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ORO

4.6
4.6
1699 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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Booked 20 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

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 1,699 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Contemporary American

  • Raleigh

    Notable Wine List

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday Dinner

  2. CH

    ChantelleH

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always an amazing experience! Food and service always top tier

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience2

    Wow - If the service on Saturday May 14th 2022 was any indicator of what you’ve offered patrons for the last ten years - I find it shocking you’re still in business. As a first time diner, everything was terrible - the dj was far too loud causing you to feel like you had to scream to be heard. As a matter of fact, we were seated upstairs and 2 tables to our left on the end (on the booth section & up against the wall) were 2 women who were obnoxiously loud to the point that anyone near them could hear their entire conversation. As far as service, it took almost 15 minutes to even be acknowledged by anyone at the host stand. Then once we were seated, it 22 minutes to get silverware and water. Once a server finally came over, we put a drink order (soda water with lemon) in along with our appetizers (sesame cauliflower and the shrimp crab quiche). The food came within a reasonable time frame by a food runner - our server was nowhere to be found. We literally finished the appetizers before the soda water arrived - at least 25 minutes passed. The food itself was mediocre at best - the cauliflower was lacking flavor and the bottom of the quiche was severely burnt and inedible. Between the ambiance, terrible wait times and horrible service we opted to skip out on additional food and get the check asap. From walking through the doors at 8pm for our reservation we were done and back outside by 8:55 pm.

  4. KS

    KSP1

    Philadelphia

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful experience all around with great service, drinks, food.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    We had a 7pm reservation, seated promptly at arrival. I waitress Jackie was on top of things. The food was good. We did jerk chicken, Mac n Cheese, crab quiche, the campfire for dessert. The drinks are good although I felt like a little pricey compared to other places and the portion size. It is a bit loud inside. We were lucky to get a end corner table by the window. I would return in the future.

  6. M

    Michelle1972

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I go to a LOT of restaurants and ORO is one of my favorites. The food is always inventive and fantastic and the service is friendly. Love it!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4

    This was my second time going and the food was just as great as the first time. The drinks were amazing. Our only issue was the server, Morgan. She wasn’t attentive. We had to wait to order our drinks and food and she just sort of walked around then stood near the kitchen area and suddenly realized she needed to take our order. This went on throughout the night. She was nice, but not attentive. But because the food and drinks were so good we will go back.

  8. AN

    AmirN

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Very interesting cocktails in unique serving vessels. We ordered five dishes for the two of us. Everything tasted good but the NY strip steak, the noodles, and the tacos were amazing. the crispy onion petal and the mahi-mahi dish were ok. Our first two dishes were brought in order and with enough time between them. Then, suddenly, three dishes were brought together at the same time. By the time we got to mahi-mahi, it was already cold.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience3

    Drinks were notable and different. Servers were overwhelmed. Food was hit and miss.

  10. DN

    DaveN

    Raleigh

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We visited Oro on our anniversary. It was loud and boisterous with the after work crowd when we first arrived. This is a tapas restaurant and the portions are large, we ordered four and it was plenty. The tempura sesame cauliflower was great as was the sweet and sour mahi mahi (with edible gold!). The shrimp and crab quiche wasn't our favorite. For dessert we got the Campout, which enables you to cook your own s'mores at your table. Ambiance and service are outstanding.

  11. DJ

    DaxJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Corey was amazing. The food was amazing. We will be back.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4

    The restaurant was busy but it’s not like they were overbooked. It took 3 hours to complete our meal. Arrived at 7:15 and left after 10pm. This was my second time here-so I thought I could expect a fine dining experience with great service. While the wait staff was friendly and truly tried to keep up, there just wasn’t enough staff to help. Drinks were slow( no bar back) and no one bussing in between dishes served. One last note, almost all of the dishes were heavy with salt. This experience was dramatically different from my first experience which is why I came back. Would give it another try but not on a busy Friday-Saturday night. I live 2 hours away so this was a special night out.

  13. SS

    SnowSun

    Raleigh

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Our server Corey was a delight. ORO is very noisy, so it was a bit challenging to carry on a conversation, even at our small table for four. All of the dishes we had were delicious. The onion petals were quite a pleasant surprise!

  14. T

    Tavi

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Celebrated our 6th ANNIVERSARY with ORO and could not have been happier. MORGAN was a phenomenal server with both knowledge and an awesome attitude, which paired well with the amazing and original dishes on the menu. Overall we loved the unique approach they take to food and presentation…could not have been a better experience.

  15. e

    eyeluv2eet

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love the variety of smaller plates offered and each is so flavorful and appealing in its presentation. The Elixir of Life cocktail was as delicious as its appearance, served in a unique apple-shaped glass suspended from a wire base & topped with edible flowers & a faux butterfly- cute! Oro’s location is perfect for pre-performance dinner when attending NC Theater, symphony or ballet. Can’t wait to return!

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Date night with my daughter. The food was amazing and so was our server. It was loud, but i guess everyone knows how good they are!

  17. DB

    DawnB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our waitress was amazing!!! Our food was incredible!!! Everyone was super nice!!! My family LOVED our dinner experience. We all highly recommend ORO!!

  18. NC

    NCFoodies

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our second visit to ORO, and it was even better than the first (which we also rated 5-Star). The menu choices are imaginative and delicious. We had four plates, and enjoyed each one. We're already looking forward to our next visit. The wine list was very good, but higher priced than comparable menus other places.

  19. KH

    KarenH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing anniversary dinner. From the unique cocktails to the delicious food and great service…it was a wonderful evening!!

  20. DG

    DawnG

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    ORO continues to be one of the top 5 restaurants in any city I’ve been to..their selection of small plates (and larger if you want) not the usual fare, well prepared, delicious and unique flavors married perfectly together and presently beautifully. Our server, Cory. Top notch. The cocktails unique and tasty. Love the place

  21. M

    Meleni

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    Always enjoy the atmosphere and fun menu at ORO. Their spring menu had a ton of great choices and their cocktails were pretty good. Service was a bit slow, maybe due to being upstairs, but positive experience! Our dining experience just took a while. A bit pricey for the quantity but makes up for it in quality. Would recommend!

  22. YK

    YataviaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had an amazing meal! The service, presentation, and food were all top tier!

  23. K

    Kevin

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food1service2ambience3

    Waiter had bad breath and took very long. A/C seem broken and it was blazing hot. I had the NY Steak and it was by far the worst steak I’ve had. Crème Brûlée was not so good either

  24. AW

    AngeW

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Excellent food, amazing drinks, fun atmosphere! Highly recommend

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible service, the food was fantastic. My husband and I had a great date here for his birthday!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A very unique dining experience for our 7th anniversary! Everything was delicious and the drinks were fascinating.

  27. RH

    ReggieH

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Oro has a really nice vibe and modern decor to enhance the dining experience. The small plates are perfect for sharing! I highly recommend the Sticky Ribs and Sautéed Shrimp. Oro also has a great list of signature cocktails that will complete your dining experience. It’s perfect for group dining or a date night.

  28. VW

    VirgoWonda

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The food was good. The waiter was nice and the setting was nice.

  29. A

    April

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Classy atmosphere, creative drink presentations, delectable food, and stellar service. You can't go wrong here. Every dish was nothing short of amazing. Definitely going back!

  30. CD

    CarolD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Atmosphere is great. Drinks phenomenal. Great selection and interesting food!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    2nd time there and each time has been a great “experience’! We love the presentation of the food and drinks! We will definitely come again!

  32. DW

    DoreenW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    You must try this place. Hopefully Cory will be your waiter because he made the experience so much fun.good humor, amazing food, fantastic drinks. Literally every dish just got better and better as it came out from the kitchen. We will be back for sure. It was a perfect dinner experience for our group of 6…we let the chef decide our meal and it was th best choice we could have made. Lobster, duck, sea bass, dumplings, pork belly and so much more. Delish!!

  33. SH

    SonjaH

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful experience, delicious food!

  34. N

    Netty

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    5 stars across the board. Creative food and cocktail menu. The food was delicious, service was great, and it was an overall chill vibe. Highly recommend.

  35. T

    Trex

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Do the tasting menu! It's a must. It's a ton of food at a great value.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Took the family there. Nice presentation of the various plates and everything came out in a timely manner. Quality of everything was exceptional.

  37. s

    seedblossom

    Houston

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3

    Upbeat and friendly staff. Just too loud for me (65+). Younger crowd seems to love it. Interesting food....good for foodie person. Sat upstairs in table for two which was too crowded for me since they were all in a row. We asked for a table by the window downstairs but they said at this time (6 PM) we have to seat you upstairs. So I'm checking yes to recommend since most people will probably like this vibe.

  38. HF

    HungryFamily

    Raleigh

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Enjoyed our date-night dinner at Oro. We were looking forward to the tapas style food and discovered that what we selected were less small plates than larger than typical entrees suitable for sharing. The charcuterie was great and quite generous portions as was the Chilean sea bass which was also a generous portion that we shared. Desserts were great (chocolate dome was a great surprise and so tasty as was the crème brûlée). I enjoyed my Wonderland cocktail and the 007 cocktails were also great. Looking forward to coming back!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Started out a little rocky. Waiter and manager snickered and gave dirty looks about our drink order. Food was good and service got better

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The drinks weee definitely strong

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 4.6 stars by 1699 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

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Booked 20 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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