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Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern

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330 Hillsborough St. Raleigh NC 27603
Phone
(919) 829-3663
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(919) 829-9519

Business Hours

Status: Closed

Sunday
Closed
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
5:00pm-10:00pm
Wednesday
5:00pm-10:00pm
Thursday
5:00pm-10:00pm
Friday
5:00pm-10:00pm
Saturday
5:00pm-10:00pm

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The Ultimate Dining Experience in an Elegant yet Relaxed Atmosphere

Located in downtown Raleigh?s historic Victorian Dodd-Hinsdale House (circa 1879), Second Empire combines history, atmosphere, exceptional service and gourmet cusine for an unforgettable dining experience. Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern features our award winning Contemporary American Cuisine in two dining atmospheres. Upstairs enjoy the ultimate dining experience in an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere of charm and grace. Downstairs in the Tavern and beautiful Atrium room enjoy a lighter fare menu and more casual environment. The Capitol Room, Raleigh Room, Pine Room and Atrium Room...

Fine Dining in Raleigh NC, special occasion, special event, romantic, weddings, downtown dining, AAA Four Diamond restaurant, receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal shower, corporate dinners, corporate presentationsRALEIGH'S ONLY AAA FOUR DIAMOND RESTAURANT195251ATTR:BARTAVERNRESTAURANT

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Located in downtown Raleigh?s historic Victorian Dodd-Hinsdale House (circa 1879), Second Empire combines history, atmosphere, exceptional service and gourmet cusine for an unforgettable dining experience. Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern features our award winning Contemporary American Cuisine in two dining atmospheres. Upstairs enjoy the ultimate dining...

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Wood paneling, muted lighting, and well-spaced tables make for an elegant dining experience in this restored 1879 house. The menu, which changes seasonally, has a regional flavor. The food is intricately styled so that colors, textures, and tastes fuse. Previous standouts have included pan-roasted sea scallops served with grits and applewood-smoked bacon and five-spiced duck confit with green...

Second Empire Restaurant Review

Among the most elegant restaurants in the city, Second Empire occupies a restored “Second Empire Victorian” mansion. Refined details include an ornate hand-carved staircase and white linen-draped tables set with Christofle and Villeroy & Boch, and chef Daniel Schurr lives up to the high expectations the atmosphere suggests. His menu changes frequently, offering such starters as a butternut...

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Average Rating
100

Second Empire has got to be one of the best restaurants in Raleigh. The food is just plain awesome. The service is great. I am somewhat a food critic and I can honestly say....I could eat here everyday. Now I cant do that on a teachers salary but if I could I would. I highly recommend you give Second Empire a shot!

Average Rating
80

The food was fantastic as always. I was a little disappointed with the service this visit though.

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Second Empire Restaurant is a American, Seafood, and Breakfast restaurant where most Menuism users came for a romantic date, paid more than $50, and tipped more than 18%.

This fine-dining restaurant and tavern serves new American cuisine in a restored 19th Century Second Empire Victorian. The restaurant is more than worth a visit for its refined atmosphere and gourmet food. Casual dishes are served in the cellar tavern, while a creative seasonal menu is offered in the formal dining room. Visitors can enjoy a beer in the tavern or a pre-dinner cocktail while...

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Know Before You Go: For a first-hand kitchen experience, call ahead and reserve the chef's table where you can watch the workings of the Second Empire staff. (Advanced reservations required.)

Save Money: For a look at the Dodd-Hinsdale house at half the price, dine downstairs at the more casual Tavern.

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