The Raleigh Times

4.7
82 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 82 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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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, great food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Chicken parm sliders were excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is consistently good.

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

Amazing experience and service

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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
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!

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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!

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SassyRed
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

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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.

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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.

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ColleenM
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, drink and service was excellent! The atmosphere on the roof had the best ambiance. Just what was needed.

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Bamf
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite place in Raleigh

BBQ nachos are the best

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EddieJ
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was just ok, I had the corned beef and my wife had the salmon stir fried rice. Her dish was definitely not a fried rice, it was basically a pile of mushy rice with a decent piece of salmon on top. We did have the fried pickles which were great. They were very thin and crispy and quite tasty.
The final odd thing was the hostess telling us when we had to be out of our table due to a later reservation. Overall it was a lackluster meal and I doubt we will be back.

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vipMissMary
Philadelphia
117 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My friends and I had a great lunch at The Raleigh Times. We had a wonderful time catching up, with no rushed pressure, so we could enjoy ourselves over a nice meal; I especially enjoyed the chocolate torte for dessert. Our server was attentive, especially considering we had a little one at the table (extra napkins for example)!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic atmosphere and service! Really enjoyed the people watching from the corner of the rooftop. Loved the cocktails!

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Idogmac75
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Zach was amazing! The food was delicious and the outdoor seating on the roof was perfect to enjoy a birthday lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary weekend ate on rooftop was an amazing setting

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Jeremy
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming spot with great food and speedy service. First time, but will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very kind hostess! Kind waitress. Raleigh Times is always a treat for my husband and I. The food is made with much love and care.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food
We had the mozzarella sticks which were awesome
I had the street tacos and she had the quesadilla
Definitely would recommend to anyone

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Brian
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Had my family in town for my birthday and reserved a table on the roof. There were only 2 servers for the rooftop but they seemed overwhelmed most of the time. We ordered an appetizer for our group, someone from the kitchen set it down and never brought us plates, silverware, or napkins, we had to get up and go get them ourselves. We were missing one of the sides when our food arrived and didn't receive it till we were all done with our meal. The food all around was good but the service could've been a lot better.

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VictoriaAnn
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service food and drinks! Servers were very helpful and nice! First time visiting and would definitely go back if we are ever in that area!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bartender was quick and efficient. Building nostalgia was great, loved it! The Cuban and philly steak sandwich were great.

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ReneeR
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The food was good, but the chicken quesadilla didn’t come with chicken and the portions were small for the price. The waitress came to our table to get our order and that was it.

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Sapphhira
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Raleigh times is one of our favorite places to go. Food is great, staff is super friendly and the atmosphere is very welcoming any day of the week.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such a nice time...the rooftop is wonderful this time of year. The staff was friendly, attentive AND ALL WEARING MASKS <3

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drmcchesney
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Forgot how good the food is here! Sat on the rooftop and felt very comfortable as it was not overcrowded and tables were spaced apart appropriately. Nice server. Gave 4 stars cause there was nothing special about it, but it was good.

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 82 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.