18 Seaboard

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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D
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service with great recommendations for food and compliments. We all got something different and each dish and side was perfectly done. I had grilled scallops with cheese grits and grilled veggies, my wife had brisket with spinach and mashed potatoes and our daughter had duck. The she-crab soup and blackberry gazpacho were yummy as was the meat and cheese tray.

I’ll miss 18 Seaboard!

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r
Charlotte
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

The menu on their website didn’t match the real menu. The main reason we chose the restaurant was because of two main courses shown online but they aren’t on the menu. It was too late to go elsewhere. Food we got was good but not what we wanted. Service was bad.

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OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dining experience I've ever had. Executive Chef Will and the entire staff, ownership included, made us feel like family. We are going to miss you all so much. 18 Seaboard has always been a staple and a privilege.

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OT
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was probably our last meal at 18 Seaboard, as it is closing in a few weeks. What a way to go. Service was exceptional, as always. The amuse bouche is always a nice start to the meal. We had the crispy oysters as an appetizer . The meld of flavors has always been a strong point of this restaurant.

My wife’s scallops were beautifully cooked. I opted for the salmon, medium rare, which was cooked just right. We both had the tarragon butter as a complement but we have never had much need for a sauce with the fish. The dish never needs it.

As it was our wedding anniversary, we got a complimentary mug of chocolate which we took home with us. We shared a gorgeous panna cotta. It tasted decadent but was light on the stomach. What a wast to finish.

We have to hope that Jason Smith will find new premises in due course so that Raleigh can enjoy a quality predominantly seafood restaurant again.

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GW
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful date nite with the wife. As always, we were well pleased. Really hated to hear that they are closing. Wish the best for Jason and Lauren.

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PP
Raleigh
27 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, wine and service. 18 Seaboard will be missed.

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OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are sad to see this restaurant close. It consistently delivered wonderful food and outstanding service. It's a pity that high quality establishments such as this one fall victim to real estate "development." Real estate speculators will get rich and we all will be the poorer.

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K
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our last meal at 18 seaboard, very sad to see you go, thanks Jason for many wonderful meals, looking forward to your next adventure. Will keep going to your other restaurants but won't be quite the same.

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DW
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. 18 Seaboard never disappoints!!
Sorry to hear it’s closing down but will definitely try the other restaurants in the 18 Seaboard family !!

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AF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolute best customer service in the industry. They go above and beyond to make your meal special.

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D
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is great. I hope they open up a similar restaurant somewhere else

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AJ
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Michael provides great service as we four old friends caught up with each other.

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B
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday lunch

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KM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hate that this location will be closing, but we will enjoy Jason's other restaurants and look forward to his team's next adventure!

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WS
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have enjoyed dining at 18 Seaboard since they opened and am sad to hear they are closing in July.
Delicious, fresh and creative menu. Terrific service with nice little extras like bite-sized hushpuppies in the beginning and bite-sized blondies after our meal, niether of which we asked for but certainly devoured. Just a great neighborhood gem. I highly recommend this restaurant and encourage you to hurry and enjoy a few more meals before they close up.

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L
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m disheartened seaboard 18 will be closing. They have long been a favorite restaurant of friends and family. We’ve eaten there dozens of times and the experience has always been excellent. Hopefully, they’ll reopen in a new location. In the interim, they’ll be missed!

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SP
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I have had many good experiences here, this just was not one of them.

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AS
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have thoroughly enjoyed 18 Seaboard for the last 14 years. We have celebrated many anniversaries, birthdays and other special occasions with many, many fond memories of great food and good times. We will miss 18 Seaboard 0!!!!

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A
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The ambiance was great. Service was quick and steady.

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CE
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal during restaurant week, the pork dumplings were incredible. Really good service, and will be really sad when 18 Seaboard closes in July. Hope they can re-open somewhere else.

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K
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way! Second time there, will miss it after it closes in July. Will be making one more trip there before then.

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AT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I know they are closing doors for good on July 2, but if you have time, go get a couple of their best items. I went with some friends who came in from out of town, the last time we got together there was for a birthday 4 years ago. My chicken salad was fine, nothing to rave about. But the friends who ordered the catfish and cheesy grits and the quinoa salad were very pleased. One friend wasn't over the moon about the soup, I don't remember exactly what it was but it was cream based maybe a bisque. She said it was a bit heavy. But, the highlight of our meal was dessert. We ordered one of each, the chocolate cake in a mug, the strawberry panecotta, the caramel crème brulee, and (drum roll) the sea salt honey chess pie. Well, we tasted each, but then devoured the pie! It was amazing. I can only imagine that the chef Jason Smith will be opening another restaurant someplace soon featuring some of these favorite dishes. Our server was excellent, unfortunately can't remember his name, but a friend recognized that he also waits at Cantina. He was attentive and pleasant, yet completely non-obtrusive. He made our meal effortless, we never had to ask for him as nothing was amiss. We can't wait to see what takes the place of 18 Seaboard!

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LN
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jason and his team always deliver a wonderful dining experience ; everything was perfect as usual

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LB
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Treated a friend for her birthday lunch. Extremely well trained wait staff, attentive but not intrusive. The She Crab soup and Creek Salad combo was delicious; the blackened tuna over salad special was excellent! We appreciated the complementary salmon on cucumber bites and lemon cake squares - a nice touch! Will definitely go back very soon.

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RD
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very formal environment. Ac too cold. Not the best for a casual lunch. Better for upscale dinner. Food good quality, not overwhelming portions.

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FT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for lunch. The food was very good and the service was excellent. Overall a great experience.

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AB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A favorite local restaurant of mine but the restaruant week entrees were not anything outstanding. Almost wished I had ordered off the normal menu

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JM
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

18 Seaboard is a great place for a special occasion or just someplace to go with someone special. The food is adventurous and delicious and the service is top notch at every touchpoint.

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AS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely excellent food and service and they were busy and my husband is demanding and loved it and can't wait to go back

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D
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

If you like a broad selection of food do not go to Seaboard 18. No draft beer either. Only a handful of bottle beer. It was OK. They need a lot more selection of foods. More hearty dinner salads. Meh

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J
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Unfortunately not what was expected. Having dined at other "18" restaurants, we had expected the same great quality of food but all of meals we were served were disappointing. The brisket was majority fat than meat, causing us to leave most of what was served on the plate, the beef filet was very tiny and unappetizing to look at and eat, and the catfish was ok. I will say the desserts were much better. We appreciated the special "congratulatory" dessert and the service was attentive and skilled. Maybe it was an off night for dinner because lunch at Seaboard has been enjoyable.

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SG
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Birthday for dad

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OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was outstanding, including the wine recommendation. We split two appetizers and an amberjack entree and all three deserve 5 plus stars. This restaurant is one of our three favorites in Raleigh!

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j
New England
29 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Martin, our server, was exceptional. His assistant, Michael, was thoughtful and helpful. Or booth was comfortable. The food was excellent. A+

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Y
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

18 Seaboard proved to be an excellent choice for our Girl’s Night Out. Our server was very attentive and personable. I had She Crab Soup which was amazing. The ladies I dined with only had entrees which was a bit problematic. Both felt that the portions were very small and both were left feeling hungry. They advised our waiter. As we were paying the bill the owner came to our table and gave us an amazing desert to share. No mention of being told about the portion size feedback. I thought it was a very professional way of saying we value your feedback and we want to see you again. They will see me again most definitely. One of the best seafood meals I’ve had in some time.

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k
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary dinner here. I specifically asked for a quiet table and we were given a very secluded booth that blocked a good amount of sound. Our staff was very friendly and accommodating with my wife's gluten allergy.

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C
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was superb. I wanted grilled fish but it was not on the menu. Our waitress consulted with the chef and made it happen. There were 3 of us and all of our food was delicious (especially the bananas foster for dessert ). All of the food was simple and elegant. And delicious.

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h
Raleigh
63 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

18 Seaboard missed the mark on Mother’s Day brunch.
Filet mixed with fruit and scrambled eggs. The steak juice and fruit juice and eggs all on same plate was disgusting!!! Server felt bad and it wasn’t her fault. Then we found big chunks of soil/dirt in our salad. I was done after that.
We were very embarrassed we took our moms here for this occasion. We will not be returning.

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SB
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and excellent service on a very busy Saturday evening

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j
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A solid restaurant - great food, service and ambiance.

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