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Wed, 4/25
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Dean's Kitchen + Bar (formally Dean's Seafood Grill & Bar)

3.9
1479 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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Locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Creative comfort eats. A place to wind down and savor life, family and friends. That’s what Dean’s Kitchen+Bar is all about.

New seasons bring new flavors, and our menu features an abundance of fresh local fruits and vegetables. No matter what you choose, you’re sure to get a taste of NC in every dish. Our culinary team works with farmers and purveyors from the NC mountains to the coast to source the freshest, tastiest dairy, fruits, vegetables, meats and more. These local ingredients are then crafted into delicious appetizers, salads and entrees made in house and from scratch. Let’s not forget our refreshing craft cocktails featuring local NC spirits from Chapel Hill, King’s Mountain, Raleigh and Jacksonville. Eat local. Drink local. Love local.

Lunch + Dinner + Sunday Brunch + Local Craft Beers + Hand Crafted Cocktails
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Tapas / Small Plates, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:30 pm
Brunch
Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Weekend
Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm
Dinner
Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
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(919) 459-5875
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Cary Parkway
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Special events & promotions
Book our private dining room or our enclosed, climate-controlled patio for a rehearsal dinner, corporate event or family celebration. We can accommodate 12-125 guests, and work with you to make your next event wonderful!
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Dean's offers two different private dining options. Our private dining room accommodates up to 20 people. Our enclosed patio accommodates 50 people for a seated dinner or 100 for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Private party menus and buffet options are available.

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Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Mother's Day Buffet featuring Breakfast stations, Ham and Turkey Carving Stations. $32 for Adults. $15 for Kids. 9am-2pm. Open for dinner at 5pm.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 1479 People Are Saying
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3.9
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3.5
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66% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great food and service. The shrimp and grits was right out of New Orleans

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Let me start off with saying “WOW!” What an amazing dining experience. We started off at the bar , where we were greeted timely by the lovely and helpful bartender. She told us about the new beers on tap and all about the Sunday brunch buffet they offer (which we will definitely be attending) Then, when it was time for our table, our server was of great help as well! He had a plethora of suggestions for food and drinks and he was just overall very friendly and nice to talk to. We had the prosciutto wrapped trout and the Filet Au poivre, 12/10 would strongly recommend to everyone!

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The fish fillet for the fish sandwich was tiny. The lettuce, tomato, and onion were sparse and squashed and looked like fast-food. I had even asked the server before I ordered if the sandwich was big, and she said yes. The restaurant had also run out of brioche rolls, and the server initially brought the "sandwich" to me with no bread and no lettuce, tomato, or onion -- just a fillet on a plate. I had to request bread. Overall, the sandwich was very unoriginal and a big disappointment for a $15 meal -- we're talking $15 for lettuce, tomato, onion, and a small breaded fillet of whitefish. This is fast-food stuff or perhaps Applebee's quality. The brussels sprouts on the side were great, but they were better than the sandwich itself, which does not make for a good impression.

My child was supposed to eat for free per the restaurant's own policy, but the manager tried to charge us. I had to ask for the charge to be removed, which the server did do for us. But since it's the restaurant's own policy for kids to eat free before 6:00pm and since there is a kids' menu that we clearly ordered from, the manager should've known better and I should not have been put in the position to ask. I was left with the feeling that they tried to charge us on purpose.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Food was very good. Prices were a little high but not outrageous

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Certainly did not need a reservation. Food was ok but not as good as the entree price left me to expect. The waiter was distracted and the place was practically empty.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Great scallops and drinks, and excellent service. We encourage you to offer more non-mushroom vegetarian selections and think it would be a good decision to serve bread to your guests as most high-end restaurants do.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Decided to have dinner at the bar. Bartenders took great care of us! Will be back soon!!!

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Service was very good. Our waitress was very personable. Food was good but, pricey.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The food and service are great. Love that it's a local place with fresh locally sourced products. The price is comparable with other similar restaurants. I had the scallops and these were cooked perfectly. My husband had the shrimp and grits and he was very happy with his choice.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The ambiance was okay, the waiter was super nice and gave us really good service.

Appetizer was a bit over cooked ( Beef Tenderloin, Brie Dumplings).

I ordered a Chocolate Martini tasted like water, did not like at all would not order again.
My husband ordered Sangria, was very tasteful we both liked.

Both Entrées were really good especially the meat, the sides were okay . ( Burgundy Beef Short Ribs & Filet Au Pouivre ).

My overall experience was a 3.5

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1.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Small portions. Food not seasoned well. Service was slow and uneven- very little attention and long waits for water and wine refills. Strange experience. Been to this building many times but this model, management, service isn’t working. Highly doubtful I will be here again in the near future.

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2.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Food was acceptable but not the meal we have had at the forner Dean's Seafood.
Coffee was not refilled. We had to ask for a bread or rolls.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Excellent food. Our only issue was that appetizers, bread , drinks came out then less than 5 minutes our food came out!!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Both food and drinks were excellent. Everyone had a great time and will go back again. Paid a little more than I would have liked, but quality and service were great.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Dinner was good. Enjoyed local products. Quiet for a Friday night. Food was worth going back for. Local Beer options were great. We were able to get quick table on Open table.

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2.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Disappointing visit. Kitchen seemed hurried. Entrees arrived before appetizer. Wife's salmon undercooked. Manager was great and did his best to salvage the evening.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Food quality has decreased at brunch. We will not be back

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

My gin and tonic was on the small side with lots of ice and little to no tonic. CRB dip appetizer didn’t have much taste or crab. Scallops were slightly charred so they were a little bitter. Big let down after having a fabulous meal there a year ago.

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2.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Staff and service were terrific. Charcuterie was great and well prepared.

I was surprised when the short rib arrived however. The entire plate appeared to have been sitting under a heat lamp for about 20 minutes. The beef was dry and the "whipped" potatoes had the same consistency as play dough. It was presented with roasted brussel sprouts that were at room temperature. I couldn't eat it. Most puzzling, was the appearance of the dish that obviously showed age and dryness on the meat and potatoes. Why the expo would look at this and allow it to go out is amazing. The risotto was good , and we told them the beef was a rough experience. Wait staff were great, tipped well, but won't be back anytime soon

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Nice spot for a evening out. Great food and drinks.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Deans was good overall, I would recommend to friends.

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1.0Dined on March 6, 2018

My family and I (9 guest) drove almost a hour for all you can eat crab legs. Our reservation was at 7pm. We received our first cluster about 8:15pm, which was cold like they had just been dipped in the boiling water and placed on the plate. We waited for the next round and overheard the next table say they were out of crab legs. We asked the waiter and he confirmed it. The manager came and said we wouldn't have to pay for what we ate (which wasn't much). Our family was very disappointed. I wouldn't recommend them doing this special again unless they planned to have enough.

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2.0Dined on March 5, 2018

We went for the all you can eat crab legs and they were awful. Came out cold or over cooked. Very slow to bring out the next batch. Didn’t remember we were there for a birthday.

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3.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Went for crab legs. They weren't as juicy and sweet as I've had them in other places. Only brought out 2 clusters at a time. By the time the server walked away, we were ready for another order. Served a load of fries trying to get you full on carbs.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Good overall experience with a group of 6 for a birthday dinner. Service was prompt and our food came out in a timely fashion. Pan seared scallops and the shrimp & grits were the favorites. There is a nice variety of entrees on the menu.

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2.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We have been long time patrons of Dean's Seafood and have hosted several special occasions at the venue. Unfortunately, our last 2 visits in early 2018 have been disappointing. Both the service and food (taste and quality) have fallen off significantly. Our server spoke so fast that he was often unintelligible and walked away before we could ask questions about the menu. We had to ask what the special of the day was, he didn't offer any information. There were several common items that the kitchen either didn't stock or were out of: the soup of the day, tabasco sauce, ranch dressing and bread for the table. We ordered a dozen oysters and asked for tabasco sauce 3 times - the waiter finally brought Texas Pete instead. Big difference between the 2 sauces on oysters. Also noticed the brussel sprouts side that is normally served crisp and roasted, arrived boiled and overcooked. The entrees were just "okay", nothing like previous visits over the years. Didn't bother with dessert - went out for ice cream instead. Sadly, probably won't be returning...

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3.0Dined on February 26, 2018

I have dined many times when it was Michael Dean's and always had a good experience but I was disappointed this time. First I think your prices for drinks were outrageous, $25.00 for two drinks is crazy. I could have had a steak for that price. I was looking forward to a great shrimp dinner but only found one selection. We asked for some bread to snack on before dinner and was informed you don't have bread. Overpriced for what you get. Disappointed and will not be going back.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Great food, good service! Will definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

First time visit and it was for Sunday brunch. LOVED the staff that was preparing omelets, pancakes, and waffles. Since it takes time to make these items to order, they entertained while preparing the food with cheery banter. I'm sure that they were thinking 'will this line EVER end,' but they were professional and greeted us warmly wanting to satisfy our requests. You have some good people, so let them know that they are appreciated. I'm ashamed to say that I didn't get their names, so make sure that the three gentlemen working that station on 2/25/18 that they did a great job. I'm accustomed to hearing moaning about standing in lines, but people were smiling and not complaining about moving slowly. AND just so ya know, I'm not related to any of the staff! LOL! Plus, the gentleman making the omelets, was on top of keeping ingredients stocked...all while flipping omelets! He just alerted staff that he needed this, that, and the other item and never missed a beat...or a flip! I will return to focus on oysters, shrimp cups, and lox/bagels. Then, I'll have to return to try your other tempting meal options. My third trip will have to be for the fried chicken. After that, I may just have to approach it alphabetically! Thanks for a great food experience!

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Dean's Kitchen + Bar was great. I highly recommend the goat cheese and jalapeno grit cakes -- they are amazing. All of our dishes were wonderful and the staff was both friendly and helpful.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Everything was good except for delays in getting food. Seems to be a recurrent issue based on prior reviews. They need to solve this matter or they will lose potential new and current customers. Service was outstanding which helped with delays but sounds like they must know of kitchen delays so anticipate it happening.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Amazing food! Great menu options. Will visit again!

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Did not fully enjoy for a Valentine's date, the menu was overpriced and not a good representation of our other previous Dean's experience which was outstanding.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We were not aware that the restaurant wasn’t serving their full menu for Valentine’s Day. The menu we were given was very limited (for example, only one kind of salad available and only 6 entree options). The food itself was good but considering the prices, it should have been more than just good. I feel it is grossly overpriced for what you get. Our server was also a bartender, so we had to wait a little longer than expected but just a couple of times. He was friendly and did the best he could under the circumstances, but it was too busy and the bar area was much too large to have the bartender wait on tables. Overall it was fine - it really wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t exceptional either. I’m not going to be quick to recommend it.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

only a fair rating as we have dined here several times and this one was a weird experience. had a reservation and they wanted to seat us at the worst table in the place even though we noticed others available. we declined and waited to get a booth which we thought they truly didn't want to give up. The layout looks like a cafeteria in the center of the room..
Seemed like the staff wasn't trained or they weren't ready for the valentines day rush. I wanted salmon and at 6:35. our server said she thought they were already out of it?? wasn't true but she had to go ask the kitchen. If it was true, we were leaving. A few bits of brussell sprouts and cut up sweet potatoes with salmon for $25? the taste was ok but the portions were skimpy on both of our meals as my dining partner had risotto. I doubt we will return, there are better options in the area.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Haven't been since the name change. I like the new look. Went on Valentine's day. Somewhat underwhelmed. Salmon was bland, but the brussel sprouts were very good. My wife had the risotto...also rather bland. The scallops that she added to the meal we're sizeable and good though. Oysters Rockefeller we're good. Both of our drinks were good, but my Manhattan came in the smallest glass I have ever seen. I kinda thought it was a joke, but apparently that is normal there? Comes off as a lame attempt to get you to empty your glass faster and keep ordering and $10 a pop. Generally disappointed. Had much better experiences before the change. Not sure why the changed happened, but probably will not be returning. Too disappointed.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Very nice and special meal for my wife and twin daughters for valentine's day! Tasty lobster and steak, wonderful service and some fun deserts!

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

They have a Valentine menu, so did not have the regular food. Husband had expensive steak $ that was very greasy and I had salmon that was also very oily and undercooked (which was my fault, I should have told them not to undercook it). Menu also did not include salad and did not serve you any bread so for 2 people was expensive bill. Our fault, we should have left when we saw the regular menu was not available.

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3.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Food very good, service fair, very noisy which as we age, becomes an issue.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Food was excellent. I look forward to returning.

Great menu with a large variety. Both my wife and I (who have different preferences) were able to find several dishes on the menu that sounded good.

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