If you long for a trip to Italy, Il Palio is the next best thing. The rich upholstery, hand-carved credenzas and fresh flowers sets off the mural of Siena and Venetian prints on the walls. Italian sconces and soft candlelight create the perfect atmosphere for a romantic dinner or intimate lunch. The aged prosciutto from Parma tucked into an arugula salad is exceptional. Homemade potato gnochetti with almond basil pesto is comfort food gone sophisticated. The tiramisu is the chef's own family recipe. It is located in the renowned Siena Hotel.
Subtle lighting accents set off the warm wall colors and paintings depicting southern scenes and still-life art at this restaurant, located on the site of the historic Carolina Inn. Fresh flowers and potted plants abound, adding natural beauty to an already sumptuous setting. The plush, airy, apricot-toned Piedmont Room is the perfect place for a private business lunch. The food is progressive American with a distinctive southern flair. Oven Roasted Snapper, served with Shrimp Jambalaya and Carolina Gold Rice, is a masterpiece for the eyes as well as the stomach. Save room for the Cappuccino Brownie Cake.
Vinos Finos is a departure from run-of-the-mill drinking and dining experiences. Located inside European-themed Lafayette Village, the wine bar is designed to sample tapas-style dishes and world-class wines. The staff here is more than happy to help with wine selection and pairings. Dark woods, leather furniture, and warm colors make the interiors feel like an old-world wine shop. Vinos Finos encourages patrons to converse, and the intimate, colorful setting is doubly suited for first dates or casual business meetings.
This fine-dining restaurant and tavern serves new American cuisine in a restored 19th Century Second Empire Victorian. The restaurant is more than worth a visit for its refined atmosphere and gourmet food. Casual dishes are served in the cellar tavern, while a creative seasonal menu is offered in the formal dining room. Visitors can enjoy a beer in the tavern or a pre-dinner cocktail while seated in the covered front-porch. Second Empire is a first-rate destination for an elegant dinner.
This vibrant cafe, bakery, and German restaurant can safely be called a local favorite. Seasonal menus feature eclectic German specialties made with only locally-sourced ingredients. The bakery offers a generous menu of breads, cakes, pastries, and cookies. Guglhupf’s interiors are stunning, and feature an interior terrace and courtyard, a beautiful patio for outdoor dining, and an atrium. The cafe also often hosts wine and local food-related events, and exhibits the work of local artists.
Gonza is a colorful Mexican restaurant that specializes in tacos and tequila. The interior is eclectic: mannequins greet diners at the door, and Mexican artifacts are mounted on the dining room walls. The menu is a burst of flavor, combining classic Mexican dishes alongside some surprises. Start with a pitcher of strawberry margarita and move on to tacos prepared with chicken tinga poblana, or a scallop and pork belly combination. Patrons can order food online for pickup.
Located close to Nash Green park in Raleigh, A Place at the Table is a well-known community cafe in the area. Delicious eats like salads, sandwiches, waffles and soups are served here. In addition to indoor seating, this eatery also features curbside seating arrangements. This pay-as-you-can eatery allows patrons to pay for their meal, donate a minimum amount, volunteer, or pay for a meal token. This is a great place to visit for those who want to give back to the community.
Boulted Bread is a local bakery situated in Raleigh. This cozy shop has their own flour mill and makes their own bread varieties which include, Ciabatta, Baguette, Seeded, Levain and Rye. For a quick and delicious morning snack of freshly baked croissants and coffee, this bakery is the perfect place to go. The seasonally changing menu includes Chocolate Croissants, Morning Buns, Apple & Cinnamon French Toast, Quiches, Scones and Savory Croissants as well.
Savor the taste of delicious paninis, tramezinis and crostinis at Toast. This restaurant specializes in making the Italian style sandwiches. Committed to serve some of the best traditional Italian recipes, this store uses fresh and carefully sourced local ingredients in every dish. Its friendly staff is known for their efficient service and makes this place an ideal spot for grabbing a quick bite on a busy day.
Celebrate traditional tapas style dining at Humble Pie. It consists of shareable bite sized servings of hummus, tostadas, BBQ shrimp, sea scallops and calamari that are spiced in authentic Spanish condiments. The house-made sangria is a pleasant accompaniment to the meal as one converses with friends. Jazz music fills the dining space adding to the fun mood and the helpful staff make the experience all the more special. Chef Andy Cordova has succeeded in creating a place for himself in the dining circles of Raleigh with this gem of a place.