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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
Cary, NC 27513
American, Tapas / Small Plates, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Sunday Brunch Buffet 10am-2pm
Sunday Dinner 5pm-8pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Executive Chef Jonathan Ballard
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!
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.