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The Willard, Raleigh, NC

The Willard

4.5
4.5
235 Reviews
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
The Willard Rooftop Lounge offers signature craft cocktails and inspired bites alongside stunning views of downtown Raleigh.

The centerpiece of The Willard is the main rooftop patio with panoramic views of the Raleigh skyline and a dual-sided fireplace surrounded by comfortable, yet modern, seating. Heaters make our outdoor spaces comfortable year-round. Inside, a 22-seat bar is the focal point of the dining room.

The Willard’s cocktail menu playfully leans into Raleigh’s nickname as the City of Oaks, offering signature craft cocktails aged in oak barrels and cocktails where smoke is a key ingredient.

The seasonal food menu includes bites to share like papas bravas, crispy duck arepas, and salads as well as bigger bites like flatbreads, charcuterie plates, burgers, and hearty entrees.

Located on the 7th floor of the AC Hotel Raleigh Downtown in the Glenwood South district.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 p.m.


Booked 23 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Lounge, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (919) 803-5200

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    James Cundiff

  • Catering

    Catering customized to your needs is available from the kitchen of Executive Chef James Cundiff.

  • Private party facilities

    The Willard Rooftop Lounge at AC Hotel Raleigh Downtown offers three flexible event spaces for meetings, weddings, and social events like birthdays, showers, retirement parties, and more.

  • Neighbourhood

    Raleigh

  • Cross Street

    Hillsborough St

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Fireplace Covered Couch

    US$500.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    The heavily sought after Covered Couch area is an experience in itself. This reservation gives you a 3 hour spot with some off menu treats that come with the luxury of knowing you have the best spot in the house. The $500 is not per person, but for the entirety of the reservation. It goes towards your Food & Beverage minimum for the 3 hours you have to enjoy the spot. Book it quickly before it's gone for the night.
  • New Year's Eve at The Willard

    US$155.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    Ring in 2023 with spectacular views of the downtown Raleigh fireworks. The Willard Rooftop Lounge will host our second annual New Year’s Eve bash on Saturday, December 31, from 8pm to 1am. Join us for an American-inspired buffet, two full cash bars, live music and dance floor with Peter Lamb & the Wolves, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $155 per person including gratuity. Please note: beverages will be for purchase a la carte and are not included in the ticket price. Peter Lamb & the Wolves will perform 9:30pm-12:30am.
  • Holiday Wreath Making Workshop

    US$80.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Nov 29, 2022 only
    Deck your halls with a handmade boho-style wreath this holiday season (see style of wreath in event photo)! Join Tiera George from TG Floristry for a Holiday Wreath Making Workshop on Tues, Nov 29, at 7pm in our indoor rooftop lounge with stunning views of the Raleigh skyline. Tickets are $80 and include everything you need to make a boho-style wreath including hoop and dried florals, plus two hours of instruction and camaraderie with Tiera and a glass of wine (red, white, or sparkling!) from our bar.

What 235 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Scenic View

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Raleigh

    Outdoor Eating

  • Raleigh

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. LR

    LindaR

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When out-of-town family or friends come, there is no more impressive spot to take them than The Willard at sundown. The service is outstanding and the outdoor fireplace and scene can't be beat.
  2. TT

    TomT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great drinks, great food, great service. Heated outside patio was amazing. Will be back.
  3. JL

    JakeL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The view was awesome but did not have enough heaters. The food was mediocre at best. Asked for medium burger came out rare. They re made it and it came out well done. Cocktails were average
  4. JS

    JennyS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the rooftop and enjoyed the cocktails. The flatbreads were really tasty and our Server was awesome.
  5. B

    Brian

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Nice views of downtown Raleigh from the patio. Plenty of comfortable seats. Drinks were decent but pricey. Food was basic - this is not a destination for food. Our server was friendly and helpful, as were the other staff. One small suggestion for management - maybe find a way to relocate the lighting strips that are currently located along the railings on the patio? When seated on the patio we found that the lighting strips were right around our eye level, which detracted from the otherwise great view of the city at night.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It was my birthday
  7. TB

    ThatBamaGuy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our maiden voyage to the Willard. If you've been thinking about going, do it now, run! Food was fantastic, flavors and seasonings are incredible. If you have Kyle as a host, whatever he recommends, get 2 of. Will be going back! Views are awesome in the twi-light!
  8. MD

    MalloryD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Went to grab drinks and a quick bite on Saturday afternoon. Really lovely set up. Chic and modern, great views of downtown. The potatoes were amazing!
  9. KM

    KellyM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The food and drinks at the Willard are pretty disappointing, given the price point. There is a lot of potential for a cool experience, considering the view, but everything was just sort of sub par. Gin and tonic was flat with not much ice, margaritas were excessively sweet, service was pretty slow.
  10. D

    Davis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, cocktails, and atmosphere, but overall, a little pricey for what you are getting. We had a beer and 3 cocktails, 3 burgers and averaged about $55/person, including tip.
  11. L

    Lexi

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience4
    Drinks were bad and mediocre, but the service was great!! The view was beautiful, however, I would never come back again when visiting Raleigh
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Easy to reserve, not crowded on a weekday. Great service and great location/ ambience to connect for drinks and catching up with friends
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The atmosphere was really nice. Staff was friendly. Margarita was served in a 7 oz high ball glass. IDK for $14 a drink the presentation is a must. Invest in some cool glasses for your signature drinks. We did not have any food. Hard to find street parking on a mid-week night.
  14. K

    Kaylah

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall1food4service5ambience5
    Let me start this off by saying that I am a little over a year sober. As a sober person I still like to enjoy fun drinks- I asked our server about non alcoholic options and he was very excited about a mocktail I ordered. I’m assuming it was the manager who brought it out and said “mocktail” as she dropped it off. It looked delicious and I took two giant swigs of it only to be met with the heat of liquor at the bottom of the drink. The same manager came over a few minutes later and picked up the drink and replaced it with the mocktail. Only stating “this is the one without alcohol, I accidentally gave you the one with alcohol”. This entire experience was so incredibly disappointing. Our server Victor was fantastic and was absolutely appalled when we told him what happened. I’m assuming no manager came over to the table because it’s the same one that made the mistake. No apologies from the manager and I’m unsure if she even took the mistake seriously.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful view!! The cozy vibe, delicious food, and great drinks make it the perfect happy hour location!
  16. c

    cachto

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Willard is one of the most special places that you can go in Raleigh. Seeing the skyline of Raleigh in the background while eating absolutely delicious small plates is a royal treat. It's a great place to go for a special occasion with friends or significant other. The service is flawless.
  17. L

    Loyalty7

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience3
    Better food options; music choice was great but it was very low so could barely hear; great views
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Celebration of 2 Libra’s! It was a great night.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday Celebration! We had a great time.
  20. MI

    MIAM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    Great views but staff was not happy and no ambience and menu was out of half the stuff
  21. CM

    CMF0705

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The atmosphere was nice overall. We were seated at an awkward height table- not a bar height and too low to be a standard table height, which made it a bit uncomfortable. The first two things I ordered they were out of, however the drink and app I ended up with were good. Service was pretty good overall. I would try it again, but likely more just for a cocktail before heading to dinner somewhere.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect cocktail spot
  23. S

    Shalice

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had Ashley as my server & she was so attentive & extremely polite. This was my first time trying it out & it was beautiful. Sitting outside on the patio is a vibeee. 10/10 recommend their flatbreads & the Willard margarita. Such a pleasant experience. I’m definitely coming back soon!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was helpful and enthusiastic about the menu. The drink selection was excellent, and the food was delicious. We loved the city view from the rooftop.
  25. SS

    SteveS

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun place!
  26. JZ

    JamiZ

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    Typical rooftop bar. Beautiful views, subpar service, subpar food. I recommend going for one drink, one picture and eating someplace else down the road.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Server was rushing us and I can’t tell she was ready to go home.
  28. SB

    SherieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere. Food was delicious. Gorgeous views. Perfect date night
  29. JM

    JamieM

    Raleigh

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The drinks were subpar for the price. The biggest problem I had was they knew it was our anniversary and sat us in the least desirable spot when they had so many open tables. Then when we asked to move and we sat on the couch they told us we’d have to move at 630 bc they had a reservation there, so we moved prior but the party never came. We ended up leaving after less than a hour and going to another bar. The views are okay, but that’s about it.
  30. g

    giulliettad

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food & drinks were great. Our waiter was amazing. I did not feel that the amount I paid for the candle class was worth it. I will be coming back to grab a drink on the patio.
  31. DT

    DavidT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Very good food and a nice view. Recommend the Lamb burger and Arugula salad. Went during the day but an evening view I’m sure would be great. Planning to go back at some point. Only a couple of downsides is the food menu is not extensive as it’s more of a bar/lounge, and they make you park in street, which I would expect on a busy weekend evening. But this was Sunday early afternoon when there was clearly plenty of available parking in the structure as we could see when they let us in just to make a u-turn to leave.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience5
    My drink had to be sent back twice, my salmon was suppose to smoked and it taste like gas. I am guessing they were suppose to use the torch and it was running out. My husband had the lamb burger and we both felt sick last night. We will never go back there again!!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Food was not all hyped up as it looks. Lamb burger was great. Pricey for the small type of bites they offer, even as luxury food goes. View is blocked by furniture and way hyped up on social media but good vibes still. Customer service and drinks was good.
  34. BR

    BenReviews

    Charlotte

    93 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This place has one of the prettiest rooftops I have experienced. Such a great setting. The cocktails are amazing and surprisingly the food is really good. Would like to see a bit of variance in the small bites but everything tasted very good. This is a great place to unwind, have a drink, and relax. Service was excellent
  35. J

    Joann

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved the food and the vibe even better. Definitely a must if you visit Raleigh.
  36. DP

    DrPSN

    Raleigh

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is a perfect spot for a romantic date night! We met four other couples there and had a ball! The food was delicious! The atmosphere was perfect!
  37. BD

    BrendaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience and excellent sharing of knowledge about the wines - loved the pairing of wine with foods
  38. WD

    WendellaDeville

    Raleigh

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The drink list is awesome! The menu for food is small but has great choices. I'll definitely go back.
  39. S

    Sonya

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My overall experience was excellent. I wasn't able to really hear the Jazz music however, what I did hear I liked.
  40. K

    Kayl

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    The service was slow and the server made fun of the drink my friend ordered. They brought our food and no plates or silverware so we had to go find some. The prices are over priced for the quality.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

FAQs

The Willard is rated 4.5 stars by 235 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 p.m.


Booked 23 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Willard

9 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27603-1797

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Hillsborough St

  • Neighbourhood

    Raleigh

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Lounge, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    James Cundiff

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (919) 803-5200

  • Catering

    Catering customized to your needs is available from the kitchen of Executive Chef James Cundiff.

  • Private party facilities

    The Willard Rooftop Lounge at AC Hotel Raleigh Downtown offers three flexible event spaces for meetings, weddings, and social events like birthdays, showers, retirement parties, and more.

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