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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (59)
Creative Cuisine (51)
Local Ingredients (44)
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Good for a Date (43)
Fit for Foodies (42)
Good for Birthdays (41)
Romantic (37)
Good for Anniversaries (35)
Business Meals (35)
Worth the Drive (34)
Good for Groups (33)
Cozy (28)
Quiet Conversation (27)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Notable Wine List (23)
Casual (22)
Great for Lunch (21)
Fun (19)
Healthy (19)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Authentic (18)
Bar Seating (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Seasonal (15)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Hot Spot (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
People Watching (6)
Scenic View (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Organic (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Great Beer (4)
Vegan (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Tapas (2)
Live Music (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Great choice for dinner with a friend. Very friendly waitstaff, excellent food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 3 days ago

We have visited 18 Seaboard many times, and they always have excellent food. Our guest was a first-time visitor, and she thoroughly enjoyed her experience.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, People Watching, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Casual, Great for Lunch
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·Dined 4 days ago

18 Seaboard was one of the best restaurant experiences I have ever had. We went for our anniversary and they treated us like royalty. The waiter was excellent and the food was amazing. The Chef/proprietor was more than gracious to us and talked with us personally. It made a for a truly remarkable anniversary. Thanks 18 Seaboard!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fun, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 5 days ago

This is the first time I don't give five stars. A couple of items that were less than stellar: The filet mignon I ordered to be medium-rare arrived somewhere between medium and medium-well. Rather than send it back and get our meals out of sync, I ate it. Also, our waiter was last seen about half way through our meal, talking with Jason, and never returned. Don't know what the issue was, but other staff picked up where he left off without a problem.

Otherwise, everything was great, as usual. We certainly plan to return

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 5 days ago

Once again, an amazing stunning meal expertly crafted with passion and perfection. This is absolutely one of my favorite restaurants in Raleigh and it never disappoints with its elevated interpretation of classic Southern dishes. Ever evolving with constant new and unique specials make this never dull restauarant shine.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 6 days ago

Although close to Xmas time it was not crowded. 4 of us and got my drink wrong, got one entree wrong. They did fix them both without any complaint. Atmosphere was great and menu was good. I would go back again but wouldn’t take a chance on a special occasion.

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·Dined 6 days ago

This is a favorite place. You can tell Jason Smith puts his all into this restaurant. Great service. You feel like the wait staff really like you! Food is great and you feel like there was extra care in preparation.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

The restaurant gladly helped my group of 6 modify the reservation. The vibe of the restaurant was comfortable and the noise level allowed for conversation. She-crab soup was amaaaazing. Everyone's dish was great. The waitstaff's timing was spot-on.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Fabulous, as always! Raleigh's best.
The most consistently delicious food of any restaurant I have ever visited. Including restaurants in p NYC, Chicago, Boston & France.
Gracious service and a lovely atmosphere as well.
On busy nights, a booth helps if you like a quiet conversation. In general one of the best restaurants for quiet conversation (good table separation and acoustics). At particularly busy times, get a booth.
Hope 18 Seaboard stays exactly as it is for years on end. It's a classic!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vegan, Healthy, Authentic, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Paleo Friendly, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Always nice to sit by a window - we lucked out. The menu is very expansive for all tastes. The waiter wasn't as good, though he was pleasant. I recommend this place and park in the rear as the front has a dumpster and trash by the steps. The combo of the beer brewing next door is a nice - "get a drink there and then go here for dinner". Nice to walk around Logan's and Ace Hardware prior to seating. A nice experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

The server was wonderful and her recommendations for both food and beverages were great. I felt that there was just the right amount of attention to the table to meet our needs. Three of us had different fish dishes and sampled each, they were phenomenal. Highly recommend.

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Our latest visit showed not much has changed at 18 Seaboard except the menu items. The food is still very good. The shrimp beignets were perfectly cooked as was my filet. My dining companion had the shrimp pasta and it was very good.

Our server was excellent as was all the staff. Chef Smith was frequently in the dining room checking on his guests.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Service was great and food was fantastic as usual. I love the focus on local ingredients!

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Perfect! Delicious food, great service and wonderful atmosphere!

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Our server was excellent. She knew all about the menu and the wine list. One of our party was a restaurateur himself. She could converse with him about the wine and the food. He was impressed. Our food was delicious, especially the rib eye. The ginger/peanut butter cookie terrific! And the white chocolate pecan pie, excellent!! Great wine also. Great experience.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fun, Cozy
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great southern inspired fresh cuisine! Our server, Anthony, was amazing and went above and beyond. In fact everyone working said hello and was very friendly! I would highly recommend this to my friends and clients.

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Savannah)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner, the cocktails were high quality, and the she crab soup was the best I ever had. Having gotten off to an excellent start, we were very satisfied with everything, especially our friendly waiter. Even though the restaurant got quite busy while we were there, the noise level remained acceptably low, and we were able to continue our conversation. Surprisingly we were able to book a table within the same week. It is close to downtown and popular with foodies,and I had been warned to book ahead. We will definitely eat there again.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 20, 2017

The food is always good (although it tended to be salty on this occasion). Service is always welcoming and we like the proximity to Peace College concerts and ease of parking.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Overall the food was just OK. The chicken salad was blanned, no flavor really. The pulled pork was good but overall it wasn’t amazing.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The location was very odd - I would not want to go there at night alone. The ambience is stark and the brunch menu minimal. The alcoholic drinks and coffee were good. Omelet just OK with a very large portion of salad which was only greens with a light dressing. It was certainly acceptable but probably not interested in going back.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Incredible value. Upscale dining with excellent flavors. Not quite on the level with premiere upscale dining establishments, but very close - and with extremely reasonable prices.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

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 on November 16, 2017

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 on November 14, 2017

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 on November 14, 2017

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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