Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.08mi
  2. Distance: 0.22mi
  3. Distance: 0.25mi
  4. Distance: 0.27mi
  1. Distance: 0.08mi
  2. Distance: 0.22mi
  3. Distance: 0.25mi
  4. Distance: 0.27mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.08mi
  2. Distance: 0.22mi
  3. Distance: 0.25mi
  4. Distance: 0.27mi
  1. Distance: 0.08mi
  2. Distance: 0.22mi
  3. Distance: 0.25mi
  4. Distance: 0.27mi

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
View Larger Map

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
BRUNCH
Sunday: 10am - 2pm

LUNCH
Tuesday - Friday: 11am - 2pm

DINNER
Monday-Thursday: 5pm - 10pm
Friday-Saturday: 5pm - 12am

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

ORO Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (26)
Tapas (22)
Special Occasion (20)
See All
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Romantic (16)
Tasting Menu (16)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Cozy (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Business Meals (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Authentic (6)
Casual (6)
Fun (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
People Watching (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Healthy (3)
Vegan (3)
Local Ingredients (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
Sort by
S
870 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

 
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

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!

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value5

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value5

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined 5 days ago

Awesome place

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined 5 days ago

Some of the dishes were tasty and others were just ok. I think I would love this place if I was sitting at the bar with a drink and having some apps with a friend, but for dinner it wasn't satisfying. The service was fantastic. The restaurant is beautiful.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service5

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined 6 days ago

We go for the Truffle Mac & Cheese. It came out warm, and the waitress quickly brought another one piping hot. Delicious!!! It's very quiet to dine before 7 on weeknights.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined 7 days ago

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Tapas, Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service3
value3

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The food and the presentation was amazing!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Can be a little pricy, but it's a great place to meet up with friends and share lots of different flavors.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value3

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 3, 2018

From the greeting at the front door. To the menu presentation to the delivery of the food. It was a fantastic dining experience. I love the staggered presentation of the food.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The food and service was outstanding. The chef made it a point to check in with every table.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Celebrated our 20th anniversary there at Pro and was very pleased. The food is very good though a little overpriced. The service staff are friendly and attentive, and it is a pleasant atmosphere for a meal. Vey happy.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 2, 2018

on the expensive side. The tapas concept makes things a little difficult when you are a party of 3 and most plates have 4-5 pieces.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service4
value3

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Good food, great executive chef. Very personable. Would go back just for his friendliness and professionalism.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Oro is one of downtown's gems. The food is always creative, and is delicious every time. The service is always impeccable, whether you're dressed in flip flops or a fancy dress. I love the ambiance and their inventive dishes.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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!

Tags: Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Richmond)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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!

Tags: Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Tapas, Cozy, People Watching
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Tapas, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 25, 2018

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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 22, 2018

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service5
value3

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 21, 2018

We had small plates to share. Everything was really good, especially the grilled cheese and yellow tomato soup.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Really awesome experience at ORO. Went on a quiet Sunday night, received excellent service, and was not disappointed by anything we ordered. Highly recommend the salmon and the soup dumplings!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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.

1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience1
service4
value1

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We’ve been to ORO a few times and always had a great meal with great service.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Tapas, Happy Hour
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value4

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Nice resteraut food was good but was a little disappointed after ordering a 6 course meal and still left hungry. Not a big appetite but plates were very small.

Tags: Tapas
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service4
value3

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service2
value3

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Awesome service and awesome food. Had walked by this place several times but was worried it was too "fancy" for us. It's wonderful! The shared plates are great and the cocktails are top notch. We'll be back!

Tags: Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Food was tasty but small plates MEANS SMALL PLATES. Disappointed with the pricing of the "by the glass" wine, 8 oz pour $16 for run of the mill wine. Over all, over priced.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service3
value1

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Food was amazing. Wish we could have tried more items. Will definitely return!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Birthday dinner

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Wonderful food, service and atmosphere!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience2
service2
value1

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 4, 2017

I made a reservation via this app. When I arrived the restaurant was closed. I saw a service person outside the side entrance and ask what was going on and he stated they were closed for ‘stocking’. I call the restaurant and it went to voicemail.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience1
service1
value1

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.