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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Good food at very reasonable prices, warm & pleasant atmosphere, staff extraordinarily accommodating & professional."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Our server was courteous and attentive. She continually checked on our needs during the ordering process, serving of drinks, salads and entree's. And, our specific dining requests were fulfilled."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Basic Saturday night...slow service but not very crowded. Seemingly good waiter became annoying after explaining why everything kept taking so long each time. Food was average to below average. I had the 'Crab', which is one of their signature pastas....it had shells in the crab in nearly every bite, and it was served cold. Overall, there are so many better options for Italian food...Bella Monica, Caffe Luna, Mia Francesca, etc..."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Me and my nursing friends try and get together at least every few weeks and this place topped them all. Totally delicious. The atmosphere was lovely and the staff accommodated us with the perfect table and even made us a special dip for our bread based on our specific tastes. Thank you."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Had a nice romantic dinner there with excellent food. The service was well done. The room is a large two story room therefore the noise level is a little on the high side. Does not distract from the uniqueness of the building. Wonderful dining experience and would return again when in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This was our first time at this restaurant. When we finished the dinner, the waiter did not take away the dirty utensils, he should have removed everything on the table anyway. I ordered a cup of coffee, the coffee was let at room temperature must be at least 4 hrs...looked around, called the Mgr to get a fresh one. The Tiramisu is terrible. The table next to us was a mess. I felt sorry for the waiter. He spilled the water on one of the guess. Noone came out to help him to clean up that table nor the floor. It took at least 20 mins later the Mgr to come out to apologized and she only offered them for a free desert. That is a "no..no". If it was our table, we would have left already."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We went for Father's day Brunch. Although the restaurant was not crowded, it took a while for a hostess to seat us. We waited 35 minutes for our food . My husband's waffle was cold and was not served with syrup . The syrup was brought about 6-7 minutes later. By then the waffle was even colder. The server said that she'd replace it with a hot one. That left me sitting with my food in front of me,.About 10 minutes later, another waffle was brought, which was only slightly warmer, but not hot. He did not have a knife because it was removed with the first waffle. The server didn't check back with us until he was almost through managing with his fork alone. I will say that the restaurant did not charge for the waffle."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This was the most delightful restaurant experience I have had in some time.....thanks to a great menu, wonderfully prepared food, and Brandon, a friendly server who felt like part of the family in just a few short minutes."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We have been going to 518 for years now. The food is always above average. Sometimes the service is spotty. As with anywhere, it depends upon who is waiting your table. Saturday night at 7, the place was not very busy yet. Despite this, it took way too long to get our booze and too long for the bread to show up. First rule of waiting on tables: Get the patrons their booze."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The food and the service was excellent. Also the prices was reasonable"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We enjoyed this restaurant for lunch. The 518 Lemontini was great! The food was all pretty good, nothing phenomenal or notable but it was all good. It was the service that made this place stand out. Our server was attentive, polite, accommodating, and prompt."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The food was AMAZING!!! Love the ambiance. We wished it would have been a bit quieter."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We found the food to be okay, but not as good as other reviewers. We shared a bruschetta, which was good. The pear salad was nearly tasteless and the "gorgonzola" was dry and an afterthought. I had the swordfish special, which the waiter said came with polenta. It actually came on risotto and I may not have ordered it that way. My wife had the lasagna, which she said was good. The waiter could have been more attentive, so the service was just so-so. Will likely not go back."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We had my daughter's after graduation lunch here and it was wonderful. Reservation times and guest number was changed with no problems. The service was superb as was the food. Everyone at the party agreed that it was definitely a success. Thank you for making a special day even more special!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I have been at 518 twice 3 months apart and both times it was excellent. The food is good with nice portions and the service I received has been great. I will continue to keep it on my list whenever I am eating in Raleigh."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "I am not a huge fan of Italian food, but I brought my parents here from out-of-town because they love Italian food. To be fair, they both really enjoyed their meals. My mother had the Swordfish and my dad had the Crab. Unfortunately, I felt that my basil pesto pasta was quite bland and un-flavorful, while my boyfriend's eggplant parmesan was fairly over-priced for an average dish of less-than-average portions. I do love the ambience and decor of this place, and the beer and wine list is great. I just felt that the food was really average and not an great deal for the money. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I worked for these owners at one of their other restaurants back when 518 opened. I have a large amount of respect for the groups ability to create and manage completely different restaurants. They specialize and share between restaurants, which is a great idea - seafood ported through Squid's, pastas from the Italian places, etc. (at least this is what they used to do, and it worked well). I am SO happy that they installed sound absorbing panels, this place used to be very loud (and it wasn't due to loud people). I actually stopped going because of this. We received GREAT recommendations and service from Mel, and the food was perfect. The prices have always felt right - good value. I will return soon."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We eaten there countless times over the past 10 years and i'd have to say the food was mediocre. The Crab is our favorite dish but the homemade pasta that's central to the dish seems to have been changed. We love the creamy caesar salads, but the croutons were hard as bricks. They made an error on my son's meal and had to re-order it. When we asked them to box up his chicken parm, we never received it. We love the atmosphere and the service, but given the competition of restaurants in Glenwood South, they need to raise their game on the quality of food."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Great place for Sunday brunch. $10 bottomless mimosas and great food. Great service! Accommodated special requests on changes to items on menu. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Great Food, Awesome staff, and a wonderful overall experience."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "510 West has some of the best bread I have enjoyed at an Italian restaurant."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "The chicken from my chicken parmasan did not taste fresh it roasted like a frozen store bought chicken "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "My friend and I attend plays and concerts in downtown Raleigh on a regular basis, and we always dine at 518 West on our way to the Memorial Auditorium complex. We always get outstanding, attentive service and an abundance of delicious food and good wine. Everyone at 518 West is gracious, kind, and very welcoming. We always feel valued and appreciated as patrons there. From this past visit on 5/15/2014, we want to give high kudos to Rich who went out of his way to make sure my friend had a pleasant meal. She had recently had oral surgery and was still limited to what she could eat. With the help of the chef, Rich came up with a delicious combination of "soft" foods that made her dining experience on par with our other experiences there. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Asked for a special table on reservation, we sat overlooking the bar and first level (this restaurant has 2 floors). It was noisy at first, as there was a large group in the bar, but we love to people watch so we enjoyed it, and was much quieter when they went in to dinner. BUT THE BEST PART - everyone at the restaurant knew it was our anniversary! The hostess when she seated us, the server, Jeremy who brought us a complimentary glass of champagne, and the manager who came to congratulate us. We have been to other restaurants where we have mentioned a special occasion and been ignored - this was so wonderful. The food was great and reasonably priced - so nice to have a great anniversary and not spend a fortune on our meal We will be back! "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Great food and great service! They even made note that it was my wife's birthday throughout the whole night, from the hostess to the server to the manager when we left!"
    Dined on 5/14/2014