Raleigh Restaurants; 18 Seaboard

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18 Seaboard18 Seaboard - FULL

Housed in downtown Raleigh’s Seaboard Station, a historic train station, 18 Seaboard is a top-rated Raleigh go-to for cuisine, service and hospitality. Chef Jason Smith and his wife Lauren dreamed of owning a special restaurant. In 2006 they opened the doors to 18 Seaboard. Chef Smith now leads a culinary group committed to serving contemporary Southern-inspired dishes, with more than 60 percent of ingredients sourced from N.C. farms, ranches and fishmongers. Learn more

Babylon RestaurantBabylon Restaurant

Owner and creative director Samad Hachby opened Babylon to give visitors a passport to Casablanca, his hometown, and in doing so, he also created one of Raleigh, N.C.'s most celebrated restaurants. Much of the decor, including the ceiling, floors and furniture, was imported from Morocco. The food combines Hachby's Moroccan flavors with local ingredients from N.C. farmers, which creates wonderful recipes like the restaurant's classic lamb tagine. It's a fun experience that transports any visitor to an entirely different and delicious place without leaving downtown Raleigh. Learn more

Bida MandaBida Manda

Bida Manda is, according to its proprietors, a “thoughtful gathering place” celebrating the diverse food traditions and culture of Laos. The restaurant, one of the few true Laotian restaurants in the U.S., is named in honor of the owners’ parents in Laos who inspired the establishment with their love of food and example through parenting of food’s power to bring people together: "Bida Manda" is the Sanskrit ceremonial term for "father and mother." Learn more

HibernianHibernian Restaurant & Pub - FULL

Join your host (and larger-than-life Irish personality) Niall Hanley for an Irish Whiskey Tasting Dinner, pairing various Irish whiskeys with both traditional and non-traditional Irish favorites. "Hibernian" derives from the Latin term Hibernia, which means “one who comes from Ireland” or “cold, wet land.” Hibernian Restaurant & Pub was aptly named to bring a "wee bit" of Ireland to the Raleigh area. The Hibernian Restaurants & Pubs (located in both downtown Raleigh and north Raleigh; the tasting dinner will take place at the downtown location) celebrate the old-world flavor and the new vibrancy of Ireland. Carrying on with Irish tradition, they offer an atmosphere that infuses the alluring and relaxing nature of an authentic Irish social club and the warmth of a Gaelic home kitchen. Hibernian’s dark wood interiors, full of cozy nooks and beautifully sculpted bars, may transport you into Ireland. Learn more

MandolinMandolin - FULL

Mandolin is a favorite of locals in-the-know and an unexpected find for visitors. Raleigh native Sean Fowler returned home to open Mandolin, his debut restaurant, and in fact, he has returned to his boyhood stomping grounds, the old Johnson’s Pharmacy lunch counter, where many of his culinary childhood memories were made. Years after Johnson’s Pharmacy closed its doors, Sean’s love for the fresh Southern foods that filled his childhood home led him to train in some of the country’s top restaurants. Most recently, Sean was a chef at the AAA Five Diamond Award-winning Fearrington House (in Pittsboro, N.C.), and over the past 10 years, Sean has fine-tuned his cooking and his concept for Mandolin. Like Raleigh itself, Mandolin is Southern at its roots but also draws influences from around the world. The food is fresh and local, the music is American and the restaurant is home to a family with a passion for serving world-class food, wine and spirits in a soulful, comforting atmosphere. Learn more

OROORO Restaurant & Lounge - FULL

Located in the heart of downtown Raleigh, ORO is a fun, chic and casual restaurant that, rather than offering individual starters and main courses, serves dishes that are designed for sharing among friends and are brought to the table steadily and continuously throughout the meal. The restaurant and lounge features a variety of small plates and signature dishes, including options to satisfy all cravings. ORO also has a large selection of menu items that cater to vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free needs. The wine list, cocktail selection and variety of local beer are diverse and exciting to please all palates. Whether seated in the upstairs mezzanine by the nine-foot fireplace, in the main dining room delighted by the inner workings of the culinary staff or in the bar area with wine and beer on tap, the mission is to leave every guest happy, sated and looking forward to returning again and again! Learn more

Plates KitchenPlates Kitchen - FULL

For 20 years, the owners of Plates Kitchen have lived around and traveled the world.; they are often surprised and inspired by the food they have eaten along the way. From their first apple tarts in France, Pecorino cheese in Tuscany, Weisswurst in Germany, espada (scabbard fish) on the island of Madeira... to Hong Kong, Thailand and China, they have learned new flavors and techniques to add to the outstanding food of the American South. Plates Kitchen hopes that you will enjoy some of the owners' favorite international dishes combined with regional Southern flavors. Join them on a new culinary journey that is globally inspired and locally produced. Learn more

The PitThe Pit- FULL

N.C. is known for its legendary barbecue joints. The Pit proudly continues this tradition by serving authentic whole-hog, pit-cooked barbecue. A celebration of all of the great culinary offerings of the Old North State, The Pit has made a name for itself as the restaurant destination for the state's signature cuisine. The pigs used to produce the barbecue are all raised in N.C. using free-range farming practices, and the freshest of the state's bountiful produce is featured in the starters, sides and desserts. The Pit goes far beyond traditional barbecue offerings with some contemporary twists on Southern favorites. Learn more


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