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Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern

4.8
2560 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Romantic (72)
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Located in downtown Raleigh’s historic Victorian Dodd-Hinsdale House (circa 1879), Second Empire combines history, atmosphere, exceptional service and gourmet cuisine for an unforgettable dining experience. Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern features our award winning Contemporary American Cuisine in two dining atmospheres. Upstairs enjoy the ultimate dining experience in an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere of charm and grace. Downstairs in the Tavern and beautiful Atrium room enjoy a more casual environment. The Capitol Room, Raleigh Room, Pine Room and Atrium Room are available for private parties seating up to 50 people or various combinations of rooms for parties up to 300 people. Second Empire is very proud to be the recipient of the DiRoNA Award (Distinguished Restaurants of North America), the AAA Four Diamond Award (Raleigh’s only restaurant with this award) and the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since 1998.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Southern, French
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Please note under special requests if you prefer tavern/ atrium seating instead of the formal main dining room.
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Phone number
(919) 829-3663
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Daniel Schurr
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Private party facilities
Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern offers four private dining rooms for day or evening receptions and/or dining. We offer our Pine Room which seats 40 people, the Raleigh Room which seats 25 people, the Capitol Room which seats 25 people and the Atrium which seats 50 people.
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Private party contact
Nicolle Roberts: (919) 829-3663
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Harrington St./ Edenton St.
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Parking details
Parking is available on the surrounding streets & our private lot in the rear of the Restaurant. Additional parking is also located behind the Restaurant in the Reynolds Building parking lot.
There is a public parking lot across from Second Empire on Hillsborough Street owned by the City of Raleigh & is available for parking, however, there is a $3.00 parking fee that must be paid online. If you do not pay you will be towed.
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Special events & promotions
Thank you for your interest in planning a special event at Second Empire. The Special Events Package will describe for you the areas of our restaurant that are available for your special dining, business and entertaining occasion.
For further information and to make plans for your special event, please call Nicolle Roberts, our Special Events Coordinator at 829-3663. She will gladly offer recommendations in your planning and design a menu for your event.
The Owners, Chef, Management and Staff have combined their efforts, commitment and talents to develop and present for you a special and unforgettable dining experience.
Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you!
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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vipOpenTable Diner (Nashville)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Matthew was an outstanding server and gave great suggestions

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Martha (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Amazing , always a great meal.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

The dining was excellent as usual. Our server, Katlin did an outstanding job along with being knowledgeable on the wine selection.

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Antonio1 (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

We found the food, swordfish and rack of lamb. excellent. Not only the dish but the preparation and condiments. The cocktails were tasty and had appropriate amount of alcohol (something not that common). The chocolate soufflé was astounding and service impeccable.

A little formal upstairs and less so downstairs. You can choose. Since we were celebrating Valentine we chose the upstairs but may try the bar or downstairs next time.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

I loved the bacon wrapped trout awesome flavor with the sauces.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Quite a belated find! 2nd Empire's been in RAL for 20 years and we've been only 50 miles away for 13 years, and this is the first we'd tried - we wasted so many years: won't make that mistake going forward.

The menu was sterling, the dishes we selected - sea scallops and the rack of lamb (though the barramundi really called) - were excellent.

The atmosphere fit our likes dead-on: a converted mansion of a grand age, set up with space between the tables to mitigate easy (but not impossible) eavesdropping.

Saving the best for last: the staff was superb: attentive without hovering. Our waitperson, Steven, gets wholehearted recommendation. He was knowledgeable about every dish we queried him on, with sound recommendations for matching wine. His one miss was on the proletarian portion of the bill of fare (the beer options). But that worked through instantly, and he was not expected or required to fall on his sword. BTW, they DO carry Newcastle Brown Ale (for the knavvies), which is much appreciated.

If the serving staff work in designated teams, 'Steven-in-Training, Skylar was equally proficient in maintaining the refills and the occasional diner sloppiness.

Go, and dine well.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

One of our favorite restaurants in Raleigh NC.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Requested round table and it was ready and set up for us. Service was fantastic !! Did not mind adding, subtracting ingredients so as to get food prepared in way each person liked. Chef was excellent in preparing food to taste for everyone at table. It is a wonderful place to go and enjoy.

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NCYankviaNJDevil (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

I was there Saturday night to celebrate my upcoming birthday with my brother and sister-in-law, who were visiting from Los Angeles. A great way to start off their introduction to the fine restaurants in the Triangle Area on their first trip to the area. They loved the ambience of the home and our server, Rima, gave us the history of the house and also great service.

I've eaten at Second Empire a few times and never had a bad meal or experience.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

As usual .....great service and awesome food!!! Highly recommend! A bit pricey.

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DarnellW (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The food and service was so good I left a $50 tip the atmosphere was perfect everything about that night was perfect I couldn't have asked for a better anniversary

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Xander and Skylar were both wonderfully attentive during the meal. I miss having both menus in the Tavern!

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vipThomasD (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

We went for our anniversary and loved it! We highly recommend the trout and the rack of lamb. Such an enjoyable ambiance and exceptional food. We cannot wait to return!

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OpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Had a fantastic Valentine's day dinner at Second Empire. Chose to sat in the main dining area. Our waitress was fantastic and very knowledgeable about the menu and historical significance of the venue. Food and drinks were absolutely delicious. Only comment is the noise-level in the main dining room was a little much at times; it was easy to hear others' conversations and get distracted by laughter, etc. Could benefit from some light background music, which we seemed to hear at some times and not others. Overall a very pleasant meal and definitely somewhere I will be coming back to in the future.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Every bite was a delight. And how does a restaurant maintain a top notch rating in every category at such reasonable prices?

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