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Seabird, Wilmington, NC

Seabird

4.8
4.8
683 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

7:00 PM


Booked 46 times today
Experiences are available.

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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Experiences

  • Valentine’s Prix Fixe Dinner

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    A very special 4-course menu will be offered this evening. There will be 2 options per course. $85 ❤️ Upgrades will also be available. ❤️ Optional wine pairings may be added. ❤️ Menu can be found at seabirdnc.com/specialmenus ❤️ Regular menu will not be available this evening.

What 683 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
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Best Overall

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Best Service

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Best Ambiance

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Innovative

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Healthy

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Lively

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Seafood

  • Wilmington

    Best Overall

  • Wilmington

    Best Food

  • Wilmington

    Best Service

  • Wilmington

    Best Ambiance

  • Wilmington

    Best Value

  • Wilmington

    Innovative

  • Wilmington

    Healthy

  • Wilmington

    Great for fine wines

  • Wilmington

    Lively

  • Wilmington

    Most Booked

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  1. I

    Ingy

    Wilmington

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All our dishes were amazing. Our server Chris was outstanding. We were fortunate enough to have a booth for 4 in a more secluded area therefore the ambiance was perfect. Although passing through the main room, it seemed lively but not too loud. Overall, we can’t wait to go back. EXCELLENT
  2. PA

    PattyA

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We arrived eight minutes late and our reservation had been given away despite the fifteen minute grace period. We were seated at the chefs table to have dinner. It was loud due to party next to us but service was fine.
  3. SR

    SandraR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely decor, great location, amazing food. We had a 7 year old with us and they made her a bowl of pasta ( which was delicious) even though there is no designated “kids” menu and made her feel very included in the dinner. Can’t say enough good things, would go again in a minute.
  4. SS

    SamanthaS

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, food, and attention to detail!
  5. DD

    DavidD

    Wilmington

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The dishes we ordered were very good but pricey for the amount that you get. Nothing extra to accompany the meal.
  6. CD

    ChrisD

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food2service5ambience4
    the service and environment were excellent, The food at the time we ate was good but with in a 2 hours my wife, my wife got a serious case of gastroenteritis she had N&V. We had to leave the Riverdance show at intermission because of this.. I had the oysters and rib eye which were good my wife had the same oysters and she had a tuna dish which I tried and did not experience and adverse effects. The service was excellent. I will go back and I think my wife will want to avoid the tuna
  7. NC

    NCNana

    Wilmington

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seabird has delicious, creative entrees, appetizers, small plates and desserts served in a nice, comfortable setting. The menu is short and mostly seafood. Our party consisted of people from 74 to 15 and we all really enjoyed what we ordered. I had the swordfish schnitzel and my wife had the smoked catfish. We both felt it might have been the best meal we had eaten in a long, long time. Two at our table ordered the Cioppino and found the seafood and 'soup/broth' delicious to the last bite. The other order was the small plate of smoked tuna tartare which we all shared and loved. Our family are adventurous eaters so we weren't intimidated by the menu but if you are looking for chicken this is probably not the place to eat (although they did have chicken wings as a small plate). It's well worth the price to go there and we cannot wait to get back.
  8. J

    Jesse

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the fried catfish dish for brunch… never thought fish for breakfast was the best idea, but Seabird changed my perspective. The fish and dish, as a whole, was delicious. Enjoyed the toasted coconut latte as well, just make sure you ask for half sweet if you don’t like sweet coffee.
  9. DS

    DavidS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious fresh food. Wonderful attentive service.
  10. NL

    NicoleL

    Raleigh

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fabulous dining experience. The service and food were wonderful. Everything we tasted was well seasoned and cooked, you can pick a wrong item.
  11. PZ

    PeteZ

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our apps were Oysters, ribs and tuna and they were great! We had The swordfish schnitzel, assorted fried seafood plate, clams in pasta and smoked and fried catfish. Each dish was outstanding but our favorite was the swordfish. We loved the ambience of the space and our server was great.
  12. F

    Fatgumby

    Wilmington

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    We love the smoked catfish and oyster pie, hot chili pork ribs and pretty much anything else we’ve tried on the menu. Fresh ingredients properly prepared. Wine list is limited but on point. Staff is friendly and attentive.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Key West

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First visit. I had the swordfish schnitzel on a bed of spaetzle and cauliflower surrounded by a perfectly seasoned white sauce. Extremely well prepared. I will have this dish again and again. The meals are appropriately priced given the gourmet quality. The only complaint I had was the absence of more moderately priced wines on the menu. Alcohol for two easily surpasses the cost of Dinner for two. That doesn’t quite seem right.
  14. BJ

    BJoB

    Charlotte

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Our waitress, Catherine, was excellent and she provided superior service. However, it took FOREVER to get our food! Was there a problem in the kitchen, not enough staff??? Although we were able to entertain ourselves, the 3 hour experience was much longer than we had planned. We were disappointed.
  15. E

    Edward

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and blend of flavors! Highly recommended and save room for dessert.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here and definitely will be back. Wish I lived closer.
  17. H

    Holly

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Best oysters and fresh seafood in town - highly recommend!
  18. j

    josephh

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent use of flavors
  19. JA

    JASG

    New Orleans

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Smoked fish/oyster pie small plate was delicious. Smoked catfish over grits large plate was beautiful, and the fish cooked perfectly. Unfortunately, the dish was very bland and lacked flavor. That was disappointing.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was outstanding! The blending of flavors masterful. I had the smoked tuna tartine and it was delicious. My son had the swordfish which he remarked it was the best swordfish he had ever had. Our salads, the citrus beet and the spinach pear, we completely fabulous. The oysters delicious, served with different sauces to try. The waiter was friendly, prompt, gracious. Didn’t know a whole lot about some of the flavors we were trying to identify, but gave it a good shot.
  21. TE

    TomE

    Wilmington

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The noise level is very loud for a fine dining establishment. The food is good but the menu is very limited. I expected more fish options for a seafood restaurant.
  22. GB

    GiulianaB

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    always a delicious meal at seabird!
  23. CG

    CristinG

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic & our server Catherine was attentive & friendly. Would highly recommend.
  24. LS

    LeeS

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing. The vibe is infectious and upbeat. Very active and bustling even on a cold January evening. Highly recommend the short rib and yellow fin tuna small plates to start with local raw oysters of course. For main eats, try the seared swordfish or catfish. You won't go wrong with anything.... enjoy!
  25. KS

    KelleyS

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food, atmosphere was perfect!
  26. K

    charlesK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ordered oysters and small plates. The pace of service was excellent with timing between individual small plates. The ribs were maybe the best I have ever had but each individual dish was attentively prepared and presented. Servers kept an eye on us, refilled water and provided wet wipes.
  27. JD

    JoeD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional food - exceptional service - that is why we continue to return!
  28. TP

    ThomasP

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food and service! Staff very knowledgeable about the menu.
  29. KR

    KathrynR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Catherine our servi e was delightful. The food was great. Had a wonderful time.
  30. MH

    MarcH

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Everything was well orchestrated- from the charming server to the delivery of creative food selections. My only comment would be to not serve multi grain bread (only slightly toasted) with cioppino . Toast baguette slices would have paired more successfully.
  31. BP

    BettyP

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed our first experience at Seabird!! We will be back!
  32. J

    John

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall1food2service3ambience2
    The most overrated restaurant I’ve been in in years!
  33. E

    Ellen

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was spectacular. Very friendly and knowledgeable server staff. Drinks are small. Overall a fun and delicious dining experience.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and drinks. Will definitely return!
  35. DB

    DougB

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food, friendly staff, comfortable atmosphere
  36. RB

    RobertB

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food. Great ambience. Favorite restaurant in town!
  37. G

    Gonzo66

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The set menu for New Year's Eve was excellent. Service was great and then room had a fun vibe, but not too loud. Highly recommend .
  38. J

    Jenk

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The cocktails and bartender were excellent. I had the prime rib which you could cut with a knife- and full of flavor. But the showstopper was the seafood “tower”- it was creative and delicious- we took our time eating it because we didn’t want it to end. If I lived locally I would be a regular at Seabird.
  39. SL

    StephanieL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional experience in every way! We enjoyed ourselves immensely and will surely be back. Highly recommended!
  40. JS

    JulieS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We did the prix-fixe with wine. Every course was delicious! I usually cook the feast of the seven fishes myself but loved having the year off!

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 683 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 46 times today
Experiences are available.
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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