Imagine a dining experience that combines an atmosphere of classical history and elegance with a selection of cuisine that is as exquisitely unique as it is delicious. Then imagine delighting your senses with a world-class wine selection. Now imagine finding this right here in the Triangle. It’s not imagination, it’s Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern. Located in the beautifully restored Dodd-Hinsdale House in downtown Raleigh, Second Empire satisfies the highest of standards. Our delectable menu and polished service that have won us the AAA Four Diamond Award, the DiRoNa Award and the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since 1998 will assure you a truly unique dining experience. Our Tavern and new Atrium Room provide a more casual feel and lighter fare menu without sacrificing excellence. Simply put, a trip to Second Empire is an experience unlike any other.
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I had the pleasure of shooting a wedding at The Second Empire. The staff was incredible, the food was amazing and the venue itself was stunning. I would highly recommend the second empire for your intimate gathering. Stephen Alexander Alexanders Studios
This is actually such a unique restaurant. Yes, they cater and their food is top of the line which I highly highly recommend. But in addition, the restaurant is amazing! It's a combination of history and elegance. The restaurant itself is in the Dodd-Hinsdale House in downtown Raleigh. Give it a try! You may even book them for your next event!
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- Historic Building
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- Uncovered Outdoor
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- Bridal Shower
- Engagement Party
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- Event Planner
- Event Rentals
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