The Raleigh Times

4.7
100 Reviews
$30 and under
American
The Raleigh Times Bar is a timeless local watering hole and so much more. Raleigh’s past, present and future are all on display at this 100 year old building that has been beautifully restored to house this fine establishment. Old press clippings and images from our namesake newspaper adorn the walls and capture the rich cultural and political history that is unique to the Capital City. Our exceptional cuisine, featuring hand-crafted and creative takes on classic bar fare favorites, as well as our inventive drink menu and extensive Belgian beer selection are newsworthy additions to Downtown Raleigh.

Since restoring the original building in 2006, The Raleigh Times has expanded twice to include second floor seating and a rooftop patio with the best views in downtown Raleigh.

Guest face coverings required.

Please be advised, in the interest of safety for our guests and employees, our doors will remain propped open during business hours.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 100 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.5
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Usually the service and quality is great, this time it was really disappointing. Seems like they were having trouble getting used to more people now that there’s some nice weather to eat on the patio. Service was slow, food prep was rushed and not what I’m used to for this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Second time post covid trying to visit this establishment. The first time we were told we needed a reservation. So this time we made a reservation for 8:45 for a party of two only for us to drive 20 minutes and arrive and be told that they can not seat anyone because the kitchen closes at 8:45. This is after having stood at the hostess station waiting for someone to greet us for quite some time. Another patron who was dining witnessed this and brought it to the managers attention. We are all doing the best we can in COVID but this was a mess.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual!

AH
AlexaH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks and great service! Brian was amazing, very funny and friendly :)

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Anonymous1
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Food was great. The place wasn’t what I expected, but it was fine. A few updates could improve the ambiance and would likely draw in more people. We sat at a table that was too small for 4 people- we were cramped. Overall, the waitress was nice and food was good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was in town for work and brought my girlfriend to town with me so we could celebrate our special Valentine’s Day dinner together. We made reservations about a week ahead of time and we’re glad we did. It was busy but not packed. Tables were spread out comfortably and felt safe because of this. Our server was great and the food was excellent. A great romantic evening lit by a candle was just what we needed! Thanks Raleigh Times.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Raleigh Times is always amazing. Brian is the Best!! He makes your experience there so much better! If in Raleigh, this is a must see. Atmosphere, food, drinks, history. Love it all.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience1

Decent overall, great service, good food but not brilliant environment with music that didn’t suit the place and was too loud. Too political as well

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KeyanaW
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Brian was ammmaaazing! All of our food was so yummy and quick and the drinks were delicious as well. I will definitely be returning back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I came here with my boyfriend and we did not feel welcome at all. We had outdoor seating but were not offered a heater like the other parties. We left right after we received our water.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined inside. Very safe. Most people were outside. Waiter was fun.

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TonyaH
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Glad to enjoy a nice, safe, and delicious dinner at Raleigh Times on a Friday night!

AW
AngelaW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the devil's on horseback as an appetizer. It was delicious. I had the pork borchata burrito. Super good. My bf had a burger and my son got the Ruben. They were happy with their meals and we shared an apple tart ala mode. We came on a quiet Tuesday. They have all doors cracked open because of Covid so dress warmly

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ChristinaF
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really good and our server was really nice and gave recommendations!

J
Johnway
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

We were celebrating my wife’s birthday and were placed at a table next to a door which were told had to remain open. This was a cold night and not a good overall experience, which is what I usually have when we come here. Rather than try to move us, we’re told by our server this was company policy because of COVID. I appreciate the safety concerns but would expect these tables next to open doors when the outside temp is at or near freezing.

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Kcausey22
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Enjoyed the experience, but they really need to close the doors! It’s so cold in the restaurant with them open.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, great food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Chicken parm sliders were excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is consistently good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience3

Food was greasy and gave us all bad stomach aches. Waitress took forever ever though she didn’t have many tables at all.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience and service

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, service was excellent. Food was delicious, especially the Brussel sprout salad! Prices are fair and portions are generous!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience but it was freezing and they couldn’t shut the door! No other tables were open to move.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday Brunch!

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ejoe
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had reservations for an evening out celebrating. When we arrived, all the doors were propped open which made it cold inside - it was pouring rain and 36 degrees out. The waitress, who was obviously very cold herself, said that the doors were open for air circulation and they were not allowed to close the doors. We didn't eat - didn't stay. No wonder the place was so empty inside. I'm not sure how their staff is supposed to make any money that way and of course it's no conditions to work in or eat. They had all my contact information because I'd made a reservation. They knew how cold it was inside - the waitress explained she was working in thermal underwear. They should have let me know before wasting an hour of my time traveling downtown, in the rain, parking and getting there and leaving without service.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drink and service. I will definitely be back again

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were pretty embarrassed that our 1 year old kept screaming but the staff was really polite and talkative with him. Great food and drinks even better staff!

AK
AlainaK
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, drinks were perfect, but the best part honestly was our server Brian A, he was AWESOME! Easily the reason why we will be back more ☺️

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, the service-everything!!! Great prices for quality food. Love this place! B

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chanson
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a group of 6 and sat outside. It was great!

SR
SassyRed
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food, good service, no wait to be seated. We'll be back

B
Bianca
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great ambiance, good food, I had the burger and my boyfriend had the Reuben and we were both pleased with the quality.

C
Canyon
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice place for lunch, bar snacks and sandwiches. Quick service. Old Fashioned with cinnamon simple syrup was perfect.

AK
AK47
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Do not order the burger based on the picture in their own menu! When I tried, I was told, "oh, we don't have that, it's just a picture."
If I was selling a bicycle, I would not put up a picture of a motorcycle. The drinks were meh and the fries were cold. Maybe we went on a bad night, but it will be a long time before I return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The rooftop patio was amazing and we loved it for our date!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only reason I gave this restaurant five stars was because I couldn’t give em 6. I can’t speak highly enough about this establishment. Fantastic atmosphere, great food and two of the best bartenders I’ve ever encountered in Matt and Zach. The Raleigh times made our evening. Instantly became one of my favorite spots in downtown Raleigh. I can’t wait to go back.

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Spicybrownrican
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Overall I found the entrée food to be mediocre and parking can definitely be a challenge. However, the drinks and dessert were very good. This is a very cool place to hangout and the music selection was great. The service was great as well. I'd go back.

CM
ColleenM
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sitting outside with the pups & ALL of us are taken care of! Love it.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Raleigh Times using the Order Online button. The Raleigh Times also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 833-0999.

The Raleigh Times is rated 4.7 stars by 100 OpenTable diners.

The Raleigh Times does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://empire-eats.myshopify.com/products/150-empire-eats-gift-card.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.