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!
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The 3:45 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, usually with the following format: 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: A Taste of North Carolina begins on historic Fayetteville Street near the Capitol and usually 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. Tastings include homemade donuts, local beer, ice cream sourced locally, plenty of pork, and a visit to one of North Carolina’s oldest and tiniest restaurants! Subject to change from week to week depending upon availability.
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.