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About 18 Seaboard

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.

18 Seaboard
Raleigh, NC 27604
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Peace

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 861-4318

Website:
http://www.18restaurantgroup.com/

Parking Details:
Our 100 plus free parking spaces provide ample and convenient access to the restaurant. Please visit our website at www.18seaboard.com to download directions to our restaurant!

Executive Chef:
Jason Smith

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Smoking Area, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

18 Seaboard is the perfect site for your next important business or social function. Located in Raleigh’s newly renovated downtown area at the former Seaboard Train Station, we specialize in hosting successful events, whether it’s an intimate dinner party or a business reception.

18 Seaboard Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

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93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (61)
Creative Cuisine (53)
Good for Birthdays (51)
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Local Ingredients (47)
Fit for Foodies (46)
Good for a Date (46)
Good for Anniversaries (44)
Romantic (38)
Business Meals (38)
Worth the Drive (36)
Good for Groups (36)
Cozy (28)
Healthy (28)
Great for Lunch (25)
Quiet Conversation (24)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Casual (23)
Authentic (23)
Notable Wine List (21)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
Seasonal (18)
Bar Seating (17)
Fun (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Great for Brunch (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Tasting Menu (10)
Hot Spot (8)
Organic (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Scenic View (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Paleo Friendly (5)
People Watching (5)
Great Beer (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
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·Dined 2 days ago

We have been dining here since it opened. Spent many special occasions and more than one Anniversary Dinner here.

This was the first instance where we received the plated meal, with everything plated in top of each other, the chef compliment sauce poured on top, and my ribeye was pre-sliced.

Don't fix what is not broken. If I get a steak, I want to cut it. I mix different foods together to make bad things taste better. I don't want to pay for spinach smashed into my potatoes.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 2 days ago

A delightful meal! We've been to 18 Seaboard several times, but it's been years. I think they've stepped up their game! Both of our seafood focused mains were delicious - the shrimp and grits and the grilled sheepshead. I liked the she crab soup, and my wife loved the baked oysters. As a mark of how much she liked them, she didn't share. We did share the very good creme brulee dessert. The wine list is very good and extremely fairly priced. The only nit to pick was the service. My soup first course arrived after my wife had finished her oysters, and the first wine delivered to the table wasn't what we ordered, the second a different vintage (which the server pointed out). But the food was so good we can overlook little glitches. We'll be back - highly recommended!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 2 days ago

From the beginning Chef Jason Smith has held 18 Seaboard and his other restaurants to the highest quality standards, while supporting local growers. It was a pleasure to bring a Charlotte business colleague there to experience those high standards and comfortable atmosphere!

Tags: Seasonal, Worth the Drive
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·Dined 3 days ago

We had an incredible night. It was totally worthy. I would recommend this for every couple.

Tags: Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Business Meals, Organic, Authentic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 3 days ago

Very nice place. My wife and had a great time and spent about $80 less than other nice places. We will definitely be back. We were treates to a small appetizer, dessert, and champagne on the house. Very good experience.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 5 days ago

Four of us celebrated a birthday with good wine, a delicious meal, and fun conversation. This is one of our favorite places in town to eat and we had a great time. Thanks for the complimentary appetizer and dessert- delicious!
Great service as always- thank you!
Sandra Close. Betsy St Pierre
Judy Doss
Faye Lankford
Betsy

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fun, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (Greensboro)·Dined 6 days ago

I have dined here several times over the past few years and always found the food and service to be outstanding.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Both Entrées came out soupy instead of saucy. It was like the chef didn’t even bother reducing the wine sauce down. You could still taste the alcohol in the cooking wine they used. Paid 26 dollars for something that anyone could have done much better at their own house.

Don’t waste your time, or your money.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Our service was not up to expectations. One waitress spilled a dish on the pants of a lady at our table. She didn't make any effort to remedy the situation or apologize appropriately. Our group consisted of 6 people who have all been to 18 Seaboard before but agreed that this trip was most likely their last.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

This was my second time at 18 Seaboard. It is a great location downtown Raleigh for drinks and very good food. We had a great experience and will keep coming back for more.

Tags: Cozy, Tasting Menu, Great Beer, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

What an incredible experience! The wine list has something for every taste. I could go on raving about the food which is masterfully prepared to perfection and beautifully presented, however the people and the service here are really make this restaurant stand out. This place is perfect for any occasion, but if you choose to spend a special day with them, they will do all in their power to make it a memorable one for you. We have been everywhere to eat in Raleigh, and without a doubt this is our favorite. Everyone at 18 Seaboard works together to give a fine dining experience a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Highly recommend for a romantic night out. Don’t think twice, book a reservation now!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Chef Jason is always welcoming and constantly developing delicious locally sourced dishes.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great food, great service, beautiful dining room, can't wait to go back !!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Casual
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 5, 2017

attended with family to celebrate a birthday. We met on A Sunday for Sunday Brunch. the brunch menu was not extensive but had a good mix of entrees. The food was good and my party of six tried different dishes that we well received. I look forward to coming back and giving the dinner menu a try.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I got the Sneads Ferry She Crab soup with Sherry and the Flounder special and it was fantastic! My husband enjoyed the rib eye with the Bearnaise sauce and roasted turnips. We shared a Creme Brulee that had espresso beans sprinkled on the top. Yum!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

We were in Raleigh for the weekend and dined at the restaurant based on reviews. The ambiance and food were good. However, the service was terrible. It took 20 minutes for the waitress to take our drink order and another 20 minutes for it to be delivered. She said she would bring bread but did not. We had to ask for the appetizer my wife ordered after mine was delivered. She never asked if we wanted another drink. We were so looking forward to a good dining experience but were disappointed overall.

Tags: Casual
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent staff. Couldn’t have been more attentive and courteous . We really enjoyed our meals. We had Shrimp beignets, goat cheese and apple salad, and she crap soup appetizers, mahi mahi, and a Snapper Hog fish. We’re all delicious. The dessert we ordered was the vanilla pecan pie with a slice of bacon & whipped cream...OMGOODNESS that was divine. The chef also let us sample pumpkin seed white chocolate chip cookies as well. Perfection all around!

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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Excellent! We really enjoyed it. Good was very good and the owner came to talk to us. It was very enjoyable.

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 31, 2017

It is always a pleasure dining at 18 Seaboard. The food is outstanding every time and the staff is attentive and engaging. High marks all around.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Awesome! High quality local ingredients cooked with creativity!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 28, 2017

18 Seaboard is our fave restaurant. Our server was incredible and my mother so enjoyed for her birthday!!!! Thank you so much for making it special!!!

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The food was good, not great. They forgot the sauce for my plate; I had to wait on the waitress to come back to the table to request the missing sauce & then waited for her to serve other tables before I got my sauce.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Arrived at 7 sharp for our reservation. Seated promptly. By 7:50, only 2 of our four party members had wine. While we had ordered wine for others as well as appetizers, salads, and mains, still nothing even simple pimento cheese and crackers! When the "late" wine finally arrived, it was white not red, despite our server saying what we had ordered was "my favorite". The homemade saltines were thick and soft, almost like stale pita bread. The kale salad and the shrimp beignets were terrific and the main fish dishes made up for the others.

Despite this, our server seemed disinterested in us and we were left to ourselves for LONG stretches. Fortunately, other servers refilled our waters frequently. Our meal lasted for nearly 3 hours, as our check arrived at 9:50. While this might seem reasonable under some circumstances, it seems a bit much for this setting. Overall, a bit of a disappointment since 2 of us had traveled from Maryland and 2 from Chapel Hill for the evening.

Tags: Good for Groups, Local Ingredients
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great experience. Food was nothing short of delicious.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Add more "Body" to the "She Crab" Soup. Good crab content, but the "broth" was WEAK compared to prior visit. Keep Meatloaf, Pork Shank, and Brisket ON the LUNCH MENU!
Will definitely return & recommend.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 26, 2017

18 Seaboard never disappoints! Great food, great atmosphere and great service! Highly recommend.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

One of our favorite places to eat in Raleigh. The food is always fantastic, service outstanding and we always leave with a wonderful experience, ready to return soon!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Restaurant was definitely not up to it's usual standard. We had several issues with our food--namely salad that wasn't dressed and chicken and fish that were overcooked, our food took a long time to get to us and we didn't have time to send back as we had a concert to get to. Staff were very apologetic and did everything they could to make it right.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great experience. Food delicious. Service divine. Definitely my best birthday meal thus far!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 16, 2017

This is the second time we have been to 18 Seaboard. The chef usually comes out; which is a nice touch. Both times we have come, they have brought "extras" to our table. This past time they brought out an appetizer and a dessert. They are small, just so you can try it but it is a very nice touch that sets them apart because I've not been to another restaurant that consistently does that. The food is well prepared and we have enjoyed it. I don't particularly care for smokey meats and their steaks are smokey but when I add a sauce, it helps because their sauces are amazing! If I could give one suggestion, it would be to include a non-dairy potato option to the menu.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

I paid $26 for the blackened Vermillion Snapper special. The dish were excellent. The portion of fish served was too small, about 3x4. I am not planning on returning.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food was great at 18 Seaboard, and the desserts were just as fantastic. We were celebrating, and the chef sent out complimentary amuse bouche and a complimentary dessert addition to help us celebrate, which put the icing on the cake for us.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 13, 2017

I went here about 9 years ago and it was awesome. Delicious food. Excellent mix of fusion and traditional. Delightful cocktails and beautiful ambiance. This time, meh. The food was nothing spectacular. Somewhat bland. Large portions, lack of seasoning. Heavy desserts. I doubt I would go back. Fairly disappointed.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 12, 2017

The bar was great. Seating was excellent. Food is as good as you could find anywhere. We will go back again and again

Tags: Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 12, 2017

I enjoyed lunch. The atmosphere was perfect, and the food was delicious. I will be back soon.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Wonderful evening. We have been going here for years and never disappointed

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We all felt the restaurant where they seated us was very dark and even the way to Ladies Room was too dark...we made comments to the waiter but no accommodations to move us to a brighter table. Also if you are not a fish lover - there is really not a lot of choices but steak or a few chicken dishes that weren't that appealing. What everyone ordered seemed too be good 2 of the meals that had pasta and clams and shrimp were cold.

I probably would not drive all the way from west Cary to eat here again as there are better choices with more selections elsewhere.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 5, 2017

18 Seaboard is always a great place for weekday business lunch. The food is good and the location is very convenient to most places.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 2, 2017

We had a wonderful 15 year wedding anniversary dinner here. Joshua was excellent.
First booth table we were sat at was a bit to weird with table sat so high and lights were bright shining down on you, so we asked to be moved to table by window which was fabulous.
We will be back. I had sheepshead and husband had the prime rib, both were tasty and well prepared.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Never disappointed when we dine at 18 seaboard. One of my favorites.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion
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