The capital of North Carolina is home to some of the most dynamic restaurants in the country. Known for effortlessly blending modern architecture with historic buildings and monuments, Raleigh showcases fine dining and eclectic eateries. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, you’ll come away with a new appreciation of downtown Raleigh while enjoying innovative ethnic and southern cuisine, all with an emphasis on local products. There’s something for everyone in Raleigh!

Please click the Sign Up! link at the top of the light blue bar to see the full lineup of Raleigh tours. Private, custom tours can be arranged for any day or night of the week for groups. Friday and Saturday tours are available for public registration and are listed below.

The 3:30 and 4:00 Friday and Saturday Dinner & Drinks Tours stay mostly close to historic Fayetteville Street and the Capitol but may walk to the Warehouse/ Gallery or Glenwood Avenue South Districts depending upon the weekly schedule. These high-spirited tours include enough food to be considered dinner by most people, and they include a number of drink pairings along the way. Stops are subject to change on a week-to-week basis based on restaurant availability. Tours include five stops: three varied restaurants for savory food paired with wine, beer or a cocktail, a speakeasy cocktail bar, and a sweet bite for dessert.

The 2:00 Saturday Afternoon Tasting Tour begins on historic Fayetteville Street near the Capitol and walks up toward the Glenwood Avenue South district, about a 15 minute walk away. This tour is a fantastic way to get to know the heart of downtown. Included is food tastings at four unique, local restaurants plus dessert and a wine tasting. The 1:30 Friday Afternoon Tasting Tour begins on historic Fayetteville Street near the Capitol and either heads over to the Seaboard Station/ Oakwood districts via the R Line, with a 20 minute history walk back downtown at the end of the tour, or up toward Glenwood Avenue South. Food tastings at three restaurants that source ingredients locally, a beer and/ or wine tasting, and dessert are included.

The 10:00 Saturday Raleigh Roots Tour explores the areas of Seaboard Station, Mordecai, and Oakwood, which are historic neighborhoods located at the edge of downtown. This tour does not walk near the Capitol or along historic Fayetteville Street. The Raleigh Roots tour has a strong foodie/ farm-to-table vibe. The tour includes savory food at three restaurants plus a beer or wine tasting and dessert. Stops are subject to change on a week to week basis. We recommend eating a light breakfast prior to this tour.

The 4:00 Saturday Speakeasies Cocktail Tour visits four speakeasy-type bars for small, handmade cocktails featuring homemade sodas/ syrups and fresh squeezed juices made from traditional recipes and chats with the city’s most talented mixologists. There is no food served on this tour.

Gin Club at Bittersweet is a fun and unique way to learn about gin and cocktails! Register in advance here. Gin Club at Bittersweet meets twice per month, on Wednesdays and Sundays. For more information about Bittersweet, click here. 

 

 

Downtown afternoon and evening tours are scheduled for Fridays and Saturdays. Please see the list below.

2:00 Afternoon Tasting Tours, Fridays and Saturdays, $55 ($55.99 with service fee).

10:00 Raleigh Roots Tour, Saturdays, $55 ($55.99 with service fee). The Raleigh Roots Tour takes place in the historic Seaboard Station/ Mordecai/ Oakwood areas of downtown.

3:30 and 4:00 Dinner & Drinks Tours, Fridays and Saturdays, $69.50 ($70.49 with service fee).

4:00 Speakeasies Cocktail Tour takes place downtown on occasional Saturdays. This tour is $55 ($55.99 with service fee).

Private and corporate tours are available any day or night of the week.

The Sign Up! link in this box takes you to a list of all Raleigh tours. The Sign Up! link at the top of the blue bar takes you to a calendar that shows available dates and tickets for all tours in all seven cities.

All tours (except for the Raleigh Roots Tour – see below) meet at the Raleigh City Museum, 220 Fayetteville St., 15 minutes before your tour time. This building houses the City of Raleigh Muesum (COR) and is called, The Briggs Building. It is located directly across the street from Bolt Restaurant.

Parking is free on the street in downtown Raleigh on weekends. Or park in a downtown lot near Fayetteville or Wilmington Streets in the 100 or 200 S. blocks. The Alexander Square Deck and the Moore Square Deck are close by.

The Raleigh Roots tour meets in front of the entrance to 18 Seaboard in Seaboard Station 15 minutes before your tour time. Parking in Seaboard Station is free.

Tours run rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Wear comfortable shoes; walking distance is 2 to 3 miles. Tour runs 3 to 3.5 hours.

Please don’t be late! Meet the group 15 minutes prior to your tour time so that we can arrive at the restaurants promptly.

Bring a government-issued ID if you plan on drinking alcohol.

Register in advance. If you are trying to register for a tour the morning of and registration has closed, please call (919) 237-2254 to check availability. Sorry, no exchanges or refunds. If we have to cancel the tour due to extreme weather, we will refund your money.