Permanently Closed - 18 Seaboard

4.7
4785 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(919) 861-4318
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jason Smith
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Private party facilities
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.
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Private party contact
Jenny Hensley: (888) 820-0451
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Peace
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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!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Smoking Area, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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EK
Western NC
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing!! My husband and I are going to miss this place!:(

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PH
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place to eat with wonderful food. Enjoy it very much!

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DN
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was last day 18 Seaboard was open. We have celebrated many occasions with Jason and wanted to be there to celebrate his last day. Food was great as usual we will miss them greatly.

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j
Raleigh
82 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We first ate here the year after it opened and have come here 3 or 4 times a year. We will miss this place. We will definitely see if 18 Harvest will be our next go-to place. Great evening. Love the pork shank Still the best martinis in Raleigh.

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JW
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Will miss this great restaurant! Always a wonderful meal and experience. Thanks!!

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OT
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite local restaurants. We are sad it’s closing!

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CT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It will be missed , my husband and always enjoyed it !
Will try their other restaurants.

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PH
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

excellent food and drink

prompt attention by wait staff

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I
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Love their food! Will miss them when they close.

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OT
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So fabulous, had my rehearsal dinner there when I got married and am so sad that they are closing, so had to come visit one last time.

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KM
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal from salad to NC seafood entrees to yummy desserts! Thanks to Jason and team for 14 great years at that location, but we will see you again soon!

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LJ
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

18 Seaboard has been one of our go-to restaurants in Raleigh for years. The space is beautiful~elegant without being fussy. The food is always superb, the waitstaff welcoming and friendly.
Our advice is go before it closes!

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S
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a superb restaurant.
My favorite restaurant of all time.
Tops the many great restaurants in NYC from my years there.
The food tastes SO delicious.
A work of art.
Thank you to 18 Seaboard owner, chefs, and staff for bringing such a great experience to Raleigh, NC.
A real gift to the city for the many years you welcomed citizens & visitors to such a magical experience.
I will always savor the memories!

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PA
Raleigh
43 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

She crab soup is the best, everything was tasty. We will miss this place, hope to see soup on the menu at Harvest 18

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OT
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely evening with great service, good food and drink. Nice job on the Strawberry Sangria and the birthday desserts were a nice unexpected touch for my guest.

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TP
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined there for our 26th anniversary and had a lovely dinner. Our waitress was the perfect amount of attentiveness. The owner even treated us with a wonderful dessert! I had eaten there many years ago with my college buddies and when I heard you were closing I knew my husband and I had to celebrate with you all. Thank you so much for the wonderful food, atmosphere, and service. You all truly made us feel special. Much luck to you all!

Teresa Hales Peacock

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LC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have always loved this place and sorry it is closing. Will just have to frequent Jason's other restaurants.
Great place. Lost of personal attention. Good, good food.

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TP
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating my husbands birthday and it was wonderful as usual. We heard a few weeks ago they will be closing on July 2. We are so happy we were able to go before they close their doors!

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BE
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always, we will miss having this gem to go to. Our thanks to Jason and staff for so many years of outstanding experiences and our best wishes for your future! (If the Honey Sea Salt pie will be available at one of the other restaurants please let me know ;)

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OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious meal and great service, as always! One of our favorite restaurants - so sad they are closing soon! 18 Seaboard, you’ll always hold a special place in our hearts!

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b
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So sad that 18 Seaboard is closing. 😢

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H
Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

18 Seaboard is a decent option for lunch if you're trying to get away from fast food and standard Cafe fare.

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DH
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We are very sorry to hear that 18 Seaboard is closing!! We love the cuisine and the service

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MT
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So creative and excellent! Will be MISSED! Grilled corn and softshells along with blackberry gazpacho was amazing!

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R
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We keep trying other restaurants and then return to 18 Seaboard, it is frankly a combination of cutting edge presentations, great ingredients well prepared with super service. Our waitress, Taylor was totally aware of the menu, made suggestions, understood our order and i'ts timing. Every server we ever have had knew the product.
The wine list is broad with interesting selections, we chose a Spanish Alvarino with dinner.
Thank you all for a great experience.

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AD
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This has always been my fallback restaurant, that is if we were stuck for a place to go then we could always agree on this. The one bad meal I thought I had here got better as I ate on it from my box I took home.

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RH
Raleigh
28 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fantastic experience. Hate to see it closing.

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D
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
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 on June 15, 2019
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 on June 15, 2019
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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Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
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 on June 14, 2019
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
28 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
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 on June 13, 2019
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
13 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
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 on June 12, 2019
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
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
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 on June 11, 2019
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 on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday lunch

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