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Dean's Seafood Grill & Bar
Dean's Seafood Grill & Bar

Dean's Seafood Grill & Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.deansseafoodgrill.com
  • Email: gm@rockytophospitality.com
  • Phone: (919) 459-5875
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Sunday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Bar: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday 5pm - 12am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Sunday Brunch Buffet: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Adam Jones
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cary Parkway
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Dean's Seafood Grill & Bar
Dean's Seafood Grill & Bar is THE place to go for the freshest and most unique seafood creations. The core menu offers various sections including a raw bar, appetizers, specialty dishes, and "Food without Fins" for the land lovers. The focal point of the menu each week is an ever changing "Fresh Catch" section with six to eight different types of fish. With the menu changing weekly, we can ensure the freshest of seafood choices and exciting menu options when you come to visit. Whether you are looking for dinner in our comfortable dining room, drinks and appetizers in our friendly, laid back bar, or want to host a party/event in one of our group dining areas, Dean's Seafood Grill & Bar is the place for you. Bring the whole family, because we have something for everyone to enjoy!Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Enjoyed dining at Dean's this weekend. Everyone enjoyed their meal. We had a seafood special, which didn't require us to pick a side but the side items did sound very good. Tuna nachos were very good. Look forward to going back."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Tried this restaurant because of the reviews in opentable. The salads were fresh and crisp. The entrees (broiled sea bass and broiled scallops) were juicy and cooked to perfection. They were not dried out or rubbery, which is the main problem, especially with scallops. The only unfortunate thing was that the mac and cheese was only pedestrian. It was good, but nothing about it stood out about it. Something like green onions or chives, or a spice like dill would step the dish up a step or two. I would eat there again, when I am in the area."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "My husband and I have had dinner at Dean's on four occasions. Each time one of us would have a meal which was of fair to poor in quality. An example would be a risotto dish with shrimps and scallops. Rather than the expected creamy rice dish, it was instead more of a broth with rice and about 3 pieces of seafood swimming in the brown mess. I could not eat it. The Remy sidecar I ordered was horrible and in glass of ice - not the sweet/tart drink shaken and in a martini glass. I sent the cocktail back. The next martini special for the restaurant was undrinkable."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Love the Sunday Brunch...invited my best friend and her husband and they loved it. The quality and types of foods for the price is unbelievable ...Michael Deans was my favorite restaurant and I think I found a replacement"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Food and service were excellent1! We will defintely retun for dinner and / or brunch."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This was our first time at Deans and it was a very pleasant experience. The food was very good and served timely. Our server was only two weeks in that position with Deans and she was stellar and she made our evening a real enjoyment.The seafood was fresh, served in many variations, and with a nice array of side dishes. I will be a return diner at Deans. The traveler"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Great service and food. Better than any restaurant in the vicinity!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "This is a terrific spot for Sunday Brunch Buffet. We made a reservation, and got a lovely booth right away. We didn't have to wait. The condiments are all at the table, so didn't have to ask for any. Great service - excellent choice of food for all tastes. We were able to talk without straining to hear. Lovely décor. Buffet foods easily accessible. Staff so polite and helpful. I have check the above categories that we know about, but I am sure many others apply. There were a number of kids, but they were all so well behaved, and I think the design of the restaurant helps that."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Food was fair at best - not the quality expected for the price for sure. Overly salty in some cases and somewhat bland in others. Sweet Potoates were underdone. Bread pudding that was suppose to be amazing was drowned in carmel and white chocolate chips. Service was good but nothing exceptional and again, given the price, underwhelming."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We ate here on a Friday at 7pm. We were halfway through our salads when the entrees were brought out, way too soon. We felt like we were being rushed through the meal so they could get to the next seating. I ordered a fish called Opah which I wasn't familiar with. It was pan-seared and sliced. The waitress hadn't asked how I wanted it cooked or advised that it would be served undercooked. It was raw and tough in the middle. Had to send it back to be cooked more. Overall the food was good, so if they educate the wait staff on how to time the courses and explain the menu better, we would be likely to return and to recommend to friends."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Always forget that meal and wine cost is high compared to other restaurants serving seafood. $11 for glass of wine when I can get the bottle in the $20s is over the top. Plenty if vegetables but fish is what I'm paying for and portion was medium to small."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Our go-to restaurant for out of town guests who want to try local seafood at its finest. Service is attentive and friendly and you can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We had dinner here while in Raleigh for the NCAA tournament. Excellent choice. The Sea Bass was great. Thursday night $5 cocktails from the specialty drink list made this a bargain night out with good service and good food."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Food was a little bland although the oyster sampler was great. We felt the food was rushed out and for the price and ambience, we wanted to have a more leisurely meal."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "My first time at Deans and I enjoyed the service I received and the brunch was delicious. Would definitely recommend."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "I don't usually "do" buffets but Dean's is a notable exception. The food choices struck the right chord between breakfast and lunch offerrings. The serving dishes were always kept well stocked and immediately replaced when low or empty. Made from scratch omelette and waffle bar bar is a nice touch."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "I needed a place to take a gourmand friend on short notice -- Dean's was great. The food was excellent, the wine list was extensive, and we were able to hear each other without straining. It was a great pick!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Our waiter was one of the best I have ever seen. The Caesar salad dressing was good & they didn't skimp on the anchovies. My blackened fish was perfectly cooked with a tasty rub. Didn't get to the bar but it seemed to have a nice feel."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "A friend told us about his place. We have gone there for casual as well as a special occasion. Awesome food and service."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Ideal mix menu, as Wife and I were wanting some good fresh fish and kids not so much. Great fresh Blue Point Oysters, and the the Sea Bass my wife had was real tasty. I have the pan seared tuna and it was awesome. Kids loved there meals as well, as they are a tad picky as kids can be. Great side salad with meal, and also the sides were all good and the French fries were awesome. Great wine and great service made it a great experience all the way around. The Manager was engaged and participating in our care. We will will return, and recommend. TRY THIS PLACE OF YOU HAVENT as the bar is classy and a really nice area, and Resturant is a good family place. Food for everyone."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We are World travelers and have eaten at some of the best. We were very happily surprised that this little gem measured up to some of the best. Our server, Shannon, was great and definitely knew how to provide great service without overdoing it. Great job to the entire staff and most especially the Chef!! We will be back and look forward to it."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Great service, great bar menu, good menu - Biggest gripe with this place is the price. You are paying $27 for a small piece of Tuna that you could grab for $7 a lb at the grocer. Raw oysters were good, but at $17 for 6 very small oysters - was WAY overpriced. For the overall price I would rather visit Nana's."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We have been to Dean's several times since it has opened. Service is always excellent and we haven't yet disliked anything we've tried from the menu (we plan to try more items)."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "This was our first dining experience at Dean's. The selection of food was excellent from the breakfast selection to the entrée and dessert selection. Our server and the staff were wonderful and so accommodating. We definitely will be returning for brunch! We also are going back for lunch and dinner. I highly recommend Dean's for good quality food and service."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We come for the grits alone!!! Hate that it moved from Raleigh, but well worth the drive!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Great place for fresh seafood in an area that has very few restaurants of this type. Service and ambiance wonderful."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We have been to Dean's Seafood Grill and Bar several times and our experience is always a great one. The food, the service, the ambiance are perfect every time. Some of the best seafood in the Triangle and definitely one of our favorites!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I've been to Dean's several times and the key to having a great experience is ordering anything seafood. If you love fresh seafood prepared just perfectly-you'll be happy. If you want something super breaded or over-sauced then you might have a harder time appreciating them. The wait staff are very attentive and knowledgeable. The atmosphere strikes just the right balance between comfortable and fancy. Kids menu is extensive and desserts are homemade."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We waited over 20 min for dessert alone (only ordered 2 desserts of Chocolate Sample & Creme Brûlée) . The irony was that it came right out of the fridge! We had to return the Creme brûlée to the kitchen for them to make the sugar crunchy instead of cold & soft. Usually, the service & food is better than that. Beet salad had about 5 small pieces (2 OZ) of beets over plate full of arugula. Dish needs to be renamed as Arugula Salad - not beet salad. They offered about a dozen choices of sauces for the seafood. Several were really good but several were just lame sauces that came out of a bottle at your local grocer. Ex: mango chili sauce had NO mango & was cheap sweet chili sauce from a bottle. On a positive note, the entrees were good."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "We had a wonderful evening. Even with a mix of family, including a 3 year old, young adult friends, and older adults, the evening was seamless. Our server was gracious, efficient, and always attentive, without being intrusive. A wonderful time!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "My SOL took me to Dean's for my birthday brunch. We were greeted as soon as we walked in by the hostess and manager. Our table was ready. Our waitress(Christine), was very attentive to our needs. All in all, a great dining experience."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "This was a great choice for my birthday dinner celebration. It was easy to get a last minute reservation, service was great, food was great - hubby did NOT care for the fried seafood combo but loved everything else. The accompaniments & sides are fantastic!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We arrived on a cold rainy night & was seated under the heat vent - which blew cold air all night. I sat shivering, with my coat on my legs the whole time. As the title states, there was nothing outstanding about our experience. Everything was good: service, presentation, flavor. But we are not inspired enough to return. The portions were small and the prices were steep. For example; the $5.50 beer was a half pint. I'm glad we had a coupon to help stem the costs. We are not in the correct tax bracket for this place, I suppose!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We went to Dean's on a typical Friday night and had excellent service. The food was really good as always but the service was exceptional. We will continue to dine at Dean's on a regular basis!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Brunch had all of the essentials. The oysters were very good, and the lunch items were varied and delicious. Save room for dessert!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We went on Saturday March 1st 6:30pm. Here is our experience, hope it helps. I am using a 1-10 scale with 1 being poor and 10 is exceptional Wait Time : (10) None. We made reservations. Without the reservations you are looking at between a 1 & 2 hour wait minimum, so make reservations. Ambiance : (5) This place needs better seating arrangements and overall appeal to charge the prices that they do. Waitstaff : (8) Our waitress really knew the menu and the specials. He knowledge about the bar was lacking and their higher end liquor selection was very poor. Beer was excellent. Food : (10) The presentation, quality and portions were spot on! Desserts were also incredible and made to share. Overall 8.25 and worth the time and $ to go."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Good food and the waiter was very knowledgeable and polite. We have been here a number of times and always enjoy the restaurant and will return. Only problem this time is that the booth the four of us were assigned was next to the bar, the restrooms and the kitchen. A little too noisy and a lot of traffic. Will not stop me from coming back but will ask for different seating."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Excellent food and romantic. Was great for a first date.."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We all thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and cocktails - it was quite deelish. Not only was the food and drinks perfect but so was our waiter. He was very knowledgable of the whole menu and helped me come up with a new drink recipe that was perfectly executed by the bar staff. Well done all! Thank you!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "This is our second time there and both experiences have been consistently very good. It has become our favorite seafood restaurant in the area."
    Dined on 2/26/2014