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
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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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), 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
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.
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.
I love this place! My 2 year old is a ve ...
I love this place! My 2 year old is a very picky eater and they made him a fruit bowl , he loved it! My drinks were good, the Creme Brulee was awesome and the Peach and Ice Cream dessert was awesome. Entrees are always great, we get the same thing every time! Severs were nice and quick!!!
Every time I visit Sitti I always have a ...
Every time I visit Sitti I always have an enjoyable experience. The wait staff is always attentive and, depending on the night of the week you go, your drinks and food are delivered to your table in relatively short time. The menu offers items that feature classic Lebanese cuisine, but I can assure you there is something for everyone. Their kabobs are delicious and their garlic whip makes for an excellent accompaniment. This is a great place to stop in for lunch or to grab a nice, relaxing dinner through the week. I love to stop in for an early dinner before heading out on the town on Saturday evenings. Thank you, Sitti for providing excellent food and service!
triangle restaurant week
I have lived where middle eastern food is easy to come by, which is not the case in Raleigh. So I was looking forward to finally trying this place. The prix fixe menu looked great. To start: brussels sprouts and some kind of feta mix in phyllo - sprouts nice but not as tasty as some recipes as these went more for sweet than savoury but nicely cooked; the little phyllo rolls came with a dip and were perfect for any feta lover. The mains were pleasant but something of a letdown though: the baklava crusted salmon was salmon decently cooked with crumbs on the top, a nice flavour with the honey-jalapeno glaze but the asparagus was extremely cooked and the quinoa bland (as it seems to be the case everywhere), meanwhile the spicy shrimp was not particularly spicy nor spiced, a little sweet and vaguely tomato-y, although generous with the shrimp. Desserts were the chocolate fondant (interpretation: lava cake with a generous scoop of ice cream) and the a large piece of pistachio cake. We were underwhelmed overall.
My beef and chicken kebabs melted on my ...
My beef and chicken kebabs melted on my tongue, the mouhamra appetizer popped with flavor and not-overbearing spice, and the pistachio honey cake is hands-down one of my favorite desserts in the Triangle. I love Sitti for their ambiance, their food, and the quality of service every time I visit.
Good food; lousy service
Met friends and their parents and had a pretty good time. Food was good but service was really bad. Took more than 30 minutes to get a drink. They blamed it on a wedding that was going on but really that was a poor excuse. Overall, I may go back, but not when they have anther event going on there.
Great food - we tried several appetizers ...
Great food - we tried several appetizers and small plates and all were delicious. The lamb stew entree was a little bland - it would've been great if the spices were similar to the other dishes we tried. The noise level is intense - you have to yell to speak to your dining companion.
This is definitely a restaurant that you ...
This is definitely a restaurant that you need to try. Our first visit was marred by really poor service, however the food was quite good. We decided to give them a second chance, and I'm very happy that we did. We had a great evening, and had a very attentive server who gave good recommendations and seemed interested that we had a good evening. Lots of food options, a solid wine list, and a lively atmosphere.
The service was impeccable, and the atmosphere was warm and inviting. Dining is in close proximity to other diners, which has become a norm for most downtown Raleigh restaurants. Decor was charming, and the food was great! Highly recommend the lamb, the kabob was superb! The pita bread, impeccable, and the humus and other dipping sauces were great! Was a good representation of Lebanese cuisine. We plan on returning, as there were other menu items that were too enticing not to try!
Enjoyed our Visit
My husband and I decided to give this a try for our weekly date night. Loved the vibrant atmosphere. Had a couple great drinks at the bar before being seated for dinner. All staff from greeting to bartenders to wait staff were very friendly. The food was excellent. We will definitely come here again.
Every time I visit i continually experie ...
Every time I visit i continually experience the same high standard of quality and service I've grown to love about this restaurant. The food always taste wonderful and the staff is always so pleasant. We came on a busy Saturday night and everything was perfect. Too bad I'm not downtown too often.
Very good food. Service was very rushed ...
Very good food. Service was very rushed on a busy Saturday night. Served entrees 90 seconds after receiving, and while still eating, our salads. Plopped everything down on a rather small table for 2. That's verboten for a quality restaurant and I'll likely not return anytime soon. Service staff was turning tables well... too well. These days they are plenty of excellent Mediterranean options with more relaxed atmospheres and more caring service. BOSPHORUS is certainly not as hip but cheaper, food is at least on par (if not better) and service is caring and more relaxed.
I've been to almost every highly rated a ...
I've been to almost every highly rated and reviewed restaurant in the triangle area and I always find myself coming back to Sitti. The food is phenomenal. There isn't one thing on the menu I haven't adored completely. The service has always been fantastic, and the ambience is to die for.
If you are looking to eat a little on the less expensive side, I highly recommend ordering an appetizer with a side! The appetizers are essentially small plates, definitely enough to fill up one person along with a side of either rice or French fries. My favorite appetizer that I typically will order as a meal is the chicken shawarma.
On the other hand, their kebobs are AMAZING! Definitely one of my favorite menu items!
Fun atmosphere, fabulous food, attentive service!
We enjoyed our recent meal at Sitti. We had a reservation, but were running late due to parking situation - the hostess phoned me to ascertain our timeline before they gave our table away - we really appreciated that extra service! The menu is highly varied and everything is delicious.
Great Food and Service!
Went here on a date, had to go early because there were no reservation spots at the time we wanted - still went anyway and glad we did, the food was great, the waitress very warm and friendly and the Hibiscus Royale cocktail was fantastic - would easily recommend for any occasion.
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