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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
Sunday: 4pm - 9pm

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

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (17)
Tapas (16)
Tasting Menu (15)
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Good for Anniversaries (14)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Special Occasion (13)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Romantic (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Cozy (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Business Meals (8)
Good for Groups (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Casual (5)
Fun (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
People Watching (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Authentic (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Scenic View (3)
Vegan (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 8, 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!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 7, 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.

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 (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
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 (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
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·Dined on December 28, 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
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·Dined on December 27, 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
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 25, 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.

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·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
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 (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
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 (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
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 (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.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Birthday dinner

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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Wonderful food, service and atmosphere!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 10, 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.

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 (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.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Great food.. awesome flavor. Need just a few things to make it a five star. Still had a great time and would recommend it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Had a great time! Our waiter (pretty sure his name is Cory) was super! Always love it when the chef comes out to talk with customers!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 3, 2017

One of my favorite spots in RALEIGH!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great restaurant!! Will definitely be back! Come hungry 😜

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Amazing food experience -- one of my new favorite restaurants!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

I reserved a table for dinner while landing in Raleigh. I tried calling as I was on my way from the airport but nobody picked up so I thought they were busy...
I got there 5 minutes early and I found the restaurant CLOSED! And what is most embarrassing is that there was another slot available after mine at 10pm...
I had to walk around with my luggage for half an hours to find a new restaurant and at that point no one was taking reservations anymore. I eventually found a taco place at 10pm that was still serving food.

Totally disrespectful and unprofessional, they should be removed from this platform if they cannot honor reservations...we are not taking about a delay but about a place accepting reservations while closed!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Always a fantastic meal, we can't recommend Oro enough!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

We loved our experience at ORO. It was a busy Saturday night, but we didn't feel the effects of a busy crowd. The food was just enough to fill us up with 5 plates between the two of us. The tomato soup dumplings, the crispy duck, and the tacos were our favorites of the five. The cocktails were creative and tasted great. Our service was prompt, courteous, and just the right amount of checking in and leaving us to ourselves. We would definitely recommend the restaurant to others.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

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 on November 16, 2017

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

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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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