Located in heart of downtown Raleigh, Sitti offers authentic Lebanese cuisine made fresh in house daily. We have all ABC permits and specialize in hand crafted beers as well as Lebanese and French wines. Our restaurant is capable of accommodating everyone from a single diner to large parties of up to 150. We also have an outdoor courtyard that is perfect for a sit down meal or just to enjoy a cocktail or two on a nice afternoon. Sitti is the perfect place to host company events, bridal receptions, or just a get together with friends and family. Please come join us for a great meal served with a smile, in an urban and exciting downtown area, at casual dining prices.
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday 12:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Catering is available. Please e mail Amy@empireeats.com
Street parking is available as well as two parking decks located within a block of the restaurant.
R-Line stop # R-19 (free bus line)
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Sitti accommodates a wide range of parties, from the private room downstairs to our open air courtyard, and the communal Sitti Table at the heart of the dining room. Large parties will enjoy the Family Style menu for seated dinners- or lunch- which easily translates to buffet service.
Sitti Ratings and Reviews
I love Sitti for many reasons. I've neve ...
I love Sitti for many reasons. I've never had better food or service. A waiter spilled a cup of water on my table and the manger brought me a free drink (ahhhmazing slow gin fizz), and a lavender crembrulee for free! The atmosphere is great and their prices are beyond reasonable. I recommend their tomato monzerella flatbread !
We went during Friday night of Restauran ...
We went during Friday night of Restaurant Week, so I'm willing to give them a second chance on a less busy day. But our appetizers were delivered incorrectly (and without any additional pita or crackers), my husband went a good 5 minutes without silverware, and one of our entrees was just not very good.
It was also very, very loud in the restaurant. Will give it one more try as we've heard good things about the restaurant.
Sitti is nice for a change once in awhil ...
Sitti is nice for a change once in awhile. There is nothing that stands out as excellent, but the food is always good and the menu selections are varied enough to ensure that all in the party can find something they like.
Wonderful experience. Excellent service. ...
Wonderful experience. Excellent service. Fresh baked bread and oil delivered immediately. Exciting, tasty options of Lebanese dishes. Waitress very helpful with descriptions and recommendations. Duck breast was delicious.
This find was a gem. In town dropping m ...
This find was a gem. In town dropping my son off at college and took a gamble. Boy did it pay off. From the service to the food and drinks everything was exceptional and coming from Long Island New York where good restaurants are a dime a dozen this is high praise. Can't wait to go back next month when we're in town for NC State family weekend. I am a person who never writes a review but this restaurant deserved it!
I had a fantastic experience with my fam ...
I had a fantastic experience with my family at Sitti. Our server (Jared) was knowledgeable, friendly, and engaging. His recommendations were spot on and all of the food, from the dip trio appetizer to the stuffed chicken breast entrée, was amazing. I enthusiastically recommend the restaurant.
I found and booked the reservation for o ...
I found and booked the reservation for our party of 13. We were having a bachelorette party and Sitti was our dinner destination. Everything went well. People raved about the food, drinks, and atmosphere. Our server Alston was even so kind to give us a few complimentary desserts in celebration. She was patient with us and very helpful. Overall the experience was wonderful! Thank you for making the bride's night special.
We asked for seating in a quiet area, if ...
We asked for seating in a quiet area, if possible. Our table was located in the basement and the noise level may have been slighter less that upstairs, however, it was nearly unbearable. The 5 of us could not carry on a conversation.
Love the bar at Sitti, has a nostalgic v ...
Love the bar at Sitti, has a nostalgic vibe to the design. The staff is top notch and friendly. The food is excellent with a focus on flavor and ingredients, not a bunch of heavy, salty food. Easy to find something healthful yet delicious and satisfying.
Sitti is always my go to place! It has n ...
Sitti is always my go to place! It has never disappointed me in taste, value and service. There are many other restaurants between my suburb and downtown Raleigh, but I go to Sitti because I KNOW the food will be great- EVERY TIME!
My husband and I went here for a nice di ...
My husband and I went here for a nice dinner out. It is decor is quite chic. As other reviews have mentioned, the two person tables are a little cramped. Us ladies had to keep moving our purses, so others could get by or sit down. The larger tables were more spread out. The acoustics were terrible. I could barely hear a thing my husband said to me, for all of the noise of others talking.
The service was great. The hostess was pleasant and our server was very nice and understanding about my allergies. He offered many recommendations. The menu also has gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan items marked. However, I did get sick. I assume the falafel was the culprit, even though it was marked gluten free. They probably fried it in the same fryer as something made with wheat. Not all restaurants realize that this adds gluten to the food.
Aside from the falafel, I also ate the seasonal hummus trio (with sliced veggies instead of bread for an additional cost), the Kabis (marinated olives, pickles, and pickled onions), and the chicken shawarma. The food was ok, but not really great. The plating was mediocre at best. Not what I would expect from a seemingly high-end restaurant. They just plunked the food down on the plate with no decoration, sauce, or artistic skill.
The highlight of the evening was the cocktail I ordered at the recommendation of the server. It was the Hibiscus Royale, a champagne drink with a candied hibiscus flower in the middle! It was delicious and artfully presented. I think the only reason I would go back is for more drinks like that.
This is an excellent place to eat and sp ...
This is an excellent place to eat and spend time with special people in one's life. I have been with family and with friends. Every time has been with children (who LOVE the hummus, by the way), but the ambiance is perfect for a romantic dinner, as well. When I come into town, I love to eat at Sitti!
We had a nice lunch with healthy fresh d ...
We had a nice lunch with healthy fresh delicious food. We enjoyed a trio of hummus and baba Ganesh. The pita bread is fresh and hot. The salad with added falafel was excellent. We will certainly come back again to try so many other appealing dishes.
We have always enjoyed our time at Sitti ...
We have always enjoyed our time at Sitti and this meal was enjoyable as always. Our server forgot to place our appetizer order so when she realized it, they went above and beyond to make it right. That was unneccesary but greatly appreciated!!
This was my first visit to Sitti. I enj ...
This was my first visit to Sitti. I enjoyed the experience very much. My husband and I shared he kabob meal for two. The beef and the grilled shrimp that we ordered were cooked to perfection. My only complaints were the noise level (high) and some minor gaps in service caused by the fact that more than one person serviced the table.
Three of our party of four had the lamb ...
Three of our party of four had the lamb chops, and they were superb! The fourth had the mixed grill, which is a great way to go for a little bit of all the deliciousness. Service was excellent. We took family visiting from out of town - always a favorite and always a great choice.
Fantastic. Sitti never fails to disappoi ...
Fantastic. Sitti never fails to disappoint, and we love introducing friends to the place. These were foodies from Durham, so it was no mean feat to impress them. Never fear, Sitti was more than up to the challenge, and they left pleased and very full! Thanks again for a lovely time.
I came in early and it was very quiet st ...
I came in early and it was very quiet still. Food came our quickly and tasted great. The price of the meal was reasonable. However, as we were finishing up the staff was too eager to collect the plates and give us the check (they were in the dinner mentality but the dinner crowd had not yet arrived).
I think the staff should step back more when there is plenty of open tables. Let the guests savor the meal a bit and enjoy the experience. Definitely some room for improvement there.
Despite this I would recommend Sitti to anyone.
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