Raleigh >Food & Dining > North Bistro Lounge
10630 Durant Rd, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2761435.906037 -78.592659
Okay, nothing special – My boyfriend and I have been to North a couple of times now for dinner. The food is okay, but nothing extraordinary. The staff is nice, but needs to be more educated at serving. We were patient waiting for our drinks and bread, but after a while we couldn't help but ask for the status of it. It turns out the bread is still in the oven and we're not sure why it took so long to bring the beer. We'll go back, because we live so close to it, but will drive further to get better seafood.
Best Little Bistro in North Raleigh – Ok - if you want high prices and a stuffy atmosphere - GO SOMEWHERE ELSE. North is my Cheers. I live in Bedford, and my wife and I eat at North about once a week. We started visiting the bistro the first month it opened, and we are thrilled with the way business has expanded. The manager/owner makes sure to stop by our table, discuss the menu, and recommend his drink special of the week. The hostess knows us and no longer bothers giving us menus - you get the drift yet? North is a friendly neighborhood bar - if you want Sullivan's have fun driving downtown.
OK, as for the food. I am pretty lame in that once I find something I like I stick with it. I am thoroughly devoted the the Mahi Tacos with garlic fries. The fries are very strong, so don't get them on a date. The tacos are incredible. I also enjoy the she crab soup. I have tried several other menu items, but each time I feel like I am cheating on my true love - tacos.
The mojitos are great.
Enjoy North for what it is - a great neighborhood bistro where you can relax.
Bojangles is Close By – ***I'm giving NSB one star only because zero stars is not possible.
Atmosphere: Loud, small, no music...I don't know exactly how to describe it. Undesirable. I thought the date night thing was a joke, I would not take a date there. It was way too loud to have a decent conversation and way to small to be comfortable. Don't be fooled with euphemisms like cozy, it's not. They have a plasma t.v. and coloring placemats if that tells you anything.
Price: Way too expensive. I don't mind paying for a meal but if I pay a lot I at least expect decent presentation. Presentation (or lack thereof aside) the taste was nothing special, a little on the greasy side.
Service: Despite having nearly one server for every two tables the service was poor (at best).
Food: As previously stated, the food was greasy lacked decent flavor. No real presentation and nothing special. I was expecting they would have little things like whipped butter but no, you won't find any of that here.
Summary: Don't waste your time (and you will wait) or money. You'll get much better seafood someplace else like the Mayflower or Captain D's and pay a lot less.
Great food, cozy little place – What a unique little place! I came here on Saturday night, a short wait, a little table inside. Very nice wine selection. I tried a infused fruit Mojito, Wow! Waitress was very warm and friendly, a genuine nice feel from all of the staff. We ordered the calamari as an appetizer, and it was very delicious and generous, crispy with great flavor! Then, with great timing came our entrees, I had the Linguine with Scallops, and waitress offered to do a combination of shrimp and scallops (a nice touch), and it was delicious: wine, garlic, butter sauce, dipped my bread into, large shrimp and scallops and fresh vegetables tossed in! My husband had the combo plate with flounder and oysters, very generous plate with garlic fries, yum, and the best coleslaw he said he's had in a long time! Homemade tartar sauce was perfect as well. Would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone- -not a fancy place, but genuine service and of course fresh, delicious food. Will be back!
Good food, Good atmosphere, Bad service – I've been here twice. It's a cute little place, sunny and open during the day, and cozy at night. It doesn't seat many people. The food is GOOD, except for the undercooked fries (I like brown and crunchy, not tan, anemic, and mushy). But so what about fries (they had to come with my lunch). She-crab soup is great, only Duffy's is better on the east coast. Reason I didn't give this more stars is the service. On my first visit, I arrived late, joining friends. After ten minutes, I had to ask the young waitress for a menu. "Oh! I forgot!" she said. After I got my food, I had to ask for silverware, and got another "Oh!" And my coffee came cold. This time I got another "Oh! I forgot to turn the coffee machine on. Can I get you another cup?" But we were leaving soon. I didn't hold this against the waitress, seeing the food was good. Second visit -- again, a young waitress. I ordered soup with my lunch, She forgot it. I'd asked if I could get a cup instead of a bowl, and she obliged (which was nice). When it finally came, it literally came in a cup (okay) and was literally less than three quarters full. If I were serving, I wouldn't have measured quite so analy (is analy a word?). Being in a cup, I had to eat all my other food until it wasn't too boiling hot to sip (no surface area in a cup to cool). Food was good. Waitress filled my tea regularly, but never picked up debris (used sugar wrappers, used napkins, discarded lemon, straw wrapper, etc.) from table. She gave me my bill when I was considering dessert, so that decided for me. Good food, uneducated service.
GREAT FOOD AND SERVICE – THIS IS THE BEST LITTLE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT IN NORTH CAROLINA. I HAVE BEEN TO THIS PLACE AT LEAST ONCE MONTHLY SINCE IT WAS OPENED IN 2007 AND IT ONLY KEEPS GETTING BETTER AND BETTER. THE FOOD IS FRESH AND WONDERFULLY PREPARED. THE SERVICE IS EXCELLENT AND VERY FRIENDLY. I WAS SO EXCITED WHEN IT FIRST OPENED AND WITH EACH VISIT, I SEE NEW AND BETTER THINGS HAPPENING. THEY NOW HAVE ALL ABC PERMITS WITH EXCELLENT SELECTIONS OF WINES AND BEER. YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS THIS EATING EXPERIENCE AND TO DO SO, YOU HAVE TO BE WILLING TO WAIT BECAUSE THEY ARE "SLAMMED" ALL EVENINGS. THE BEST TIME TO GO, I FIND, IS BETWEEN SEVEN AND EIGHT AND CATCH THE SECOND SEATING. I HAVE EATEN SEAFOOD FROM MIAMI TO MAINE AND ON ALL COASTS, NORTH BISTRO IS THE PLACE TO BE FOR SURROUNDING AREAS. MY HUSBAND, MY CHILDREN, MY FRIENDS AND PATRONS I HAVE MET IN NORTH SEAFOOD, ALL AGREE THIS RESTAURANT IS HERE TO STAY.
LOVED IT! – My wife and I tried North Seafood Bistro 2 weeks ago on a friday night. We arrived about 6:30 and were told it would be a 35-45 minute wait. We decided to stay because we had heard such good things about this place. We grabbed a couple of glasses of wine and decided to wait outside on their patio because of the unseasonal warm weather. About 30 minutes later we were sat inside and greeted almost immediately by our server who was very pleasant. While I ordered the She Crab soup, my wife ordered the scallop appetizer. The scallops were HUGE with crispy bacon and a sauce I could've soaked the yeast rolls they serve in it. My soup was the best she crab soup I have ever tasted. For our entrees I tried the Salmon with Mango Salsa and my wife had a perfectly cooked sesame seed encrusted tuna. We were told the entrees came with rice and vegetables but we could substitute any side. My wife decided to venture off and get a unique deep fried mac n cheese. It was so good, I could come back for this alone. The sauteed spinach she got was delicious and while I am usually not a fan, she made me try it. After stuffing ourselves we were too full for dessert but the description of a homemade flourless chocolate torte got our attention and we took a piece home with us. I cannot believe how rich and simply irrestible it was, I was very glad we got it. We were told they get their homemade desserts from friends who run a local Italian Deli called Ferlo's Alimentari. My wife and I have decided we will be picking up our next holiday desserts from them. All in all, a wonderful evening, great food, great service, and I even noticed the owner personally attending to the tables to ensure everyone has a perfect evening. Now if they only had more seats!
poor preparation and some canned ingredients a no return restaurant – My wife and I went to North Seafood on a Friday night. I had been meaning to visit the restaurant for some time now. There is only seating for perhaps 30 or 35 folks so even though we arrived at 6 PM there was already a half hour wait for a table. Would be nice if they took reservations.
The wait staff was very friendly and attentive and took special interest in our 1 year old so high marks in that regard. But my wife and i go to restaurants for the food and unless the quality meets our expectations we are not likely to return no matter how great the wait staff is. We started off with the crabcake appetizer and had the fried mac and cheese. Both were different and while well prepared didn't taste like anything special. The quality of the ingredients in the mac and cheese was ordinary and the attempt to make it special by breading and frying didn't really help that much considering their deep fry oil needed changing from the taste of the dish. the crab cakes were good and if the whole night had just been those crab cakes they would have gotten another star from us. Fresh tasting crab with an unusual sauce. However the entrees were both below par. I had the shrimp and grits, and billed as a classic Charleston version. My versions normally have bacon on them served over a creamy bed of grits with mushrooms and onions. While some folks add fresh chopped tomatoes as well the addition of chopped canned tomatoes lowered the taste quality. In addition the grits were dry and clumped, there was no discernable bacon, way too much of the canned tomatoes and the shrimp was a tad over cooked. Overall very disappointing. My wife had the lobster pasta special. Fresh green beans, whole lobster pieces over a thick spegetti like pasta. The lobster had been overcooked the pasta sauce fairly flavorless and as hungry as my wife was, she only finished half of the dish. While we normally will order a desert to split we felt at that point it would be a waste of time and money.
Fantastic French Style Seafood, The Mistress of Garlic and Wine – We went there on a Saturday night for a birthday dinner. The restaurant looks a lot like a diner with a gray black color scheme. Its small, can't probably hold more than twenty or thirty people, there's a lot of glass so you can see the cars going by on Durant road, the sound system had music by people like Springsteen and Sheryl Crowe, which I liked.
Enough of that, why the five stars?
The sauteed clam appetizer came with the shells in a large heavy earthenware bowl with giant croutons to soak up the delicious juices.
The New England style clam chowder was the best white chowder I have ever had.
My wife and I had Scallop Linguine with julienned vegetables in a white wine sauce. There were lots of large sea scallops of unimpeachable freshness cooked perfectly in an even bigger bowl. This was so yummy I couldn't believe it. Of course the scallops didn't make it to my doggie bag, I've got a little bit of linguine, two big pieces of carrots cooked just right, and some squash and onion strips to heat up and savor tonight.. Ah, reminiscence...
Our dining companion tried the catfish based on the recommendation of our knowledgeable and competent waitress Katie. She said "My taste buds keep saying 'Yes, Yes' even after my tummy says 'No, No''".
We all had chocolate pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. Good, good, good!
We're looking forward to returning to North Seafood Bistro. They have a Bacon BBQ Shrimp Sandwich I'm curious about and a Chesapeake Benedict for Sunday Brunch that involves a 95% crab crabcake and a poached egg. Could be drooley.
This place is a gem
Best date night deal and fish tacos rock – A friend recommended I try North Seafood Bistro for a first date and it was perfect. The salmon was so fresh and the mango salsa that came with it makes my mouth water just thinking about it. My first date has now turned into second, third, and fourth dates. The second and fourth dates we went back to North Seafood and I had ridiculously good fish and shrimp tacos and my new "boyfriend" had sesame crusted tuna. It's not just the food, but the hip owners really make us feel comfortable - their vintage rock n roll posters let you know that they are cool too.
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