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Seabird, Wilmington, NC

Seabird

4.8
4.8
535 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 & Wednesdays.

Brunch now served Saturday & Sunday!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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 535 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Best Overall

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Best Service

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Best Ambiance

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Fit for Foodies

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Healthy

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Hot Spot

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Seafood

  • Wilmington

    Best Overall

  • Wilmington

    Best Food

  • Wilmington

    Best Service

  • Wilmington

    Best Ambiance

  • Wilmington

    Best Value

  • Wilmington

    Fit for Foodies

  • Wilmington

    Healthy

  • Wilmington

    Hot Spot

  • Wilmington

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Wilmington

    Notable Wine List

  • Wilmington

    Romantic

  • Wilmington

    Special Occasion

  • Wilmington

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Wilmington

    Most Booked

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  1. RB

    RussB

    Charleston

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Celebrating my birthday and enjoyed a lovely meal. First time eating at Seabird and we all agreed we’d be back.
  2. RG

    RG12

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Poached eggs were way over cooked. Server forgot to bring our complimentary muffins. Crab cake was delicious. For the price, it wasn’t worth it.
  3. SZ

    SaramandaZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent meal. I highly recommend Seabird! We had crab cakes that were amazing, my husband had catfish and I had the vegan dish, as well the brownie for dessert. Everything was fabulous.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary dinner!
  5. m

    markr

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The cobia schnitzel was decadent as was out tuna tartar with heirloom tomatoes appetizer. The pasta dish was a miss. The black ink pasta sounded good but the broth lacked flavor and the pasta itself was OK. Will go back again
  6. BF

    BarryF

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very accommodating and a pleasurable experience.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and wonderful service! Food came out faster than I thought it would! The virgin grapey drink was SO GOOD!
  8. EJ

    EriJK

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    great ambience, attentive and friendly staff. I had the Po'Boy (oyster and shrimp) which was delicious. The fries were very good as well. My husband had the fried catfish, also good. The fried oyster caesar's salad was not what we expected - the greens were soggy as they couldn't stand up to the dressing. Regular romaine or mixing a green that has more crunch would have made the salad feel more "fresh".
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we had was amazing! Would definitely go again!
  10. CL

    CoreyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We finished off our trip with breakfast at Seabird and we were so very impressed! Our food was so fresh and amazing. The service was great too! Can’t wait to go back and try their dinner service.
  11. K

    Kyrstin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spent our first anniversary here enjoying the seasonal seafood tower — EXCEPTIONAL! We had a great time. The meal was a delicious experience, the wait staff was superb, even the music playlist was fun and had my hubby and I jamming!
  12. BC

    BryanC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of the best restaurants in Wilmington. Phenomenal food and service. We had oysters Rockefeller, eggplant, and short ribs appetizers. For the mains we had the mahi and soft shell crab. All were incredibly flavorful. Trust me, you want to try this restaurant. I’ve lived all over the world and this is at the top for fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere l.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had the seafood tower and cocktails. Fantastic!
  14. s

    samwise

    Wilmington

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a great restaurant. The food is consistently superb and fresh. This is our second visit, our daughter's third. It has now become our go to "special" outing from Topsail when we vacation there! We highly recommend Sea Bird. The wait staff is great and attentive as well.
  15. R

    Robin

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you haven’t been, go try it. We weren’t oyster fans until we tried them at Seabird. Oysters Rockefeller were delish and the raw oysters were very tasty. The swordfish schnitzel is outstanding and so creative.
  16. S

    Suzanne

    Charlotte

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    FANTASTIC!!!had heard
  17. D

    Damy

    New England

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The first few times that we ate at seabird the food was excellent. I was a bit underwhelmed last night. Crab cakes 3 stars Swordfish shintlze 3 stars Fried smoked catfish 5 stars Veggie plate 2 stars Desserts 4 stars. I think for $34 for the swordfish it should have been outstanding. It was a bit dry and overdone. We certainly will return ; the service is lovely, the drinks well made and overall 4 stars.
  18. EW

    ElaineW

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! The food, the service, best oysters ever and soft shell crab to die for❤️
  19. JM

    JoeyMB

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurant's in Wilmington! I would heartily recommend to anyone.
  20. JS

    JuneS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    My husband ordered swordfish and he got some kind of fish, which he ate. However, we are certain that it was NOT swordfish. It had a meaty, chewy texture very unlike swordfish. We decided not to make an issue of it because we were with good friends. My meal of fried fresh soft shell crab was good, but not outstanding for the $33 price. It came with a corn/butterbean succotash and could have used an additional potato or rice dish. We do not plan to return.
  21. KG

    KathleenG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We split a bunch of the small plates and everything with fish or seafood really shined! The crudo and oysters were my favorite. The meat dishes were good, but didn’t compare to the finesse and flavor combinations in the seafood dishes. The setting is nice but a little noisy because it’s all open concept with no soundproofing.
  22. MK

    MichaelK

    Wilmington

    141 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    141 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great meal and service as always; portions were small for the price.
  23. O

    Oenophile

    New York Area

    68 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Another good choice in downtown Wilmington. Super friendly service and attention from the entire staff, all of whom seemed interested in us enjoying our meal. Solid selections of cocktails and by-the-glass offerings. Although the menu was not totally current on the oyster selections, the replacements were up to the task. Both the Petites and the Topsails were very well cleaned, plump and just a hint of brine. Seabird was very accommodating of my wife's gluten sensitivity, coating the soft shell crab in cornmeal. The fried smoked catfish with grits was very tasty and well done. Good value on the Massican Emilia Bianca.
  24. KB

    KathrynB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Dean and his staff outdid themselves to create a wonderful birthday celebration. Thank you!!!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding ambience, service, food and drink. Destination restaurant.
  26. t

    travelmuse

    Wilmington

    39 reviews

    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The service was exceptionally warm, accommodating, and professional. The dollar oysters at the bar for Monday Night Happy Hour were superb. (If the Seabirds are on the oyster menu, don't miss them!) Call ahead to make sure that happy hour is being offered on Mondays from 5-6. Plan to arrive by 4:45 to get a seat at the bar. We all enjoyed the corn muffins, too. The Muscadet wine pairs beautifully with the oysters. It is crisp and dry. The soft shell crab portion was small (only one crab). I was still hungry after dinner. I would consider the soft shell crab to be more of a small plate. The cioppino and flank steak portions were larger, and my friends enjoyed both dishes. The snapper was $70 and meant to be shared. I wish they had offered an individual serving of that dish or another simply-prepared fresh fish. We will be back soon for oysters, wine, and some small plates.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Insanely amazing.
  28. CP

    ClarkP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was unique and great flavors. Everything is more expensive now. Acoustics are short of horrible. Very difficult to have a conversation. I think its the type of ceiling.
  29. SH

    StacyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was perfect, just the right amount of attention without a lot of interruptions. The food was amazing, and we loved all the unique options. Excellent wine list as well. Will definitely go back!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cheerful staff. Prompt service. FABULOUS food!
  31. MG

    MichaelG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service we will be recommending this restaurant and will be going back
  32. SE

    SpecialEats

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our anniversary and had a fabulous and creative meal that easily accommodated my gluten free diet. Can’t wait to return.
  33. RR

    RonR

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Atmosphere and food were amazing! Waiter was a little lax in the personality department
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food. Ask for the booth in the back if you want it a little quiet.
  35. SC

    ShawnC

    Raleigh

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff and great food
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great. Cannot miss with the soft shell crab. Thoroughly enjoyed.
  37. JV

    J2V2D4

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Service and cleanliness A+ Menu B Food C Overall did not live up to hype. More than likely will not return.
  38. MS

    MelindaS

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you Seabird!!! You made my husband’s 50th birthday dinner an experience we will forever cherish!!! From the seating, to the lovely lady serving us, to the scrumptious food so beautifully presented, to the fun cocktails, to the ambience,..our overall experience was phenomenal. The seafood tower was our favorite and the dessert complete with a candle and round of “Happy Birthday” song had us floating on cloud 9! Thank you Seabird!!!!
  39. NC

    NCNana

    Wilmington

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We went for brunch on early Sunday afternoon. The restaurant is quite beautiful and was reasonably quiet. We each ordered something different and really liked what we received. The drink menu is also very interesting and good. We will definitely go again.
  40. JG

    JenniferG

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and delicious food! It’s our favorite place in Wilmington.

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 4.8 stars by 535 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

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today
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

  • 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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