Had great service with Xander - recommended an excellent bottle of wine. Prompt not pushy w service and excellent food as always
Ambiance was just wonderful. Six of us at a round table made for easy conversation.
This is such a great restaurant. The building is unique and romantic. The service is impeccable and the food is amazing. I don’t think there is one thing they could improve on. It was a perfect evening.
Good menu with creative and traditional items, superb service-attentive but not over bearing, a pleasant dining area in a renovated old home. Fine food and attention to detail puts it above the crowd.
As always everything was Fabulous
Outstanding food and service - again. This restaurant is perfect for very special occasions.
It was our grandson‘s eighth birthday. He attends Trinity Christian Academy and was able to go on a field trip to the restaurant management staff that out of their way to provide such a great memory that he was dying to go back for his birthday. Thanks again for having his favorite soup available in the chefs signature message on the menu was a nice touch. We will undoubtedly be back.
The menu selections are average. Not sure if menu has changed? Previous menu was better
Mussels were awesome. Trout wrapped in
Bacon was not good. Preparation was strange
The food was great and the service excellent, but I am hard-pressed to feel good about spending $175 (including tip) for dinner for 2 without an exceptional experience. My purpose in choosing Second Empire was to make my dining companion feel appreciated and special, and it did achieve that. What would have made it exceptional? Perhaps something creative beyond the food, but that's more about me than the restaurant. For what it offers, they do an excellent job.
Visiting our daughters new home in Raleigh North Carolina !
We have eaten here several times. The food and atmosphere are amazing. The desert selection was very disappointing. The pastry chef Amber needs to step up her game. There is no chocolate nor cake on the desert menu. Amazing dinner ruined by a lack of deserts.
Scallops were wonderful as was the chocolate soufflé. Our server, Joseph, and his co-server were outstanding!
I have dined all over the world at the finest restaurants and this visit to Second Empire was among the best I have had anywhere. The service was impeccable and the dinner kept moving. Pace was perfect! Every course was incredible and the value was unbelievable. I am still thinking about the experience 2 days later. I think I can easily say this is the best restaurant in Raleigh.
We had tickets for DPAC, and had been wanting to come here for a while ( we live 2.5 hours away, and don't get to come often). We are foodies, have a commercial kitchen in our home, and honestly don't eat out much because we cook so well. Absolutely was the perfect choice in every way. ALL the staff, from the moment we walked in the door, were absolutely top notch, no details left undone. From the person who brought the bread, water, took our orders and served our food and beverage it was just a delight from start to finish. Standouts were the mussel appetizer- gnocchi? Oh yes, and the sauce was heaven and the mussels perfectly cooked. I have never had a veal chop like that it was marvelous. The strip steak and lamb rack were perfectly cooked, and the plate accompaniments were beautifully prepared, presented, and complimented all. Wonderful and varied by the glass wine list. Only sorry we didn't have room for dessert....guess that means we'll just have to come back. Can't say enough about this dining experience.
We ordered the filet mignon, lamb rack, tiramisu, and key lime pie. Everything was absolutely perfect, the meat was cooked to exactly medium rare, all seasonings were fantastic. This restaurant is expensive, but well worth their price.
This experience was simply amazing. Cannot wait to go back! Definitely recommend for food lovers, and special occasions!
This was our second trip to Second Empire and it did not disappoint. My husband and I each had an appetizer, entree and dessert. We polished off everything! I loved the caprese salad and chocolate cheesecake. My husband loved the fois gras special. I ordered the trout and it was yummy, however it was my first time eating trout and I personally don’t love the fish. The fact that I still really enjoyed my dinner speaks to the chef and the quality of the entree. I highly recommend Second Empire for a special occasion.
The food and service were excellent. This is the third time eating here and all the times everything has been excellent.
My dinner did not taste right and they apologised and offered to cook something else..i declined..the odd thing was they asked if I wanted to take it home lol
My wife and I went on a Thursday night to have a farewell meal prior to leaving the Triangle. Everything was great after we asked to be moved away from a party of 10 (very loud). Our food was excellent - as well as the service. We had a very memorable night. We would go back, except we will be living 1,650 miles away (in Denver).
We had a wonderful table downstairs in the Tavern. All of our entrees were very well prepared. Great experience.
Four guests. One appetizer and four different entrees. Each was delicious.
A favorite! Love the Tavern. Great food and service. Fine dining, but can also be casual.
Great food, great service! It is not cheap but it is worth it for a special occassion.
Our whole experience for a wedding anniversary dinner was just superb. All three courses we each chose were top quality fine dining dishes and were prepared and served at a five star level.
I have lived in Raleigh for over ten years and find the area very poor overall in terms of food. We have tried everything from simple to some of the areas top names and nothing to date comes close to our experience at this restaurant. It would hold its own very well in New Orleans.
The second empire restaurant was cozy and comfortable inside and out. The wait staff was very attentive but not pushy our waiter was very informative and knowledgeable. The food was outstanding I have to rate
this dinner in the top five of all time.If you are in Raleigh I highly and strongly suggest that you go to the second empire.
So many different tastes on the same plate. Excellent meal, service and ambience. Best restaurant in Raleigh.
We went for our anniversary. They personalized the menu for us and the chef signed it. Very memorable!
always awesome place
Celebrated my birthday with my friends. We ate in the Tavern & it was still nice. So if you want a good meal less the white table clothe this is the place.
The entire meal was sublime and the service was excellent. We will absolutely return to the Second Empire for another amazing dining experience!
Have never been disappointed - great food, great atmosphere - upstairs is more for special occasions. I really enjoy the tavern.
Great service, lots of attention without being pushy. "Atrium" pleasant, lower-key atmosphere than upstairs. Music a bit loud throughout. Linens and tableware first-class. Two appetizers excellent. Calamari best we've had. Shrimp & grits unique, but quite good. Main courses differed. Paella excellent. Swordfish WAY too blurred with veggies, potatoes and greens, seemingly random sauces over everything. Plates were warm/hot, and stayed warm through most of the meal, very nice. Menu descriptions of dishes were comprehensive. Wines by the glass were affordable and very good value. Waiter offered tastes of wine before we ordered. Desserts conventional, except for a basil/olive oil cake, which was good. Overall, expensive, but we knew that going in.
We experienced an outstanding dinner at Second Empire. The food and service were excellent, and we received a complimentary menu for our anniversary. Definitely a class operation in an elegant setting.
Solid upscale restaurant in Raleigh. This was my second time there after few years and the quality is still very high. The price is a bit high, but given the fact that Raleigh does not have many reasonable restaurants, one should not complain.
Matthew was an outstanding server and gave great suggestions
Amazing , always a great meal.