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Seabird, Wilmington, NC

Seabird

4.9
4.9
1130 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Mindfully sourced and thoughtfully prepared ingredients highlight the landscape of the food in our coastal community. Menu subject to change daily with local availability of seafood and produce. James Beard nominated chef and owner, Dean Neff.

Reservations available for dinner Wednesday through Monday. Closed Tuesdays.
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Brunch now served Saturday & Sunday!

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2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 31 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Vegetarian / Vegan, American
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–1:00 pm Dinner Mon, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (910) 769-5996
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Dean Neff
  • Private party facilities
    Private Room:Maximum Capacity 14 guests Evening Events: Credit Card required to hold the reservation.For more information on private events or facility buyouts, please contact hi@seabirdnc.com
  • Neighborhood
    Wilmington
  • Cross street
    Market St
  • Parking details
    Paid street parking available. The closest parking deck is about a 1/2 block away on Market St. between Front St. and 2nd St. Parking deck is free for the first 90 minutes.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 1,130 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Best Overall

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    Best Service

  • Coastal North Carolina

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  • Coastal North Carolina

    Innovative

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Healthy

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Hot spot

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Seafood

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Most Booked

  • Wilmington

    Best Overall

  • Wilmington

    Best Food

  • Wilmington

    Best Service

  • Wilmington

    Best Ambiance

  • Wilmington

    Best Value

  • Wilmington

    Innovative

  • Wilmington

    Good for groups

  • Wilmington

    Healthy

  • Wilmington

    Hot spot

  • Wilmington

    Neighborhood gem

  • Wilmington

    Lively

  • Wilmington

    Most Booked

1,130 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious date night. Everything was wonderful from the Seabird martini to the seafood tower and dessert. Service was excellent!

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  2. CindyD

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Seabird is a gem. The food was amazing. It was a bit loud and the sitting was very tight for a group of big gals but we had a fabulous time1.

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  3. StevenK

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An absolute fantastic meal. The tuna tartare was exceptional.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Jackson Hole

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious dinner - making my next reservation now!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The entire experience was phenomenal. The food was definitely worthy of a James Beard award. Thank you to the staff who helped to make it a very enjoyable night out!

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  6. JimG

    Atlanta Metro

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chef Neff runs an outstanding restaurant. We were celebrating our anniversary. We were greeted warmly upon entering the restaurant and wished a happy anniversary. We were shown to a wonderful table by the window. Our server was Logan and she was terrific. Engaging, fun, knowledgeable, and made our dining experience exceptional. We had a variety of baked oysters to start our meal and they were all excellent. For entrees we had sea bass and the swordfish. Both were wonderfully prepared with unique flavors and twists that made both dishes superb. The sommelier helped us selected a perfect wine to complement the meal. We also had a nice visit with Chef Neff. It was a perfect way to celebrate our anniversary. My wife and I highly recommend Seabird and thank Chef Neff, Logan and the entire team for a memorable evening.

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  7. Suzanne

    Wilmington

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My cousin and I went to celebrate my birthday and we were surprised by a lovely note at the table and a candle in our dessert. What we weren't surprised by was the delicious food and excellent hospitality. Oysters and soft shell crab were spectacular, as always. Thanks, Seabird!

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  8. Pops

    Coastal Georgia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Excellent food & service. Only one complaint, seating proximity to other parties is much too close. Impossible to have a private conversation and wait staff had to brush the side of our table to serve the adjacent table. Other than that, the food was great.

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  9. ChristopherN

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Being a native New Yorker, this restaurant gave me the feel of an upscale restaurant located in Manhattan. The food was excellent, drinks were superb abs the dinner was exquisite. I look forward to returning in the future.

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  10. MarlaC

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A total gourmet experience! Excellent food, service, atmosphere, and Albarino wine( my favorite). From the delicious mussel , tuna tartar appetizers to the Braised Short Ribs. All prepared perfectly ! What a wonderful evening spending our 35th anniversary celebration at Seabird,

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Creative, delicious, and beautiful seafood! Our server worked with the kitchen to accommodate a food allergy, and was genuinely invested in our entire experience. We will definitely return the next time we are in Wilmington.

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  12. JohnM

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Limited menu but our dish was excellent and our server was great.

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  13. AngieS

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Seabird is our favorite!! Always top in every area… brunch or dinner! We are never disappointed!

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  14. SarahS

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    What we ate was delicious but they were out of a lot items so waitress returned to table several times to ask for a new order - it was comical and we were good natured about it but they might have given us a complimentary dessert?

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  15. DurhamDiner

    Atlanta Metro

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent. Got oysters and shared plates. Highly rec the tuna carpaccio and ribs omg. Cocktails amazing. Server, Rachel, great. Loved that they sat us as a couple at a four seat rather than waiting for us to have a two top. Loved that I was offered a wine tasting for a type I’d never had. Loved lighting and ambiance and spacing. Would go every week if I lived here but will be back.

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  16. janep

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So happy we went here! The food was delicious. It is my new favorite.

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  17. DeniseI

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    This is the best restaurant I have eaten at in Wilmington, NC. The food was delicious. For the main course we both had the Eastern Cioppino. It was outstanding, one of the best I have ever had.

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  18. neilh

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First time at Seabirds and enjoyed the entire experience. Staff was well informed, timely, and professional. Food was delicious. Craft cocktails were creative and the desert was excellent!

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  19. AaronK

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took my wife here for Valentines Day and did not disappoint! The ambiance and decor were absolutely perfect and felt as if we were on a movie set. The food was outstanding although it was a fixed menu due to Valentines however, we were able to add items a’ la carte. Speaking of, we splurged on the caviar platter, and it was simply amazing albeit pricey which is why I gave three stars for value. The wait staff were very attentive even on a busy night and provided excellent service. Overall, a superior experience and would certainly go back again.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    24 reviews

    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were terribly excited to experience Seabird due primarily to Dean Neff’s impeccable reputation and recent James Beard nomination. I mean, we were thrilled to get the dining opportunity even if on a Valentine’s Day fixed menu. However, outside of a few pearls, the experience missed the mark…for credibility purposes, I travel domestically and internationally each week with several exceptional dining experiences in my past. Above all, our overall service - and Waiter (Sean? a culinary trained chef) - was top-notch! Recommendations, timeliness, honesty…each were boundless. The fish carpaccio app was a big hit! The dumpling app was a super broth…super. The broth showcased Dean’s exemplary training. The carmel dessert was perfecto; chocolate cake also delish though dry. Would order carpaccio and Carmel dessert again. Within the two meat entrees (ribeye for me, skate wing for wife), each were significant disappointments. The ribeye was served lukewarm warm, slender as a flank steak, and absent of flavor. Big bummer. The skate wing was fishy…fishy in taste. My wife couldn’t finished the offering. I thought she was too particular until I also experienced the portion. We were taken back to learn this was the first attempt with skate ever at Seabird or at least, in quite some time. Regardless,expectations missed on both accounts. For $80/person, main course should have been much better. Part of this poor experience is on us for attending a fixed menu occasion. I know better. Yet, a VDay evening sometimes brings these arrangements. Departing with a $300 tab begs for a better reward, though. Unsure if we’ll return during a non-specific occasion. The strong service and ambience begs a return.

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  21. MichaelK

    Wilmington

    163 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    163 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We regularly go to Seabird, and is always very good. On this particular night, which was Valentine’s Day, they only had a fixed limited menu, which was acceptable, however, they were only three entrées on the menu, and we had two of the three and both were not what we normally receive or expect at this restaurant.

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  22. winendine

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dining experience. Logan our server was great. Very knowledgeable very personable. Represented Seabird wonderfully as did all the people who work there we encountered.

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  23. Citydaughter

    London

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Arriving I was concerned that because it was Super Bowl Sunday we might not receive the high quality of food and service we experienced on our last visit. I was so glad to be wrong. Everything was exceptional… food, service, and presentation. And even though we were the last to leave. we did not feel rushed throughout the meal.

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  24. Nick

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely the best seafood in town oysters were amazing.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved our meals. The service, location, quality, plating of our food was excellent. It was a little pricy for the quantity and the brunch menu is geared towards breakfast. The kitchen closes from 1 to 5 so if you want brunch vs dinner menus, then chose your time accordingly. Oh, the Bloody Mary was to die for and the catfish & grits was a perfect pairing with the Bloody Mary.

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  26. CharlesB

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service. This is real seafood. Lots of raw and smoked options. Recommend the seafood tower.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Creative dishes. The oysters were amazing! Excellent experience.

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  28. TimZ

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Preference to seating would recommend a table and not the bench seating.

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  29. DanetteM

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were really FIRST class. There isn't anything you can do about the noise level, but it was hard to carry on a conversation. I will return!

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  30. RandiD

    Raleigh

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another outstanding meal with amazing service. We are always treated like family on our return visits. Best vegan entree I’ve ever had. Always super fresh seafood, multi - layered flavors in every dish.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second visit. Love the vibe. Service is great. Good us top notch.

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  32. AFood

    Wilmington

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This seafood forward restaurant is a local gem with inventive but not overwrought dishes. The staff is accommodating to guests, even when this place is bustling. If you seek large amounts of food stacked into a plate, this is not the place for you. But if you want delicious food and drinks served in a lively space, this is an ideal choice.

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  33. SarahS

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love Seabird ….always a wonderful time and magnificent food

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  34. Fantastico

    Wilmington

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A Delicious Night at Seabird! Heard Chef was nominated for a James Beard Award so we had to come here. We had an excellent welcome upon arrival and given a window table per request. Chef brought us 3 delicious appetizers all with great flavor: a caramel glazed corn muffin and 2 types of Oyster Rockefeller which were fabulous. I highly recommend the mussels as the flavors, broth and bacon with that incredible toast they serve with it are a burst of perfectly blended flavors. The Caesar Salad was disappointing as the lettuce head was too soft and loaded with a bath of finely grated Parmesan; if it was grilled with shaved Parmesan, and crispy bacon, with red onions that would have been amazing. The Swordfish is a winner and the Cavatelle but the pasta portion was very small and more of a side dish portion but a home run with the flavors. We had the Miniature Baked Alaska but it was not a real Baked Alaska style recipe but more like an Oreo cookie with egg white on top. Service with Logan was excellent and the Woodford Reserve Old Fashions were Perfect!!! I highly recommend Seabird.

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  35. RyanP

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a wonderful meal. Top notch food and top notch service!

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  36. Reston

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super food and service. Would go back. Highly recommend.

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  37. larryz

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is a wonderful place, we will have to go again soon!

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  38. JimR

    New York City

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very interesting menu and everything we tried was fantastic!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Both our meals were excellent (schnitzel swordfish and Eastern Ciopponi). When we return, we may share several small plates - they looked very good as well.

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  40. JaneM

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every dish was perfection-from the beet salad to the ribs and the barbequed oysters. The desserts were extraordinary. If food were music, the dishes would be a symphony.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Seabird offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (910) 769-5996.

Seabird is rated 4.9 stars by 1130 OpenTable diners.

Seabird does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 31 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Seabird

1 S Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401-4438

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Market St
  • Neighborhood
    Wilmington
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–1:00 pm Dinner Mon, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Vegetarian / Vegan, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Paid street parking available. The closest parking deck is about a 1/2 block away on Market St. between Front St. and 2nd St. Parking deck is free for the first 90 minutes.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Dean Neff
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (910) 769-5996
  • Private party facilities
    Private Room:Maximum Capacity 14 guests Evening Events: Credit Card required to hold the reservation.For more information on private events or facility buyouts, please contact hi@seabirdnc.com
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