Nelson's

(919) 821-5969

521 Daniel St, Raleigh, NC | Directions   27605

35.791317 -78.661316

Open Hours

Tue-Fri. 11am-2pm, 4:30pm-10:30pm

Sat 4:30pm-10:30pm

Bars open until 2:00am

 
Seafood, Eclectic & International, $$  more

Tags: Bar Scene, Brunch, Fine Dining

Payment Methods: American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Categories: Restaurants

Neighborhoods: University

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From The Owners of Nelson's

Upscale hot spot blends American and European flavors in a swanky downtown setting.

Reviews for Nelson's

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

never go unless you are fratty to the max – nelsons...fosters...whatever it is, it is terrible. don't waste your time here, the customers. bartenders and doormen are all crappy. the bar is always crowded, the music mediocre. they gave my friend a hard time because his hat was backwards. after he got in. i'm fine with a no hat policy but seriously...backwards... are you 6 years old? this place is the worst, avoid it with all your might.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Nice Building: other than that it sucked – Apparently it's re-named Fosters again. I went last Thursday night and for some reason got charged a cover it the door. I've got no problem with covers if you get something for it. It guess the cover was for a dj in some other part of the bar. When my gf and i walk in the place is barren. 10:30 and a there were more bartenders than custumers. and out of the 3 or 4 bartenders no one know how to make the drink i ordered. I understand not knowing how to make some drinks but it was a Tom Collins which as I walked them thru it was served in a plastic cup. Then there is the smell(not sure what but something is funky with the plumbing) needless to say this was my first and only trip to the new Foster's. On the bright side to building itself looks very nice and hopefully the place that moves in after this place fails (for the third?) will match the building

TDG

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

nice lunch out! – This restaurant is now called "Foster's American Grill". We - a family of 5 including younger kids - ate lunch there on a Saturday. The restaurant is very tastefully decorated with an elegant touch. Even though we were seated near the bar, there was no smoke. The restaurant had several tables of patrons but was not full, and no one was at the bar at that hour. The food took a little while to prepare, but was very good. The "Foster's fries" were nothing to get excited about - looked like Ore-Ida crinkle fries to me - but the home-made chicken fingers, pasta, etc. that we had were all excellent.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

takeout food at best – I have been to Nelsons many times, mostly for the bar, but after my meal the other night, I do not think I will eat there again. We had great service and the food was good, but next time I will chose takeout. It is such a loud place to eat, the dining room was freezing cold, the hostess was extrememly rude and there were nats flying around. As for the bar, it is nice, if you like being overcharged. Everytime I have been there, I have been overcharged. Not only that, but they need way more bartenders and ones that know what they are doing. My girlfriend ordered a drink last week and the bartender told her that she was too busy to make that one, she needed to order something simple. The bar manager is the beyond rude and openly yells at people. Maybe the owner should look at his staff and do some evaluations. A place like Nelsons needs to be managed better and not have nats flying around.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Awesome raw bar! – We have eaten at Nelson's quite a few times - only at the raw bar, never in the dining room - and we've always had a great experience. The guys working at the raw bar are super friendly, talkative and offered numerous suggestions on both food and drinks. I've always been impressed with their attentiveness as well. I can see it being a little on the pricey side - but so are most good restaurants nowadays. And the comment that was made about having to wait for your reservation - that just happens and shouldn't be a reflection of the restaurant! Restaurants use estimates as to how long an average table sits, and sometimes, the patrons stay longer than anticipated (more wine, more coffee, more talking). I'm sure you wouldn't want to be asked to leave/hurry up because another party was waiting for your table!

It's a great place and I think you should check it out!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Would eat here again – Ate at Nelson's on Oct 6, 2007-great service, great food, great atmosphere. Would highly recommend. Staff very friendly and attentive.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

I would not waste my money at this place.... – I don't usually write reviews, but I had to let you all know that this restaurant is not worth the money you pay for your meal or for the service you get..... very overpriced. My husband and I had dinner in the dining room around 6:00 p.m. on a Sat.. The food was Ok and the service was the same. There are just too many other good resturants to choose from in the Triangle area.... I can spend my $150 (for 2 with one glass of wine) where the food is not bland and the service is attentive. Maybe the outdoor oyster bar is what is so wonderful about this place???? I don't know, nor will I go back to try it out. Thanks.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Disappointed – I read good reviews of this place but was very disappointed at the food. It was ok but overpriced for the quality. The vegetables were very overcooked and the seafood very fried. Furthermore, where we were sitting smelled of mildew from the chair cushions which were stained and appeared dirty. Also, several nats kept buzzing around the food which was annoying and my husband was served a beer in a cracked glass which the server even pointed out when it was brought to the table but didn?t offer to get a new glass. It was just not a good experience. I don?t think we'll go back.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best clam chowder – I ate there last night for my anniversary and I had a wonderful experience. I asked for a quit room and they were so kind to seat me and my wife in a private room with nice music. The clam chowder was the best thing that I have ever put in my mouth. Our server Richard was excellent, the mangers were great and so nice and the blonde hostess was adorable and so sweet. I appreciate such warm hospitality and kindness. I look forward to eating there again.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best Steamed Oysters – My favorite restaurant ever. Steamed Oysters and bloody mary cocktail sauce is Amazing! Your hostesses are awful and they make your restaurant look bad. They are pretty yes, but are very rude. When you walk into a restaurant the hostesses make the first impression. Tell them to stop gossipping and to say hello and goodnight to your customers as they enter and leave. Again, amazing restaurant but the hostesses have to go, their job is not to only seat customers.

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