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



    First Courses

    Seared Ahi Tuna Salad*

    asian noodles, mango, grilled corn, snow peas, radish, napa cabbage kimchi, ginger scented butternut squash puree, citrus cilantro vinegar $17

    Empire Latin Steamed Clams

    creamy polenta, chorizo sausage, tomatoes, jicama, roasted poblano, zucchini, cojito cheese, cilantro, garlic white wine $15

    Balsamic Braised Veal & Root Vegetable Terrine

      cannellini bean & grilled asparagus salad, dried cherries, fennel, rutabaga, carrots, pine nuts, arugula, grain mustard orange vinaigrette $14

     Sautéed Veal Sweet Breads & Crispy “Pepsi-Cola” Pork Belly

    pan roasted grain mustard & orange scented spätzle, harissa cauliflower, gold beet slices, caper egg salad, apple curry jus  $15

    House Cured Gravlax Chilean Verlasso Salmon Salad*

    creamy crabmeat, roasted broccolini, pistachios, sweet potatoes, celery root, frisée, crispy wontons, cucumber, horseradish golden raisin dressing $15

    Grilled Georgia Quail

    roasted corn & plantain pancake, creamy savoy cabbage, leeks, fava beans, butternut squash puree, rutabaga slaw, black currant sauce $15

    Za’atar Roasted Madagascar King Prawn & Oxtail Croquette

    french green lentils & maitake mushrooms, harissa cauliflower puree, brussel sprout slaw, ginger cider vinegar jus $16

    Empire Baby Mesclun Salad

    curly leaf lettuce, red haze leaf, frisée, radicchio, belgian endive, red oak, fenberg, dill, shallot dijon vinaigrette $12

    Empire Mediterranean Salad

     local blue sky farm lettuce, cucumbers, black olives, feta cheese, tomatoes, chick peas, red onions, roasted red bell pepper zesty dressing $13

    Soup du Jour   $12



    Grilled Za’atar Seasoned Chilean Verlasso Salmon* 

    brown basmati rice & Israeli couscous, celery root puree, citrus asparagus, smoked cauliflower slaw, port wine & star anise sauce $26

    Grilled Black Angus Beef Filet*

     cannellini bean & roasted cremini mushrooms, artisan blue cheese, collard greens, roasted asparagus, beet salad, juniper berry port sauce $48

    Roasted Springer Farm’s Georgia Chicken Breast

    orzo pasta & heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, green olive & mandarin orange salad, wilted spinach, pine nuts, mushroom thyme jus $25

    Pan-Roasted Barramundi

    creamy wild rice & butternut squash risotto, bok choy, celery root & leeks, gold beet salad, roasted fennel & orange jus $26

    Roasted Stuffed “Beeler Farms” Pork Chop 

    braised oxtail & dried cherry stuffing, creamy english pea & hominy ragout, napa cabbage, roasted broccolini, white wine rosemary cream $27

    Empire Seafood Paella

     steamed mussels, clams, scallops, seasonal fish, shrimp, saffron rice, chicken, chorizo sausage, stagianato cheese, herb fumét $27

    Roasted Five Spice Pennsylvania Duck Breast*

    smoked plum tomato & saffron risotto, chestnut mushrooms, roasted haricot vert, celery root, radicchio salad, balsamic red wine sauce $29

    Sauteed New Bedford Sea Scallops

    crushed buttermilk fingerling potatoes & duck meat, roasted brussel sprouts, tofu, rutabaga, turnip puree, ancho chili & prune sauce $28

    Grilled Australian Lamb Rack*

    roasted butternut squash & basmati rice casserole, chorizo sausage, bok choy, roasted parsnip & rutabaga, ginger lemongrass jus $35

    Grilled Latin Seasoned Red Fish   

    cranberry bean & chestnut mushroom ragout, pancetta ham, napa cabbage, spaghetti squash, pear salad, apricot lemongrass jus $29

    Grilled Za’atar Seasoned “Free Range” Veal Chop

    sautéed toasted farro & black beans, sweet potato puree, garlicky tuscan kale, spaghetti squash, dried cherry poblano jus $39

    Daniel Schurr 

    Chef de Cuisine













    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!