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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

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

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93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (54)
Good for a Date (50)
Creative Cuisine (49)
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Local Ingredients (47)
Romantic (46)
Good for Birthdays (41)
Fit for Foodies (37)
Good for Anniversaries (36)
Business Meals (36)
Worth the Drive (34)
Good for Groups (30)
Cozy (28)
Quiet Conversation (25)
Fun (23)
Notable Wine List (23)
Pre/post Theatre (22)
Authentic (21)
Casual (20)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Bar Seating (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Great for Lunch (17)
Seasonal (17)
Healthy (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Tasting Menu (8)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Scenic View (7)
Happy Hour (6)
People Watching (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Organic (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Great Beer (4)
Tapas (4)
Vegan (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Spicy (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Live Music (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

The food was good. This was my second time eating at this restaurant. I had catfish this time with spinach and there was some grit cakes on the plate also. The spinach was the best part. The grit cakes were pretty nasty but the catfish was good. I do recommend this place.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 3 days ago

29th Anniversary, server John was amazing, food was absolutely delicious. Loved everything about the evening. Will be back again and highly recommend this restaurant.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 3 days ago

18 Seaboard remains at great dining choice, with great food, great wine list, and a complete beverage service. The wait staff is always knowledgeable and quick to provide guidance navigating the menu choices. This is first visit in a while, but I'll be visiting again soon.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Celebrated my son’s 20th Birthday with family. Katie was our server and was very attentive and kind. She told us several stories that made us laugh. Would highly recommend her if visiting.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Horrible experience on New Years. Sat for an hour before we even got a salad. Salmon was good but sides were cold. Was trying to get out in time to see the ball drop and it took forever so pretty much ruined our New Years night. We had ordered dessert (creme brulee) which was burnt. I'll never go back.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had dinner on New Year's Eve and had great food and service, however the ambience was underwhelming to say the least. Our party of 8 was seated in and adjunct room connected to the real restaurant. If I had known that we would be sitting in that room for dinner I would not have booked us there. I should have been told where the table would be. The ambience of this "overflow rm" is nothing like the restaurant. It actually felt like a run of the mill conference room. Atmosphere is a part of the dinning experience and we were all very disappointed with our table location. Better communication on the management's part would have been appreciated.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Excellent food and service. We would definitely go back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We have eaten here several times and each time has been a fabulous experience! Wonderful food and creative pairings. The staff is courteous and attentive!

Tags: Tapas, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

So disappointed!! I had heard great things about 18 Seaboard, but can’t say that I’ll be repeating them. The food was bland and pretty tasteless, from the appetizers to the special shareable New Years specials to the dessert. The wait staff was great and the atmosphere was fine, but not so much the food. Darn it!

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Filet was over cooked. Replacement was provided after I had finished eating

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Birthday for my 9 year old daughter.

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Dinner was great. The variety of items on the menu paired with an extensive wine list will not disappoint! The service was terrific and we will definitely go back again! Highly recommend!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We rarely, if ever, visit 18 seaboard and come away with a less than stellar experience.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Between the two of us we shared two appetizers, two entrees, and I dessert. The chef also gave us a sample appetizer and dessert. Everything was delicious and unique. The wine list had exactly what I like. The atmosphere was good. Crowded, but still felt romantic. Service was excellent.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Fun, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

As always, 18 Seaboard provided attentive service and excellent food. The creamed collards were a special treat.

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

18 Seaboard has never let me down. So, to celebrate son's engagement to the right gal, it was an obvious destination.

Tags: Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Excellent cuisine for the money. Great service too!

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Romantic, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Food was okay, not exceptional. We were kind of disappointed. Staff were friendly, no problem there. I had been here for lunch and that was enjoyable and good but dinner missed the mark.

Tags: Spicy, Business Meals, Casual, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Healthy, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

The service was great the ambiance was excellent. The food was delicious!! This place is lovely and can't wait to return!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Business Meals, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great waitress! Table was ready when we arrived. Staff was dressed very festive for the Christmas Eve diners! Knowledgeable waitress answered all our menu questions without hesitation. Food came out plated beautifully & without much wait time. I had the filet which was pretty good. Two had the salmon which they said was very good. My husband had the pork shank & he commented that one half was better than the other half. But overall the foidc was good.

Loved the exposed brick walls & artwork from local artists that is available to purchase. Overall a great first time dining experience!!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Another outstanding meal at a favorite downtown Raleigh restaurant! Service was fantastic, the food fresh and delicious! And save room for dessert, they are fabulous!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Wonderful experience and the food was excellent and very creative!

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

We have eaten at 18 Seaboard 4x now, and the food has always been wonderful! Staff is professional and prompt. Nice atmosphere.

Tags: Casual, Romantic
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 23, 2017

I’d been to 18 Seaboard years ago when it first opened and remembered that it was a nice restaurant but that was about it. I haven’t been back since bc I don’t live in the area anymore. But wow, I was thoroughly impressed with the food and service. Majority of the food is made in house and it was all well executed and beautifully presented. Service was excellent. I expect good service but they went above and beyond. For the price and total experience, this place is EXCEPTIONAL and I’ve eaten at lots of great restaurants. I can’t wait to go back and tell all my local friends about our wonderful experience.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 22, 2017

18 Seaboard is one of my favorites for a celebration. The food is always delicious and the staff is attentive without being intrusive.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Fun
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 22, 2017

18 Seaboard is one of my favorite restaurants. I was disappointed with the sweet potato appetizer and my salmon was very undercooked. The service as always, was excellent.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Awesome place!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Exquisite service, delicious food! A little pricey, but definitely value for the money.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Interesting, delicious variety of options. Outstanding desserts, especially the holiday special eggnog bread pudding with homemade peppermint stick ice-cream!

Tags: Seasonal, Organic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Awesome...great food, great staff. A holiday luncheon for my team was amazing with 18 Seaboard!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

During the Christmas Season -- the busiest time of year -- the food and service were excellent. We enjoyed our visit and never felt "rushed"

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Had the opportunity to visit 18 twice for holiday outings. The first experience and food was excellent.
Second visit, disappointing. I had recommended this to friends for our Christmas get together and it wasn’t up to par. Not sure my friends will go back. 😕

Tags: Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great service great food! Our waiter was amazing and the drinks, appetizers, main courses and desserts were all out of this world good.

Tags: Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great meal, attentive friendly staff, great dessert!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Some of the best food I have had in NC. Fantastic service and atmosphere. Could not have been more pleased with everything.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

This was the BEST catfish I've eaten, even many times here before. Loved the smoked flavored grit cake and the sauce on catfish. Cozy booth was wonderful for catching up with friends.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

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 on December 14, 2017

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 on December 13, 2017

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 on December 13, 2017

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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