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About ORO

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.

18 E Martin St
Raleigh, NC 27601
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
LUNCH
Monday - Friday 11am - 2pm

DINNER
Monday: 5pm - 10pm
Tuesday: 5pm - 10pm
Wednesday: 5pm - 10pm
Thursday: 5pm - 10pm
Friday: 5pm - 12am
Saturday: 5pm - 12am
Closed on Sunday

Cross Street:
Wilmington

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 239-4010

Website:
http://www.ororaleigh.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Christopher Hylton

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:
Cara Hylton: (919) 239-4010

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, View, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

ORO will be open for Christmas Eve and welcomes you and your family to cone celebrate the season with us! Our full menu will be available as well as Chef Features.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

ORO will be ringing in the new year all weekend long (December 29 - 31) with our full menu available. Come welcome 2018 with us!

ORO Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (22)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Tapas (15)
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Creative Cuisine (15)
Tasting Menu (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Special Occasion (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Casual (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Romantic (8)
Cozy (7)
Fun (6)
Healthy (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Business Meals (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
People Watching (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Scenic View (3)
Seasonal (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Authentic (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Spicy (2)
Vegan (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Enjoyed a marvelous pre-theater meal here recently. Great place for sharing small plates, but even their small plates are generous portions. Highly recommend the "smoky" ribs, and the truffle mac 'n cheese.

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·Dined 3 days ago

My wife and I came here for our 2 year anniversary and we absolutely loved it! We drove an hour and a half and will definitely make the drive just to eat there again. My wife is pregnant so they gave her a free glass of ginger ale and I got a free glass of champagne to toast for our anniversary. We ordered four different plates and they were absolutely amazing! The chief even came out to make sure we were pleased and to congratulate us as well as give us a free dessert. I absolutely loved this restaurant and highly recommend it to everyone!

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 6 days ago

I have eaten at Oro at least four times this year. The food has an Asian fusion flare and is scrumptious. Vegetarians and meat eaters have enough variety to satisfy both palates.Two small plates and you are full.

I am partial to the cauliflower and the salmon. At one time they had garlic string beans and they were great. Sorry they were taken off the menu. The wait staff is very attentive. The owner, Mr. Hylton, actually came out and walked around the restaurant and checked on his guests. Even though we were the last guests in the place, we didn't feel rushed.

The place is small which means you have to get your reservations in early. I tried to walk in a couple of times but was unsuccessful. Even the bar fills up fast on the weekends. I would strongly recommend you experience the place.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Tasting Menu
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 11, 2017

ORO recently changed its menu and the new items are really good. The fish and chips tacos are outstanding, the octopus is the best in the area and it just gets better
Great cocktails and wines by the glass

Tags: Tapas, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Small portions but good setting for a meeting. Not crowded.

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 (Greensboro)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Food was good but server wasn't didn't even bring water to table and Was impersonal

Tags: Tapas
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

This was my second time at Oro, and it was fantastic! Kudos to Executive Chef/Owner Chris Hylton and his staff for creating a wonderful experience each time. Chef Hylton made a point to walk around the restaurant to greet his patrons and ensure meals were to satisfaction. I encourage everyone to give this place a try! It won't disappoint.

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Food was overly salty, every dish we ordered was. Service was great, but the food was horrible.

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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Oro was AMAZING!!! I love the tapas style where you can taste many different dishes! All of they plates that we ordered where delicious and the presentation was very nice too! And the portion size of all the plates larger than traditional tapas I would say. The charcuterie board was amazing! The truffle mac & cheese is addicting. And the s'mores dessert is a must; it comes with a little campfire cube to roast your marshmallows at the table!! Great place to go with a couple friends so you can order lots of places and try everything!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food was good, experience was interesting, neat place for quick bite before event downtown.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Quick Bite, Hot Spot
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Extremely noisy. Had to scream to have conversations. Sound bounces off walls.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 26, 2017

I love the atmosphere of this restaurant. I've only been there twice (on weeknights), and both times the restaurant was empty. It's a bit pricey, but that's what you get for a small plate restaurant. We ordered 12 or 13 plates for 4 of us! Have Corry wait on you, you will not be disappointed:)

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Very warm and pleasant atmosphere. Reminds you of a restaurant in DC/NY. Perfect for a date night. It's food sharing but enough to split between 2 people. Good ambiance and strong drinks! I definite must visit!

Tags: Tapas, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We had a group of six including three NC State students and a 90 year old grandma. Everyone enjoyed Oro with the favorite items being the Truffle Mac n Cheese and Fish Tacos.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great atmosphere and food! A must go to for a great dining experience.

Tags: Hot Spot, Tapas
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We visited ORO for the first time and will definitely go back. Tapas are excellent and the service was friendly and honest. The value is good.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Bar Seating
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·Dined on September 11, 2017

Would like to see more salads or healthy options on the menu.
Menu has nice selection of wines by the glass.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Food quality was excellent. Service staff was excellent. Menu selection was great. I had the fish special, perhaps the best ever. We like that the Oro folks don't load you up with potatoes to make you think your money's worth was served. Portions are appropriate for mature adults and quite tasty. The sauces are good and the asparagus was great.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Excellent dinner! Really enjoyed the Lamb Shank, Barbeque Shrimp, losbster ravioli, and the lemon raspberry bar dessert! This was my 2nd time at Oro and I will definitely be back soon!

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Expensive for what you get. Great service. Way too loud, practically had to yell to my wife to be heard at a small 2 person table. Not going back.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We went for restaurant week and the food was hit-or-miss. Some dishes (green pea soup, lamb shank, chocolate mousse) were very good, while others (BBQ shrimp, roasted beets) not so much. I was especially disappointed by the BBQ shrimp. I am by no means a BBQ expert but the sauce tasted like it was from a cheap bottle at the grocery store, which is a sin in the Carolinas. Also need to keep in mind that this is a tapas place, so even during restaurant week the courses were on the small side.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Our server was AWESOME! The noise level is very high and can be difficult to hear someone across the table from you.

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 26, 2017

The experience was fine, nothing outstanding though. Went there for a birthday occasion during restaurant week.
The 3 course menu was served within 30 minutes, and felt we were rushed to maximize turn-over. Food was very tasty, though the salad was minuscule and the lamb was barely warm.

Bottom line. Ok experience, but many better options downtown Raleigh.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Excellent restaurant hands down. This is a must visit.

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 25, 2017

I had a really good time. I was impressed when the chef came up and introduced himself and asked how our experience was. Food was delicious.

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 25, 2017

My only complaint is that the tables are very close together and you cannot have a conversation. For a girls night or something like that it is great. But not for a romantic date night. Food was delicious, nice wine selection, good cocktails. Chef stopped by table to welcome us, always a good thing. Waiter was attentive and fun.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 24, 2017

The food was very good and atmosphere and service was superb. I would recommend this establishment to any one looking to have a great dinner out, bunch or a friendly get-to-whether with friends or even business associates.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Fun, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Four of us went to Oro for the first time during Raleigh Restaurant Week. The special menu offered nice selection for a reasonable price.

Tags: Casual, Seasonal, Healthy
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 24, 2017

We were anticipating a food lovers delight and were very disappointed with the mediocre food. The atmosphere and vibe are wonderful, the service and friendliness is excellent but the food just didn't meet expectation. It's a great concept but the execution is lacking.

Lackluster, wilted strawberry salad; boring lamb chops and ribs that tasted day old.

On the bright side, the mushroom risotto is totally worth the trip!
We are gluten free and there were great options but just wasn't all that flavorful.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Really enjoyed this restaurant! First time going and I'll be back!

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·Dined on August 24, 2017

Fresh, flavorful food fit for a discriminating vegan and health-conscious carnivore; efficient yet personable staff. Our only dislike was the level of noise.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 22, 2017

We went during restaurant week and enjoyed our meal. The service was excellent. I don't think it was a good test of the restaurant since it appears to be more of a tapas restaurant vs a have multiple courses restaurant.

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Me and my wife enjoyed the restaurant, food, and atmosphere. However, my wife got ill that night after eating there. Not sure what happened.

Tags: Tapas
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 20, 2017

This was our first time trying Oro, and we were very pleased. The food was excellent. We each ordered two small plates, with one extra to share, and we ended up with quite a bit left over. My favorite dish was the chicken and green tomato with the Sriracha ranch. The service was very good.

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 (London)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Worth a visit ambience,food and service all great The sharing plates are a great idea.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

The sauce on the scallops dish was crazy salty and we were disappointed with the caprece salad.

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

I took my husband for our "date night" dinner. Reservation was easily made. We arrived early and they were ready for us. Drinks were fast and lovely. We ordered 5 dishes and all came out perfectly timed and AMAZING! Presentation was fabulous. Our waitress was attentive, friendly, and very accommodating. Drinks / Water was always full and she cleared plates as needed. Overall, 100% satisfied!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Cozy, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 19, 2017

ORO has the makings of a great restaurant, but fell short this evening. Nice aesthetics, food and service was just OK. I truly expected more of a WOW factor. Very disappointed with the fried chicken and green tomato- basically a half-cooked chicken tender and a terrible tomato. I don't expect I'll return in the near future.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Food and service were great! Restaurant was very clean and open.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 12, 2017

The service was great and the food came out quickly. The food was hit or miss. Some of the dishes were good but a few were bland. It is also described as food for shared plates or individual meals. Really, it should more be appetizers and entrees. It was okay but I'm not sure I would go back.

Tags: Good for Groups
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