORO can cater your next event whether it be a business meal or a wedding reception! Catering menus are available by contacting us through our website.

  • 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.

  • Private party contact

    Maresa Pratt: (919) 239-4010

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