The Raleigh Times

4.6
155 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 155 people are saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipAmanda
Poconos
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and the atmosphere. It was really good =)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Masters degree celebration

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SuzanneP
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was fantastic. Great service and ambience.

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chasejns
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's a Raleigh staple for a reason with better than expected food - and thanks to Brian for the great service!

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JeffD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was okay. Not terrible, not great.

I would give them another try.

JC
JCOb
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I was excited to try this restaurant based on the google reviews. We sat inside and the waitress was visibly annoyed when my husband asked for lemon with his water. She actually never brought him a lemon. We asked for a cheeseburger kids meal for my youngest daughter (meat was visibly over cooked, bun was hard) a burrito for my oldest (mediocre to say the least, too much sauce, paid for extra avocado which was thrown on top) and my husband got a Ruben (meat was very over cooked and hard, food was cold). Was very disappointed in the service which took forever to get our food, which is why we didn’t even bother to complain about the food. Took forever to get our check. Will never go back to this restaurant.

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MichaelK
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice bar/restaurant. I got the shrimp and grits and it was delicious. Made a reservation for a Saturday night. We were seated right away. Service was great. Will return next time I’m in town.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was incredible and the food was delicious!

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goodtimesmag
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was spot on here. The burgers were delicious, the tacos were excellent. Chicken sandwich tender and juicy.
Nice selection of craft beers, homemade potato chips, good quesadilla. Brussel sprouts a bit undercooked. Great vibe in a historic building..Very good service, place was safely crowded. Looks to be "the" spot in Raleigh.

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vipSlammedSullivans
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Staff was super attentive and helpful. Food is delicious.

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BrittB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was amazing. The food was delicious. It was a great experience!

The Raleigh Times
Responded on April 28, 2021

Our staff literally lives to make you happy and we are so glad they could do so for you, Britt!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food was average but the drinks were good and we had fun

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leighc
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food, as always. I love going here. It’s my go-to downtown restaurant for any meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Sad we couldn’t sit up on the deck, but will try again!

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ANish
Greensboro
9 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had multiple items from the menu and all were great! May look like "bar food" when you glance at the menu but definitely does not present as bar food. One of the best fish and chip meals that I have had. My son inhaled the Pork Burrito, and my husband tried four different tacos. Everyone was very happy with their meals and we will be back. Beautiful day to sit on the rooftop too.

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vipGinaM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything on this menu looked incredible. we went with the wings, frickles (MMM), cuban sandwich with a side kale caesar and a brussel sprout salad. the side kale caesar was amazing! those spicy peppers really make it a meal. 10/10 would recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Awesome atmosphere with rooftop dining. We had a reservation for 9:00 PM. We walked in and were taken right to our table. Food was excellent, but service less attentive once we received our food. We were planning to order an amazing looking dessert, but decided to leave instead. We will go back. Great date night for my wife and I.

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Tess
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The rooftop was so nice and the waiter was excellent! Can’t wait to come back

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vipMeredithV
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have great service at Raleigh Times, but Brian was outstanding. And the food never disappoints.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancé & I went to Raleigh times for brunch with our friends to celebrate our engagement and it was lovely!! The rooftop was the perfect spot for our celebration!😊

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great bloodies

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NewNCGuy
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated on the second floor inside which kept the noise to a minimum. The service and food were as good as we expected. We really liked the Vaccine=Victory t-shirts and the efforts that the restaurant and staff have taken to protect its workers and its customers. Thanks.

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JamesC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were given a rooftop table, which was a nice surprise, and the service was attentive, pleasant, and timely. Food was excellent, as usual, and drinks were perfectly made. Can't wait to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The rooftop was amazing and no doubt my date was SPECTACULAR! Service, a slow but over all good! I would recommend everyone to go! For seating, request the ROOFTOP!

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Bekah
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Raleigh Times is my favorite place to go downtown! It’s not too upscale but it’s a great place to meet with friends and have a drink or grab a bite to eat. I LOVE the fried pickles and everything I’ve gotten there has been great too.

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Joonho
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food for beer. Nice and quiet place to enjoy time with friends.

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vipMLT3
Raleigh
41 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We have been here many, many times and never had any problem or complaints. This recent time (3/27) the hostess checked us in and told us that there’s a reservation at 5pm at our table....
Our reservation was at 3pm (for my birthday bday is 3/29 our reservation was 3/27). I honestly didn’t see the need for the hostess to let us know about the 5pm reservation.... even if we did drag out our time, you can seat them somewhere else. I don’t think they would mind.... where we sat wasn’t pretty. My view was of a open door and a staircase going down where waiters were coming and going. It was the oddest spot to put people.

Thanks anyway

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great visit. I hit Raleigh Times every time I am in Raleigh, NC. Great to meet old friends with consistent good drinks and food. Our service was great! See you next time!

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vipStephanieB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad we ate here. Dined here on a Friday night and we were fortunate enough to get a table on the rooftop. Loved the fried pickles with their great ranch dressing. My son had the shrimp and grits and I had the Shrimp Po Boy. Both were very good. Great selection of craft beers and overall a wonderful meal. Staff was so friendly, helpful and attentive. Would highly recommend.

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AlanM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good bar food. Will hope for better weather for outdoor seating next time.

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vipSonjaP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Prob would have been nice outside, would not recommend for a family dinner inside... definitely a bar atmosphere and If that’s what you’re expecting it’s perfect for that. Just not what we were expecting.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always awesome

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun and easy going. Food was delish!

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LoriW
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great roof top experience on a nice sunny Sunday! Food was yummy!

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AnnaL
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had outdoor seating upstairs. it was a beautiful day and we loved being up on the roof. Wait staff was awesome and the food good!

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StephanieV
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Food and service. Always consistent. Nachos amazing and the shrimp po boy was tasty

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Made the reservation for my daughters birthday for the rooftop and called to confirm the day before and was assured the request was received. When we showed up, we were told they had an event on the rooftop and weren’t able to sit there. It would have been nice to have gotten communication about the table because we would have eaten somewhere else. It was my daughters sweet 16 with friends and it definitely didn’t feel special.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and deer was delicious! Loved the staff!

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vipRick
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great charm in this restored building in downtown Raleigh. Menu has something for everyone and the food we had was great.

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 4.6 stars by 155 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.