518 West
518 West

518 West

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.518west.com/
  • Phone: 9198292518
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
518 West reviews from OpenTable diners
181 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (89)special occasion (85)romantic (70)fit for foodies (64)good for groups (57)notable wine list (37)great for lunch (28)hot spot (23)great for brunch (17)vibrant bar scene (16)kid-friendly (16)late-night find (7)scenic view (5)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Great Gluten Free menu! Customer service was excellent. Kids menu was reasonable and had many choices. Was not happy about the Reisling wine choice, might want to explore other options or adding another choice.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • shrimp polenta was delicious!
    SusanS
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Another nice night at 518! Service and food were fabulous. Mussels are the best I've ever had anywhere, you must order them!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Made our anniversary special
    SusanS
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We had exceptional service and attention for our anniversary dinner. Cameron was our waitress and she was wonderful! Even the car valet, David, was a polite and pleasant young man! Food was terrific, I am going back tomorrow night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always perfect
    kb0801
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I have been to 518 West many times and have NEVER had a negative experience. Love the food, atmosphere and wait staff. So nice to know there is always a place to go in downtown Raleigh that is consistently awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pizza oven Out of Service
    Bobo
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    518 is awesome. Just need to wait until the pizza oven is back in service. They are fixing it & all will be back to top notch & delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food and service very good. Would return and recommend to friends
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My wife and I have been going here for years. We have never had a bad experience. Last night was no exception. They were busy, but we did not wait long for anything. We took friends who were visiting from Atlanta, and they could not stop talking about how good it was. Always excellent...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot
    Rgp1207
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Food was great and reasonably priced. I had heard great things about the restaurant, and now I know why.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Scratch made pasta, best I've ever had in a restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian Entrees
    DKandTK
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The food is excellent. The dishes are full of flavor and the wine list is great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good service & drink specials
    NCgirlVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I had a very good waiter and liked the $5 drink specials. The crab dip was not very good but at least I got it for $5.18 on the early appetizer special; Rucker Johns in Wilmington has a much better crab spread. The Stella salad and seafood in puff pastry were good, but I think they may be using the less expensive shrimp and scallops from outside the USA due to the reaction I had after eating the shellfish.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service and Food
    Gail
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Lunch with friends; service was outstanding and food choice and taste very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service is excellent
    Selahallan
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    They do a great job on who they hire as we have never had a bad experience with any of the wait staff. All are friendly and attentive. We also have always enjoyed our meals. Worth a try if you have not eaten here before.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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  • ALWAYS FIVE STAR
    denapVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We love going to 518 West for a myriad of reasons!First and foremost,the hostesses are so friendly and accommodating.Secondly,Jeremy was so attentive and knowledgeable and personable/professional that we will ALWAYS request him on our future visits.The menu is so inviting.Of our party of 3,I am gluten intolerant and the gluten free menu is FABULOUS (chicken parm to die for over spaghetti),and my spouse and other guest thoroughly enjoyed their choices as well.The Stella salad,as always,lived up to its high expectations and my spouse's calamari was a keeper.I chose the cinnamon sorbet with caramel sauce for dessert and it didn't disappoint.518 West is consistent,fairly priced,convenient and superbly managed with a devoted staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Wait Staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We choose all of our waiter's suggestions and were not led astray. He was well versed in wine choices and was very attentive to all of his tables.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic Italian Experience
    RaleighFoodie
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    So this restaurant has a great location however, the food is ALWAYS under seasoned. I think the chef needs to instruct the staff on how to test foods prior to just sending them out. I know that you run the risk of not seasoning to everyones liking but there has to be something to it! Otherwise, the restaurants itself is like I said in a wonderful location and I feel could amp up the food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italian in Raleigh
    RealItalian
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We are New Yorkers - I grew up in Brooklyn and I am Italian The food was outstanding.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty Good
    CarolineS
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The restaurant didn't have record of our opentable reservation, but we were still easily given a table. The food was pretty good, service was very good, excellent wine, but the restaurant wasn't anything out of the ordinary. As others have mentioned, the restaurant seems to have "aged" and wasn't as nice/clean as I remembered from the past. Overall, a good meal and evening out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic Evening
    ncdiner
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    My lady friend and I came here on our first date - and it was so good we decided to come back every month on the same day. Since I'm gluten-free, we're pleased that there is always something on the menu I can eat (can't wait for the pizza oven to return!). The food is very, very good and the service is always outstanding. We enjoy sitting upstairs near the back windows. And we love the valet parking. Thanks for the consistently enjoyable evenings!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OK (but not a good value)
    HangryDiner
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The ambiance was good, the waiter was really good, their bread was very lacking and the Chicken Marsala was decent buffet-worthy and not otherwise remarkable. I think the bread was supposed to be a rosemary focaccia but the bread texture and "crumb" was all wrong. The crust was more "cake-like" than a good artisanal bread would be. (Can you make cornbread out of wheat?). It was as if the gluten never formed strands. Was I victimized by a deceitful "fakecaccia" that used something other than yeast for leavening... say it ain't so Joe! At any rate, I'll not be back.
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  • Just ok...
    Suzanne64
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    It had been quite a few years since I'd last been here and I must say 518 is looking it's age. The service was fine and the place is clean, but it just didn't have that "wow" factor like it did when it was newer. 1/2 price wine special was nice. Bread basket was pretty good. Caesar salad was great. I had The Crab pasta entree and thought it was a little over salted. Husband seemed to enjoy his Chicken Parmesan. The most disappointing thing of the meal was the Tiramisu dessert. It was hands down the worst Tiramisu I've ever had and I paid $6 for it! It tasted more like chocolate pudding with whipped cream than Tiramisu! Unfortunately I had ordered it "to go", so didn't find this out until I got home or I probably would have sent it back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better Italian restaurants
    Luv2travelVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Restaurant does not make its customers feel welcomed. Food was nothing special. For the price there are definitely other better options in the Triangle that offer Italian.
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  • Amazing
    slr2015
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Amazing food: everyone in my group cleaned their plates. I had the salmon and have been dreaming about it ever since! Amazing service: he always asked us how each course (salads, entrees, dessert) was, and none of us ever had an empty glass. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone and I will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice experience
    zap1k
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food and service were both excellent. Enjoyed a very good presentation of food and tasted great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great dinner
    ElliotVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Porcini Ravioli Shrimp, kale salad, creamy cauliflower and raspberry sriracha 14.00 Very good Scallops and Shrimp Bienville Bacon, mushrooms and tomatoes sauteed with a sherry cream sauce and served over a puff pastry 14.00 fantastic
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great!
    Irishreen
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Always a great experience! Service and food is always wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great service from sweet server
    Rbinraleigh
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Made a 25th anniversary dinner reservation and they treated us awesome....great wine specials and dessert and coffee on the house. Always love this place and after this dinner I remember why...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 518 West is usually better
    coocoocajoo
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Went on a Sunday night, so was not as crowded as normal. Ordered chicken marsala, which is usually pretty good. Food was well-prepared, but the marsala sauce was bland, which detracted from otherwise well-prepared meal. Wife got steak, which was not cut properly, which prevented it from being cooked uniformly so that parts were well-done, while other parts were almost raw. Otherwise, meal was good, but expected better from 518 West.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner out
    Twoout
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Had a great experience! Service was spot on, seating was on second level and the best spot in the house. Both of our meals we very simple, unique and excellent all at the same time - definitely a place to hit again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Great date night!
    AnniversaryDiner
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My husband and I went to 518 West to celebrate his birthday. The food was excellent and the server was very attentive. We loved that they didn't rush us a along and that the food came out with enough time to enjoy our appetizer first. The tiramisu was phenominal but huge...ask for two spoons! Definitely a great date night spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    jbrowne
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We have been twice, and both times the food has been excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant. Have the tiramisu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as usual
    Max27527
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I have been here and eaten several times: never dissapointed. You won't be either!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Delicious and Wonderful Meal
    GrammKakie
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We have eaten at 518 West before and was so impressed we took our friends there this past weekend. No one left disappointed and we had excellent appetizers (artichoke dip & asparagus) and 3 different entrees (eggplant, chicken and shrimp & scallops). For dessert each couple split the Tiramisù and brownie with Gelato. Highly recommend.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Raleigh's Better Places
    rlp2451
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I've been to 518 West several times and have never had anything less than a wonderful experience. Great tasting food, adequate portions, attentive wait staff, and great atmosphere all leads to a pleasant dining experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We enjoyed our meal! We live near their sister restaurant 411 West, otherwise we would come back here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale Olive Garden
    italiandiva
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The staff was friendly and competent, he knew the menu items and gave suggestions if requested. However, the food was mediocre. I'm not sure what the goal of the restaurant is but the "wood fire" pizza tasted and looked like it just came out of the freezer, the calamari was also bland, and the pasta dishes did not taste freshly made. It's not worth making reservations but if you need an inexpensive night out with the kiddos go for it!
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thank goodness we had a Groupon
    Pass
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I ate at 518 years ago and remembered how delicious it was... I boosted about their pasta for days prior to our date night without kids (pretty big occasion in my house). Service was not the best by any means. The calamari was greasy and soggy. The pasta was "OK" - very under seasoned. The biggest disappointment was the tough rubbery shrimp. We will definitely not return. On a good note, the atmosphere was very romantic and the hostesses very prompt and cordial. Unfortunately, we were let down from there. 😔
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    romantic
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  • Always delicious!
    Jjcarr27
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The special Caprese salad was super cold and delicious!
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Great Meal, Reasonable Price
    RaleighJacket
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Every time I have come to 518 West I have gotten a great meal at a very reasonable price for a top-notch Italian restaurant. We had the crab dip, which was excellent. We had the shrimp carbonara pasta and the hazlenut pesto pasta. The pastas are homemade and the pesto sauce was sweet with the hazlenut with a sprinkling of goat cheese and grilled chicken. The carbonara sauce was rich and very flavorful. The service on a slow night was very attentive and knowledgeable. He recommended the cinnamon gelato which was fantastic. All in all a great dining experience at a very affordable price!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Fun Night Out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Had a great dinning experience this past Tuesday night. Food was excellent and Antonio our server was spot on! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet