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

3.9
1449 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. 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
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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
Monday-Saturday 11am-10pm
Sunday Brunch Buffet 10am-2pm
Sunday Dinner 5pm-8pm
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Phone number
(919) 459-5875
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Executive Chef Jonathan Ballard
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Cary Parkway
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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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What 1449 People Are Saying
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3.9  based on recent ratings
3.9
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4.1
service
3.8
ambience
3.5
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72% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

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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vipOpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

Amazing food! Great menu options. Will visit again!

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AlexandriaW (Raleigh)
3.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
3.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
2.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
3.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
3.0  Dined 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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Andy (Raleigh)
3.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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

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LouC (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Great food with great service. Our waitress made excellent recommendations (which we took) and was "just right attentive." We enjoy dining in the bar area, or outdoors when the weather allows. Deans is not inexpensive, but routinely worth the occasional visit.

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AjS12405 (Miami)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We decided to celebrate valentines early on Saturday. It was nice because there wasn’t a set menu & wasn’t too busy. Our server was nice but drinks and food were a little slow. We will be back again.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The service was outstanding but the food was just average.

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vipTAC49 (Raleigh)
2.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

We have been dining at Dean's thru all of its iterations...this one is by far the worst. Menu is very limited...starter salads are the worst I've ever had...entree flavor is almost non-existant...and wine selection in very disappointing. Not much more to say...oh yes, service was attentive and we'll paced. Will not return.

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Ladokguy (Western NC)
4.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Dean's seems to do a makeover every year or so and change its menu about as often as I change underwear. We kind of liked it better at the old location when it was a seafood/steak place, but this newer version is also fine. We started with a passable tuna appetizer, then enjoyed the salmon and short ribs which were both great examples of those dishes. The bar server was extremely friendly and eager to please, and we took advantage of the half-price wine bottle special they have on Wednesday.

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HRBY (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Our server Kelly was great.
We went for AYCE Crab legs.
She was on top of getting our order in and letting the kitchen know when we wanted more.
But the kitchen seemed pretty slow given the restaurant was pretty empty.
2 times part of the crab legs came out cold and one part was even still partially frozen.
I definitely do NOT blame our server for that.
It didn't bother me so much as I just didn't eat that part, but did let her know and she made sure the kitchen fixed it for the next round.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

My first experience there and I was pleased with the food and service. Very relaxed and enjoyable place.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
2.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

I had not realized the name had changed and obviously it was a lot more than a name change. I used to love Dean's Seafood - it was a special place. Now it has no ambience, a menu that is not great, and food that is just OK - but still priced like the special place Dean's Seafood was. The service was good - no problem there. But the rest of it just really disappointed me.

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OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was very good, just the right proportions and priced well. Service was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
2.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

We have visited Dean's before and enjoyed the experience so it was disappointing to return to a new menu that didn't enhance its reputation. The stuffed, prosciutto wrapped trout had no flavor at all and the rest of the dishes could be described as "fine." The service was friendly, but slow with long waits for food and drink (despite not being close to full). I hope this was just a blip so we will try again, but we won't choose Dean's to entertain guests again.

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SparkyB (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Everything was phenomenal, from food to service to ambiance. Thank you for a great evening!

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Fred49 (Raleigh)
1.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

We had a 1:00 seating. By then the buffett was picked over. Items such as Shrimp and Grits were not replenished. The omelet station was not stocked properly. The pancake griddle was not hot enough. The oysters (when they did appear) were very small and seemed torn up. (My guess is that there was no expert oyster shucker on site). The fried chicken was soggy. The country gravy had a watery consistancy.
So basically, the buffett was not stocked or refreshed. There seemed to be no management running things. Very disappointing.

The fruit (cantaloupe, honeydew and pineapple) was good.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

When serving salmon. It should always be served well done. The first batch we had when we arrived was perfect,but the second batch brought out was not done,almost as if it was rushed. Other than that,everything was delicious.

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KevinM (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Date night during Triangle Restaurant Week. Good meal, good service, nice ambiance, but s little loud for me. We had trouble hearing our server and vice versa. Also, they were out of the trout. Nice to see local restaurants using local ingredients.

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Johnway (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

We visited during Restaurant Week. My preferred choice from the RW menu was not available. I went with my waiter’s pick. My entree arrived before my salad. The beef spare ribs are very good, but my experience was soured somewhat by the service. We also had to wait about 10 minutes before anyone approached our table after being seated.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
2.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Worst fish tacos ever!!! Cold , crisp (was supposed to be soft taco) because was overheated tortilla. Fish could have been anything . No flavor . Bad presentation

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vipOpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

I love the scallops and my wife had an excellent risotto. Are wine choice was very good. Our waiter was attentive.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Tasty short ribs, but winter salad was drenched in dressing. Enjoyed the caramel cheesecake dessert.
Unfortunately, the dining area was too bright and very spacious. Hard to fill the space with customers

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vipBackup (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

We selected from the restaurant week menu. All our selections were superb. Great wait staff and service.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Seafood was fresh and prepared perfectly. Unique and delicious twist on the classic Oscar topping with smoked poblano peppers, very creative. Waiter Kyle was attentive and helpful. Our new fav restaurant after just 1 meal. I have already recommended to friends

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