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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.
Raleigh, NC 27601
Hours of Operation:
Sunday: 10am - 2pm
Tuesday - Friday: 11am - 2pm
Monday-Thursday: 5pm - 10pm
Friday-Saturday: 5pm - 12am
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, View, Wine
ORO Ratings and Reviews
We had a very good set of small plates with a very nice bottle of wine at a reasonable price. The plates we chose were a cheese plate, pork tenderloin, tacos, and grilled cheese with a yellow tomato soup. Each plate was fabulous and more than enough for the two of us (although our plentiful dinner days are behind us, so 4 plates may not be enough for the younger crowd). Courtney M., our server, was very efficient, friendly, and attentive. We especially liked the spacing between plates as we have been at other tapas restaurants where all four plates were delivered almost at the same time. Great place for a nice dinner!
The tapas-style food was very good, and six items between the three of us, plus two desserts, was plenty. The wine list is eclectic and a bit pricey. The service was excellent, and the customers seemed younger than average for a Saturday evening dinner in Raleigh.
The food is tapas style and is outstanding. The pork tenderloin and lobster ravioli were particularly good. They have a good wine selection at reasonable restaurant prices. The folks next to us brought their own bottle of wine, but I’m not sure what the feeling is on that. Two suggestions:
1. Major - Please use bigger tables for parties of 4. The initial table we were given for a party of four was much too small. In many restaurants, even in Europe, it would’ve been for 2. When we raised the issue to the waiter, we got pushback that all other tables were booked. When escalated to the manager, she graciously accommodated our request for a bigger table. We noticed later that at the tables we were originally seated, all 4 people were hitting knees together and accidentally stepping on each other.
2. Minor - Use a larger, shallower dish for the creme brûlée. It stays cooler on the bottom and is not quite so thick.
A great upscale look with affordable prices. White full length table cloths give this tapas restaurant an elegant look. The prices are very affordable for a dinner treat or special occasion. The food is uniquely created and presented eloquently, especially the “smoked” ribs that come stacked on each other covered by a glass dome full of smoke! A great place to pick one or two items for a quick bite and drinks before an event, or after work drinks and a “snack” before dinner. You will not be disappointed!
Pedimos tres platos , que son al estilo tapas, y si bien estaban excelentes, nos resultó caro, sumando el vino, dado que el mas barato de la carta es caro. Se podría ampliar la carta con mas variedad y precio. Interesante la bodega para los vinos, ya que va deslizando como las cintas para valijas en los aeropuertos, pero por sobre la pared. Un poco ruidoso.
The service was fantastic. The hostess was friendly. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable. Even the Executive Chef was friendly - he stopped by our table to ask us how everything was and thank us for dining that night. The pork tenderloin and the cheesecake were some of the most delicious things I’ve eaten in awhile. I will definitely be back.
Loved the hip atmosphere, great service and especially the food. Our favorites were the cauliflower and the octopus. Wow, octopus is hard to make correctly. They did it perfectly.. nice, tasty and tender. The salmon was delicious. The Mac & Cheese, yum. We had seven items. All were great. Our only personal questionable dish was the lobster ravioli with caviar as the butter sauce overpowered the selection. We were given the choice to have the food brought out when prepared or one at a time. We opted for when prepared which was fast and gave us more time to hit the nearby breweries and bars for the evening. All within walking distance. We highly recommend. What a fun evening!
We tried Oro for restaurant week. It was by far the best meal we had out of all of the restaurants we tried. We were also celebrating a birthday that night, so they sent out glasses of champagne on the house to our table. The chef came out to personally ask each table how their dining experience was. This is definitely a 5 Star restaurant. A must try!
We had a lovely dinner at Oro. Our waitress was awesome, the food was great, there were lots of choices on the menu. Three of our party ate off the Restaurant Week menu and were very happy with their choices, and one ate from the regular menu and also was very happy.
We sat in the upper level closest to the door on a cold night, the only issue we had was it was warm up there, near a heat vent that was keeping the entrance warm. If we were at any other table up there I think it would have been fine. There is only so much that can be done about something like that, it wasn't intolerable!
Overall a great evening!
ORO did not disappoint on mine & my husband's Friday night dinner date! The food was delicious, including the dessert (the creme brulee was to die for!!). The service had to be my favorite part of the experience, though. Cory took care of us and he was wonderful-- funny, energetic, friendly! We would definitely recommend this spot for dinner or drinks.
Dined here for triangle restaurant week and it was absolutely fantastic!!! If I could give them more than 5 stars I would. Service impeccable, food delicious! I had the chicken and our friends had the cod and the ribs. All were melt in your mouth delicious. But the best was the chef went out of his way to make us a fantastic dirty martini that was the best I have ever had! Fantastic place, this will be a definite go-to when I have business dinners or a night out on the town!
Our main issue with Oro’s Triangle Restaurant Week menu is that it mostly didn’t contain items from their menu. This meant we didn’t get the Oro experience. That was disappointing. The food wasn’t bad, but it was not stellar. We enjoyed our time there but probably won’t go back. The dressing on my salad was too vinegary, my chicken cordon bleu was over cooked, and the “coffee cake”, while it had nice coffee flavor, was pretty dry.
On the positive side, we had a great server and the vibe of the place is very nice.
First things first. The food was very good, as was the service. There is very little ambiance to speak of; just off-white walls with few, if any decorations or artwork. The business plan for this restaurant is that there is no menu distinction between appetizers and entrees. The 3 categories of food were garden, sea and land. The plates are small and you are encouraged to order 2-3 plates per person. The plate prices range from $10.00 or so to over $25.00. My wife and I ordered 4 dishes total - lobster ravioli, truffle mac and cheese, chicken breast, and scallops. The scallops were the most expensive of the 4, at $25.00. As stated, the food was very good and our server, Courtney, was pleasant and knowledgeable. I just don't like the business model. We ordered an expensive bottle of wine which was very good and each of us received a complimentary glass of champagne, as it was our anniversary. They did not provide bread or anything for the table. The tables were small and somewhat close together. The worst part, however, was the heat. I usually don't get very hot, but it was really unbearable. In sum, I probably will not be back. Maybe I am old-fashioned, but I like a menu where I can see appetizers, entrees, etc.
Food was excellent, though pricey. Cory, our waiter was right there when we needed him, he was fun and full of information.
This was a New Years dinner at 5pm. Intensely cold and very windy outside. I looked up ORO’s dining hours and Sunday had 4 pm, I saw no holiday hours posted online. My husband and I got there about 4:15 for a drink and to wait for other couple. Door was locked. Woman came to the door and I said your website says you are open at 4pm on Sundays. She said, well it is 5 o’clock today because it is a holiday....we were not amused. Time for holiday serving should have been posted online. So in frigid weather we made our way up the street to a bar, just to stay warm.
The food was fabulous and the menu is structured for easy sharing. Portion size can easily be shared between 2-4 people. We took home extra food as we could not finish. Loved the combinations in everything from garden selections to seafood and meats. Will definitely return.
Second time to the restaurant. Did not live up to first experience. We asked specifically if the ribs were beef as we DO NOT eat pork. Server confirm ed it was beef. Upon taking a few bites we felt they were pork. Server now confirmed they were indeed pork. One of us was nauseated as a result of not eating any pork in 10 years. There could have been worst results from the pork. More care should be taken to guest request. Temperatures of the food was warm vs hot.
Our first time at ORO and it was amazing. Great helpful staff and the food was fantastic. Although a bit pricey it is definitely worth it for the taste of the food. Proportions are SMALL so will need to order several to walk out feeling satisfied which can make it pretty expensive but again the food was delicious. Definitely will go again.
Went with friends on a Saturday evening before attending a show at the Duke Energy Center. Our group ordered 4 small plates (truffle mac 'n cheese, roasted beets with tempura goat cheese, wok fried brussel sprouts, & butternut squash risotto cakes) and 3 larger items (salmon, filet, 1/2 Peking Duck). All were superb; the Peking Duck was absolutely spectacular. Great atmosphere, excellent service, and wonderful food; what's not to love? Bill per couple was $99 before tip. We'll return to this gem many times.
Honestly- the food was not memorable. The noise level was insane. The service was not exceptional. Either lower the price or serve a slightly more generous portion for tasting. We wanted to love Oro but the great location was the only outstanding feature. Maybe we just caught them on an off night? Nevertheless Oro just didn’t measure up to other dining options in downtown Raleigh.
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