Private Dining


From our cozy, first-floor private event room to our award-winning open-air rooftop patio, Taverna Agora is the perfect setting for celebrations of all sizes.

Whether you are planning a Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal or Baby Shower, Engagement Party, Wedding, Corporate Event, Holiday Party, Graduation party or Birthdays, we have flexible options for customizing the space of your needs.

Our experienced private events team will work with you to determine the best layout of the space to the selection of the food with options ranging from display tables, buffets and sit down meals.

Welcome to Taverna Agora

Interested in hosting an event at Taverna or would like a tour? Please contact our Events Manager at or submit the inquiry form below. A member of our events team will contact you ASAP!

Inquire about an Event

our spaces

Taverna Agora Opa Room


Conveniently located on the first floor, our cozy Opa Room’s warmth and charm make it the perfect space for private occasions. This space is equipped with an AV package.

Seats up to 35 guests.


Our Mediterranean-inspired rooftop patio functions as both an open-air rooftop during the warmer months and is glass-enclosed and heated during the colder months. Situated under Raleigh’s iconic oak trees, the space has received many accolades for it’s romantic, relaxing, and inviting atmosphere.

It can be rented privately or semi privately for groups of 20-100.

Taverna Agora Front Patio


The Front Patio is a European-style sidewalk-facing space with floor to ceiling windows that open to Hillsborough Street. It’s the perfect space for small gatherings.

Accommodates up to 24 guests.


What type of menu options are available for private events?

At Taverna Agora, our culinary team and Executive Chef works with our Events Team in crafting the ideal menu and offerings for your type of event. Our Chef-curated menus include options suited for passed hors d’oeuvres, cocktail displays, buffets, family style or plated meals.

Is there a Food and Beverage Minimum we need to meet in order to book the space?

Yes, to reserve the use of a private event space we require that a food and beverage minimum be met. This meaning that all the food, alcohol, and non-alcoholic beverages consumed must reach up to the agreed upon minimum on one tab before tax and service fees. We do not process separate checks. A deposit of 25% is required and goes toward the food and beverage minimum.

Private Events on the rooftop may be subject to a rental and facility fee and has limited availability May-August.

What type of bar packages are available for private events?

All alcohol is billed on consumption and you’re welcome to limit exactly what is covered on your tab and to what point. Cash bar options are available with cash bar sales not attributed to a contracted food and beverage minimum. Our banquet staff will happily take drink orders and serve your guests, when no bar set up is located within the space.

How are payments processed?

All payments will be processed by debit or credit card digitally through our secure online event platform. If you require any payment to be made by check or cash, all arrangements must be made in advance, and we do still require a card on file for cancellation purposes.

With the deposit applied, all tax, service fee and any overages occurring day of the event will be charged to the credit card on file the following business day. Any pre-arranged check or cash payments are to be submitted no later than on site at the conclusion of the event.

What happens if I do not meet the minimum spend required for the event?

If you do not meet your minimum spend, you will incur a Minimum Guest Charge for the remaining amount. Please note, we are unable to offer any Gift Cards, Bottles of Wine, etc. for any remaining amount toward your minimum; it must be met in food and beverage spend during your event.

When do I need to determine the final menu and number of guests?

We will need to finalize menu selections one month prior to the event date. Once your menu is submitted and finalized, you cannot make changes (other than increases) as product orders are placed with our Culinary Team.

We ask you provide us with a Final Guest Count one week in advance. Once your final guest count has been submitted, you can increase but not decrease.

If I choose a plated meal for my event, can I order off the regular menu?

If your party is less than 20 guests, you can order off our regular brunch, lunch and dinner menus. If your party is over 20 guests, we have specially crafted entree options to choose from.

How early can I arrive to set up or decorate the space?

If you would like to arrive earlier than your event time to set up or decorate, we would need to work with you in advance to make arrangements. We will need confirmation of all arrival times including that of any vendors. 

We cannot accommodate access to the event space to anyone arriving earlier then the agreed upon set-up time. 

What comes with the space?

We include use of in-house tables and chairs for your event in addition to our restaurant linen napkins, white poly blend table linens, flatware, glassware, and China. If you would like to customize colors and décor, you are welcome to bring in your own linens, plate ware, etc. or work with a rental company. We have an extensive list of preferred vendors we can provide to you.

Can I bring in outside food, beverages or dessert?

We will handle all of your food and alcoholic beverages, with the exception of dessert (as long as we do NOT carry it in house) which you are welcome to provide from a licensed bakery.

We do not charge a cake cutting fee for standard cake cutting requests.

There is a $25 per (standard size) bottle corkage fee for wines brought in. We cannot permit any product brought in that we offer in house. If you wish to bring in wine, it must be confirmed in writing by the Events Team.

Outside liquor is not permitted.

Vendor Selection

We have an extensive list of fantastic vendors we have worked with in the past. Our Approved Vendor list can be found in our Private Events Packet. This list includes all of the options available for vendors within our spaces. 

If you would like to bring in a vendor not included on this list, it must be submitted in writing for approval to our Events Team prior to booking.

All vendors are required to provide a Certificate of Insurance with the property named as additionally insured in addition to signing off on our Vendor Regulations.

Where can our guests park?

Parking for all event and restaurant guests is first come first serve. We do not offer any reserved parking.

We are happy to provide recommendations on alternative parking options, if needed.

Do I need to hire a Wedding Planner if hosting a wedding reception or ceremony?

Yes, we do require a professional and insured Wedding Planner on-site throughout the course of your private events regardless of guest count (both ceremony and reception) to facilitate all of the on-site moving pieces for your big day. 

We have a list of Approved Vendors included in our Private Events Packet to assist in selection.


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