The gentle breeze from an outdoor patio wafts the scents of certified Angus grilled steaks and seafood dishes throughout City Tavern's dining rooms, where guests gather to celebrate milestones with dishes that are at once elegant and familiar. Crackling fireplaces cast a soft glow that illuminates meals of sophisticated comfort cuisine featuring high-quality ingredients, such as seafood-stuffed eggplant with roasted red pepper cream sauce and build-your-own bison burgers. Back in the kitchen, chefs age Angus steaks for 21 days to unlock a mature flavor that can stand beside one of 45 specialty martinis without getting carded. The bar serves dinner and small bites—including fried cheesecake and vegetarian hummus with toasted pita points.
It's been more than a half-century since the first Char-Grill opened its doors on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh, but not much has changed at this beloved local chain. Whether in the original cinderblock building or one of the 10 locations that have been added since, people still approach the counter to jot down orders, pass them through the window, and then look on as cooks grill half- and quarter-pound steak patties over charcoal flames.
In addition to the signature smoky-flavored burgers, Char-Grill also fires up grilled chicken, chili dogs, and pulled-pork sandwiches. Milkshakes and fries add to the eatery's classic feel, helping land it on USA Today's list of 51 Great Burgers and reminding guests of simpler times when hamburgers were used as currency.
Rev your appetite engine with an elegant, Southern-style appetizer such as seared NC scallops with succotash and tarragon beurre blanc ($12). For a main course, sup on another Dixie delight, such as the jumbo shrimp-n-grits with bacon and midnight moon tomato ($28), or opt for a more-universal slab of USDA prime beef—the 14-ounce rib-eye is served seared the way you like it and slathered in meaty deliciousness ($29). If you'd like to keep your meal as light as a globetrotting eccentric's hot-air balloon, have a basil-pesto, hand-tossed personal pizza (with feta, artichokes, and Peppadew peppers, $7) or fried-oyster salad (with egg, bacon, and balsamic, $14). Click here to see the full lunch, dinner, and dessert menus.
We pride ourselves of delicious food, a knowledge staff and affordable prices. We make everything in house using fresh, local ingredients. Enjoy our raw and steam seafood selections or our hand-cut steaks. Our atmosphere allows for intimate date nights, family dinners and group parties.