Matthew was an outstanding server and gave great suggestions
Amazing , always a great meal.
The dining was excellent as usual. Our server, Katlin did an outstanding job along with being knowledgeable on the wine selection.
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.
I loved the bacon wrapped trout awesome flavor with the sauces.
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.
One of our favorite restaurants in Raleigh NC.
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.
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.
As usual .....great service and awesome food!!! Highly recommend! A bit pricey.
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
Xander and Skylar were both wonderfully attentive during the meal. I miss having both menus in the Tavern!
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!
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.
Every bite was a delight. And how does a restaurant maintain a top notch rating in every category at such reasonable prices?