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Second Empire Restaurant - 119 Reviews - 330 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (919) 891-4286

Second Empire Restaurant


330 Hillsborough St
Raleigh, NC 27603

(919) 891-4286
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Second Empire Restaurant - Raleigh, NC
Second Empire Restaurant - Raleigh, NC
Second Empire Restaurant - Raleigh, NC
Second Empire Restaurant - Raleigh, NC
Second Empire Restaurant - Raleigh, NC
Second Empire Restaurant - Raleigh, NC
Second Empire Restaurant - Raleigh, NC
Second Empire Restaurant - Raleigh, NC
Second Empire Restaurant - Raleigh, NC
Second Empire Restaurant - Raleigh, NC
Second Empire Restaurant - Raleigh, NC
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(see explanation of ratings below) For sixteen years, Chef Daniel Schurr has been knocking it out of the...


I was very disappointed with a phone request involving a birthday surprise. I spoke with a hostess whose name I have decided not to mention. I explained that I would like to sur...

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Average. 4/5/2006

I hate to say this but I think this restaurant is overpriced. I have eaten at a lot of nice restaurants and I don't mind paying a lot for great food but the food here was just okay. The appetizer was good, I had the New Zealand venison salad. I wish that I could say the same for the entrée but I really disliked my grilled salmon. It was the worst salmon I have ever had in my life. It was dry and zero flavor. Dessert was vanilla bean crème brûlée and that was excellent. They did have an excellent wine menu. Overall, the experience was okay. I loved that actual restaurant. It is located in a historic home and is beautiful. The waiters were actually a bit stuffy, though. The food was hit or miss. more

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Yay Wine 2/22/2006

I'm a huge wine snob, and never will get wine out usually just because wine lists places tend to be not only overpriced, but filled with absoute garbage. the wine list at second empire is a diamond in a rough. they have lots of great wines availible and an excellent food menu to complement them. By the glass or by the bottle the wine is priced decently, and is actually good bottles worth drinking out. more

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Fancy Food, Fancy Digs 2/6/2006

The Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern located in downtown Raleigh offers rich-tasting food and expensive wines. Located in an historic home, the atmosphere is elegant. Their chef is first class and offers tantalizing items for the clientele. The menu changes periodically. Second Empire is great for a romantic evening or first date. Bring a valid credit card. Second Empire is expensive. Four dollar signs expensive. $$$$ more

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Fantastic Place 1/16/2006

I really love hanging out at second empire. there is always a really neat group of people there and I have had a truly terrific time on every visit Ive ever made there. The staff here is super friendly as well. i would definatly reccommend it to people n the hillsboorough street area as a cool place to go. more

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A lovely, Romantic Restaurant. 8/6/2005

Second Empire is located in a beautifully refurbished old home in downtown Raleigh, between NC State and the Capital Building. The ambience is lovely with crystal chandeliers, a sweeping staircase, hardwoods, and a classic decor. The food is always delicious, the desserts are even better. The menu changes periodically, so it is fun to go back and see what changes have been made to the menu. The wine list is extensive, the wait staff is attentive. This is a favorite restaurant in our house for romantic, kid-free dining. more
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The Ultimate Dining Experience in an Elegant yet Relaxed Atmosphere

Owner Message
  • 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 are available for private parties seating up to 55 people or various combinations of rooms for parties up to 300 people. Second Empire is very proud to be the recipient of the DiRoNA Award the AAA Four Diamond Award and the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since 1998.

  • In Short
    Located in the lower level of the renovated mid-Victorian Dodd-Hinsdale house, this bar and restaurant is a favorite for after-work cocktails and light meals. Resembling a wine...

  • 8/1/2006 Provided by Citysearch
Additional information
  • Hours: Open for Dinner Tuesday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm Tavern opens at 4:30pm
  • Payments: Visa, Master Card, American Express, Diner's Club, Discover
  • Neighborhoods: Central