About Dean's Kitchen + Bar (formally Dean's Seafood Grill & Bar)

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. Enjoy one of our chef-created lunch or dinner entrees, or choose to build your own plate the way you like it. Want a taste of what to expect? North Carolina oysters, shrimp and mountain trout. Baked garlic parmesan halibut, burgundy beef short ribs, house ground burger and vegetarian risotto. There’s plenty more where that came from. Come to the Kitchen and celebrate good food!

Lunch + Dinner + Sunday Brunch + Local Craft Beers + Hand Crafted Cocktails

1080 Darrington Dr
Cary, NC 27513
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Tapas / Small Plates, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Saturday 11am-10pm
Sunday Brunch Buffet 10am-2pm
Sunday Dinner 5pm-8pm

Cross Street:
Cary Parkway

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 459-5875

Website:
http://www.deanskitchenandbar.com/

Executive Chef:
Executive Chef Jonathan Ballard

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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!

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.

Dean's Kitchen + Bar (formally Dean's Seafood Grill & Bar) Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

3.9

value

3.7

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Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (19)
Good for a Date (16)
Local Ingredients (15)
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Good for Birthdays (14)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Special Occasion (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Good for Groups (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Healthy (7)
Seasonal (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Business Meals (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Fun (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Cozy (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great Beer (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Romantic (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Sports (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Spicy (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Most of the folks in the group had never been to this restaurant before. The food and menu was very good. The service was very slow, especially considering there were only two other tables in the whole restaurant. That was the biggest drawback for lunch because we spent over an hour and a half there so if they are trying to compete in the lunch business, they'll need to pick it up. Very good food and atmosphere though!

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was average and definitely not worth the money. It was my birthday, and they did nothing special. They forgot our sides and when they finally arrived, we were halfway though dinner already. Service was also very slow.

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 (Greensboro)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Incredibly disappointing meal. Mediocre service. Food was terrible. Prices outrageously high for what you get. Will NEVER be back.

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We went for New Year’s Eve for an early dinner. They had a set menu and specialty cocktails. We ordered the calamari that was really good. & I ordered all you can eat crab and my husband ordered the surf & turf. We had a few drinks and it was all under $200 with tip. We thought it was a great value for the food. The service was a little slow and th place was kind of loud. But it overall was a nice experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Visited on NYE dinner. Busy. Wait staff, while pleasant, pulled in many directions at house full of customers. Entrees were average, appetizers better.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

I had been reluctant for a while to come here due to negative reviews on Yelp, but based on solid recommendations from multiple friends we decided to try their Sunday brunch buffet on New Years Eve 2017. I can tell you that the buffet was absolutely amazing. The Salmon was so fresh and tender, perfectly cooked. The shrimp and grits were delicious and authentic, and the twice baked potatoes were out of this world.

However, I was absolutely floored by the quality of the raw oysters on the half shell. This is a very difficult dish to execute, since absolute freshness is the key to great oysters. The oysters today were about as fresh as they come, and I loved the homemade cocktail sauce and horseradish. The only places that compare are some very high end seafood restaurants in New England. Bravo! The shrimp were amazingly fresh as well.

Considering that the brunch buffet is all you can eat, I'm amazed at the value. For $24 per person (including oysters and shrimp) and $5 bloody marys, this is a Sunday brunch buffet that seafood lovers will want to check out.

Service was wonderful, and gracious, in a quiet southern hospitality kind of way. We are glad we came, and while we aren't sure what happened with those folks that wrote sub-optimal reviews, I can honestly say for myself and my wife that we will be back again and again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Oysters and other food items for brunch were very good to excellent. Lots of variety at a fair price. Our table was right next to the omelet bar so it was a bit noisy but 4 out of 5 stars either way.

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve fixed menu. Waitress was bothersome, returned to table too often, as if in rush. Plenty of open tables.
Entrees served with lightening speed, before appetizer was finished. I was reluctant to place order for entree, trying to slow down the pace. Waitress assured me that she would hold off placing the order. Entree was lukewarm.
After receiving check, waitress stopped by table at least 6 times to see if credit card was in place. Apparently not aware that customer typically stands check with card showing when ready. She also stopped by and asked “there’s nothing in here, is there?”.
Also for Christmas Eve dinner, wait staff could dress more appropriately than washed out jeans/sweats and a T-shirt.

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Food was tasty albeit much too expensive. Went for Christmas Eve dinner, so we only had a limited menu. You MUST save room for the sweet potato cheese cake! That in itself will bring us back!

Tags: Business Meals, Casual
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The Christmas brunch buffet had virtually the same content as the normal buffet except it cost $8.00 more and no mention of the price increase was made before the bill came. Unfortunately, the quality of food has gone down here substantially in the past year. I certainly will not pay the normal brunch buffet price ($24) any more much less a 33% increased price on holidays...Dean's has lost a once loyal customer.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The seafood is some of the best that you can find in the Raleigh/Durham area.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Very good meal & experience. I look forward to going again.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 21, 2017

My favorite restaurant in Cary! Seared ahi tuna is my favorite, and the fries are delicious. Always great service

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great evening with creative dood

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Wine list is pretty good. Food was delicious and didn't have to wait long. Everyone in my lunch party enjoyed their meal.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great for Sunday Brunch good value for your money.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Late-night Find, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

clean and neat but look doesn't match the prices.
food was good but doesn't match the prices.
reserved for a birthday, but no attention was paid to that.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Good food. Expensive to get a nice entree with two sides but worth it as long as you are ready to pay $25 each plus drinks.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 28, 2017

We have been coming to Dean’s for a while and have always loved their food. I had heard that the previous owner recently sold and something had changed. Because we’ve always loved it there, we decided to give the new menu and ownership a shot... and we were disappointed.
Previously, the fish was always fresh, the beef was always cooked to perfection, the vegetables were delicious and the flavors popped. We did not get any of that last night. My mom ordered the wahoo and you could taste that it had been frozen (was a bit fishy and very tough), my dad ordered his steak medium rare and it came out almost still “mooing” it was so rare, the brussel sprouts were hard, poorly cooked and had very little flavor, the carrot ginger soup was simply puréed carrots that had ZERO ginger flavor and more that of canned pumpkin and the blue crab dip tasted like frozen crab dip from a can. We all commented on how the chefs must have changed because this was subpar to what we normally receive from Dean’s which is rather disappointing because this was our “go-to” seafood spot.
Also, my husband had a couple bites of the carrot ginger soup then commented on how awful it was and had it returned as he no longer wanted it... and they still charged us for it. That was disappointing customer service.
On the upside, our server was wonderful. He was friendly, had a great personality and was attentive. He was the saving grace to this meal.
Unfortunately we probably won’t be going back after this experience.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Food was fine and the service was friendly. The biggest issue I had was the (unannounced) price of the brunch. Way too expensive and a flat rate no matter what you had (as it’s a buffet). If this had been noted on the online menu, I would have skipped this restaurant.

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Service was very slow. The main course for all four in our party was sent back to kitchen due to food being less than room temperature. Manager refused to accept responsibility for the food being cold.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Thankfully, Deans still has a decent selection of seafood. The scallops and blackened Scottish salmon were excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Most hot food in serving trays was cold(no sterno). Overall disappointing experience.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

We used to visit Dean's once or twice a month when it was Dean's Seafood G&B and loved it...seafood was best around. Since it became the Kitchen it seems like the food has become mediocre...even the setting seems kinda strange, more like a cafe... cold and uninviting compared to before. Server was good and helpful. Food now seems average...fish was overcooked and dry. No more bread before the meal. Average food, premium price. Sorry, disappointed.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 10, 2017

In a word, disappointed. Food was very bland and certainly nothing special. Service was just okay. We expected far more than experienced.

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Visiting the area on business. Food was delicious, hot and fresh.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Easy to make reservations--seated promptly--had group of six for birthday celebration. Very good brunch--could be a bit better organized at waffle/omelet station. Did a good job of keeping various food stations equipped!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We went for Sunday Brunch and the service was excellent! We all had a wonderful time! No I know this one comment might sound picky, but it would be nice to make the one salad clean of any cheeses. Maybe a small dish to the side to sprinkle it on. Just a small point. We will be back! Thanks.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Dean’s food was awesome. Went for my Moms birthday. We will be back!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Went on a whim, had thought former mid-quality iteration of Dean's was OK enough. What a mistake. Bad food (really bad food), with hot food served cold and cold food served lukewarm, indifferent and slow service, dirty table tops, and a forgettable atmosphere... but upscale pricing! One of the worst meals out in the last 20 years. It was so bad I left feeling duped that I had to pay for it and very disappointed in Rocky Top Hospitality for allowing its name to be dragged down by this very poor effort.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We've been going there for years. I love the raw oysters on the Sunday brunch. My complaint is that they've been cutting back on the hot tea selection. Each time we go there since the renaming and renovation there have been fewer teas offered. Last Sunday they had only two herbal teas and no regular teas. In the past they had a nice selection.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food was delicious, although the servings of the specialty fish (Wahoo) were a bit small. Otherwise, everything was served in an attractive way and tasted wonderful!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Disabled Access, People Watching, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

This was the third time we dines at Dean's and we have yet to be disappointed. Food was great (blue crab dumplings are a great appetizer), drinks were good and service was fantastic.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 27, 2017

met a group of friends, nice farm to table
Type of menu, lots of seafood options (Shellfish). Not the best place I’ve eaten in the area, but would go back again

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The only thing we were disappointed in was the fact that there was ONLY a buffet for brunch-no menu options

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

One of my favorite spots for brunch.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The Sunday brunch is really good. Outdoor seating seems to be available most every time and when the weather is nice, you can’t beat it!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The brunch had a lot of options but nothing was that great. Was not worth the price. We were seated in the bar and it was so loud in there, it was hard to hear each other. The service was good and everything was clean.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Very disappointed...this was a special occasion for us...an "early birthday" dinner from my step daughter who was visiting from New York. Our reservation was for 6pm on Sat, Oct 21st. Two of our party of four chose items that included parmesan mashed potatoes. We were advised by our server (Dave? - tall fellow with glasses) that the kitchen was "out" of mashed potatoes. How is a restaurant out of mashed potatoes at 6pm on a Saturday? At our disappointment, he advised that some were cooking and it would be about a 15min wait. We opted to wait and ordered an appetizer and drinks. After a reasonable time, the entrees arrived. However, the meals that should have had mashed pots were served with sweet potato hash browns instead. This was most unsatisfactory, as one of our party is vegetarian and the hash browns contained bacon. This should NOT have happened because before we ordered, specific questions about vegetarian dishes were asked of the server. The mashed potatoes were served separately a short time later. I believe that at the least we should have been offered a complimentary appetizer or drink for our inconvenience. I also think that a manager should have come by the table to apologize. Neither of these things happened. My stepdaughter is very fond of Dean's, and wants to eat there are least once during her visit. After this experience, we may not return.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 20, 2017

This was our second visit in two weeks. This time we brought some friends along. The seasonal menu had just changed, but our favorites, fish tacos, chicken and waffles, and shrimp and grits are still there. We tried the pecan shrimp appetizer, which was amazing! Kasey, our waitress both times, is a wonderful server.

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Casual, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Fun
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