Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern

For reservations or any other assistance, please call (919) 829-3663. Fine Dining in Raleigh NC
At the Historic Dodd-Hinsdale House
330 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC 27603
Phone: (919) 829-3663
  • Weddings
  • Special Events
  • Chef's Table
  • Award winning cuisine

  • Posted on Jan 29, 2015

    Open Table Diner’s Choice for one of the Most Romantic Restaurants in America!

    Second Empire Restaurant & Tavern is listed as one of Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America, only 7 of the 100 restaurants listed are from North Carolina!

    The Diners’ Choice Awards for the Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America are generated from more than 5 million restaurant reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2014. All restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and number of

    qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then sorted according to a score calculated from each restaurant’s average rating in the “romantic” category. Based on this methodology, the following restaurants, listed in alphabetical order, comprise the

    Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America according to OpenTable diners.

    The complete list may also be viewed at


    Posted on Mar 27, 2013

    OpenTable Diner’s Choice List: Best Service!

    Based on reviews collected from OpenTable diners between February 1, 2012 and January 31, 2013, the 100 award-winning restaurants received the highest scores.  The list of winners is derived from more than5 million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. For more information about all of the restaurants on this list, please visit


    Posted on Mar 5, 2011

    My Carolina Today visits Second Empire

    Yasmin and Darrell visit Second Empire as a possible option for a reception site.

    Talking with Chef

    Wedding Planning at Second Empire


    Posted on Jul 30, 2010

    Special Package with Cameron Park Inn

    Second Empire has teamed with Cameron Park Inn to bring you a special package.

    Date Night Package

    You’ll know this experience is going to be special when your innkeepers greet you with a surprise just for Date Night guests. Then, begin your evening with a choice of romantic carriage rides:

    1. J&L Carriage will take you from the inn to the fabulous Second Empire for dinner (take taxi back to the inn) or

    2. Provide your own transportation to Second Empire and have the carriage meet you there for a one-hour, pre-dinner ride in downtown Raleigh.

    A $75 gift certificate for the meal is included with either option in this package.

    Advance notice is required. Please be sure to mention your carriage ride preference: inn to restaurant or pre-dinner downtown tour. To book the Date Night package, please email Nikki or call 919-835-2171 or 1-888-257-2171.

    Date Night package: $235 weekdays. $185 weekends. (Package prices are in addition to room fees.)



    Posted on Oct 20, 2009

    Now Accepting Reservations Online

    Second Empire is happy to announce that we are now accepting reservations online via OpenTable.

    You can begin an online reservation by filling out the following form:

    You can also click here to make a reservation, or as always you can call us at 919-829-3663.


    Posted on Feb 5, 2007

    In the news: Chef’s Table at Second Empire

    Our Chef’s Table Experience was recently written up in the Boston Globe. They enjoyed the experience, you should call now to set up your own visit to the Chef’s table and create a unique experience!

    Read the Boston Globe’s article reviewing our Chef’s Table.

    More News » Join us for dinner »

    Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern
    - At -
    The Historic Dodd-Hinsdale House
    330 Hillsborough Street
    Raleigh, NC 27603

    Phone: (919) 829-3663
    Fax: (919) 829-9519

    From everyone at Second Empire, Thank You! We look forward to seeing you soon!