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!
Restaurant Week is here! Enjoy afternoon and evening tours each day from 8/21 through 8/26 in conjunction with the Downtown Raleigh Alliance.
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 Raleigh Downtown 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 1:45 Saturday Raleigh Downtown 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 savory food tastings at unique, local restaurants, plus dessert.
The 4:00 Saturday Raleigh’s Downtown Speakeasies: The Cocktail Tour visits four speakeasy-type bars for small, handmade cocktails featuring homemade sodas/ syrups and fresh squeezed juices made from traditional recipes. You’ll chat with the city’s most talented mixologists and learn about Raleigh’s cocktail history. There are light snacks served at a couple of the bars on this tour. Please contact Taste Carolina to request a date for this tour.
Gin Club at Bittersweet is a fun and unique way to learn about gin and cocktails! Each month, Gin Club leader and mixologist, Lewis Norton, features two gins from Bittersweet’s collection. Participants learn about each gin, including the backgrounds, histories, distillation methods, botanicals used, plus fun and unique facts about the distilleries. Botanicals and essences are available to feel and smell. Participants savor each featured spirit and then choose their favorite for a cocktail specifically crafted to highlight unique aspects of each. Featured gins change every month. Presentation and cocktails take about an hour. Please feel free to stay and enjoy another cocktail or house made dessert, and the company of new, gin-loving friends. For more information about Bittersweet, click here.