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The Willard, Raleigh, NC

The Willard

4.4
4.4
208 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 takes inspiration from Spain and across the Mediterranean. It includes Tapas-style small plates like papas bravas, grilled haloumi, Marcona almonds, and more) as well as bigger bites like salads, flatbreads, charcuterie plates and burgers.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 24 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.
  • Cookie Decorating Class with Oakwood Cookie Co.

    US$60.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Oct 19, 2022 only
    Learn cookie decorating basics from Taylor Whitworth of Oakwood Cookie Co as you take in our skyline views and enjoy a glass of wine. At our Fall Cookie Decorating Class, you’ll be given your very own set of six fall-themed sugar cookies, multiple shades of royal icing, and all the tools and tips you’ll need to make beautifully decorated cookies. This class will take place in the AC Kitchen area of our indoor lounge. Class starts at 7PM. Purchase tickets now for $60 – includes one glass of your choice of wine (white, red, or bubbly!).

What 208 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Scenic View

  • Raleigh

    Outdoor Eating

  • Raleigh

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. SB

    SherieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    JamieM

    Raleigh

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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.
  3. g

    giulliettad

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!!
  6. 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.
  7. BR

    BenReviews

    Charlotte

    92 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    92 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. WP

    WesP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful views atop the hotel and the food was fast and tasty. Great date night!
  15. T

    Tessa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Easy to find and dine. Great place to unwind. Train, train, go away, Come again another day. Distracting for dialogue, But good service paid off. September is cold, what the heck Next time keep heaters on deck. Overall I'd still recommend. I'd give it an 8.5, might bend to a 10.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely rooftop bar & restaurant. We sat on the patio overlooking the city - such a relaxing view! Great service and the food was excellent. Will definitely be going back.
  17. SM

    ShellM

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Please know that the view is of a parking garage being built, road construction, and the back of buildings. The fruit flies were horrible and kept landing in our drinks. I would have complained to the waitress, had she not been overwhelmed and if she had a chance to check on us in a timely manner. It’s regular hotel food, don’t let the menu fool you. It all sounded wonderful and tasted like hotel room service food. The burger was over-cooked and dry. Heating up frozen fries is a Wendy’s level chef. Such a shame.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Service slow and missed my order. Had to cancel it because was not hungry anymore. Loud. Too many people taking selfies.
  19. RT

    RobertT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dining and atmosphere for a reasonable price. only recommendation is to expand the menu.
  20. JD

    JessD

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    It was a perfect evening. The weather was just right for great drinks and small plates on a rooftop!
  21. A

    Argenti

    Raleigh

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating a Birthday on the outside patio. Great atmosphere and views. It wasn’t overwhelmingly crowded and the weather to sit outside was perfect The drinks and appetizers were excellent. We Will return and recommend to others.
  22. RB

    RickB

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food, great atmosphere! We'll be back with friends. The flatbreads were great!
  23. CP

    CPBarney

    Raleigh

    132 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    132 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    First time dining at The Willard. Parking can be somewhat tricky, as you can't park at the hotel itself. However, once we were seated, everything was great. I will say this is not as much of a dinner place, as it is a bar. The food was very good though, especially the flatbreads and salads, just a bit of a limited menu in my opinion. Server was great. Prices in typical Marriott style, are on the pricey side. That is where I just reason that away because of what we all came here for, and that's THE VIEW. Yes, it's a really good one. Cool vibe, nice place for drinks with friends!
  24. p

    pattybd

    Greensboro

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Inside very loud. Outside wonderful view. Need more sun coverage. Food good. Service excellent.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    I took my boyfriend here for a birthday dinner, we had reservations so coming in was good, the host seated us immediately, the server took about 5 minutes to greet us which wasn’t bad but he was so busy that after he got our drink order and drinks it took awhile for him to come back and get our order. It took us a little over an hour to even get our food. Now the food was good, not amazing but very good, unfortunately for the price you don’t get much, what really drove this review to be what it is was After we received our food we were never checked up on again, we had to chase him down just to receive our check and again to pay for the meal, it was extremely frustrating to say the least.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first anniversary and it was lovely!
  27. MT

    MarlanaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect spot! Food.. service ..atmosphere!!....we will go back
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Went for cocktails and food. The cocktails were slightly pricey for the size. The food didn’t receive great reviews from others. So, we didn’t order. The view was worth it!
  29. LR

    LuciaR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Birthday and engagement
  30. m

    melodyc

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely love this place!
  31. J

    Jwood

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food -- and stunning views of downtown Raleigh!
  32. s

    sharonc

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely loved the atmosphere, quality of service and food.
  33. JM

    JanM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was superb the waitress was great the music was nice the weather could have been better but no one can help that. The atmosphere was great the hostess could have been more friendly.
  34. SR

    StephanieR

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food2service4ambience5
    Ambience and atmosphere was amazing! Food was not really good expect for dessert. Not really enough for $50 per person.
  35. l

    loverofdesserts

    Raleigh

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    The food was overdone! The waffles were pre-packaged; too much coating on the chicken and the slaw added nothing to the sandwich. The only thing that saved the day was the wait staff. The young man was attentive even though he seemed responsible for at least five other tables.
  36. GS

    GurinderS

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Bit overpriced. Food was ok. But they have prefix brunch. It was definitely overpriced. Seemed a bit slow too. I wont be going back.
  37. D

    Diner4

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Food was not good.
  38. F

    Finerbynature

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    My experience may not be the norm, I don't know, but I was not impressed. My fiancee wanted to get dressed up and go out for dinner for her birthday so I made a reservation for the rooftop. We arrived and the "table" was ready but we were seated at a very low sofa. We asked to change tables and was told we could have the table behind us. 10 minutes later it was finally cleaned after asking 4 times. (Seemed like only 2 or 3 ppl were actually working). We finally ordered and our food came out before our appetizer. Apparently our appetizer was mistakenly given to another table and had to be remade. I must have looked disappointed all night because every time our server reappeared she would ask if we were enjoying ourselves and be very apologetic for everything in the evening. The table next to ours was practically screaming laughing the whole night and you could see the annoyance in multiple other tables. Their view is wonderful but the service not so much and the food was not with the money. I don't plan on returning.
  39. RG

    RachelG

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great views over Raleigh from the roof deck. Delicious Beyond burgers and fabulous garlic fries. 😋
  40. M

    Monika

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to have drinks and enjoy the view of the city

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

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

FAQs

The Willard is rated 4.4 stars by 208 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 24 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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