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518 West
518 West

518 West Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.518West.com
  • Phone: (919) 829-2518
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Serge Falcoz-Vigne
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Enjoy the 518 Style at your Home or Office. Our full menu is available for takeout.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Glenwood Ave
  • Public Transit: R-Line stop is 1 block away.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet service every night and Sunday Brunch.
A word from 518 West
For reservations of parties over six people, please call us directly. 518 West, an Italian Restaurant in Raleigh, North Carolina, specializes in seasonal fresh pastas, wood fired pizzas, fresh seafood, steaks, and specials inspired by the flavors of Italy and the Mediterranean. Located in the heart of Glenwood South, 518 West is a short drive from the Raleigh/Durham Airport (RDU) and the Research Triangle. 518 West was recently voted, "Best Italian Restaurant in the Triangle", by the readers of the Independent, the areas leading local magazine.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "Had a great dinning experience this past Tuesday night. Food was excellent and Antonio our server was spot on! We will be back!"
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "Signed up from the internet through the Raleigh Restaurant Week I knew nothing about 518 and chose it from the menu. We had a wonderful meal there. It was a combination my wife's birthday and our 35th anniversary dinner. The place is charming and we ate on the second floor loft area. I am a picky eater yet I ate everything. The Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus was delicious. The second course PASTA SALTIMBOCCA was very tasty. My only complaint would be the chicken seemed a bit dry. The Cypress Cabernet was nice and the MILLIONAIRE PIE was an excellent desert. Over all we had a great time I would recommend it to anyone wanting a a nice evening meal. I want to give it 4 1/2 stars but it doesn't seem to let me do 1/2s. I would come back again."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "We enjoyed our whole experience except for the six top they sat between the two two tops.I knowthe restaurant ccan't help when six girls ghost o from loud to realky obnoxious. I know we will dine here again and again love this place."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "I went with a friend and got the Restaurant Week menu. Everything was delicious. I had the fried green tomato salad, shrimp and polenta that was so creamy and the peanut butter pie. It was a large slice that I intended to take half home, but once I started eating it, I couldn't stop."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Went to 518 West with another couple on a busy Friday night during Raleigh restaurant week and we all tried the fixed price menu. Everyone loved their food choices. Marinara sauce on aggplant Parmesan was terrific, and the shrimp polenta was excellent. Despite crowd, service was great, from valet parking to greeting at the door to our top_notch waiter. All in all a fine evening!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "This was our first dining experience at 518 West. The atmosphere is fantastic in a tastefully remodeled old building in the South Glenwood neighborhood. The menu is very reasonably priced, the food is excellent and the service was attentive and friendly. We plan on returning there soon with some friends and recommend this as a good destination."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "there was a group of 20 or so upstairs ... ruined the dining experience ... they were so loud I could not hear my partner sitting across from me! The food was awesome! But the noise level for that alone would make me not want to come back. No one told the party to quiet down and everyone on the first floor kept looking up and giving bad looks to the party. I was not the only one annoyed by it. Other wise the restaurant was great and the food was delicious!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "I have loved 518 West since I started coming when I was younger back from '96 to now it has always been wonderful. If you get a chance to reserve the two top on the landing do it, great private table just for two!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "As usual, the food was outstanding in taste and presentation and the service was excellent. We look forward to returning in the near future."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "So at first when I showed up they had placed me in an inconvenient seat but quickly remedied the situation by putting me and my days in the landing area which was very romantic. Then the food was absolutely excellent, I went for the 3-course meal but shall be back again for individual items I enjoyed. The prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, shrimp with polenta, and Creme Brûlée were absolutely wonderful. The drink selection was also hearty in case you were wanting to compliment your meal with a nice wine or beer. We will definitely be back and I want to think 518 West for such great service and food."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Food and service and waiter were excellent. Everything was just wonderful"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Food was very good with the use of spices and herbs, plating was nice. Service was very attentive. All in all a fine dining experience."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner here. The NC trout was prepared perfectly and my lady loved her lemon linguine. An appetizer of fried calamari was excellent as were the salads (Stella's and the grilled pear) we had. The wait staff was great and answered all our questions. Can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We spent a very enjoyable evening on a very rainy night. I had out of town guests from New York who were very satisfied and impressed with the food. I took them here especially because I knew the food was good. The waitstaff was friendly, accomodating to a couple of requests to alter the dish ordered which satisfied my customers. I wanted to show them the quality of restaurants in Raleigh and mission accomplished."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "We've wanted to go since 518 West opened, and we're happy we did. The space is elegantly and creatively done, with both an open and intimate air at the same time. Service was very warm and attentive. Our favorite cuisine was served flawlessly. Great for a change of pace, and certainly for special occasions."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I just love this restaurant. I did not make one decision concerning what I was going to eat. I left it totally up to our server Crosby. She did a fabulous job!!! She remembered that I love Chef Serge's way of cooking the polenta...... and of course it was on point again!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "first time there and will go back next time we are in town. was recommended by a friend, did not disappoint."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We had a table for 4 people. The steak was amazing. We had one gluten free person and they made special meals for only at $1 surcharge. It is a lively atmosphere which was great for a Friday night."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I have dined at 518 West numerous times over the past 18 months, mainly because it is conveniently on the way to our NC Theater plays and NC Symphony concerts. This time, however, we went there just because we've always had a 5-star dining experience. We were not disappointed. First, our waiter, Jacob, was absolutely superb! He was friendly, gracious, and attentive without being overly so. Our meals--Chicken Marsala and Trout--we're cooked to perfection. We each had a glass of wine, which was smooth and refreshing. We topped our meal with fresh-brewed coffee that sealed the relaxing, enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "The food is always amazing. Make sure you do brunch after 12:00 to take advantage of the bottomless mimosas. The crime brûlée is as good as any from the best restaurant in Europe."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Based upon the reviews, we expected a lot more. The food was pretty pedestrian; the quality-price-ratio was low; the peach sorbet we had for dessert tasted like something from a WalMart freezer."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We have dined many times at 518 West for brunch on Sunday, which is wonderful. Finally got around to dining there for dinner and we were so pleased. It was a busy Friday evening but we were seated at our reservation time despite a full restaurant and bar plus others waiting. Our server was so pleasant and so efficient even though she was also serving a large group near us. Everything on the menu is so tempting but we opted for a weekly special (wood-grilled mahi topped with bacon jam...so good!..with fresh corn creamed tart and jasmine rice) and were so happy we did. We left wondering why we had dined there in the evening before and plan to do so again. We highly recommend 518 West."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We know Serge from his restaurant in Paris. And the Triangle is so lucky to now own him. He's a passionate food artist and it all comes alive at 518 West (having first done a gig at 411 on Franklin Street). I had the delicious trout, broccoli, and couscous. I would have devoured the Salmon over mashed potatoes, but my belt wouldn't allow it. Dining is easy energetic pleasure at a beautifully restored address. The area was abuzz with well dressed party people and wonderful sounds and smells. 518 continues as an essential foundation piece of the vibrant yet intimate city scene. Elegant and simple and artful."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Great food and service as always. Went on a Wednesday night and did not have any wait and the food was brought out quite quickly"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Family reunion for a prodigal daughter. (Great girl who's just moved back to the area). So a lot of conversation and catching up to do. Our family is best described as foodies with particular tastes in entrees, wine, craft brews and martinis. Everyone's tastes were more that met at 518 West. Noise level allowed pleasant talk without yelling, server was attentive but unobtrusive and don't miss the eggplant parmesan, best I've had in many, many years (simple but excellent seasoning)"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "You will never go wrong here if you order the Stella (stellar!!) salad and the Lemon Linguini w/ shrimp and scallops. YUM! just don't fill up on the delicious foccacia bread and olive oil and spoil your dinner!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Had dinner with friends and they fit us in right on time. Waitress was great, food was great, everything was great."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Very tasty crab pasta dish for a reasonable price. Just wish it didn't have the shell like you find in canned crab meat."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "It has been a few years but, 518 seems to have really lost its way. This used to be good to very good fairly straight forward food, a decent wine list & a lively restaurant & bar. In a more & more competitive downtown food scene, 518s mediocre food; more reminiscent of a diner, uninspired & limited wine selection, seems to have driven most of their crowd away to one of the many Great new choices which now surround them. It's still a great location & building & the wait staff seems to be trying hard but someone needs to sort out the menu, food quality & wine list or I fear they will fade away."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Food was amazing and service was super fast. Will definitely go back again!!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Service was very good, waiter was very energetic and attentitive. The bread, drinks and salads arrived and was overall well prepared. My son (6) ordered the kid's cheese pizza, while my wife ordered the pasta with marinara. I had the lemon lingunie which had shrimp and scallops. The pizza was good although it had several burnt places on the bottom. My wife's pasta was good although the sauce had thickend as if it came out early and sat for a few minutes. My pasta was really good, the shrimp had a good flavor, scallops were well preparedt- so overall a good, in- expensive meal. For dessert we had crem brule, which was burnt (blackend) on several places on the top- we ate around. Again, good dinner, would go again. Total bill- $55.00."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Tucked away is a great part of Raleigh 518 West was low key with quality options. It was quiet and easy to get in and out. There were good selection on the menu with pretty good preparation and presentation. Not a memorable meal but one that will do as a nice family or low key date spot on a Sunday evening."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "great food, quality service, what more can one ask for!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We came back bc food was great last time. This time the food was horrible, especially for an Italian restaurant should know how to cook pasta al dente, and pizza shouldn't be soggy as if came out of microwave."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We celebrated our anniversary at 518 West from the moment we walked in we felt welcome. We were given a special table and champagne immediately when we sat down. 518 will definitely be our new special place."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We went back after we learned that 518 now has a gluten free menu. I had the pizette and found it a little chewy but that might be the price for gluten free. I look forward to bringing friends to enjoy the GF menu."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "enjoyed our favorite at 518...stella salad. always fabulous. Very busy but we enjoyed our meal at the bar and enjoyed the chatter there with others sitting at the bar."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We had a great dinner for my mother-in-law's birthday. Our server was wonderful! We will go for another special occasion dinner!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "we love 518 west! the food and service are consistent, and it's fun to meet up with friends there. the tables by the wall are a little cramped, but i never noticed until we tried to squeeze 4 6 foot tall people at a table. we can always depend on 518 to have good food and it's nice to know we won't be let down!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My wife and I always come here on special occasions. The staff are always warm and welcoming. The food is outstanding. We recommend this restaurant to all our friends and family when they are in town visiting. This is a must when looking for good food at a reasonable price."
    Dined on 7/5/2014