18 Seaboard

4.5
4350 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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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Private dining
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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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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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!
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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.

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5.0Dined a day ago

We came down from Virginia and met a good friend who had moved to Raleigh here. Great food (we all had the salmon) and perfect service.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Very pleasant evening celebrating a birthday. Menu choices where plenty and had some nice before dinner cocktails. Our waiter was excellent, very attentive and accommodating to our relaxed evening!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Excellent dining experience. Service was spectacular. Wait staff heard me mention Birthday celebration and concluded our dinner with a small birthday desert!!

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

This one is hard to judge. We had reservations for 2:30 PM, Father's Day. We arrived about 2:20 PM and were seated. We were expecting to see a dinner menu or at least a lunch menu.However, we learned after getting seated that the restaurant serves only brunch up to 2:30 PM, closes then reopens at 5 PM for dinner. Our reservation was made through Open Table and nowhere in the process of making the reservation was I informed about the split hours of service for the restaurant. Had I known, I am sure I would have chosen to go elsewhere. So I am a bit peeved about that. Nevertheless, with few options, we ordered from the limited brunch menu. What we ordered was well prepared and good; though I thought my portion of grilled salmon was small. The service was very good as was the ambience in the room.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Brunch menu, eggs Benedict were wonderful except for the English muffins; they were hard as a rock and almost impossible to cut with a standard knife. My guess is they were leftover from the prior week’s brunch menu. Otherwise the food was as usual superb.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We often go to 18 Seaboard for special occasions. There are always good specials and a changing element to the menu. Appreciate the local sourcing of the food served as well as the menu options that have a spin on traditional Southern fare.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We enjoyed a lovely Sunday brunch on the rooftop patio. It was rather warm, and the path to get there (thru “back of the house” hallways) isn’t elegant, but it is a nice outdoor space. No spectacular views (parking area). Our server, Jordan, was smiling, friendly, attentive, and helpful despite having to take the stairs to serve us. Our meals were tasty all around. Recommended!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great food and service!😊

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Fantastic meal as usual. Service was equally positive. We had the Pork shank and swordfish and both were excellent.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

A wonderful evening, start to finish. The wood fired grill added unforgettable flavor to our snapper and salmon. The service was top notch. As was the presentation. Completely showered with delicious desserts when wait staff learned celebrating anniversary and birthday. Special place. We shall return next trip to Raleigh.

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Bar staff was fantastic. Super personable. Best Martinis. Server was efficient but not very engaged. Not the best service I've had there.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

My wife and I have dined at 18 Seaboard several times and never had a bad meal. Our experience this past week did not disappoint. We were seated promptly for our 6:30 reservations on a Wednesday evening. The dining room was not packed and the noise level was very low. I had the pork shank and my wife had the blackened swordfish. The flavor combination of the greens and grits really worked for my dish. My wife hates green peas and was all set to give me the peas off her plate until she sampled a couple. She said they were the best she has ever eaten and proceeded to keep them for herself. Our server was attentive and professional. We look forward to a return visit to 18 Seaboard in the near future.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

As always the food was excellent and well presented. Also, the dishes were very interesting and unique. The chef is superb, and the wait staff is knowledgeable and professional.

We love 18 Seaboard.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Please Read Entire Review! Fifteen minutes after being seated we had not been approached by a server. I informed the hostess. I don't remember her name, but she was FANATASTIC. She apologize profusely and took our drink orders. She immediately assigned a server to our table. Came back to the table to inform us of who our server would be and explained the mix up with servers, resulting in our table being missed. The server, Tina, came over as soon as the hostess left. The server and hostess were excellent. The food was delicious! Hidden gem, if you haven't been. What amazed me is how quickly the hostess turned what could have been a bad situation and last time visit into a memorable meal and future visits.

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2.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Fried green tomato with crab appetizer tasted terrible. Carrots on entree dish were raw and burnt on outside in a way to salty sauce. My brother in law had rib eye steak that was tough and difficult to cut.
Service was good and ambience was nice but overall a poor experience due to food.

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

I’ve been to 18 seaboard before and loved it. This time was different, our server couldn’t discuss any of the dishes. When asked about the shrimp bbq he replied “well it’s just bbq shrimp”. No description of dish, complements, flavors, source of shrimp. I listened to other servers describing dishes I had considered and was sad I missed out because from THEIR descriptions I would have liked to tried something else. I also asked about switching out my side for the roasted asparagus and was told it was no problem. I was surprised to find I was charged 5.50 for 6 overdone asparagus spears. On the whole not an experience worth repeating when there are so many excellent restaurants in Raleigh

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3.0Dined on June 8, 2018

First, I selected 18 Seaboard because of previous great dining experiences. Our group of 4 went on a Friday night during restaurant week dining on the roof patio, with two of us getting the filet special menu and the other two ordering off the menu, BBQ shrimp and the catfish. The catfish and shrimp dinners were good. The filets were sadly lacking in flavor and came already sliced. Two sides with the filets, the grit cake was delicious, but the glazed carrots were barely sliced and so hard it was as if they were basically raw carrots that had been rolled around on the griddle for 10 seconds to slightly balcken. The carrots were also on the shrimp dish, so they took away from an otherwise good dish. The arugula salads were small and had as much spring mix as arugula and nothing else other than small grit croutons (good) and a dusting of grated parmesan cheese. Both desserts were excellent, the chocolate cake in a cup and the strawberry pound cake (the best). Our wait staff was good and made a good recommendation for wine, but the mandarin mojito was in the smallest serving glass I've seen for that type of drink. We dined on the roof seating area, but it has NO ambiance. They need some tikki lights, plants or something for a cool atmosphere. Industrial type bare light bulb lighting came on near dark and fans would be a plus going into the summer. In summary, while I have loved 18 Seaboard in the past, it will probably be quite a while before I go back with so many other options for this price range (over $100 for two people).

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

18 Seaboard is one of our favorite go-to spots. The food is always delicious and service is always top-notch. We were excited to see an updated menu with some old favorites and some new selections. We always feel welcomed and leave happy.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Great food, excellent service, wonderful ambience. This restaurant has a great local, neighborhood feel.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

We have experienced Triangle Restaurant Week almost every time it comes and this is by leaps and bounds our favorite thus far! The service was outstanding the pace of the meal perfect and the food was over the top! As my wife stated "The food made me giddy!" We will definitely be back to 18 Seaboard!

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

We had a fun time. Chef Jason Smith stopped by several times to make sure all was well. Will be back again

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

We really enjoyed our first visit to 18 Seaboard. The service was excellent and the server was very attentive. We enjoyed talking with the chef and owner, Jason. My husband’s ribeye steak was cooked perfectly and my snapper was delicious. Be sure to save space for dessert- the hot mug of chocolate cake was delicious. They have a good wine list too.

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3.0Dined on June 6, 2018

First lunch here. Dinner was much better. Lunch had good menu and prices a lot better at lunch. Got a salmon salad salmon was undercooked and the salad was so-so. Service and atmosphere nice, not enough parking.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

We were celebrating our friend’s achievement of obtaining a masters degree later in life. Had a great time. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the food, service and ambience.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

My group was running a bit behind and they were able to hold our table for us. The service team was very helpful in recommending appetizers, entrees, as well as local craft beers. Food was on point and no concerns arose during our time there.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

GREAT'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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4.0Dined on June 4, 2018

We ordered off the restaurant week menu. That there was no dessert was a disappointment. The fact that there were only 2 choices for the 1st course, one of which was a salad, and then the second course had almost the same salad in it with protein on top, as well, did not measure up to 18 Seaboard’s usual creative standards.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

We were in Raleigh for the weekend for the IM Raleigh 70.3 event and spent our last night in town celebrating our anniversary. I poured through lots of menus searching for the perfect spot to celebrate. We are a little tricky since neither of us eat fur or feathers (i.e. no meat), but enjoy seafood. In a state known for BBQ and Southern cooking it was a little difficult to find somewhere we could enjoy and partake in fully.

18-Seaboard ended up being perfect. They sat us at a very private table and were quick to take get cocktails going. No need to worry whether the bartender knows what they are doing....they do! The only part of the meal I was slightly disappointed in (but still enjoyed) was our appetizer the Shrimp Beignet's. Not sure what I was expecting, but felt it resembled fried shrimp more than a beignet. As for the entrees, they were perfect. We had the Swordfish and Scallops - the menu states the scallops are cooked in duckfat and served with prosciutto , which if you remember I don't eat meat so the chef agreed to prepare accordingly - they were hands down the best scallops I've ever had. That's coming from a Florida girl! The meal was capped off with coffee and a slice of the Banana Pie. The pie is a must try!

There are so many times you eat a meal and think to yourself -it was ok; it served the purpose. This meal - you will leave wondering when you can come back!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

So very much our evening dinner for our anniversary. One of my sisters recommended us to go here. Her boss curt is good friends with the manager. Curt takes his office here to say thank you for their hard work 😀 so glad we found out the restaurant. Will be coming back.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

I love this place!!

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Excellent meals. I had snapper and my friend had the cobia. They were perfectly prepared and the surprise birthday dessert was very special. The sorghum berries were a bit salty, but otherwise no complaints..

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Although I'm a very traditional guy, I love the subdued, casual elegant, urban chic character of the restaurant. I've always found the food to be excellent to outstanding. 18 Seaboard is truly fine dining at a fair price, in other words, an outstanding value! There is no nicer or more talented restauranteur in the Triangle Area than Jason Smith. My most recent visit was a birthday celebration for my cousin's wife. Both were blown away! My cousin's wife said the salmon was the best she had ever had. Ever special request was executed to the nth degree!!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Service was fantastic and the food was outstanding!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

My wife picked 18 Seaboard for her birthday. We brought our 11 year old with us and he commented it was fancy due to nice water glasses and getting ‘3’ hush puppies plated rather than a basket. Dinner was great and enough to bring home and enjoy a second dinner. Jordan took great care of us Service is fantastic. Kids menu is available, but my foodie son had no problem eating off the menu. Great for a special night!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Great ambiance, perfect date night atmosphere. I love that they locally source most of their menu. I had the filet mignon which was perfectly cooked the way I like it. Their wood fired grill options offer different complement sauces for you to choose from, which I thought was really unique! I would definitely go here again and recommend it to friends as well!

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Expensive, food was just ok. They had barbecue sauce on the brisket and also the shrimp, it tasted like ketchup.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

My dad and I went to 18 Seaboard to celebrate finishing my first year of graduate school. Our server was super knowledgeable about the menu and gave us great recommendations. Our dinner was the best dinner I've had in a long time. And the banana pudding pie was to die for.

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1.0Dined on May 20, 2018

My wife and I went to 18 Seaboard for our wedding anniversary we had two of our children and our Aunt and Uncle with us. I'm not sure what was going on with this place but it was overall horrible. Three of us ordered exactly the same drink, they all came out at separate times and were different. The fourth person ordered a beer That apparently they were brewing themselves it took so long. Waitress was friendly but pretty incompetent. She said I'll be right back with bread, and 20 minutes later, she brings back five small squares of bread for a table of six. My entrée came out before my appetizer. The steak was so tough it was not edible. I asked to speak to the managerWho basically agreed that their service was terrible there food was terrible and the wait was too long and he comped the entire meal. This was a ruined anniversary dinner. Thanks 18 Seaboard for a crappy evening.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Excellent meal and great ambiance.

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2.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Walkway and interior of restaurant was dirty. Portions were small for the price!

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