88 Oaks Carolina Kitchen and Bar
Familiar food presented in a fun and modern style,using local ingredients with a regional flair. Guests will enjoy classics such as Fried Green Tomatoes, Smoked Carolina Country Ribs or a southern twist to Charcuterie. Combined with a bevvy of local craft beers, micro distilled spirits and creative unique cocktails, '88 Oaks Carolina Kitchen and Bar is a new southern classic in Raleigh.
This restaurant is in the Hilton hotel. It occupies 1/3 of the entry area, however, there were only 3 patrons at the time I arrived to meet friends. I chose to sit in the bar area due to the comfy bench seating. There was a bartender present but I sat for over 15 minutes with no one approaching me for an order or to let me know that I needed to order at the bar. The hostess who sat me didn't mention anything either. The bartender did however, approach a male customer to take his order well after I arrived. Super bad form. Our server was Tyler who was very attentive and friendly. We ordered a bottle of red wine and were provided the standard hotel narrow white wine glasses. We asked for red wine glasses instead and described them to Tyler who then asked the surly bartender for them. He advised Tyler he would not provide them as they have had an issue with the glasses being stolen. Huh?! What does that have to do with properly serving wine? Now to the food. We ordered the fried green tomatoes, beet salad and lump crab cakes, all locally sourced. The food was fairly good. The beet salad was definitely the star of that order and the fried green tomatoes received good comments. All in all the experience was terrible, but the food was passable. If I were staying at the hotel I might eat here, but it is not a destination restaurant. Walk a few hundred yards more over to Bahama Breeze and get equally passable food and be welcomed. Side note, the burger was ordered by a few people who came later and it seemed to be a big hit.
Food was just okay to me. Not bad but nothing to brag about.
This location has just gained repeat customers! We got engaged here, wanted to try the dining and it was AMAZING!
Four of us had dinner on a Friday night. The space was very empty. There were just two tables—ours and another. We were disappointed with the sweet potato chips—too sweet and not crispy at all. I had the portobello sandwich, which was okay served with regular fries that were much better than the sweet potato chips. Two people had the braised ribs and polenta, which they liked. The other person had a salad that was good. Great for quiet conversation. Waiter did a good job.
We had a large group for Sunday brunch and our server was very accommodating. Food was pretty average.
We were extremely impressed by the ambiance, the friendliness of the staff, availability of food options, and taste of the food. We will definitely return for a future visit. Do yourself a favor and stop in too and ask Jared. As a note, it’s very quaint in that it’s tucked away in the Hilton right beside Bahama Breeze. You’ll thank us later.
We went to 8& Oaks with mediocre expectations for a restaurant in a hotel and left committed to the restaurant and its staff. We are so impressed by the team tonight, their willingness to connect with guests and create a positive environment was so evident. The food was incredible and the offering would fit anyone’s desire (including a full buffet for young ones). The live music is something missing at most restaurants in the area and created a welcoming, energetic dining experience. We will be back often for drinks after work, date nights, or group outings - this restaurant can handle it all!
Great service along with great food make a excellent time spent!
Not ideal for mother's day selection, but not a bad last minute option. Dinning selections were actually very good. Service was fair. Even though there were very few dinners. It appeared that the entire service staff had something else more pressing to attend to. The open lobby concept was like dining in a gym. The little kids running around loved hearing their screams echo!
Very fun open space. The cocktails are very fun and unique. Southern cooking with a twist.