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ORO

4.6
900 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Tapas
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
BRUNCH
Sunday: 10am - 2pm

LUNCH
Tuesday - Friday: 11am - 2pm

DINNER
Monday-Thursday: 5pm - 10pm
Friday-Saturday: 5pm - 12am
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Phone number
(919) 239-4010
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Christopher Hylton
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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.
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Private party contact
Cara Hylton: (919) 239-4010
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Wilmington
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, View, Wine

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Celebrate Mother's Day with Brunch at ORO!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 900 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Restaurant was empty. Food and service was good.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Excellent food and drinks as usual.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

This was our third visit to ORO and, I must say, we were somewhat disappointed. Since we've been there before, the portion sizes were not a surprise and the presentation was lovely. I had jalapeno stuffed with pulled pork that was more like mush. Before cutting, they were pretty, bur very unappetizing afterwards. Other dishes were fine; no complaints. Beer list is quite paltry, with no draft beer at all, which I understand is a fairly recent development. Since our table had three beer-drinkers, it was something of a letdown. Our waiter seemed a bit unhelpful and sort of full of himself. A minor distraction, to be sure, but combined with the other issues will make ORO a place we frequent less in the future.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Again, unbelievable! Brunch not to be missed, either. The sausage wontons - sausage soft, wontons fried golden brown and sauce-needed the muffin to finish and clean the plate. The avocado creamy but held its shape with sauce and parmesan crumbs to top it; melt in your mouth. the Lobster creme brûlée - you tasted every ingredient, light and oh soon relish! The challah french toast was not sopping wet, outside riddled toasty dusted with powder sugar topped with chocolate sauce lightly with the coconut whipped cream. The make your own bloody mary bar something to talk about. Many condiments and additional items to add - bacon strips, shrimp, veggies, horseradish-on and on. YOU MUST EXPERIENCE! can't wait to return.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Shared 8 items with 4 people- was the perfect amount. Great flow of food. Appreciated the chef stopping by our table. Will def share the experience with others!!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

A must go to restaurant! Not a complaint from any of us. The Mac n cheese to die for, light but creamy you could taste all of the flavors and it stayed creamy to the bottom of the bowl! Unbelievable is the dessert....s’mores adult style! It should be on a video. We just went back for Sunday brunch and couldn’t believe that everything was delish! YOU have to experience the best restaurant in Raleigh!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Always wonderful and good fun in a sophisticated, upbeat atmosphere!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

We went to Oro for our anniversary, We had excellent service and the food was very good! The truffle mac and cheese amazing. I would suggest if you order the lobster ravioli, order it first. While it is very good, it doesn't have the bold flavors as all the other dishes we had. The filet was so tender. We really enjoyed the experience.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Our server was extremely nice to us, the restaurant is very elegant but with a modern touch, and their food is out of this world.

The only thing I'd like to make you aware is that the menu suggests that they serve shareable dishes ("Oro offers dishes that are designed for sharing" - To me that means large dishes) when they actually serve tapa-sized dishes (very small cute dishes). I get it though, tapas are dishes for sharing but the wording should be more specific in my opinion so that you know how much to order up front. We ordered 2 dishes first and ended up ordering 4 more because of the misleading menu wording. It's not the end of the world though :)

Other than that, it's a fantastic place for a date or special occasion!!!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Oh my, what a fab place this is! Both the food and service were excellent. The truffle mac ‘n cheese, scallops, ribs and banana bread pudding were outta this world!

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Excellent food and service as always. Love the portion sizes.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great doors! Amazing service!

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Very good food in upscale modern environment. The brussels sprouts and scallops were both very nice

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Epic night!! Service and food was above and beyond expectations.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Excellent job. Excellent food.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Fabulous experience. Great food and service from great people.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The food and service were amazing. I brought my very special date for our seven year anniversary and she could not have had a better night. The executive chef made a point to visit us numerous times throughout the evening to make sure everything was perfect. Highly recommend for any occasion and especially recommend the s’mores!

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Fantastic meal and service, we thoroughly enjoyed the 6 course meal option for two! Atmosphere was a bit loud for us.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Everything was phenomenal! We will definitely dine here again!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Breakfast of the Islands was amazing! Their brunch was a great experience and would definitely go there again. Staff is super friendly and owner personally spoke with us and made us feel very welcome being out of town.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Cannot say anything negative. Not just dinner but an experience. Corey’s service was great and his recommendations were spot on!

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Pricey for the quantities, but each dish was delicious !

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Great service (thanks Corey), an exciting menu and delicious food. The menu is meant for sharing, and is divided into veg, seafood, and meat. We were advised to go slow, and we ordered a veg and a seafood or meat plate and had 3 'courses' like this between the three of us, so a total of 6 plates. I loved every bite but my standout favorite was the cauliflower and kale.
The restaurant is noisy (as so many are nowadays) but I'd definitely go back, and recommend it to anyone wanting a tasty meal in downtown Raleigh.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

I have a problem with the waiter keeping his order taking iPad in the back of his pants. Wow. Please use a satchel or apron to keep it in.

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4.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Group of 7 and no other diners so the service and food were great.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Great meal, service and atmosphere. Will definitely return. Corey was our waiter and he was fantastic.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We always love eating at ORO, the food is great, they serve a lot of our favorite foods, we always get great service and I love the wine list!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

ORO is an undiscovered gem in downtown Raleigh
Excellent small plates for sharing. The smoky ribs are out of this world
Great cocktails and wines by the glass
Good bar scene

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

The lower score for ambience was due to the early hour of our dinner it was for 6pm.
I'm sure that the white furnishings with the lights on when it is dark outside is very stunning and romantic. the surroundings were a little new age for us but the food was delish!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

The octopus was delicious! We also tried soup dumplings that were incredibly unique and great for vegetarians!

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Awesome place

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

The food and the presentation was amazing!

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4.0Dined 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.

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