Retro-chic update of a venerable diner
American · $$$
The chalkboard menus change with the seasons at this Raleigh staple with a history dating to 1945, but diners can always expect elevated plates of American classics (think salads, burgers and mac 'n' cheese) paired with cocktails and finished with signature cakes and pies. As an homage to the original design, a double horseshoe bar is surrounded by red leather banquettes under stamped tin ceilings, creating a retro-chic vibe.
hours Open Today · 5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
location 426 South McDowell Street, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA phone +1 919-832-4477 website ac-restaurants.com directions Get Directions
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First time here and it was really, really good. One thing to note is that it gets really crowded, so you may want to get there early! I think they do take reservations, so that may be an option also. Now, the food .... was amazing! I had an ahi tuna dish and a friend had pork cheek. Both dishes were delicious and just the right portion size I thought. We also opted for dessert, which was a dense slice of lemon cake with strawberries. That was also really good. There was also a very expansive wine selection, is addition to a good selection of beer. I highly recommend going here if you are in the area and are looking for great food in a casual setting!
Matt Takas · January 21, 2018
Finally popped over for brunch, as I’ve heard positive things about this place. Overall it was good. They have decent cocktails (not strong, but good) that they put some thought and creativity into. The brunch menu is much more flavorful than it is interesting. Our food seemed to take forever to come out. Sitting in the noisy dark didn’t help. I considered giving three stars, but they earned that fourth star by being one of only a handful of places that knows how to cook grits. Get the hangover (and/or a hangover...drink responsibly) with a sunny side up egg.
Johnny Clark · February 12, 2018
This is a phenomenal restaurant. Anytime that you want to go for dinner, be prepared to wait, that’s just the nature of this place. It’s small, quaint, and the menu changes every day with the exception of some regulars and the drinks are carefully made with a good beer selection. if this is your first time you must try the mac & cheese. We go a few times a year and always enjoy ourselves.
Dave Farag · January 7, 2018