Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern

11 recent ratings
$$$ • Restaurant
Reported to have a gluten-free menu
Reported GF menu options: Bread/Buns, Dessert
Safety Rating
8 ratings

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330 Hillsborough St
Raleigh, NC 27603
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Most Recent Reviews


Overall Rating

Review


Absolutely Amazing!!! Very safe!!!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 2 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Our server was top notch! She was friendly and knowledgeable.

Our food was great. Two celiacs in the group and both had a great experience. They even allowed me to order the scallops dish without the scallops! I really wanted the braised short rib that came with the scallops.

Almost everything could be gluten free. The bread wasn’t, they had a gf option, but I don’t know that I’d call it bread. Tasty though.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dinner
  • Reservations recommended
Updated 2 months ago read full review

Celiac

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So, after being assured that the chef has celiac, etc, and being told the whole menu was "gluten-fre" (it wasn't), I thought I could trust this place. The waiter couldn't tell me what the breading was (he insisted they were rice balls), so I think that's what did me in. Wouldn't recommend, especially with the ludicrous pricing. The wine list was solid though.

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dinner
Updated 5 months ago read full review

This establishment is NOT a dedicated gluten-free facility and may not be safe for those with celiac disease. Please contact the establishment directly to inquire about safety precautions.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Bread/Buns
  • Dessert
  • Gluten-Free Menu

Categories

  • Dinner
  • Keto Friendly
  • Restaurant

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Dessert
Duck
Foie gras (gluten free)
Duck that my celiac husband had
Lamb entree
Gluten free dessert!
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Symptomatic Celiac

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Review


Ashley ruined my entire experience here. I forgot my debit card and then flew out the next day and she was completely unwilling to help me. Refused to do anything to verify my identity or help me whatsoever. Don’t eat here the whole staff was so ridiculous about it.

Updated 8 months ago read full review

Celiac

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The chef of 26 years is a celiac; he gets sick from cross contamination. Everything on the menu is gluten free including the fried calamari! They will even bring you a fig and nut bread as a starter instead of regular gluten bread. If you are celiac, you’ll love it here. You’ll have nothing to worry about, and you’ll want to come back for sure! Amazing food. If you don’t have a reservation get there early and eat at the bar downstairs in the tavern.

Safety


Is ALL the food in this establishment gluten-free?

— Yes, the establishment is dedicated gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 9 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Review


Amazing experience. This place is great for special occasions. As others mentioned, The chef has celiac and majority of menu is already GF. I’ve been coming here for over 10 years and always had great experiences but after being diagnosed celiac this visit was such a treat. All staff confirmed celiac for “food allergies”. They offered me the almond/fig bread at the start and the server was great about identifying what I could get on the menu. Which was 99% or the options ☺. Highly recommend!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 11 months ago read full review

Celiac

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This restaurant is incredible. The location is gorgeous and in what looks like a repurposed large home. I notified the staff during a reservation I had Celiac and they communicated it to everyone that came up the table to avoid any confusion or incorrect orders. The food is incredible and most of the menu is gluten free. Their chef is also a celiac and this just made me feel so much more comfortable. Others around me also had different food allergies and the staff was very attentive to each person's needs. Great job!

To note: their gluten free "bread" option is almonds and figs. Another reviewer stated confusion, but it is offered as an alternative to gluten containing bread they offer other patrons, which I did appreciate.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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We went here earlier in the spring and had a good experience. It is not a quick dinner so set aside a lot of time- also seemed to be short of servers.

The food was wonderful and there were lots of options that my celiac husband could eat. The gf bread they gave you was the only thing I’d turn down next time. It’s hard to describe but it wasn’t bread.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Review


Chef is Celiac and has redone the entire menu. Almost all items are gluten free and safe for those with celiac disease.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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The restaurant is beautiful, the staff and servers were absolutely lovely, and very reassuring. The chef has Celiac and the majority of the menu is already gluten free. We had an absolutely delicious meal, complete with gf cookies and cream ice cream.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Review


Most items are already GF. I had the seafood paella and orange pistachio cheesecake. It was all delicious.

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Overall Rating

Review


Very celiac friendly. Every appetizer and main course is gluten free, as long as you have them hold croutons if you get a salad. Wonderful experience. Highly recommend.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Completely dedicated gluten-free kitchen
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Review


Amazing experience!! The food was incredible and the selection of gluten free choices was surprising. They even brought me homemade fig bread in place of the house bread. The staff was very knowledgeable and the chef even has celiacs. I will definitely be going back. Very high quality food for reasonable price. What a nice night!!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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In March 2021 I was told the chef gas celiac disease and so the kitchen is celiac safe! Almost everything on their menu is gluten free and the staff are extremely knowledgeable! They even had fried foods that were gf when I went in April!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good with other allergies
Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

Overall Rating

Review


Excellent, elegant, special occasion dinner. Chef was diagnosed Celiac and menu adjusted accordingly. Most items are, or could be made, gluten free. Knowledgeable and conscientious staff.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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