Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern in Raleigh, NC has been recognized as a DiRoNA Awarded restaurant since 2006!

On September 9, 1997, Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern opened for business and is now led by a team comprised of Owner / Manager Kim Reynolds, Executive Chef Daniel Schurr, and Manager / Special Events Coordinator Nicolle Roberts.

The structure retains its original exterior, heart pine flooring, masonry walls, doors, and windows. New leaded glass panels have been installed in the four original front doors. The four major rooms in the main body of the structure have been opened to accommodate restaurant traffic flow and to create a more friendly and unobstructed dining atmosphere. The original kitchen has been converted into a corporate dining room now called the Pine Room and a grand new entrance has been constructed in the area formerly used as a rear entrance. An elevator has been installed adjacent to a 3,000 square foot two-story kitchen, bakery, and food storage area.

A tavern was designed and built along with additional private dining rooms named The Raleigh Room and The Capitol Room. A glassed Atrium room that seats 42 people has been added to the Harrington Street entrance to the Tavern. The entire restaurant seats 250 people and features Contemporary American Cuisine.

The owners, management, and staff are proud to have been given the opportunity to play a part in the restoration of this magnificent structure. In its re-birth as Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern, we are totally committed to maintaining consistency in the quality of food, its presentation, and service to our customers.

The Restaurant

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 Atrium Room provides a more casual feel without sacrificing excellence. Simply put, a trip to Second Empire is an experience unlike any other.

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