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.