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Seabird, Wilmington, NC

Seabird

4.8
4.8
498 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.

We are open weekdays 9am-2pm for counter service breakfast, lunch, coffee and pastries. Brunch now served Saturday & Sunday!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Vegetarian / Vegan, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Thu–Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon, Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 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 498 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Coastal North Carolina

    Best Overall

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Best Food

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Best Service

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Best Ambiance

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Best Value

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Fit for Foodies

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Healthy

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Hot Spot

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Notable Wine List

  • 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

    Great for Lunch

  • Wilmington

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Wilmington

    Notable Wine List

  • Wilmington

    Romantic

  • Wilmington

    Special Occasion

  • Wilmington

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Wilmington

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  1. MS

    MelindaS

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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!!!!
  2. NC

    NCNana

    Wilmington

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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.
  3. JG

    JenniferG

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    Jean

    Greensboro

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Dinner at Seabirds was really good, maybe not as great as we had anticipated after reading all the excellent reviews. The service was good and the ambiance was lively. There were people in the restaurant dressed in t-shirts and had visors on, like they had just gotten off of a long boat ride, which we did not anticipate as we felt like this would be a more upscale dining experience. The ribs were spectacular and the oysters were as well. Of the four entrees ordered for our group, two were really good and two were okay. We will definitely try again and make sure we order the ribs and the Oysters, but maybe pass on the Squid Ink Pasta and Soft Shell Crab.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Recently experienced Seabird and it was……….okay. The “hype” and number of recommendations to dine here made this restaurant an easy choice. Our waitress, Mary, was kind and very attentive. The food was bland and could use stronger flavor profiles. The peel n eat shrimp were tasteless. So, check it out but lower your expectations - if you any high ones.
  6. PG

    PhillipG

    New Orleans

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Very nicely compiled dishes with a bit of inspiration. Local seafood and some wonderful cocktails.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top notch!
  8. MP

    MarigoldP

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you're looking for oysters and an intriguing seafood menu, Seabird is the place for you!
  9. BS

    BrendaS

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious! A gastronomic delight! Great staff! Oysters Hollandaise! Superb! Yellowfin Tuna& tomatoes! Best tuna & tomatoes ever! Habanero sorghum pork ribs, perfect sauce! Yum, yum!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food and service. Everything that we ordered was wonderful! Don't miss the oyster pie/smoked catfish/rice pudding & espresso martinis!!! Highly recommend this awesome spot!
  11. J

    Jalbear

    Wilmington

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our fifth time at Seabird, and they never disappoint. The wedge salad was delectable with the addition of shrimp and perfectly fried okra. The tuna and tomato small plate was incredibly fresh, and the tomatoes were the best we’ve had this season. Delicious. Our entrees were all done to perfection, but the cioppino was the highlight of the night. For the other entrees, ribs were fall off the bone yummy, the ink squid pasta had just the right amount umami, and my braised squid was tender and delicious. For dessert, we had the olive cake (super moist), the homemade fig ice cream & our friends thoroughly enjoyed the homemade brownie dessert with vanilla ice cream & caramelized bananas. Whether you’re local or visiting, be sure check out Seabird!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic!!!
  13. JB

    JohnB

    Savannah

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    We have been here several times and unfortunately this was not the 5star experience we have had in the past. The server although very quiet was a good guy and very informative. The broth of the eastern cioppino was extremely salty. The oyster Rockefeller did not taste the same as the past. I unfortunately got the seafood tower. Very pricey for what you get. The ribs were good. My bill was over $300 and honestly not worth it. Very disappointing as we were celebrating my wife’s birthday.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal. Excellent service. Excellent ambience. Enjoyed an array of apps, raw oysters, and entrees…cocktails and wine. We’ve been here several times but I think this may be my favorite meal. Highlights were hummingbird cocktail, catfish pups, peel and eat shrimp, oh dear god absolute favorite was Smoked Yellowfin Tuna and Tomato Salad (we will come back just to have this as entree it was so tasty), and the whole flounder for two was so cool. Everything was perfect. Our server was so patient and attentive. I wish I got her name. But if you haven’t been to Seabird and you’re reading this- go! It’s awesome.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent from appetizers to dessert. Service was very good. Had an excellent experience dining with family. Will definitely visit again!
  16. JH

    JoeH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food here is really really good. The tuna/tomato thing especially and our service was great
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    All was great! Loved the wine! Friendly service!
  18. AH

    AlexandraH

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience at Seabird exceeded all expectations. The chef and staff were so generous and gracious with us. We even had a 1yo with us and they were incredibly understanding and accommodating with her and our needs. The food was outstanding. It was truly an incredible dining experience. The space is incredible and you can tell every piece of the puzzle was intentional. Truly a must-go in Wilmington. Wait, honestly, just come to Wilmington solely for this visit!
  19. RT

    RyanT

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Appetizers, cocktails, main courses, and desserts were all excellent. Service was warm and thoughtful, and the restaurant was a comfortable environment to enjoy great food!
  20. RG

    RGriffNYC

    Wilmington

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I hate to give Seabird a great review because it’s already so hard to get a reservation. I don’t think they need more business. But they are such a great addition to the Wilmington restaurant scene, maybe they can inspire some of the other spots to try harder and rise up to the level of excellence they so effortlessly provide. Their presentation of oysters and variety is without equal. You must try the Shishito Peppers small plate, they are so yummy and delicate. My steak was perfectly prepared and not over seasoned and the sides were plated beautifully. My daughter had the Squid Ink pasta, which amazing in texture, taste and well sized portion. We shared hand made blueberry cheesecake ice cream. I should have taken some home, it was delicious
  21. NP

    NancyP

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The food was good, the menu is limited . Wines by the glass are also limited. I would only recommend the restaurant for someone who wants oysters.
  22. BG

    ByronG

    Greensboro

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seabird was our best meal in Wilmington. The decor was really well done, the service was great, and the food was cooked to perfection.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Food overall was very good. Two adults and two kids, was able to taste all dishes. 2 excellent, 1 average (2 had same dish). Service started great and staff were extremely friendly, but went downhill with little response or acknowledgement of noticeably long wait time for food. I chalk it up to newness and hope they work out the kinks. About $5 over price point per dish in my opinion, but I would honestly give it one more chance. Bartender excellent also!
  24. CP

    CatherineP

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We loved it! Upscale but relaxed. Everything delicious! We tried all the oyster options and loved them. Highly recommend the Oysters Rockefeller. Loved the ribs, the tuna small plate, the cioppino (second time I’ve had it), and the olive oil cake. We were happy with our cocktails and wine choices. Our waiter Gerson was friendly, answered questions knowledgeably and genially, shifted easily to the relaxed pace we preferred, and stayed on top of all our needs. He even went to refer to our reservation after we ordered to doublecheck that we had no allergies to our choices. My best restaurant experience in two years in Wilmington!
  25. BT

    BillT

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great. We enjoyed the entire experience.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect date night!
  27. HL

    HalleL

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food with kind and classy staff. Also, I have a severe shrimp allergy, but despite being a seafood restaurant, the waiter was extremely considerate and took the time to ensure it was a safe and enjoyable experience.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff. Our waiter Hugh was great in getting us to order the correct amounts. Kitchen paced the meal. Food was fantastic.
  29. KH

    KayeH

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great downtown location! Beautiful and delicious food. Lavender Vanilla latte heavenly.
  30. RR

    RonR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When you first enter the restaurant you feel it's charm from the Art Deco inspired furnishings and architecture. The wait staff is knowledgable and friendly. I had the catfish and my daughter had the mahi mahi, both melted in your mouth. I would definately go back and or recommend to a friend.
  31. R

    Richard

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Oysters, sword fish & wine were exceptional, support staff extremely attentive & our server, Matthew, couldn't have been better.....very enjoyable dinning experience
  32. SK

    SarahK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, drinks and service exceeded our expectations. We even had our baby with us and they went above and beyond to accommodate us. The servers were friendly and helpful and the food was fantastic. Best appetizers we’ve ever had (highly recommend the Oysters hollandaise and the cornbread with sorghum molasses). And the squid ink pasta dish was delicious, as well as the catfish. The vegetables on the vegan plate were out of this world. For dessert, the blackberry and goat cheese ice cream and olive oil cake were to die for. Run, don’t walk to Seabird. You don’t want to miss this experience.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and hospitality. From portion size, presentation and flavor, every element was fantastic. It can be difficult to get a table because it’s become so popular but well worth the effort.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are frequent enjoyers of Seabird, and always have a delicious meal. The Italian Winemakers dinner was next level! Everything was perfect from the start, And we didn’t want the perfectly paired wines with the exceptional food to end! The staff is always beyond professional, and it shows what a great team Seabird is made of.
  35. JO

    JackOBean

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    Steak was raw in the center. Expensive evening out for four.
  36. KD

    KerriD

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been attempting to book reservations for Seabird for awhile now, and always seemed to miss the window. It’s a smaller place and is very popular, so I’d recommend booking early. The restaurant is very light and bright, with nice decor. We were seated by the kitchen door, which was a little busy, but we enjoyed the people watching. My husband and I both have allergies (mine to gluten, his to certain shell fish) and the waitress Jessica was very helpful on directing us to what we could eat on the menu or what substitutions could be made. We started with oysters on the half shell, which were great. I got the fish carpaccio which was amazing and my husband enjoyed his melon salad. We both had the swordfish as an entree and we cleaned our plates. Great flavors and everything tasted so fresh. We shared a gluten free brownie with cream and roasted pecans for dessert. We loved that there was as much cream as there was brownie, so it was lighter and not so dense as many gluten free desserts are. We will definitely be back!
  37. S

    Sunshine

    Wilmington

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious dinner in cool setting. Excellent service with nice ambiance. Enjoyable evening!
  38. RD

    RandiD

    Raleigh

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding meals and service for all four of us. The Jimmy Nardello peppers were delicious!
  39. DC

    DavidsonCounty

    Wilmington

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seafood is fantastic but you have to try the ribs. Award winning!
  40. NE

    NoelleE

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seabird is hands down my favorite restaurant in Wilmington. Be sure to make a reservation in advance, as it’s a local favorite and walk-ins can be tricky. The service is unparalleled. You feel like you’re treating yourself to a special night out, but without any fuss or pretension. Everything on the menu is delicious, and it changes seasonally, so every time I go I try something new and am always delighted. Cocktails are unique and divine, and the wine list is thoughtfully curated. Chef Neff and his team are the best!

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 498 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 17 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

    Mon, Thu–Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon, Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 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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