Michael Deans Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar - CLOSED

★★★★☆
  • 6004 Falls of the Neuse Rd

    Raleigh, NC 27609

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  • 919-790-9992

About Michael Deans Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar

Hours
Mon-Thu 5pm-10pm Fri-Sat 5pm-2am Sun 4pm-9pm
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Love his place!! Gets five stars in my opinion. Food is fresh and creative. Service was punctual and very nice. Love he classy atmosphere. We'll be back

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★★★★★

Love his place!! Gets five stars in my opinion. Food is fresh and creative. Service was punctual and very nice. Love he classy atmosphere. We'll be back

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Great Food! We had my second baby shower here for brunch and it was an overall great experience. We had the shower on a busy Sunday morning but everything was perfect! Great Experience!

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Great Food! We had my second baby shower here for brunch and it was an overall great experience. We had the shower on a busy Sunday morning but everything was perfect! Great Experience!

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Used to like this place a lot. Lately has become fairly expensive. There are other places I'd rather eat at for the $$ but this place is OK for a change of pace.

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★★★★★

Used to like this place a lot. Lately has become fairly expensive. There are other places I'd rather eat at for the $$ but this place is OK for a change of pace.

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My wife and I went to Michael Dean's last night for my company Christmas party, so to be fair I am rating the group dining experience and not the regular dining room. However, reviews of their food and service are still applicable (most of

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My wife and I went to Michael Dean's last night for my company Christmas party, so to be fair I am rating the group dining experience and not the regular dining room. However, reviews of their food and service are still applicable (most of

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Michael Dean's only barely earned 2 stars from us. We went there for my birthday tonight. And while nothing was terrible, certainly nothing was good either. Crab cakes were overcooked on one side and were made with way too much bread crumb (bread crumb was pretty much all you could taste). Oysters Rockefeller were cooked nicely but way under-seasoned and then doused in bland Hollandaise. Lobster & shrimp bisque had the overpowering taste of soup base and had no discernible chunks of lobster or shrimp; the seafood was minced into oblivion. They floured the scallops before they seared them to attempt getting a well colored crust, but it resulted in a chewy, taste-altering shell on each scallop. Scallops sear beautifully all by themselves in a hot pan with the right amount of oil. Flouring them was beyond stupid. We asked for the tomato coulis on the side, and thank god we did. It was bland and in no way complimented the scallops. We then ordered sides of pineapple salsa and lemon beurre blanc to see if they would fit better on the scallops. Both were absolutely awful. The beurre blanc tasted like mayo with a few drops of lemon. The wild mushroom risotto was decent. The broccolini was blanched fine but not seasoned. The crab and shrimp stuffed flounder used the crab cake mix, so again, it mostly tasted like bread crumbs. Both entrees were $24 each and most other entrees hover around that price. It's insulting and presumptuous to price them so highly. The technique and quality of preparation in no way warrant that price. Our server was friendly and was doing well at first, but after we received our entrees, he didn't ask how everything was. Then it took about 30 minutes between having our leftovers boxed and getting our credit card receipts. There's no reason to eat here. You can get better, tastier seafood at much more reasonable prices elsewhere.

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Michael Dean's only barely earned 2 stars from us. We went there for my birthday tonight. And while nothing was terrible, certainly nothing was good either. Crab cakes were overcooked on one side and were made with way too much bread crumb (bread crumb was pretty much all you could taste). Oysters Rockefeller were cooked nicely but way under-seasoned and then doused in bland Hollandaise. Lobster & shrimp bisque had the overpowering taste of soup base and had no discernible chunks of lobster or shrimp; the seafood was minced into oblivion. They floured the scallops before they seared them to attempt getting a well colored crust, but it resulted in a chewy, taste-altering shell on each scallop. Scallops sear beautifully all by themselves in a hot pan with the right amount of oil. Flouring them was beyond stupid. We asked for the tomato coulis on the side, and thank god we did. It was bland and in no way complimented the scallops. We then ordered sides of pineapple salsa and lemon beurre blanc to see if they would fit better on the scallops. Both were absolutely awful. The beurre blanc tasted like mayo with a few drops of lemon. The wild mushroom risotto was decent. The broccolini was blanched fine but not seasoned. The crab and shrimp stuffed flounder used the crab cake mix, so again, it mostly tasted like bread crumbs. Both entrees were $24 each and most other entrees hover around that price. It's insulting and presumptuous to price them so highly. The technique and quality of preparation in no way warrant that price. Our server was friendly and was doing well at first, but after we received our entrees, he didn't ask how everything was. Then it took about 30 minutes between having our leftovers boxed and getting our credit card receipts. There's no reason to eat here. You can get better, tastier seafood at much more reasonable prices elsewhere.

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Michael Dean's only barely earned 2 stars from us. We went there for my birthday tonight. And while nothing was terrible, certainly nothing was good either. Crab cakes were overcooked on one side and were made with way too much bread crumb

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★★★★★

Michael Dean's only barely earned 2 stars from us. We went there for my birthday tonight. And while nothing was terrible, certainly nothing was good either. Crab cakes were overcooked on one side and were made with way too much bread crumb

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My friend and I recently ate at Michael Dean's and I was not impressed. I took the waitress' suggestion of the shrimp and crab stuffed flounder, and boy was that a mistake. Upon arrival to the table it didn't look good; when I bit into

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★★★★★

My friend and I recently ate at Michael Dean's and I was not impressed. I took the waitress' suggestion of the shrimp and crab stuffed flounder, and boy was that a mistake. Upon arrival to the table it didn't look good; when I bit into

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We ate here the other night. Waitress was cute, food was good, prices reasonable.

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★★★★★

We ate here the other night. Waitress was cute, food was good, prices reasonable.

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I got food poisoning from Michael Dean's restaurant several years ago but I thought it was a rare mishap UNTIL I saw here that 3 other reviewers got sick more recently. I was the only one at my table to get sick and the only one who ate Oysters Rockefeller - NOT raw oysters.

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★☆☆☆☆

I got food poisoning from Michael Dean's restaurant several years ago but I thought it was a rare mishap UNTIL I saw here that 3 other reviewers got sick more recently. I was the only one at my table to get sick and the only one who ate Oysters Rockefeller - NOT raw oysters.

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had a good time there with friends. decent atmosphere. was busy that night, but waitstaff handled it well.

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★★★★☆

had a good time there with friends. decent atmosphere. was busy that night, but waitstaff handled it well.

Pros: good menu selection

Cons: not really much

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After looking for a new place for my husband and I to go for dinner, I read many reviews and decided to make a reservation to Michael Deans and was more than pleased. Our server was more than knowledgeable, we were seated promptly, and the food was amazing.

My husband had the Wood Grilled Filet Mignon and was more than happy with his meal. I had the Blackened Tilapia the vegetables were not undercooked, they were just right. For dessert I had the creme brulee which was made to perfection it seemed to melt in my mouth.

We will be going there often, the prices for dinner is exactly what we expected and the atmosphere was what we were seeking.

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★★★★★

After looking for a new place for my husband and I to go for dinner, I read many reviews and decided to make a reservation to Michael Deans and was more than pleased. Our server was more than knowledgeable, we were seated promptly, and the food was amazing.

My husband had the Wood Grilled Filet Mignon and was more than happy with his meal. I had the Blackened Tilapia the vegetables were not undercooked, they were just right. For dessert I had the creme brulee which was made to perfection it seemed to melt in my mouth.

We will be going there often, the prices for dinner is exactly what we expected and the atmosphere was what we were seeking.

Pros: Entrees and desserts

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Nothing Special

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★☆☆☆☆

Nothing Special

Pros: Bar

Cons: Food

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I've never eaten at Michael Deans for a dinner (shellfish allergies keep us away) but their brunch buffet is wonderful. It's $15 per person, plus tip and drinks, so it's not a weekly outing, but certainly a nice treat.

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★★★★☆

I've never eaten at Michael Deans for a dinner (shellfish allergies keep us away) but their brunch buffet is wonderful. It's $15 per person, plus tip and drinks, so it's not a weekly outing, but certainly a nice treat.

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I love Michael Deans because it is, in general, a crowd pleaser. I have taken everyone from business clients and colleagues to my mother-in-law to this establishment, and am never disappointed in the food or service, regardless of the occasion.

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★★★★★

I love Michael Deans because it is, in general, a crowd pleaser. I have taken everyone from business clients and colleagues to my mother-in-law to this establishment, and am never disappointed in the food or service, regardless of the occasion.

Pros: food & service

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After eating at Michael Deans had to check into ER for "severe gastric disturbance." Anyone else have this happen?

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After eating at Michael Deans had to check into ER for "severe gastric disturbance." Anyone else have this happen?

Cons: Problem with food

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Go somewhere else

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Go somewhere else

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Michael Dean's always has the perfect atmosphere from the bar to the tables no matter if you are there for dinner or just drinks. They have amazing food and great service.

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★★★★☆

Michael Dean's always has the perfect atmosphere from the bar to the tables no matter if you are there for dinner or just drinks. They have amazing food and great service.

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My family has been going to Michael Deans for years. We go for birthday's, buy gift cards for Christmas, it's always been a consistant and nice place to go for a good dinner.
They have wonderful seafood and salad. I usually get a salad (they are huge) and nice glass of wine. If I go for an entre', I like the fish with garlic mashed potatoes as a side.
The Key Lime Pie is awesome, as are their chocolate desserts but it was the bread pudding that surprised me the most. That name "bread pudding" never sounded very appealing to me, but when my friend ordered it, I ended up eating half! It was so good!
I noticed another review where they didn't like the meal and were given a chance to try it again. Really, if you have any issues, let the management know as they are very concerned for their customers and want people to enjoy their meals.
I highly recommend Michael Deans. I can't wait to try the brunch some weekend!

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★★★★★

My family has been going to Michael Deans for years. We go for birthday's, buy gift cards for Christmas, it's always been a consistant and nice place to go for a good dinner.
They have wonderful seafood and salad. I usually get a salad (they are huge) and nice glass of wine. If I go for an entre', I like the fish with garlic mashed potatoes as a side.
The Key Lime Pie is awesome, as are their chocolate desserts but it was the bread pudding that surprised me the most. That name "bread pudding" never sounded very appealing to me, but when my friend ordered it, I ended up eating half! It was so good!
I noticed another review where they didn't like the meal and were given a chance to try it again. Really, if you have any issues, let the management know as they are very concerned for their customers and want people to enjoy their meals.
I highly recommend Michael Deans. I can't wait to try the brunch some weekend!

Pros: Seafood & Breadpudding

Cons: None

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My husband I have been a frequent customer for the past 5 years. Always happy with the service and food. This past year the service has been getting worse with each visit no matter which night of the week. The wait staff seems to be inexperienced and often forget to place our orders. They are not as attentive and pay attention to details as they used to be. We have waited 20 minutes before our drink order comes and 30 minutes before the appetizer arrives. The food is still good, but more often than not the poor service has ruined the dining out experience

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My husband I have been a frequent customer for the past 5 years. Always happy with the service and food. This past year the service has been getting worse with each visit no matter which night of the week. The wait staff seems to be inexperienced and often forget to place our orders. They are not as attentive and pay attention to details as they used to be. We have waited 20 minutes before our drink order comes and 30 minutes before the appetizer arrives. The food is still good, but more often than not the poor service has ruined the dining out experience

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Comparing Michael Deans to Ruby Tuesday and Chilis Restaurant is like comparing a mojito that is made using fresh mint leaves, puerto rican rum, ripe limes, sweet liquer (making sure not too tart) VS taking cheap rum, tossing a lime wedge or slice, and adding a mojito mix. I like Ruby Tuesday and chilis, but the atmosphere is different at Michael Deans---you get what you pay for. I used to work at Darryl's 1914 in Fay, Nc and had the pleasure of Dean Ogan as General Manager. He stressed the importance of "plate presentations", ensuring that guest were "repeat-guest", and insisted the staff be knowledgable of the menu, the micro-brews, imports, and wine selections--not just the servers and bar staff, but the host/hostess as well.
If you had alerted any dissatification to him or management, you would have been taken care of!

Trey Previtte

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★★★★★

Comparing Michael Deans to Ruby Tuesday and Chilis Restaurant is like comparing a mojito that is made using fresh mint leaves, puerto rican rum, ripe limes, sweet liquer (making sure not too tart) VS taking cheap rum, tossing a lime wedge or slice, and adding a mojito mix. I like Ruby Tuesday and chilis, but the atmosphere is different at Michael Deans---you get what you pay for. I used to work at Darryl's 1914 in Fay, Nc and had the pleasure of Dean Ogan as General Manager. He stressed the importance of "plate presentations", ensuring that guest were "repeat-guest", and insisted the staff be knowledgable of the menu, the micro-brews, imports, and wine selections--not just the servers and bar staff, but the host/hostess as well.
If you had alerted any dissatification to him or management, you would have been taken care of!

Trey Previtte

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Michael Dean's has a delicious assortment of seafood and especially great deals on Monday nights when two can eat for $39.95!! We have also had wonderful food and service for a private party of 20 guests at Michael Dean's. The room was perfect for this event.

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Michael Dean's has a delicious assortment of seafood and especially great deals on Monday nights when two can eat for $39.95!! We have also had wonderful food and service for a private party of 20 guests at Michael Dean's. The room was perfect for this event.

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I highly recommend this restaurant. Tthe spinach and artichoke dip with tomato basil crisp bread is the best. We coupled our dinner with La Terre Merlot. Unpretentious, beautiful atmosphere and the food is absolutely second to none. Anthony is a fantastic waiter! The service was perfect. Thanks so much for an awesome experience. We will definitely return over and over again!

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I highly recommend this restaurant. Tthe spinach and artichoke dip with tomato basil crisp bread is the best. We coupled our dinner with La Terre Merlot. Unpretentious, beautiful atmosphere and the food is absolutely second to none. Anthony is a fantastic waiter! The service was perfect. Thanks so much for an awesome experience. We will definitely return over and over again!

Pros: Fabulous food and service

Cons: Haven't experienced any!

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I recently went to Michael Dean?s with some co-workers after work the other day and had a great time. They had buy one get one free appetizers so we ordered the calamari and crab cakes (which with both really good) and we enjoyed a really nice bottle of wine. If you are looking for some where to grab a drink, get great appetizers all for a good price ? I would recommend this place.

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★★★★☆

I recently went to Michael Dean?s with some co-workers after work the other day and had a great time. They had buy one get one free appetizers so we ordered the calamari and crab cakes (which with both really good) and we enjoyed a really nice bottle of wine. If you are looking for some where to grab a drink, get great appetizers all for a good price ? I would recommend this place.

Pros: Buy one get one free apps

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No matter where you sit or whether you're there for sit down dinner or hanging out in the bar, the atmosphere is great, service excellent, and food wonderful!

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★★★★★

No matter where you sit or whether you're there for sit down dinner or hanging out in the bar, the atmosphere is great, service excellent, and food wonderful!

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We have been to Michael Dean's twice for their Easter day brunch. Both times we really enjoyed our experience. The staff was very helpful with our small children, and we though the food was excellent - there was a huge variety of all types of brunch food, salads, breakfast items made to order, lunch items and desserts. We have recommended them to others in the area.

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We have been to Michael Dean's twice for their Easter day brunch. Both times we really enjoyed our experience. The staff was very helpful with our small children, and we though the food was excellent - there was a huge variety of all types of brunch food, salads, breakfast items made to order, lunch items and desserts. We have recommended them to others in the area.

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I've only been to Michael Dean's twice for dinner. The first time was in early 2008, and I had a good experience - the food was decent, the service was above average, and the atmosphere was great for a date with my girlfriend. However, I went to Michael Dean's for dinner last weekend with family, and it was a disappointing experience all around. The server was very inexperienced. The food was sub-par. My steak (maybe that was my mistake, ordering steak at a seafood restaurant) was fatty, tough and chewy. The crab cakes were like something you'd expect at a fast-food restaurant -- they tasted like they were frozen and just heated up. And the atmosphere wasn't what you'd expect from a nice restaurant like this. People were dressed poorly and were wearing ball caps backwards. It was loud and it just wasn't a cozy atmosphere at all.

I wouldn't recommend eating here. For the money, there are LOTS of better options in Raleigh.

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★★☆☆☆

I've only been to Michael Dean's twice for dinner. The first time was in early 2008, and I had a good experience - the food was decent, the service was above average, and the atmosphere was great for a date with my girlfriend. However, I went to Michael Dean's for dinner last weekend with family, and it was a disappointing experience all around. The server was very inexperienced. The food was sub-par. My steak (maybe that was my mistake, ordering steak at a seafood restaurant) was fatty, tough and chewy. The crab cakes were like something you'd expect at a fast-food restaurant -- they tasted like they were frozen and just heated up. And the atmosphere wasn't what you'd expect from a nice restaurant like this. People were dressed poorly and were wearing ball caps backwards. It was loud and it just wasn't a cozy atmosphere at all.

I wouldn't recommend eating here. For the money, there are LOTS of better options in Raleigh.

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A group of my girlfriends and I were trying to find an entertaining place to go out on a Saturday night in North Raleigh. We decided to try Michael Dean?s karaoke night. We had such a good time. The crowd was great and the bartenders were fast and friendly. I would recommend Michael Dean?s karaoke night to anyone who is looking for a great Saturday night out!

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★★★★★

A group of my girlfriends and I were trying to find an entertaining place to go out on a Saturday night in North Raleigh. We decided to try Michael Dean?s karaoke night. We had such a good time. The crowd was great and the bartenders were fast and friendly. I would recommend Michael Dean?s karaoke night to anyone who is looking for a great Saturday night out!

Pros: Bartenders, great crowd

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So I went here with my wife for an anniversary dinner, we started with an oyster sampler. They were clear and clean looking, they tasted fresh however the cocktail sauce was lacking and the horseradish was inadequate as well, dry and tasteless. I had the shrimp with grits which sat too long and the gravy had gained a skin. The gravy tasted like franco american canned, the serving size was also small. It has about 5 shrimp. My wife had the salmon which was dry. The dessert of creme brulee had no crispy sugar top it was more of a custard. The only saving grace was the server was nice. Lousy food and overpriced.

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★★☆☆☆

So I went here with my wife for an anniversary dinner, we started with an oyster sampler. They were clear and clean looking, they tasted fresh however the cocktail sauce was lacking and the horseradish was inadequate as well, dry and tasteless. I had the shrimp with grits which sat too long and the gravy had gained a skin. The gravy tasted like franco american canned, the serving size was also small. It has about 5 shrimp. My wife had the salmon which was dry. The dessert of creme brulee had no crispy sugar top it was more of a custard. The only saving grace was the server was nice. Lousy food and overpriced.

Pros: Fresh Oysters, Nice Service, Attractive Setting

Cons: Lousy Food, Gravy With Skin, Overpriced

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I recently took a larger party to dine . We made reservations to reserve one of the private rooms. I got a little anxious because the room was not ready in time for my reservation and my group had to stand around but once we were sat the night totally changed. Our servers were amazing- very knowledgeable and funny even. The food was absolutely delicious and everyone loved what they got. The executive chef even took the time to come talk to our party. I feel that the wait staff and kitchen staff went above and beyond to provide an excellent experience. The bill can get a bit pricey if drinks and appetizers are involved but it is SO worth it! I would recommend this restaurant to absolutely everyone!

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★★★★★

I recently took a larger party to dine . We made reservations to reserve one of the private rooms. I got a little anxious because the room was not ready in time for my reservation and my group had to stand around but once we were sat the night totally changed. Our servers were amazing- very knowledgeable and funny even. The food was absolutely delicious and everyone loved what they got. The executive chef even took the time to come talk to our party. I feel that the wait staff and kitchen staff went above and beyond to provide an excellent experience. The bill can get a bit pricey if drinks and appetizers are involved but it is SO worth it! I would recommend this restaurant to absolutely everyone!

Pros: Food, Service, Atmosphere

Cons: Parking

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So I went to this place last night, and it turned out to be a lot of fun. I thought Michael Dean?s was a place for old business types, but it?s gotta pretty rockin atmosphere. I had the tasty shrimp and grits (who knew?) and I just had an awesome time. I definitely have a new outlook on Michael Dean?s.

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★★★★★

So I went to this place last night, and it turned out to be a lot of fun. I thought Michael Dean?s was a place for old business types, but it?s gotta pretty rockin atmosphere. I had the tasty shrimp and grits (who knew?) and I just had an awesome time. I definitely have a new outlook on Michael Dean?s.

Pros: Surprisingly cool inside, good food

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i left and not come back.management saw the behavior not good at all. not do anything about it.male and children customers in a group get good service. not female customers,female groups only. hostess and Waitstaff rude to females.the hostess will not volunteer to wait on female customers,talk rude to female customers,not say much at all,not busy and rush to get rid of female customers,and walk away from customers and not come back at all,without saying anything at all beforehand. Waiters/waitress-waitstaff will do the same. they will not volunteer to wait on female tables,not volunteer to give food,drink and bill.not come back to see if needed.does not want to write down the menu. said it is not a job requirement. knows the food order is wrong to the female table.will not volunteer to correct. will give food,drink and bill,then run away,not busy at all. females have to get out of seat and ask the waiter and waitresses to come back to the table. and female customer tables have to ask the waiters and waitresses to come back to the table.to continue to do job. the waiters and waitresses interrupt female customers,and talk back rude. walk away from females while they are talking to them.the management sees the rude behavior and will not do anything.the food is not good at all.i have been given food that is not fully cooked.

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★☆☆☆☆

i left and not come back.management saw the behavior not good at all. not do anything about it.male and children customers in a group get good service. not female customers,female groups only. hostess and Waitstaff rude to females.the hostess will not volunteer to wait on female customers,talk rude to female customers,not say much at all,not busy and rush to get rid of female customers,and walk away from customers and not come back at all,without saying anything at all beforehand. Waiters/waitress-waitstaff will do the same. they will not volunteer to wait on female tables,not volunteer to give food,drink and bill.not come back to see if needed.does not want to write down the menu. said it is not a job requirement. knows the food order is wrong to the female table.will not volunteer to correct. will give food,drink and bill,then run away,not busy at all. females have to get out of seat and ask the waiter and waitresses to come back to the table. and female customer tables have to ask the waiters and waitresses to come back to the table.to continue to do job. the waiters and waitresses interrupt female customers,and talk back rude. walk away from females while they are talking to them.the management sees the rude behavior and will not do anything.the food is not good at all.i have been given food that is not fully cooked.

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This restaurant is REALLY close to where I moved to so after I moved in--I went with my family to this establishment. The atmosphere is okay, but the food itself was very unimpressive. None of us was really impressed with the meal here....so I am not sure if I will be going back again.

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★★★☆☆

This restaurant is REALLY close to where I moved to so after I moved in--I went with my family to this establishment. The atmosphere is okay, but the food itself was very unimpressive. None of us was really impressed with the meal here....so I am not sure if I will be going back again.

Pros: Nice for entainment, staff

Cons: FOOD, OVERPRICED,

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I went here with some friends of mine last Saturday, and it?s just as good as people say it is. We all shared the Chicken Quesadilla as an appetizer and then I had the Atlantic Salmon for my entree, and they were both awesome! The service and prices were both really good. And with $9.99 pitchers of draft beer and karaoke on Saturday night, we didn?t want to leave. I really recommend this place.

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★★★★★

I went here with some friends of mine last Saturday, and it?s just as good as people say it is. We all shared the Chicken Quesadilla as an appetizer and then I had the Atlantic Salmon for my entree, and they were both awesome! The service and prices were both really good. And with $9.99 pitchers of draft beer and karaoke on Saturday night, we didn?t want to leave. I really recommend this place.

Pros: Awesome food, Good prices

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My friends had been trying to get me to check out the raw bar at Michael Dean?s for a few weeks, and so we finally went on Sunday since it?s their Raw Bar Night. The service and their raw bar selections were great. The steamed mussels were my favorite. Even though I knew ahead of time that it was half off all raw bar selections I was still surprised when we got the check, getting all that great food for such a low price was a steal! Also, the atmosphere in the restaurant was great. The servers were nice, the food was quick and overall I had a great experience.

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★★★★☆

My friends had been trying to get me to check out the raw bar at Michael Dean?s for a few weeks, and so we finally went on Sunday since it?s their Raw Bar Night. The service and their raw bar selections were great. The steamed mussels were my favorite. Even though I knew ahead of time that it was half off all raw bar selections I was still surprised when we got the check, getting all that great food for such a low price was a steal! Also, the atmosphere in the restaurant was great. The servers were nice, the food was quick and overall I had a great experience.

Pros: Raw bar, price

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We decided to try this place a few weeks ago during the week, figuring that there wouldn't be a large crowd and we would have decent service. Our waiter disappeared several times and would return without the item he was sent for. We had to find another wait staff twice to hunt them down. The food was very average at best. I think the menu was over priced for the quality of food. I would not recommend this one!

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We decided to try this place a few weeks ago during the week, figuring that there wouldn't be a large crowd and we would have decent service. Our waiter disappeared several times and would return without the item he was sent for. We had to find another wait staff twice to hunt them down. The food was very average at best. I think the menu was over priced for the quality of food. I would not recommend this one!

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Last week, my sister and I went to Michael Dean?s for their weekly Monday dinner special. We started off with wild mushroom and goat cheese wontons, which neither of us has had before. They were phenomenal and really unique. The bottle of wine we ordered was really good as well. I tried the pistachio encrusted salmon and my sister enjoyed the pan seared corvina - we tried something you can't get everywhere and we both absolutely loved both entrees. The best part of the evening was that it was only $40 for all of that food! My husband and I are going back next Monday!

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★★★★★

Last week, my sister and I went to Michael Dean?s for their weekly Monday dinner special. We started off with wild mushroom and goat cheese wontons, which neither of us has had before. They were phenomenal and really unique. The bottle of wine we ordered was really good as well. I tried the pistachio encrusted salmon and my sister enjoyed the pan seared corvina - we tried something you can't get everywhere and we both absolutely loved both entrees. The best part of the evening was that it was only $40 for all of that food! My husband and I are going back next Monday!

Pros: Great selection of food, great service

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my wife and i went on our anniversary. i had heard great things about this place, but never had been there. we called ahead, and made reservations. we showed up 30 min early and were seated before anyone else standing in the lobby. we were greeted by just the most knowledegable and plesant server (doc). he guieded us through their menu and helped us pick out items we would love. we started with a rosemary bread and a garlic shallot salsa dip that was absoultly delicious. then DOC guied us through the appetisers. we chose the 3 pepper calimari. this was searved with a lemon dipping sauce. we couldnt leave it alone. we had to force ourselves to stop so we could save room for dinner. my wife had the crabcake trio. 3 delicious CRAB cakes with rice pilaf and pan rosted veggies. the crab cakes were mostly blue crab meat. just enough "cake" to keep them together. the rice and veggies were wonderful and freshly cooked. I had the NC same day caught swordfish. with rice pilaf and broccoli. the sword fish was perfectly cooked and flacky and wonderful. the best i have ever had. we both couldnt stop eating. our server constatnly wanted to know how we were doing. great attention. For desert we had their famous crem bruley. this was the perfet topping to the best dinner we have ever had. soft and delicate, and perfectly done. Most places i go out to i have something to complain about, but here i had absolutly nothing to complain about. Not only was i happy but my wife was happy not to hear me complain. if you have ever thought of trying this place. i would recomend it. over and over again. no other seafood resteraunt in town can ever touch this place.

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★★★★★

my wife and i went on our anniversary. i had heard great things about this place, but never had been there. we called ahead, and made reservations. we showed up 30 min early and were seated before anyone else standing in the lobby. we were greeted by just the most knowledegable and plesant server (doc). he guieded us through their menu and helped us pick out items we would love. we started with a rosemary bread and a garlic shallot salsa dip that was absoultly delicious. then DOC guied us through the appetisers. we chose the 3 pepper calimari. this was searved with a lemon dipping sauce. we couldnt leave it alone. we had to force ourselves to stop so we could save room for dinner. my wife had the crabcake trio. 3 delicious CRAB cakes with rice pilaf and pan rosted veggies. the crab cakes were mostly blue crab meat. just enough "cake" to keep them together. the rice and veggies were wonderful and freshly cooked. I had the NC same day caught swordfish. with rice pilaf and broccoli. the sword fish was perfectly cooked and flacky and wonderful. the best i have ever had. we both couldnt stop eating. our server constatnly wanted to know how we were doing. great attention. For desert we had their famous crem bruley. this was the perfet topping to the best dinner we have ever had. soft and delicate, and perfectly done. Most places i go out to i have something to complain about, but here i had absolutly nothing to complain about. Not only was i happy but my wife was happy not to hear me complain. if you have ever thought of trying this place. i would recomend it. over and over again. no other seafood resteraunt in town can ever touch this place.

Pros: promt seating, service, food, desert

Cons: none

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The atmosphere, the service, and the food, is all great. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire package for this place. Of course, the unique style of the restaurant, separating the bar from the dining area is a nice addition to the place. I would have to say, that for children it is okay if you are into fining dining with the children, but for the most part, it is nice for a couple and the big booths allow for even double dating! lol. Well, I highly recommend this place to anyone, but make sure to have plenty of money when you go.

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★★★★★

The atmosphere, the service, and the food, is all great. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire package for this place. Of course, the unique style of the restaurant, separating the bar from the dining area is a nice addition to the place. I would have to say, that for children it is okay if you are into fining dining with the children, but for the most part, it is nice for a couple and the big booths allow for even double dating! lol. Well, I highly recommend this place to anyone, but make sure to have plenty of money when you go.

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I am impressed each time I go to Michael Dean's. Nowhere else do you get the kind of service and food you get here. The place is nice enough for a date night out, but never stuffy or intimidating. The waitstaff is incredibly friendly and well-informed. Their North Carolina-inspired cocktails are lovely and their seafood is some of the best I've had in NC. My favorite is their Sushi Grade Tuna, but my one nitpick is their daikon and wakame salas they serve with it, it definitely needs to be served separately, its flavor tends to infect everything else on the plate. Make sure you save room for their desserts, their creme brulee in particular is work a trip.

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★★★★★

I am impressed each time I go to Michael Dean's. Nowhere else do you get the kind of service and food you get here. The place is nice enough for a date night out, but never stuffy or intimidating. The waitstaff is incredibly friendly and well-informed. Their North Carolina-inspired cocktails are lovely and their seafood is some of the best I've had in NC. My favorite is their Sushi Grade Tuna, but my one nitpick is their daikon and wakame salas they serve with it, it definitely needs to be served separately, its flavor tends to infect everything else on the plate. Make sure you save room for their desserts, their creme brulee in particular is work a trip.

Pros: Great food, wonderful service

Cons: not enough parking

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My wife and I went to Michael Dean's this past Sunday because a friend of ours told us that they had a really nice raw bar and we are big seafood fans. We were not dissapointed by the recommendation. We knew we didn't want an actual entree, so we decided to sit at the raw bar and have some fresh oysters and clams. The bar was fairly crowded for a Sunday (we soon realized that the crowd was there for the Sunday special - 1/2 off all raw bar items), but we found a couple of seats. The service was fast and friendly and the atmosphere was relaxed, but nice. The seafood was awesome - we opted for raw oysters instead of steamed, a risk for an inland raw bar, but the oysters were fresh and served with all the sauces we could ask for. The steamed clams were just as good. Overall, the recommendation proved to be well worth the trip out to Raleigh.

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★★★★☆

My wife and I went to Michael Dean's this past Sunday because a friend of ours told us that they had a really nice raw bar and we are big seafood fans. We were not dissapointed by the recommendation. We knew we didn't want an actual entree, so we decided to sit at the raw bar and have some fresh oysters and clams. The bar was fairly crowded for a Sunday (we soon realized that the crowd was there for the Sunday special - 1/2 off all raw bar items), but we found a couple of seats. The service was fast and friendly and the atmosphere was relaxed, but nice. The seafood was awesome - we opted for raw oysters instead of steamed, a risk for an inland raw bar, but the oysters were fresh and served with all the sauces we could ask for. The steamed clams were just as good. Overall, the recommendation proved to be well worth the trip out to Raleigh.

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After being disappointed several times at the old location, we decided to give the new location a try since we received a gift certificate to Michael Dean's for Christmas. The new location is definitely a nicer atmosphere, however, we each ordered seafood at this seafood restaurant, and it was not only very disappointing but terribly overpriced. I ordered the wood-fired salmon and my wife ordered scallops. The scallops were very overdone and my salmon tasted like rubber. Neither had any real side dishes and the plates looked barren.

I will say that our waitress was very good, and our service was good. Their own beer selection is also very good, and the house sampler of beer was a good bargain.

Overall, given the overpriced meals and poor quality, the experience was disappointing and we will not be back to the restaurant. We may, however, give the raw bar a try.

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★☆☆☆☆

After being disappointed several times at the old location, we decided to give the new location a try since we received a gift certificate to Michael Dean's for Christmas. The new location is definitely a nicer atmosphere, however, we each ordered seafood at this seafood restaurant, and it was not only very disappointing but terribly overpriced. I ordered the wood-fired salmon and my wife ordered scallops. The scallops were very overdone and my salmon tasted like rubber. Neither had any real side dishes and the plates looked barren.

I will say that our waitress was very good, and our service was good. Their own beer selection is also very good, and the house sampler of beer was a good bargain.

Overall, given the overpriced meals and poor quality, the experience was disappointing and we will not be back to the restaurant. We may, however, give the raw bar a try.

Pros: Good in-house beers. Service was good.

Cons: Food was very overpriced and disappointing.

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This used to be a staple for family and friends. Since they moved locations I haven't really been impressed. The raw bar looks nice, but as far as the regular menu is concerned, I find it lacking. Fresh fish selections that no one else in the area could match is now absent from the menu... Probably because they don't have enough customers to support all the fresh fish. We had the "Prosciutto" wrapped shrimp. Not bad, but seemed more like country ham than Prosciutto. We inquired to our waiter (good service, btw) which prompted a visit by the manager. We told him that while the app. was good, we didn't feel like it tasted like Prosciutto. He got very defensive and asked if we wanted to talk to the chef. Then he felt it necessary to bring out some actual Prosciutto on a plate to prove they actually had it. Since we were so unimpressed with the menu, we decided to leave and go elsewhere...

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★★☆☆☆

This used to be a staple for family and friends. Since they moved locations I haven't really been impressed. The raw bar looks nice, but as far as the regular menu is concerned, I find it lacking. Fresh fish selections that no one else in the area could match is now absent from the menu... Probably because they don't have enough customers to support all the fresh fish. We had the "Prosciutto" wrapped shrimp. Not bad, but seemed more like country ham than Prosciutto. We inquired to our waiter (good service, btw) which prompted a visit by the manager. We told him that while the app. was good, we didn't feel like it tasted like Prosciutto. He got very defensive and asked if we wanted to talk to the chef. Then he felt it necessary to bring out some actual Prosciutto on a plate to prove they actually had it. Since we were so unimpressed with the menu, we decided to leave and go elsewhere...

Pros: Service

Cons: Fresh fish variety, Management

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I have been to Michael Deans four times in four months, usually only because others want to try it.
First time had fish which was just BLAND. Second time had a pizza that was over cooked and DRY. I can not believe that any cook would have let it leave the kitchen! The waitress agreed and did not charge for it.
Third time got a tuna appetizer that was just o.k, but too much $ for what you get. Fourth time ordered a hamburger medium well and it came out bright pink throughout. I sent it make to be cooked more, but it still was undercooked. No one ever apologized or noticed that I left three quarters of it on my plate. If I have to go here again because I can not talk people out of going, I will stick to something to drink and eat before or after.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I have been to Michael Deans four times in four months, usually only because others want to try it.
First time had fish which was just BLAND. Second time had a pizza that was over cooked and DRY. I can not believe that any cook would have let it leave the kitchen! The waitress agreed and did not charge for it.
Third time got a tuna appetizer that was just o.k, but too much $ for what you get. Fourth time ordered a hamburger medium well and it came out bright pink throughout. I sent it make to be cooked more, but it still was undercooked. No one ever apologized or noticed that I left three quarters of it on my plate. If I have to go here again because I can not talk people out of going, I will stick to something to drink and eat before or after.

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We really love Michael Deans, and have for years. The new location is even better than the old. What a great atmosphere.
The food on this visit was great with a down half-proced clams (their Friday special). We also had raw oysters and to be honest they were very small. But other than that, which is more reflective of the season for Oysters, Michael Deans is a great restaurant.

2
★★★★★

We really love Michael Deans, and have for years. The new location is even better than the old. What a great atmosphere.
The food on this visit was great with a down half-proced clams (their Friday special). We also had raw oysters and to be honest they were very small. But other than that, which is more reflective of the season for Oysters, Michael Deans is a great restaurant.

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had dinner with friends last weekend - what a GREAT time! service was spot-on and the food was delicious. the oysters are so good and the server really helped us choose between all the different specialty oysters. The patio was great and the drinks flowed probably too smoothly!

if you haven't already been there you are missing out!

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★★★★★

had dinner with friends last weekend - what a GREAT time! service was spot-on and the food was delicious. the oysters are so good and the server really helped us choose between all the different specialty oysters. The patio was great and the drinks flowed probably too smoothly!

if you haven't already been there you are missing out!

Pros: service, food and atmosphere

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I can get the same food at Chili's or Ruby Tuesday's for 1/3 the cost. When we visited there were a lot of flies. And for a place of this "caliber", please get your sanitation score up higher.

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★★☆☆☆

I can get the same food at Chili's or Ruby Tuesday's for 1/3 the cost. When we visited there were a lot of flies. And for a place of this "caliber", please get your sanitation score up higher.

Pros: wait staff

Cons: everything else

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If im spending $145 for dinner and drinks for two, I think they could try and get that sanitiation rating up above 95. Thats gross. I also like the old location better.

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★★★☆☆

If im spending $145 for dinner and drinks for two, I think they could try and get that sanitiation rating up above 95. Thats gross. I also like the old location better.

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Michael Dean's is one of my top restaurants for a romanitc evening. I have tried many of their dishes and have loved them all. They also have some great deserts!

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★★★★★

Michael Dean's is one of my top restaurants for a romanitc evening. I have tried many of their dishes and have loved them all. They also have some great deserts!

Pros: wonderful service

Cons: can take a while to seat if no reservation

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Sine my wife and I have moved to Raleigh, we have been consistantly impressed with Michael Deans. We go about 3 to 4 times a year! Even though they are a seafood restarant, they have a very good menu for people that do not prefer seafood. You can get decent food anywhere, but when you combine the excellent service, with excellent food, this is the place! We always ask for our favorite server (Kevin), who not only remembers our favorite wine, but remembers to ask about the family members that we have introduced to the restarant over the last few years. My family visits each year from Australlia, and Michael Deans is the place they request every time! Good job...very impressed!

2
★★★★★

Sine my wife and I have moved to Raleigh, we have been consistantly impressed with Michael Deans. We go about 3 to 4 times a year! Even though they are a seafood restarant, they have a very good menu for people that do not prefer seafood. You can get decent food anywhere, but when you combine the excellent service, with excellent food, this is the place! We always ask for our favorite server (Kevin), who not only remembers our favorite wine, but remembers to ask about the family members that we have introduced to the restarant over the last few years. My family visits each year from Australlia, and Michael Deans is the place they request every time! Good job...very impressed!

Pros: SERVICE, FOOD, WINE SELECTION

Cons: BAR IS SMOKEY, PARKING

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My friend and I were looking for something to do this past weekend, and we were pointed to Michael Dean's! Great idea. We went in for dinner, which was unbeleivable! Not only was the food excellent, so was the service. We finished our meal with the best bread pudding I have had in years! After dinner we moved into the bar area and stayed all night listening to the live band. Not only was the music good, the bartenders are worth staying for too!

2
★★★★★

My friend and I were looking for something to do this past weekend, and we were pointed to Michael Dean's! Great idea. We went in for dinner, which was unbeleivable! Not only was the food excellent, so was the service. We finished our meal with the best bread pudding I have had in years! After dinner we moved into the bar area and stayed all night listening to the live band. Not only was the music good, the bartenders are worth staying for too!

Pros: food, service, atmostphere

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