Raleigh >Bars & Pubs > The Raleigh Times
14 E. Hargett St, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2760135.778188 -78.638594
Best nachos in town! Be sure to get them with pork. Great atmosphere and beer selection!
Dont Eat the FISH – we drove in to see some friends and headed down to The Raleigh Times for dinner.. What a mistake!! I ordered fish and chips and got 90% chips and 10% fish.. I also ordered fried pickles.. tasted great, but got 8 whole sliced pickles, not spears, just sliced.. .. that
A Raleigh staple – If you like to drink great beer, eat awesome bar food and hang out with your friends in a great atmosphere then you will probably like Raleigh Times. If you don't then you should go get your head checked because you can't' wrong with the times!!!
Hell....I've been thrown out of this place a couple of times because I gotten into with some of the bartenders and I still come back. That's how great it is and if you have had a bad experience I would say that you come back and give it another chance.
Won't go back! – I had read that Raleigh Times had the best burgers in downtown. Went there to pick up a business lunch order that we called in. We were told it would be ready in 30 minutes. We get there and the bartender says our order is not ready. We wait about 15 minutes and he comes over and asks the name again. He then turns around and gives us our order that had been there on the bar when we arrived, so it was now cold. He did not even apologize or offer any discount. I ordered a med-well burger that was so red in the middle, I could only eat around the outside. Not what I expected for a $9 burger. To make it worse, I sent an email to the manager about this. Still no response.
Raleigh Times are good times. – Raleigh Times Bar (RTB) impressionably is the center of the universe, if that universe is downtown Raleigh. I came to this conclusion during Hopscotch Music Festival when RTB hosted its own unaffiliated, day-long block party and it resembled the festival itself. I’ve eaten many meals, as well as, kick-started or ended many late nights here.
Overall, it’s a really cool bar with a wide selection of beverages (beer/cocktail) and decent food.
I find it amusing there is a column on the menu entitled “Bar Food”…I feel all RTB entrees qualify as bar food.
The Grilled Cheddar, Avocado, & Tomato sandwich is crazy good, when toasted thoroughly (50/50 success). The Raleigh Times Burger is an award winning burger – my lunch mate verbally confirmed “this is the best burger I’ve ever eaten”…mid-bite. Pork Nachos/Loaded Fries are a late night favorite amongst the friends. The pork was once provided by the Pit – I’ve noticed this info is no longer highlighted on the menu… mystery BBQ? Prime-Rib French Dip doesn’t disappoint. Be sure to try the tasty house cut chips with their garlic ranch.
The Crunchy Chicken Tacos are not good, according to one truly dissatisfied tex-mex fanatical lunch-mate. The Fish & Chips basket is a sad attempt at a Brit classic – good beer battering, but too greasy & perhaps frozen?
I’ve shared Sangria carafes and RTB has a delicious recipe. They also take great pride in their extensive beer collection, and keep fans up-to-date via Facebook regarding arriving & departing beers.
Overall, RTB is more of a good time than a good restaurant… but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
favorite downtown spot – I love going to Raleigh Times. Their beer selection, though somewhat pricey, is really creative. They offer some of the most unique and interesting brews. The food here is also excellent. I am really sad that they took the Pit bbq sandwich off the menu, though.
Great Food/Fair Prices – I enjoy the Raleigh Times because it is one of the few "hot" spots downtown that hasn't starting asking patrons to chop off an arm in exchange for a beer and a burger. With $3-$5 adult beverage options and $8-$14 meal options I eat here every time I visit downtown.
I like that they allow you to taste a beer before ordering and the bartenders always recommend beer based on what you like/don't like after sampling. Also, bonus points for ALWAYS having a clean restroom!
Best burger in Raleigh – We've been to the Times twice in the last few months and can't wait for each return. Service is friendly, the burgers are perfection, the Belgian beer selection is mind-boggling. This is a great place to bring out-of-towners for a great pub experience, A+, we need more places like it!
Used to be awesome before it became known – This bar is still great, but it's packed on Friday and Saturday nights with hipsters and fancy dressing young professionals. What happened to the t-shirt and jeans crowd? Nevertheless, you can't beat the BBQ nachos and the $6 pitcher and $2 pint PBRs. Good place to try for lunch, weekdays or after midnight on Friday and Saturday.
Hmmm – My husband and I used to frequent this restaurant once a week and sit outside with our dog. We liked it so much we had the rehearsal dinner for our wedding here a couple of years ago. We like the food and although the service has always been slow, slow, slow the staff used to be friendly. Now when we go inside we cannot hear each other over the loud, loud music. The space does not have good acoustics so the music bounces all around making everyone shout to be heard. We have asked for the music to be turned down a bit but it never makes a difference. We have stopped going as often and I do miss it. I just wish they management would realize that not all patrons enjoy the loud atmosphere and would enjoy actually being able to sit and have a conversation over dinner without shouting. I would like to recommend the chicken salad wrap with chips, the chicken fried chicken and the shrimp burger.
update: They have changed their menu and removed the chicken salad. How disappointing
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