518 West Italian Cafe

★★★★★
  • 518 W Jones St

    Raleigh, NC 27603

    Map & Directions
  • 919-829-0248

About 518 West Italian Cafe

Hours
Sat: 5pm-10:30pm, Sun: 10:30am-2pm, 5pm-9pm, Mon-Thu: 11:30am-9:30pm, Fri: 11:30am-10:30pm

Food

Food
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This is one of our regular family dinning spots. The service is always great (5 star), and it's the kind of place where the waiters/waitresses and greeters remember you and are great with children. The food is brought out very quickly,

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★★★★★

This is one of our regular family dinning spots. The service is always great (5 star), and it's the kind of place where the waiters/waitresses and greeters remember you and are great with children. The food is brought out very quickly,

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First i only gave it a star b/c I had to. Otherwise I would not give it one at all. Big Frown face instead.

Whoever said this was 4 star obviously does not know anything about the culinary arts. The food was completely overrated.

3
★★★★★

First i only gave it a star b/c I had to. Otherwise I would not give it one at all. Big Frown face instead.

Whoever said this was 4 star obviously does not know anything about the culinary arts. The food was completely overrated.

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518 West is one of the best Italian eateries in Raleigh! It's located in a 100 year old building that started life as a train depot! On the inside, you'll see exposed brick and plaster walls, making you think you're in NY loft! The food

3
★★★★★

518 West is one of the best Italian eateries in Raleigh! It's located in a 100 year old building that started life as a train depot! On the inside, you'll see exposed brick and plaster walls, making you think you're in NY loft! The food

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Have been coming here and its sister restaurant 411 West in Chapel Hill for many years, and have never been disappointed. Great food and drinks consistently. Highly recommend the Whole Wheat Fettucine and Lemon Linguine. Great place!

3
★★★★★

Have been coming here and its sister restaurant 411 West in Chapel Hill for many years, and have never been disappointed. Great food and drinks consistently. Highly recommend the Whole Wheat Fettucine and Lemon Linguine. Great place!

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The building is fantastic. We sat upstairs and had a great view of the whole place, and I was very excited for the meal to come...but, um...not so good.
I would say if you enjoy Carraba's, or Johnny Carrinos or the like, you might eat here and think it was fabulous because the food is essentially comparable but in a far more fabulous setting. But if you grew up in the Tri-state area, or in an Italian family or just consider yourself a true fan of real Italian cooking, skip it. It will be a huge disappointment.
The sauce was bad, the pizza not much better. My pasta was overcooked, everything tasted like it was seasoned with the kind of "Italian seasoning" mix you get from Mrs. Dash. Sadly, every time a native recommends a "great" Italian place to me...I end up with pretty much the same experience.

The waitstaff was nice though :)

0
★☆☆☆☆

The building is fantastic. We sat upstairs and had a great view of the whole place, and I was very excited for the meal to come...but, um...not so good.
I would say if you enjoy Carraba's, or Johnny Carrinos or the like, you might eat here and think it was fabulous because the food is essentially comparable but in a far more fabulous setting. But if you grew up in the Tri-state area, or in an Italian family or just consider yourself a true fan of real Italian cooking, skip it. It will be a huge disappointment.
The sauce was bad, the pizza not much better. My pasta was overcooked, everything tasted like it was seasoned with the kind of "Italian seasoning" mix you get from Mrs. Dash. Sadly, every time a native recommends a "great" Italian place to me...I end up with pretty much the same experience.

The waitstaff was nice though :)

Pros: Beautiful setting!

Cons: Food was very very underwhelming

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I've liked just about everything I've ordered from the restaurant! The bread, pasta, salad, pizza, and dessert are all GOOD! The only downfall is that they often change their menu, and the removed items are always things I love!

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★★★★★

I've liked just about everything I've ordered from the restaurant! The bread, pasta, salad, pizza, and dessert are all GOOD! The only downfall is that they often change their menu, and the removed items are always things I love!

Pros: atmosphere, food, service

Cons: they change their menu frequently

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518 has this "reputation" in NC that's completely overrated. this is basic Italian food that you could get at the olive garden....maybe my particular experience was just a bad night for the place, but after waiting to be seated, I expected a little more flavor in the food. I would go again, but not by choice.

1
★★☆☆☆

518 has this "reputation" in NC that's completely overrated. this is basic Italian food that you could get at the olive garden....maybe my particular experience was just a bad night for the place, but after waiting to be seated, I expected a little more flavor in the food. I would go again, but not by choice.

Pros: Location

Cons: overrated food

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This is my favorite Italian restaurant in Raleigh. I love the atmosphere and the food. The service is always good. I would be happy just eating a plate of the delicious focaccia they bring out before the meal. Salads are good, pasta is to die for and the specials are always a delight. Thumbs up!

5
★★★★★

This is my favorite Italian restaurant in Raleigh. I love the atmosphere and the food. The service is always good. I would be happy just eating a plate of the delicious focaccia they bring out before the meal. Salads are good, pasta is to die for and the specials are always a delight. Thumbs up!

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518 West has a wonderful array of unique Italian fare including salads, pastas, and seafood. The lemon linguine is always delicious! The atmosphere is perfect for a romantic dinner or for a night out with the kids. We frequently take our four kids there to enjoy quality meal in an atmosphere that is kid-friendly with great prices!

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★★★★★

518 West has a wonderful array of unique Italian fare including salads, pastas, and seafood. The lemon linguine is always delicious! The atmosphere is perfect for a romantic dinner or for a night out with the kids. We frequently take our four kids there to enjoy quality meal in an atmosphere that is kid-friendly with great prices!

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This is a great Italian place, excellent service and good prices. The food is always outstanding and the decor is delightful. Its such a great place to go for a special occasion or any time. You will feel comfortable if you go in a prom dress, cocktail dress or jeans.

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★★★★☆

This is a great Italian place, excellent service and good prices. The food is always outstanding and the decor is delightful. Its such a great place to go for a special occasion or any time. You will feel comfortable if you go in a prom dress, cocktail dress or jeans.

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I love Italian food and 518 serves the absolute best in the Triangle. I always choose it when celebrating family members' birthdays. Its better for one-on-one dining with the one you love. It's located in beautiful downtown Raleigh and the atmosphere is upscale classy. However, the prices are reasonable.

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I love Italian food and 518 serves the absolute best in the Triangle. I always choose it when celebrating family members' birthdays. Its better for one-on-one dining with the one you love. It's located in beautiful downtown Raleigh and the atmosphere is upscale classy. However, the prices are reasonable.

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