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

  • What to Expect

    • Due to limited capacity in seating, RESERVATIONS are strongly recommended.
    • Upon arrival guests must check-in with a host.
    • If your table is not ready, or you do not have a reservation you will be given a wait estimate.
    • At this time, we will not be doing special occasion menus due to the handling process.

    Our Promise to You

    • All staff members will pass a health check prior to each shift.
    • Hand Sanitizer will be available upon entry, throughout the restaurant and at the exit.
    • We will clean and sanitize common areas regularly.
    • All surfaces will be cleaned and sanitized after each use.
    • Our restaurant will be cleaned and sanitized daily by our private cleaning company using Virex Disinfectant products, which have been CDC approved
    • Food menus, Wine Lists, Cocktail menus will be available single use.
    • Our staff will have passed the Count On Me Certificate for COVID-19 protocol.

    Your Promise to Us
    If you have been exposed to COVID-19 recently or have symptoms of COVID-19 (including fever, cough or shortness of breath), or if you have underlying health conditions, please choose to use our curbside takeout at this time.

    Thank you for your cooperation, support and patience as we navigate through these challenging and unprecedented times.

    Welcome to Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern

    The Historic Dodd Hinsdale HouseImagine 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 provide a more casual feel without sacrificing excellence. Simply put, a trip to Second Empire is an experience unlike any other.

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    Your Special Experience

    Special Events

    We will develop and present for you a special and unforgettable dining experience…

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    Second Empire is the perfect settings for your Rehearsal Dinner, Ceremony or Reception.
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    Chef’s Table

    An opportunity for 2 to 4 people to dine exclusively in our kitchen with Chef Daniel Schurr and his staff.

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    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!