Second Empire Restaurant is downtown Raleigh’s take on the uptown dining experience. Combining a rich history, a beautiful atmosphere, and great cuisine, this elegant restaurant gives its guests an unforgettable dining experience.

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Those who visit Second Empire Restaurant can tour the elegant house and find themselves enjoying the gourmet cuisine in one of its private dining rooms, sampling fine wine at the tavern, or enjoying the view at the wonderful atrium.


Second Empire welcomes reservations through the phone and online. Phone reservations can be made through their hotline via 919-829-3663. Alternatively, guests can make reservations online via OpenTable. Note that OpenTable can also be used to purchase gift certificates.

Guests are encouraged to indicate their preferred reservation arrangements specifically if they wish to dine in the upstairs main dining room, the atrium, or the tavern.


The dinner menu changes based on the seasons and features the creations of award-winning Chef Daniel Schurr, who uses only the freshest ingredients. While going through the menu, patrons can ask any of its knowledgeable servers the kind of wine that best accompanies the meal they prefer.


? First Courses: Scottish salmon gravlax tostada, grilled beef tongue & navy bean salad, heirloom tomato caprese salad, coconut & curry braised monkfish & grilled harissa octopus, pan roasted Georgia quail, citrus and rosemary grilled shrimp and smoked trout salad, phyllo wrapped “Beller Farms” Iowa pork belly, Empire baby mesclun salad, steamed Prince Edward Island mussels, Classic Tavern “330” French Onion Soup.

? Entrees: Grilled Australian barramundi, grilled certified black Angus beef New York strip, citrus and rosemary Springer Farm’s chicken breast, Empire blue crab & pasta casserole, Empire seafood paella, roasted five spice Pennsylvania duck breast, pan roasted New Bedford sea scallops, pan roasted Beeler Farms Iowa Pork Chop, Grilled Australian lamb rack, braised beef short rib, braised 330 veal osso bucco.

For dessert, Second Empire’s pastry chefs prepare a long line of delicious pieces that go well with a cup of brewed coffee or a glass of wine. They bake a fresh batch of bread daily as well.

Dessert: Vanilla bean creme brulee, basil & citrus olive oil cake, chocolate cheesecake, tiramisu, Empire chocolate soufflé, Second Empire Key lime pie, homemade ice cream and sorbet.

Special Events

Second Empire is ready with its special events package to readily accommodate requests for hosting private events within the establishment. Guests can choose to be accommodated in either one of the upstairs dining rooms or at the tavern level. They also have prepared menus for most types of special occasions, such as bridal showers, weddings, and corporate events.

For smaller special events, the private dining rooms of the restaurant can be configured to suit the special needs of business and leisure occasions.

For more information on the available menus and other reservation matters, guests can call Nicolle Roberts, Second Empire’s manager and events coordinator, at 919-829-3663.


Second Empire Restaurant, 330 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27603, Phone: 919-829-3663

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