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Second Empire

Raleigh , NC
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LOCATION

330 hillsborough street
Raleigh, NC US 27603 (map)

PHONE

919-829-3662

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

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... Read more
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. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1879
When was your venue last renovated?
2006
Describe your venue:
Historic Site, Manor / Mansion, Restaurant
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional, Garden / Romantic, Vintage
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
250
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
7
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
0
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
60
Event Coordination
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Event Rentals
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is wedding cake included in the minimum rental fee?
No

REVIEWS

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Shantelle
Wedding:
2/6/2014
4.8/5.0
Amber was absolutely great to work with on our cake. Our reception was held here as well and the day-of staff went over and above what I expected! The coordinator was sometimes worryingly forgetful but she was very sweet and helpful as the day got closer. The cost was very in line with the amazing food and it was just gorgeous to celebrate there!
Amber was absolutely great to work with on our cake. Our reception was held here as well and the day-of staff went over Read more...
Amber was absolutely great to work with on our cake. Our reception was held here as well and the day-of staff went over and above what I expected! The coordinator was sometimes worryingly forgetful but she was very sweet and helpful as the day got closer. The cost was very in line with the amazing food and it was just gorgeous to celebrate there! Read less
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Amy
Wedding:
11/30/2013
5.0/5.0
Very helpful with all the arrangement and detail
Very helpful with all the arrangement and detail
Very helpful with all the arrangement and detail Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.8/5.0
By our wedding day, everything exceeded our expectations. Tracy was very hard to get feedback from, but confirmed every detail a few days before. She is an insanely busy woman.
Amber made the the best tasting cake, and it looked beautiful.
The service and food were spectacular. The entire grounds are beautiful.
Very reasonable price, considering it includes food (including cake), drinks, and service.
By our wedding day, everything exceeded our expectations. Tracy was very hard to get feedback from, but confirmed every Read more...
By our wedding day, everything exceeded our expectations. Tracy was very hard to get feedback from, but confirmed every detail a few days before. She is an insanely busy woman.
Amber made the the best tasting cake, and it looked beautiful.
The service and food were spectacular. The entire grounds are beautiful.
Very reasonable price, considering it includes food (including cake), drinks, and service. Read less
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natasha
Wedding:
7/2/2011
3.6/5.0
While it can be challenging to contact them to discuss various aspects of the wedding, the venue is lovely, and the staff is very flexible and accomodating. The food is delicious. The cake maker, Amber, rocks! And the service the day of is impeccable. You just have to be extremely patient about receiving clear feedback and responses leading up to your special day.
While it can be challenging to contact them to discuss various aspects of the wedding, the venue is lovely, and the staff Read more...
While it can be challenging to contact them to discuss various aspects of the wedding, the venue is lovely, and the staff is very flexible and accomodating. The food is delicious. The cake maker, Amber, rocks! And the service the day of is impeccable. You just have to be extremely patient about receiving clear feedback and responses leading up to your special day. Read less
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ebhaynes
Wedding:
5/21/2011
4.7/5.0
Tracy was very easy to work with (although hard to reach at times since she is very busy). She helped make my reception exactly what I had imagined. The food was amazing and the service was great. I had many compliments from guests about both as well as the beautiful backdrop.
Tracy was very easy to work with (although hard to reach at times since she is very busy). She helped make my reception Read more...
Tracy was very easy to work with (although hard to reach at times since she is very busy). She helped make my reception exactly what I had imagined. The food was amazing and the service was great. I had many compliments from guests about both as well as the beautiful backdrop. Read less
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carolineislost
Wedding:
9/18/2010
4.5/5.0
Apart from being one of the most beautiful venues in Raleigh, the food was fantastic and the atmosphere was very classy. We booked 9 months in advance for a wedding of 80 guests. We utilized the entire first floor (not the lower tavern), for a sit down dinner and space for a dance floor. Tracy was fantastic to work with and had worked with many of our other vendors before which was great. We also had Second Empire make our cake which turned out above expectations. The location is very desirable, as our ceremony was at Peace College and only a short drive away, we also used a trolley service to transport guests to the beautiful front entrance of the restaurant. A Clarion hotel is located right beside Second Empire which was IDEAL for older guests, or those unable to drive home! :) There is ample parking, restroom facilities and use of outdoor space (for smokers). All the staff were extremely accommodating of our guests and attended to our every need. Would HIGHLY recommend Second Empire as a reception location
Apart from being one of the most beautiful venues in Raleigh, the food was fantastic and the atmosphere was very classy. Read more...
Apart from being one of the most beautiful venues in Raleigh, the food was fantastic and the atmosphere was very classy. We booked 9 months in advance for a wedding of 80 guests. We utilized the entire first floor (not the lower tavern), for a sit down dinner and space for a dance floor. Tracy was fantastic to work with and had worked with many of our other vendors before which was great. We also had Second Empire make our cake which turned out above expectations. The location is very desirable, as our ceremony was at Peace College and only a short drive away, we also used a trolley service to transport guests to the beautiful front entrance of the restaurant. A Clarion hotel is located right beside Second Empire which was IDEAL for older guests, or those unable to drive home! :) There is ample parking, restroom facilities and use of outdoor space (for smokers). All the staff were extremely accommodating of our guests and attended to our every need. Would HIGHLY recommend Second Empire as a reception location Read less
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csquared
Wedding:
9/4/2010
5.0/5.0
I couldn't have asked for a more perfect setting for my wedding than Second Empire. Tracy, the Events Coordinator, helped me from the very start to craft my vision of how my ceremony and reception would shape up. The room where we held our ceremony was beautiful, with a bay window just behind the bride and groom, where the light was amazing. The atrium, where we had our reception, was breathtaking - we were surrounded by glass. The photographer couldn't stop taking pictures of the little details in the decor.

The food was awesome, and yes, we got to eat it! I've now had three wedding guests tell me that when they come back for a visit, they want to go to Second Empire for dinner.

For smaller weddings, Second Empire would be THE go-to location for a wonderful day.
I couldn't have asked for a more perfect setting for my wedding than Second Empire. Tracy, the Events Coordinator, helped Read more...
I couldn't have asked for a more perfect setting for my wedding than Second Empire. Tracy, the Events Coordinator, helped me from the very start to craft my vision of how my ceremony and reception would shape up. The room where we held our ceremony was beautiful, with a bay window just behind the bride and groom, where the light was amazing. The atrium, where we had our reception, was breathtaking - we were surrounded by glass. The photographer couldn't stop taking pictures of the little details in the decor.

The food was awesome, and yes, we got to eat it! I've now had three wedding guests tell me that when they come back for a visit, they want to go to Second Empire for dinner.

For smaller weddings, Second Empire would be THE go-to location for a wonderful day. Read less
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Cindy
Wedding:
8/28/2010
4.8/5.0
We had our wedding reception here. The food was fabulous, the presentation was great and the food servers were very professional. The wedding cake was done there as well and was excellent. Was a little disappointed in the total cost of the reception as they did not include sodas and other drinks or the gratuity as part of the per person price. The sound system is not great.
We had our wedding reception here. The food was fabulous, the presentation was great and the food servers were very Read more...
We had our wedding reception here. The food was fabulous, the presentation was great and the food servers were very professional. The wedding cake was done there as well and was excellent. Was a little disappointed in the total cost of the reception as they did not include sodas and other drinks or the gratuity as part of the per person price. The sound system is not great. Read less
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stargofaln
Wedding:
2/27/2010
4.7/5.0
Great food, beautiful restaurant, great service! The cake was beautiful although not very sweet, some guests loved it, others not so much but it was definitely a beautiful cake!
Great food, beautiful restaurant, great service! The cake was beautiful although not very sweet, some guests loved it, Read more...
Great food, beautiful restaurant, great service! The cake was beautiful although not very sweet, some guests loved it, others not so much but it was definitely a beautiful cake! Read less
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Emily and Jason
Wedding:
11/7/2009
5.0/5.0
We had our rehearsal dinner at Second Empire and it was a fun, delicious treat. Our group fit perfectly in the tavern and every person truly enjoyed the experience.
We had our rehearsal dinner at Second Empire and it was a fun, delicious treat. Our group fit perfectly in the tavern and Read more...
We had our rehearsal dinner at Second Empire and it was a fun, delicious treat. Our group fit perfectly in the tavern and every person truly enjoyed the experience. Read less
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CarolineJordanHesse
Wedding:
10/2/2009
5.0/5.0
The food was divine - 5oz filet & chicken breast for $55.00 per guest. I had a small wedding (42ppl) so this was perfect! The Chef came out to speak to our guests about the menu, the service was amazing, the ambiance of the Atrium with tons of candles was gorgeous. They even let us do a sparkler exit off of their historic front porch. I highly recommend using Second Empire Restaurant for your Dinner (only) reception.
The food was divine - 5oz filet & chicken breast for $55.00 per guest. I had a small wedding (42ppl) so this was perfect! Read more...
The food was divine - 5oz filet & chicken breast for $55.00 per guest. I had a small wedding (42ppl) so this was perfect! The Chef came out to speak to our guests about the menu, the service was amazing, the ambiance of the Atrium with tons of candles was gorgeous. They even let us do a sparkler exit off of their historic front porch. I highly recommend using Second Empire Restaurant for your Dinner (only) reception. Read less
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