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About Jimmy V's Osteria + Bar - Downtown Raleigh
Jimmy V’s Osteria + Bar is a unique and modern restaurant was created with Jimmy Valvano’s passion and commitment to excellence, and a percentage of the restaurant’s revenue will be donated to the V Foundation. Jimmy Valvano’s love for food is the influence behind our menu creation featuring local and seasonal dishes with an emphasis on delicious Italian/American down to earth and traditional comfort foods using local farm grown ingredients and straightforward preparations. Also, Executive Chef Jeff Russell focuses on shareable small-plates, to encourage groups to socialize in a convivial atmosphere, which is warm and inviting for family gatherings, a night on the town or toasting drinks with friends.
Raleigh, NC 27601
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am, Saturday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:00am
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Access valet parking from the roundabout at 421 S. Salisbury St. To access the restaurant go inside the Sheraton Hotel, take a left, go up the escalator, and Jimmy V's Osteria + Bar can be entered directly to your right. Ask your server or host for a stamp to receive special customer discount on valet.
Raleigh's free R-Line stops just behind us at the Raleigh Convention Center at stop R-13 Cross over Salisbury, enter through the Sheraton, go left up the escalators and come straight ahead until you see Jimmy V's on the right!
Private Party Contact:
Kelsie Shortsleeve: (919) 256-1451
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Jimmy V's Osteria + Bar - Downtown Raleigh Ratings and Reviews
Sat out the outside dining areas as it was a beautiful evening. Shared the Mozzarella Fritta appetizer, was very good. I had the spaghetti and meatballs, two very large meatballs, again very good. My companion had the Smoked Chicken Ravioli, commented it was best she had eaten. Service was good, but a bit sporadic. Only negative was restaurant reported to open table that we did not honor our reservation, which was later corrected after feedback from me.
Great food, great service. Only complaint was that the online menu is out of date. One reason we chose Jimmy V's was because of dinner menu items we saw online, that we discovered are no longer offered. According to our server, the menu was changed "a couple of weeks ago". Nevertheless, it was a very good meal and we plan to return.
Service was extremely slow, took 15 mins before anyone came to offer drinks. Then once we ordered our drinks, it took another 10 mins to get our cocktails and water. Breakfast buffet was bland. Ordered an omelette and waffles from our waitress and this took over 15 mins. Terrible experience overall. We've been there for dinner and it was great. I hope this was just an off day.
We had a great time at Jimmy V's and loved the crab dip that we shared together. Our waiter was wonderful and made sure we had everything we needed. My only complaint is that it got to be so loud from people sitting around us that it was hard to hear what the other person was saying. Definitely glad we went here for dinner!
We had higher expectations based upon past reviews. There were a number of differences between the current menu and the menu online, and several of items that we were hoping to try were not available. Menu changes aren't uncommon, of course, but keeping your website up-to-date shows attention to detail. The service was a bit disjointed, as a soup was served after the main course. The Frutti de Mare was typical - nothing really special. That describes the overall experience - we were hoping that Jimmy V's was more than a common hotel restaurant. The meatballs, which were described as oversized (very true) were similarly ordinary, and very little pasta was served with them - probably best to keep them on the appetizer menu and off the main course list. The sauce (or gravy, if you prefer) was overly-sweet, much as you usually associate with less accomplished Italian fare. From conversations with others afterwards, it appears that Jimmy V's got off to a great start, but perhaps they've become complacent, which is unfortunate, as it's in a great downtown location and there is plenty of competition.
Unfortunately, our graduation party at Jimmy V's was not the experience I had expected for our celebration. Four of the twelve guests wood food fired pizzas which were terribly greasy and crust was under cooked. Overall food was simply not good. Service was slow.
$132 to eat, park & tip is a bit much for a buffet brunch. For this price one expects excellence but they just didn't deliver. First reservation was difficult to get. I kept getting message that desired date & time was unavailable yet the place was only sparsely occupied. Next a reminder call stated that I needed call back & confirm. Food was just par. I had a Trout Eggs Benedict but couldn't cut the muffin with the knife supplied. Staff was very pleasant & the deserts were outstanding.
We have eaten here every year for Mother's Day for the past 3 years because the buffet is really good and we love the open air concept. I was quite turned off when I made a reservation 6 day before Mother's Day and the earliest I could get was 2pm. I called the restaurant on Fri evening to let them know of a change in our party and the hostess told me we could come in for a noon reservation. I was very excited because that was our initial desired time. We arrive at noon and stayed for about 1.5 hours..... the restaurant was NEVER busy at all. There were many tables available the entire time. On top of that, some Moms were given roses and others (like me) were not. I noticed a large basket full behind the hostess stand and a few tables with roses. Not a deal breaker but odd. For $150 we my go somewhere else next year.
We dined here for Mother's Day and had reservations. We arrived a few minutes early and they attempted to sit us at a high top with my elderly mother. The hostess was appalled that we requested a different table. The restaurant was almost empty and there was a regular table already set for 8 that they could have easily swapped with out table but instead they set a new table for us. The other empty table set for 8 was empty for over an hour after we arrived. When we were finally seated our waitress brought coffee but took no other drink orders. We sat for another 15 minutes before drink orders were taken. Took a long time to get the drink orders and at that time I told the waitress we were ready to order. She took our orders and then we waited. We never saw our waitress again until the food slowly started to arrive. She never came to refill any drinks. It took a very long time to even get our food and the waitress brought two meals and then we waited for the rest, it took us over 20 minutes to get everybody's food. We have manners and wait for everyone to have their food before we begin to eat so only the last person to get their food had hot food. The waitress then finally showed back up to refill drinks when we were almost finished eating, we finished eating. She brought the check and the. Never came back to collect payment. We had to go to hostess stand to pay and the. Were charged an 18% gratuity for horrible service and cold food. Made for a miserable Mother's Day brunch. Will never go back.
FIRST TIME EXPERIENCE; made a reservation but when we arrived they didn't seem to have one. Sat for 4-6 minutes before being greeted. It was busy but not slammed so the service definitely could have been better. We all got the brunch buffet and it's a bit disappointing too. Eggs, bacon, sausage, and potatoes were the only hot options. Sad pastry selection, limited bagels, and generic cream cheese. With the presentation and selection options, $7-8 would be have been a more appropriate price point compared to $14. It wasn't the best place to celebrate an early mothers day brunch but it wasn't horrible either, just expensive and with the service lacking. By the time we left, there was only one other table and that didn't really change the level of service we received. We just felt like they maybe wanted us to leave? Thankfully Krispy Kreme was just a short drive away so we saved the morning!!
Went here before prom and had a great time! Sat outside and there was a beer festival downtown so it was pretty loud but understandable. Food was great if a bit expensive and they were very accommodating when my friends wanted to split something. Service was great and everyone was very nice!
Seemed more bar than restaurant. The service was slow to arrive, and the waitress couldn't answer any of our questions about the menu. The food tasted good but was overpriced for what we got ($17 spaghetti and meatballs?), except perhaps the chef's special, gnocchi which was excellent! Not good enough to justify a return visit.
The kitchen was very slow. Took 30 minutes to get my husbands side salad out to the table. Our meals arrived 22 minutes later. His steak was cooked perfectly. However, I ordered the Bruschetta and the bread was so hard I could not bite it. I asked the waiter to have the kitchen redo the bread - that took another 10 minutes. We had tickets to a concert that started at 8 and I wasn't able to eat but one piece of bruschetta as we had to leave. Instead I took 2 slices of the bread and ate that on the way to the concert. The waiter was great - this was in no way on him.
We went to Jimmy V's prior to attending a show at the Duke Performing Arts Center on Friday, Mar 10th. We had a reservation for 6:15pm, we were seated promptly and our hostess took our drinks menu. The drinks didn't show up till about 20 mins later, after that she took our food order. We told her we have a show to attend, she told us food should be 20 mins max. At 7:30 we still did not have our food, at 7:45 we asked to cancel our order and just get our checks so we can get to our show. Instantly our food shows up in boxes to go, we told them what would we do with this, it will just sit in the car now and we asked to just cancel our food and get our check, it is now 7:50pm. This was a very bad experience at Jimmy V's and a first, we had been there before and never had to go through anything like this. We left the restaurant without eating anything.
I was super disappointed with this restaurant. We made a reservation for my birthday/girls night out. We planned 2 hours so that we would be on time for a show we were seeing after dinner. Soon arrival we were seated quickly. However after that things went down hill quickly. Our server got our orders in and drinks on the table about 30 minutes after ordering. Then we did not see her again for an hour. No water, no drink refills and no checking to make sure the food was ok...which it wasnt. Our pizza was cold and our appetizer never came out. We tried several times to track our server down and was met with less than stellar responses from other servers. We even went to the bar to order drinks while we waited and was told they would rather we order through our server and was turned away. Our server came by and asked if we needed drinks, we ordered as welk as ordere desert and she dissapeared again. When we finally got our server to grab our checks she then disappeared for another 20 minutes. Finally 3.5 hours after got there she brought our checks to the table and we were able to pay. No drinks, no desert nothing. We all felt tgat for 60.00 checks that we should have at least gotten our money's worth in the food. Tables around us were also held up and one didn't even get their food, thus having to take it to go. The server brought it to the table and it was the wrong order and then asked them to pay for it anyway. I was super bummed about the whole thing. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant to anyone until they get a good handle on their wait staff, and customer service.
My first visit to Jimmy V's was disappointing. I live in downtown Raleigh and took visiting family members there for breakfast. It took 20 minutes for our water and coffee to be delivered. The waitress was quiet but friendly; however, when our food was delivered, my omelette was missing key ingredients and my husband's pancakes were hard and cold. During our visit, I witnessed three customers from separate tables get up to steal silverware from other tables because they didn't have any. We all ordered from the menu because the buffet was little more than what you'd receive as a complimentary hotel breakfast.
In all fairness, I have not tried Jimmy V's for lunch or dinner. Perhaps those menus/times are more impressive. I will not be returning there for breakfast, though...far too many great breakfast options downtown.
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