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Saint James Seafood Restaurant and Raw Bar, Durham, NC

Saint James Seafood Restaurant and Raw Bar

4.6
4.6
846 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood

An amazing raw bar with fresh oysters and full service seafood restaurant. Excellent wine list, beer program, and tiki cocktails. Tables available for walk-in guests.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (984) 219-7900

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Matt Kelly

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact the restaurant for Private Event space.

  • Neighborhood

    Durham

  • Cross street

    N Duke St.

  • Parking details

    We also validate for Brightleaf Square lot.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

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What 846 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. KC

    KathleenC

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our new favorite place for seafood, St James Seafood is has delicious, fresh, and creative dishes and appetizers, with superb & accommodating service. We are obsessed with the Nautilus seafood tower (for 3-4, but perfect main meal for two), and we haven’t explored the rest of the menu as much as we’d like. Great cocktails and wine selection too.

  2. IA

    IrishAdvantage

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Good food in the time of coronavirus -- Helped a friend celebrate her birthday there last Saturday. Food was fantastic, and I was a bit relieved to see that tables were separated from each other by a larger gap than usual, and they were not skimping on the bleach when cleaning tables!

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had great service that was attentive but warm and welcoming. Every recommendation we ordered was truly exquisite. We’ll be back!

  4. LS

    LaShawnN

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This restaurant was absolutely amazing!! The staff was so attentive even though it was a packed house. Food was delicious “Everything” we had taste exactly as described.

  5. DS

    DeannaS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    The food was fine...probably the best we have had in NC so far. But it wasn't outstanding. The crab dip tasted pretty much like straight hot mayo with a tiny bit of crab flavor. The fried calamari and oysters were very good. The shrimp and grits were also good, and we got the banana pudding donut for dessert and it was pretty good...the donut was a little dry. The prices were very high for the quality of the food...oh, and the drinks were good as well, but also pricey. So, we probably wouldn't go here again mainly because of the pricing, but the food was pretty good.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    The brussell sprouts were the hit of the evening!!! Our entrees were good, I had the lobster roll and my dinner date had the scallops, the scallops looked amazing!

  7. FB

    FarnumB

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perhaps the best restaurant in Durham, and there are a lot of great restaurants in Durham!

  8. JS

    JoshuaS

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This place knows how to prepare seafood! Do yourself a favor and slip on by and try some fresh oysters and simple prepared seafood! Fantastic!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Seafood tower was banging, as always

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Enjoy the food, restaurant and staff. Our table was in the bar area, and I don’t think we’ll sit there again. It got crowded with people standing at the bar and it felt like they were in our space

  11. MH

    MichaelH

    Raleigh

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Best seafood restaurant around. Very cool decor and atmosphere. Recently reopened so hopefully the service will get ironed out and revert back to consistently good rather than disappointing.

  12. LD

    LydiaD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    I experienced was very nice the atmosphere was very nice the gentleman that served us was very nice and courteous I would recommend other friends and family members to check out Saint James if they get a chance only thing I didn't like was that they didn't have a bigger choice of the fried fish I prefer Croaker or either the red snappers and they did not have that but other than that everything else was great

  13. f

    fishbones

    Raleigh

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    St James is definitely back full force. Fabulous fresh seafood. Oysters shucked perfectly. Love this place.

  14. n

    ncregular

    Raleigh

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Really good seafood at Saint James! My first time and I was expecting a "fine dining" vibe and you won't get that from the atmosphere. Very nautical theme with lots of maritime style lighting fixtures and some Red Lobster looking sea captain paintings. But, the service was really good and so was the food. Oysters Ashworth (like Rockefeller) was so good we ordered a second round. Several of us had fried shrimp and scallops (Calabash style) and it was very, very lightly breaded and was terrific. Super desserts (banana doughnut and silk chocolate pie) and are super big, so one is plenty for 2 folks and could even pacify 4 guests.

  15. P

    Pama9912

    London

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing sea food

  16. m

    mtp51

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    My husband ordered the calamari and it was just fair. I had the lobster roll and it was served cold. I expected it to be hot. The lobster was a bit rubbery. The old bay fries were delicious as was the coleslaw. Excellent ambiance and service. Our meal was $50++ so the value wasn't there. Perhaps we ordered the wrong meals.

  17. S

    Suzanne

    Cincinnati

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service- oysters and seafood stew-mmmmmmm, oh and the Jungle Bird cocktail- delicious! looking at the tables near by, everything looked awesome!

  18. MD

    MDH01

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great restaurant, with great food and service. I'm excited this place has come back as strong as it did.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The beat seafood place in Durham. Somehow the second time was better than the first!! Can’t wait to try the sandwiches next time.

  20. MH

    MHCH

    Raleigh

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Food was great on a busy Saturday night! We will be back soon.

  21. EN

    EricN

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food, service & prices. We will definitely be going back.

  22. L

    Lala

    Raleigh

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service were phenomenal! We had a great night out and will return. Definitely save room for the banana pudding donut!

  23. MT

    MariaT

    County Durham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service and attention was outstanding! We will continue to be frequent flyers

  24. AD

    AlDavid

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible seafood and excellent service! So glad St James is back open.

  25. R

    Robert

    Raleigh

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Really good seafood and really good service. We had two different kinds of oysters and steamed clams for apps. Both were excellent. My wifehad the lobster roll and being from Mass. she is pretty picky. She loved it. Fish of the day was Trigger, I had it fried and it was fantastic!!

  26. EB

    EBee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    I am 70 and did not know our table was upstairs. Now I know to request lower level

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved everything about this place! The atmosphere, food, presentation, and service! Our waitress Julie was the absolute best!!!

  28. JW

    JoyceW

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    We enjoyed our time at Saint James. I wish we had sat upstairs. The food was delicious. It was a little noisy. The sun was a problem when we got there but it soon went down. The service was great.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great fresh seafood in trendy urban chic setting. Staff is always very accommodating, and friendly.

  30. L

    Loves2eat

    Raleigh

    140 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    140 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What an amazing place! So glad they reopened! We ordered the Nautilus Tower, and it was so delicious!

  31. KB

    KaitlinB

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We always love coming to Saint James! The food is always fabulous as is the ambience. So happy they are back!

  32. YS

    YeseniaS

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Waitress was knowledgeable of how the food is made and how it tastes, Incase you look for recommendations. Drinks paired well with the food offered. Seafood was fresh and sauces served complimented well. We ordered crab, shrimp, and scallops and all weird delicious and tasted differently. Dislike when everything tastes the same. Will be coming back. My only feed back was Aguachile: description had no peppers in it. Aguachile must have peppers, it’s in the name.

  33. JR

    JimR

    Raleigh

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We had waited for St James to reopen to enjoy our first dining experience there and we were not disappointed. Only 4 weeks since they reopened they served up the best seafood we've eaten anywhere with excellent customer service from the moment we walked in the door to 90 minutes later leaving. The perfect combination of attention to our dining experience, delighting our taste palates, wrapped in a pleasant unhurried atmosphere. We'll be back and bring others.

  34. Y

    Yadacama

    Raleigh

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We are so glad they have reopened!

  35. B

    Bill

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall2food1service3ambience3

    Steam pot was overcooked and the menu is not great. The atmosphere and service was good thought.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Great that they're back with excellent food and ambience.

  37. CC

    ChrisC

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our first trip back since they reopened after the disastrous explosion around the corner. They haven't lost a beat. Enjoyed a wonderful dinner on a Wednesday. They were packed, which tells you something when so many other places are barely occupied in the middle of the week. Enjoyed a perfect cocktail, oysters, curried scallops, a wonderful Sea Bass, along with salad and desert. Service from our favorite waiter, Josh, was courteous, friendly and knowledgeable, as always. It is our favorite full service seafood restaurant in the Triangle!

  38. PC

    PhilipC

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    good food and service but very slow on delivery of drinks and food

  39. YF

    YvonneF

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were thrilled Saint James had reopened and enjoyed every morsel of our dinner. We even recognized a young lady who was our server on a previous visit and were glad to see her!

  40. BT

    BryanT

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We enjoyed the mussels and the BBQ shrimp very much. Really liked the atmosphere and the tiki drinks.

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Saint James Seafood Restaurant and Raw Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 846 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    N Duke St.

  • Neighborhood

    Durham

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    We also validate for Brightleaf Square lot.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Matt Kelly

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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