Raleigh >Bars & Pubs > The Raleigh Times
14 E. Hargett St, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2760135.778188 -78.638594
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
My Favorite, Still. – I moved here from Michigan about five years ago and this bar still remains my favorite. Within these five years, I have yet to receive a bland or common meal. The changing menu is unique which leaves desire; consequently, returning business is inevitable. Furthermore, the beer selection is something amazing in itself.
It is understandable why some types of people would not like this bar, but diversity is yet another reason why I love it. Yes, some people may look different, but it's all in how one carries one's self; be cool, get cool.
This place has not even been open for the five years that you refer to.
Trendy & Pricey for what you get – This place is only friendly for "artsy" (emo) types with too much money and not enough taste. The waitress was rude--I guess we didn't have enough tattoos and piercings to occupy her time. I had a pretty good salad--made bad because of the price. The bartender with the black mullet was downright rude.
We are so disheartened to hear about your visit to The Raleigh Times! We've always taken pride in the diversity of our patrons: be it artsy, "suits," construction workers, young and old - you name it they are here. Plus, we've got one of the best Belgium beer selections in the country, if that's your taste. We'd love it if you'd give us another try.
Awful Bar Service – I've never been to a worse place in my life. The bar stinks and the bartenders are complete jerks. I had two male bartenders that evening - both of them were cocky and rude, and had the worst attitude I've ever seen.
Tattooed, Smokin Hot Bartend-resseses...and they serve food, I think. – Seriously...Greg, you're killing me with the talent in that place. (No offense to Katrina or any of the other wonderful ladies walking around that I can never have.) Even the dudes are cool as hell and willing to tell you anything about the latest effort from Thom Yorke. (Which is probably crucifying some hipster patron's eardrums right now...)
Yea, the food is really good. whatever, I'll write that later. The girls are hot. -Whitey
Where did she go? – We have a question. And, apparently, we are not the only ones wondering this. What happened to that smokin' hot bartendress??? She always worked on the non smoking side and we rarely went over to that side of the bar but when we did, she always made it a point to help us with the crazy beer list and introduce us to stuff we never would of tried. The bar is still great, I love the Times, but she always had a way of making of her rounds and making us feel awesome about being there. The pork nachos are amazing and the beer selection is off the chain! We will definetly be back but would love to know where that adorable bartender went!
Downwardly spiralling – This is my first time ever reviewing on citysearch -- and I'm only doing it because no one at Raleigh Times made eye contact with me after I got up from our table and stood at the bar to wait and wait and wait to explain in person why my friends and I were going elsewhere. So: I have worked in several restaurants over the years and I was a huge fan of RT when Ashley and her staff were still there. In the last year or so, I have been repeatedly disappointed in the food quality, atmosphere and staff professionalism. First, the food: buns are consistently stale, and the sides -- what is up? They are terrible! It's almost like a joke, that pasta salad is so bad! As for the atmosphere, I have to say that someone did finally straighten the slanting framed newspapers in the second room. Good work. But why does the music have to be so loud at dinner time? And for the staff: I was there Saturday night, and our waitress was totally sassy and really subtracted from the experience. I don't need much, folks, just a professional attitude. I went again on Sunday evening -- my boyfriend and I brought a friend visiting from out of town -- and we waited at the table in the window by the bar for about 15 minutes. It was not busy. A server said something unintelligible to us in passing, but she never came back. We got tired of waiting (and we were embarrassed to bring our guest there), so I thought I'd politely explain that we were leaving because we had been ignored. The bartender never acknowledged my presence. Ya'll, it's just not going well from a serving standpoint and the place did NOT start out this way. It's really a shame and I hope you get your act together because Raleigh Times used to be so awesome. Bartenders, acknowledge the people standing at your bar. You'll make money. Servers, act like you give a damn. People in the kitchen, reality check those sides because they are bad. I'm not mad, I'm really disappointed and would love to see improvement.
Terrible Service – The first time I went to Raleigh Times was so bad that I vowed not to go back. And I am still upset that I returned.
I am in the service industry and my friends and I went there to grab a beer after work. For the most part the bartenders ignored us. If we asked for something, they behaved as if we were such an inconvenience to their leaning around time. One of my friends had knocked over a beer and we were told ?the mop is around the corner.? I could understand the bartender joking with us if we were being drunk and obnoxious, but we were looking to unwind after a hard shift and it didn?t sound like a joke to any of us.
The second time I went, I decided I needed to try the food after hearing all the rave reviews and I shouldn?t scorn the place for two cranky bartenders. Was I wrong. We were ignored again. It was even more unacceptable because we were sitting right behind the beer taps, a place the bartender was all the time. It took more than 45 minutes to get the food which we had to ask the bar back to get for us. It was ice cold and I couldn?t even get her attention to tell her so.
Best food around – I love, love, love Raleigh Times! Working downtown, I go there for lunch at least once a week! They have the best burger I have ever tasted (even compared to home cooked!), I also enjoy the cheese, tomato and avacado sandwich - it is delicious. Great fries and chips too. The best thing that I get every time now is the Chop Salad with Garlic Ranch Dressing - I want to lick my plate when I am done, it is the best salad around! My only complaints are the lack of space - not enough seats, the high ceilings make it very noisy in there too, so you have to yell sometimes to be heard. The only other thing is that the water is horrible. They must use city water (which many other downtown restaurants do) and it is awful. I always have to end up getting a soda (which I don't want to do), since I can't drink the water. I wish they would use filtered water. I highly recommend eating here - it is worth the weight and everything on the menu that I have tried is so good and so fresh.
Great Food, Poor Service – We had tickets to a show nearby and were meeting another couple downtown for supper before the curtain. An hour and a half seemed a perfectly reasonable amount of time for pub food. More than 45 minutes after ordering we had to ask the waitress if our food would be out soon. 15 minutes after that she casually asked us "Oh, it's STILL not out?" like we were the ones to ask. She oh-so-generously offered to bring us our check right then, which we took her up on. Our food came out with just a few moments to scarf it down, sign our checks, and dash. I wish I'd had the stones to not tip her, but without any explanation I hesitate to hold a server responsible for what could just as easily be an understaffed or disorganized kitchen.
I'm sure that anyone could relay a story about a restaurant that was having a bad night and the ways that the restaurant handled it; managers coming to tables to apologize, offering a drink or dessert or even a discount, depending on the circumstances. The Raleigh Times didn't handle it at all.
With all that said, the food really is incredible; fresh, tasty, and well prepared. The beer list is expansive and the character of the old building is truly a Raleigh gem. I would simply not recommend it if you're on any kind of schedule. I would also lose any expectation of service above extremely casual.
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