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18 Seaboard
18 Seaboard

18 Seaboard Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.18seaboard.com
  • Phone: (919) 861-4318
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, American
  • Executive Chef: Jason Smith
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (bar only), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Peace
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Our 100 plus free parking spaces provide ample and convenient access to the restaurant. Please visit our website at www.18seaboard.com to download directions to our restaurant!
A word from 18 Seaboard
Chef-Proprietor Jason Smith welcomes you with sensibly, inventive American Cuisine with a focus on North Carolina ingredients. From the downtown views of our open-air mezzanine to the warm hospitality of the staff, 18 Seaboard is the place for a casual weeknight dinner or that special occasion.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "This was our first dinner at 18 Seaboard and it was so good! I had a salad to start then the Filet mignon with taragon butter, rice w/sausage, and potatoes w/goat cheese. It was devine. My husband had the seared tuna w/ chard and no complaints from him. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I was searching for a seafood place that was not the normal scene. After much research and asking around of my coworkers I decided to try this wonderful place. I'm so glad I did, the service was extraordinary and we felt like stars."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "My wife and I dined at 18 Seaboard for our 8th anniversary. We've been before, and this experience was just as fantastic as the others. I requested a private table or booth, which they accommodated (the high-back circular booths are very cool). We were warmly greeted at the host stand by the general manager (Brett). He also checked on us and refilled our water glasses at one point; I love seeing a staff that just picks up and meets the needs of the customers regardless of whether it's their job or not. My wife had a very tender beef brisket and had a perfectly cooked NC Wahoo. The goat cheese smashed potatoes and cheddar grits make excellent sides. They provided a complimentary Happy Anniversary cupcake and cookies. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Always enjoy taking clients here. They take care of you in a way other places do not. They are attentive, yet not overbearing. Not to mention the good is phenomenal."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The food at 18 Seaboard is outstanding. The special tonight was great and the staff always makes us feel welcome and does not let us down with their food selections."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "From beginning to end, everything was WONDERFUL! So many different yet flavorful options. Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Very cool atmosphere. Food was good, not the best around. Service was excellent and it's not too pricey."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "From the moment we enter 18 Seaboard we feel welcome. Very creative and delicious menu items. Excellent presentation. Friendly hostess and server."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed our 4th wedding anniversary here. I had the signature pork loin which was crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. My wife had the mahi mahi which was done amazingly well. We thought the mahi mahi needed something extra which the manager, Mark, kindly explained the four sauces to us. Turns out, the butter sauce we chose was the mildest so the manager let us try two of the other more flavorful sauces. Erin, our waitress, was very patient with us as we sampled four different wines before we chose a bottle. So patient was she that even after I mistakenly gave a tiny 10% tip, she never said anything and appreciated that I returned to correct the error upon realizing my mistake as I sobered up."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Took my wife there for her birthday, had not been there in years....it was a wonderful evening. The ambiance was great, our waitress was attentive , not pushy or overbearing, pleasant. The food was top notch, fried green tomatoes were sent complimentary, the pork belly appetizer was almost a meal in itself! Had the trout special on a bed of crabmeat, corn tomato etc, it was YUMMY....my wife had Mahi Mahi with goat cheese mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach, another HOME RUN! Wine was very , very tasty, I'd recommend it as a nice , quiet, special event option for anyone wishing to have a great atmosphere, fine wine and food, and exceptional service!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The food and service were what we have come to expect, the ambience was good, the drinks were good! What else does one need to have a nice evening?"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "While other restaurants have perfectly adequate food, 18 Seaboard goes above and beyond. We had the seared tuna and their classic catfish. They like to change their ingredients now and then but it never disappoints. If you want food that tastes as good as you could make at home, go elsewhere. If you want something that tastes so much better then you could make on your own, and a meal you'll be talking about for weeks, then this is the place."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food, ambiance and service are always dependably good at 18 Seaboard. Creative and quality entrees and desserts keep bringing me back. 18 Seaboard is a treat every time I go."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "A small group of three of us went for dinner. We all found the service exceptional as well as the food. I tried the crab bisque as a starter which had wonderful crab flavor. Two of us tried one of the chef specialities; Seared Tuna. The tuna was very flavorful and you get a generous portion too. The whole meal, service, and atmosphere was excellent. I can't wait to come back."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The food and service are always top drawer. Dinning here is always a enjoyable and memorable experience"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Outstanding food. Service from Chris, our waiter was spot on and his food recommendations were excellent. We will visit often."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Excellent as usual, service, food. What was notable was the scaling back of the portions, as I always have the same thing for lunch, and the salmon seemed to be about 20% smaller, same price. Very good, but smaller."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The food here was very flavorful at a reasonable price, and our waiter was attentive without "hovering"."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "You won't go wrong with either. Lunch menu is very affordable for a great lunch. Good for business lunches."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Portion of mahi-mahi was 3"x1" and perfectly flat...asked server if it were mahi-mahi...she said it was. Portion of swordfish was half the size of previous experience...."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Had the shrimp and grits, not on the menu, but a standard you can ask for. It was fantastic."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Our first visit to 18 Seaboard. We really enjoyed the food and the service was great. The menu has a nice selection, which features local farms and NC seafood. The most unique item we tried was the wood fired pork belly starter, which we were told is a house specialty. It was absolutely delicious. Our main courses were (steak for my wife and NC Mai Mai for me) were prepared just right. The atmosphere is relaxing. We will definitely return. Since parking is easy to find (behind the building), it will be a good choice for an early dinner before going to a performance downtown."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We have been to 18 Seaboard a couple of times, the food is always superb. Service and atmosphere are great also, but the quality and compisition of the entres are the highlight along with the desserts!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The menu sounds interesting, but the chef was unable to execute it. We had the duck, and the cracking pork. The duck came in raw, not medium rare and was unseasoned. The pork was ok, but the grits were too rich. We will not return."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We had a reservation for Friday night at 6:45 but our flight was delayed due to bad weather. We called on arrival and asked if they could still accommodate us. Not only did they go out of their way to do that but even gave us a free (delicious) dessert. The restaurant was very busy but the manager made a point of coming over and making sure we had everything we needed. From the time we walked in to the time we left we were extremely well looked-after."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "They initially tried to seat us next to the server's station and entrance/exit to the kitchen. I requested a different table and they readily agreed. The vinagrette on the salad was much too tart. The cheddar grits were wonderful. My salmon was cooked well and was very good. My companion's filer mignon came raw in the middle despite being requested as medium rare. It took so long for the replacement filet to come, I had almost finished my meal. They did comp the filet which was appropriate & appreciated. They graciously brought us a "teaser" dessert which was a creme broulet and two small cookies. The cookies were ok, albeit dry, but the creme broulet tasted like soap. Overall not a great experience. I wouldn't return or recommend."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The food was impeccable. The service so attentive including special treats from the chef. Best fried green tomatoes with bacon jam."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Hadn't been to 18 seaboard in years, and I have no idea why! The restaurant week $30/three course option was absolutely delicious from start to finish. I especially loved the pamlico sound shrimp with the goat cheese grits and asparagus... the shrimp were smokey, the grits creamy, and everything was the right portion so I felt satisfied but not STUFFED. The strawberry cake for dessert was also a pleasant surprise, as you could really taste the hints of basil in it, balancing out the sweetness. I'm eager to go back and enjoy their main menu, especially since our server and the manager on duty were wonderful, checking on us without pestering. Definitely going back!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Portion size is not large so eat the full course meal. Regardless, 18 Seaboard was. Superb!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "very disappointed with the overall experience. Will not go back."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Celebrated 49 years of marriage with Seaboard and they helped to make it special!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The reviews I'd read prior to our visit were well justified; excellent food, attentive and courteous service, a visit from the manager and very soothing and stylish decor. We will return in the near future."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I made a reservation for business dinner and was impressed! This is a staple for me moving foward! The Pork Shank was sinful!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "We were warmly welcomed and looked after with grace and panache. We'll be back."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "I have used 18 Seaboard many times over the last three years for business meetings, anniversary and birthday celebrations. We have always been pleased with the menu and staff. With groups of 8-12 or just my wife and I, Jason and his staff have delivered a pleasant experience. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My wife and I dined at 18 for the first time last week, it was for our anniversary. The ambiance was nice, very romantic, yet relaxed enough to meet for dinner after work with friends. She had the salmon, I the bass, both were delicious! I have to say, as a seafood lover this was one of the best prepared fish I've ever eaten! The portions were perfect, and so much so we barely had room for deserts, which we had to take home to finish. There also is where 18 hit a home run, as the deserts menu was amazing, as was the service!!!!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Wonderful evening with friends, spending time together and catching up on life!. Will be sure to return with the most important people in my life, my family! Everything was great...the food, the service, the atmosphere...simply perfect!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Our server has been at 18 for over 3 years. He is a young, intelligent, and personable young man, that has a thorough knowledge of 18 food, wine, is incredibly helpful, and polite. The food is always good and varies from season to season with great fresh specials. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Great staff. Amazing food! Perfect atmosphere. A must do experience for all in the triangle. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Food was salty, overall we were disappointed with our meals but the service was fantastic. Also enjoined the casually elegant restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014