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Second Empire Restaurant & Tavern

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What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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About
Located in downtown Raleigh’s historic Victorian Dodd-Hinsdale House (circa 1879), Second Empire combines history, atmosphere, exceptional service and gourmet cuisine 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
PRICE RANGE
US$31 - US$80
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
CUISINES
American
FEATURES
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, 有泊車位, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Loved everything about my experience. The food was great, the staff and atmosphere as well. Would highly recommend and would definitely return.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The Service and food was outstanding and the Chef and staff show great care give a amazing dishes. From the first course to the last course.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

One of the best meal experiences I have ever had. Food was amazing, service was spectacular. The wait staff was very professional and gave excellent recommendations. I had the lamb risotto! Magnificent! Pumpkin bread pudding out of this world!!

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our second visit to Second Empire in the last month. We found this establishment by Googling “Best Restaurants for a date night”The Food, Ambiance, and as good as it can be, the Service, was very EXCEPTIONAL. Heather and I came back for our...anniversary, knowing that we were going to have a great evening. We had, for the second time, an absolutely wonderful experienceMore

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My (now) husband and I went to Second Empire after we were legally married at the courthouse. The host had called to confirm our reservation and asked about any special reasons why we were coming in for dinner, so we told them we literally just...got married and we wanted to celebrate at the beautiful Second Empire. We walked in, we had champagne brought to us and a signed menu from the chef. We definitely felt special...until dessert. Every table that came in received a signed menu (it was super sweet to see everyone receive it and be excited about it) so the big deal they made about it felt a tiny bit fake. Then when we received the check they charged us for the champagne they brought out (which we didn't ask for - but were appreciative of since it was a celebration) so that also felt cheap considering how much they charge for everything. We'll still continue to go to Second Empire for special occasions but we'll look for other locations before getting a reservation here.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I have been here a handful of times and have enjoyed every experience. The ambiance, the waitstaff, the food - all top notch. Very allergy friendly with multiple gluten free options. Most of the menu is gluten free by design and they...are extremely accommodating to my dairy allergy, offering to switch up the sides or accompaniments. The waitstaff is always friendly, knowledgeable and fun. We have dined in the atrium and the main dining room, and both were incredible. We will try the tavern next for sure. Always a 5 star experience.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Second Empire is one of our favorite restaurants in Raleigh. They have had the same chef there for 25 years and he continues to deliver creative meals. We enjoyed the duck, monkfish and creme brule on this visit The ambience is lovely and their staff...is top notch. You won't be disappointed.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I were celebrating a special occasion and had dinner at Second Empire. We had a fantastic calamari appetizer, the duck breast and rack of lamb entrees, and chocolate souffles. All were really excellent! Would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Walking up to this restaurant just feels special. We went for my wife's birthday and they had a small gift ready for us when we got to the table. The menu was great and had a good variety while still being unique choices. Food was...exceptions and and fairly traditional. Everything was elevated and the dishes had a lot of texture and flavor variety for a layered, balanced dish. Really great food with a focus on the end being greater than the sum of it's parts. This isn't a restaurant with dishes with few ingredients showcasing the one centra vegetable. This isn't a criticism at all, I just always like to understand the cooking style before I go somewhere. So don't expect a fish dish with 5 increments. Expect flavor, texture and temperature variety creating a many-layered experience. Service as excellent as well!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I can honestly say that Second Empire is the best restaurant I have ever had the pleasure of eating at. I've been to some of the best restaurants all over the world i.e. Tokyo Japan, Seoul S. Korea, Paris France, Florence, Milan, Venice and all...throughout Italy, Salzburg Austria, Sydney Australia, so many more. I've experienced the best of the best in NYC, Boston, San Francisco, Miami, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Chicago and more. No place I've been has measured up to Second Empire. The chef and his creations are out of this world. I've eaten things I NEVER would have considered and LOVED them. If ever I was stranded I would want to be stranded with chef Daniel and of course my husband. As for the service, it cannot be matched. It has always been spot on perfect! The atmosphere is warm, inviting and rich. I always feel like a queen dinning at Second Empire!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful. The food is consistently delightful and, obviously crafted with attention to detail. The menu offers many fresh choices and the descriptions given by the servers is thorough. Very hard to make a choice!

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed another great dinner at Second Empire, which has never disappointed us. The salads were delicious, with a fantastic blend of flavors, and the entrees (crab cakes and trout) were wonderful. The chocolate souffles were also very good.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I went to Second Empire to celebrate my birthday! The food was EXCELLENT, the service was EXCELLENT! The staff was congenial and helpful - we loved every minute! I was presented with a menu dated and signed by the chef for my...birthday! And ... My dessert - a chocolate soufflé - was garnished with a candle for the occasion! A wonderful experience!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The visit was to celebrate our anniversary. I had requested window seats and had the perfect spot to enjoy our absolutely wonderful meal with superb service.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had an amazing dinner at II Empire! From our cheese board through both courses, the meals were amazing. Great flavors, beautifully presented and a great atmosphere! And the service was outstanding! Amanda anticipated every need we had and was very personable! Can’t wait to...go back!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Yes, Second Empire Restaurant & Tavern is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Second Empire Restaurant & Tavern is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5