ORO Restaurant & Lounge located in the heart of Downtown Raleigh, is a fun, chic, and casual restaurant in the PNC Building at the corner of Martin and Wilmington Streets.
Chris (Chef Hylton), an immigrant from Kingston, Jamaica, began his culinary career in Los Angeles, CA at age 18 and most recently came to Raleigh from Washington, DC where he was the Executive Chef at OYA Restaurant & Lounge. Prior to making his way to the east coast, Chef Hylton held a number of culinary and management positions at various restaurants in Los Angeles including Mobay, Kas-bah, and Linq. His specialty is pairing recognizable foods with international flavors and ingredients to create unique dishes that are powerful in flavor and beautiful in design. Chef Hylton uses local and seasonal ingredients whenever possible and is constantly evolving the menu to include the latest in food trends and seasonal delicacies. His culinary success has been documented and featured in magazines and newspapers from coast to coast.
As the current Executive Chef and Owner of ORO Restaurant & Lounge, Chef Hylton brings his experience and training to each dish that he creates. With a strong understanding of Caribbean flavors and training in French technique coupled with the fusion of Asian flavors, each dish is recognizable, but special and powerful in its combination.
In the Spotlight
ORO Restaurant & Lounge
Rather than offering individual starters and main courses, ORO serves dishes that are designed for sharing among friends and are brought to the table steadily and continuously throughout the meal.
Created by Hylton Hospitality, Downtown Raleigh residents Christopher Hylton and Cara Zalcberg Hylton opened ORO in the spring of 2012 proudly featuring a variety of small plates and signature dishes including options to satisfy all cravings. Boasting a menu that features almost all of its items under $15 and caters to vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free needs, ORO offers something for everyone!
What We Offer
ORO’s culinary team brings experience hosting your most important personal and business events not only in the restaurant, but off-site as well.
ORO serves dishes that are designed for sharing among friends and are brought to the table steadily and continuously throughout the meal.
What People are Saying
“A Great Find”
“Excellent experience. Chef Chris saved our night. We arrived past our reservation time for my birthday dinner. My girlfriend was worried that we would lose our table and was cursing mad at the Raleigh parking situation. Chef Chris helped to calm her and made sure we had a table. He saved my birthday night. It was our first visit. Everything (including the drinks) was very well done. We’ll be back.“
“Fabulous food & flawless service”
“Our sincerest compliments to the chef! My boyfriend and I went here to celebrate his 30th birthday tonight and it was nothing short of amazing. We’ve eaten at many restaurants all over the country and this is definitely in the top 3. Everything that the chef made for us was absolutely amazing. The service was superb and our waiter was so, so nice. We can’t wait to return! “
“Another successful experience”
“Went to Oro during restaurant week. 8oz New York strip steak was great. They sous-vide then sear. The smoke and mirror Manhattan was wonderful presentation and (of course) delicious. Will definitely recommend and return.“
“I really enjoyed the food and the service was great. The bar has a modern minimalist feel to it. This a a great place for tapas. I enjoyed every dish I ordered with the exception of the crab cakes, I would suggest that you avoid ordering them if you decide to dine here. The waiting staff and hostess was great and very friendly.”
Drop Us a Line
Don’t be shy! Let’s us know if you have any questions. We are here to help make your dining experience perfect and look forward to hearing from you.
Hours of Operation
Sunday: 10am - 2pm
Tuesday - Friday: 11am - 2pm
Monday-Thursday: 5pm - 10pm
Friday-Saturday: 5pm - 12am