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Cortez Seafood + Cocktail, Raleigh, NC

Cortez Seafood + Cocktail

4.7
4.7
794 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
If you can't find the date you are looking for here, please call or text the restaurant directly at 919.342.8227 as it may still be available through our central booking.

Reservation Cancellation Policy: As we are a small restaurant with limited seating, No Shows and Reservations cancelled with less than 12 hour notice may be subject to a charge of $20 per person.

Our Patio counts on a heated and covered tent that will run through December, January and February for additional seating.

The Cortez is a fresh seafood and small plates experience with a freshly kept selection of tropical cocktails that draw on our food memories, travels through the years, and Mexican-American heritage.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:15 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–6:00 pm Weekend Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:15 pm
  • Phone number
    (919) 342-8227
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Chef Oscar Diaz
  • Neighbourhood
    Raleigh
  • Parking Details
    Turn into the alleyway marked by the Cat Mural and you will find a private lot in our rear side of the building. Additional parking can be found at the parking deck behind the Carolina Ale House and street parking all around Glenwood South. We are handicap accessible!
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 794 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Innovative

  • Raleigh

    Innovative

  • Raleigh

    Lively

794 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff was very attentive and informative about the menu. Oysters were so fresh. We came for the smash burger and it didn't disappoint, so good. Fresh crab and avocado crema on bread was a tasty/hearty small plate. Can't wait to go back!

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  2. Tiffany

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is always consistently amazing. Service flawless. Vibe, on point. We will continue to return as much as we can!

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  3. MarekS

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything you would want in a nice casual resturant to take your significant other out on a date or to celebrate an occasion. The food was delicious and neither of us regreted our choices. Thank you so much for making my wifes evening and we will definatly be back to try the other dishes.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time, the small plates were terrific. Thanks to Dee and staff for taking care of us.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cortez was amazing! The food is always fresh and delicious. The gambas al ajillo is my favorite and I highly recommend everyone get it!

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  6. NCFoodie

    Greensboro

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cortez is fabulous. The octopus is delicious and not everyone can do it right. Cortez definitely does. Other stand outs are the ceviche, tiradito and gambas. So delicious! We can’t wait to go back!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mary Beth was so sweet. We split several plates and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Thank you!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and drinks. Loved it and we will be back for sure.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just amazing food the gamba is a classic. Great coctails too

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  10. 1southrrngirl

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It is very loud outside on Saturday night; moved to the bar inside. Much better. Great food and staff!?

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  11. MikeR

    Raleigh

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I celebrated her birthday with dinner at Cortez last night. Overall it was a great experience! The only nit would be we waited 10-15 mins after being seated for our waitress to stop by. The rest of the night more than made up for it. We ordered oysters, several small plates and shared the taco plate. The food was delicious and delivered at a good cadence, so we were not inundated with plates all at once. The food was prepared perfectly, tasty and fresh. As I put a note in our reservation that it was my wife's birthday, they kindly provided a free champagne toast and a churro with ice cream dessert with a candle. My wife was thrilled!! This was our second time dinning at Cortez, and both times the meals were excellent. We are looking forward to our next visit!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I eat here every year, I love it here! Food, drinks, service is always love

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    66 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious, good service. Disappointed that they no longer have $1 oysters on Sun. from 5 to 6.

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  14. Steve

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We loooove Cortez! Food and cocktails are perfect for a Friday date night.

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  15. Remy93

    Raleigh

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Once again the Oysters and Ceviche (this time Mahi was used) were delicious and our bartender Nick was fantastic.

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  16. TabHubbard

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrated my birthday here and so glad we did! Service was exceptional, the food was amazing and the atmosphere was fun but not overly stimulating. Can’t wait to get back and 💯 recommend to anyone wanting fresh NC oysters in one of the best places in Raleigh!!

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  17. NaomiT

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall, we enjoyed our food and the ambience. The small plates were very generous servings to share, we could have done just 3 instead of 4 items. Two things were disappointing. First, there were other tables available and the hostess chose to sit us right between the hostess stand and a couple that were sitting on the same side of the table which was cramped. We asked to move, and great, they let us. The second thing was we were celebrating my sister’s birthday and marked it on the reservation but we weren’t offered anything for it.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Mussels and and the shrimp al ajillo were delicious but the shrimp tacos were just okay. The shrimps breading could have been seasons better or the dressing and the tortillas seem store bought. But overall enjoyed it and if it weren’t for the smaller details, I would have given it 4 stars.

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  19. CandiceP

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I always enjoy my food and drinks here. I will be back

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience!! We love having date nights there!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and excellent food. The octopus was amazing!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Service started out great, but slowly dwindled. It was getting dark and chilly, but the manager decided to turn off the heater without asking. She was more concerned with putting plates on tables than grabbing a pitcher and filling up water or helping the ONE server. I didn’t even get the chance to order a second drink and my water was empty for most of the meal. The carne asada was so tough - told the server and he brought free churros, but no water. I’ll come back, but I would suggest giving the manager a run down on service and not give the server as many tables. If he has that many, the manager should be out there helping GUESTS, not setting empty tables (silverware was still missing).

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  23. WayneH

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    And eclectic menu, and all was very good. Dee, our waitress was awesome in recommendations and on the ball with service.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was a fabulous dinner. We had the snapper ceviche, grilled romaine Caesar salad, shrimp tacos and delicious churros for dessert. The bread and weed butter was amazing, too! We’ll definitely be back!

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  25. KatieC

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and nice waiter! The cocktails were very good and the apps came quick.

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  26. BenjaminP

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great cocktails and oysters, service and ambiance of restaurant were amazing. Small plates and entree left a bit to be desired.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best restaurant in Raleigh. They never miss. Effort taken on every dish and cocktail. Always an enjoyable meal and experience!

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  28. Shell74

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing. I had the swordfish and my husband had the hanger steak. Both were cooked to perfection. The Rum cake for dessert was delicious. Great service and atmosphere. Will definitely be back! Thanks again!

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  29. Vinnydoes

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience, food, drinks and service! Would try again and encourage to check out.

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  30. DavidT

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding as always….one of our favorite date night spots. Love sitting at the bar. Make sure to save some room for a churro dessert…it’s totally worth it.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The entrees took a little while to come out to the table, it overall, it was an amazing Valentine’s Day dinner with my girlfriend.

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  32. MaureenR

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent staff turnover during meal but was handled ok. Seated by door and it was cold gusts as others entered

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  33. Mahalo

    Hawaii

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent dinner, great flavors and very good service. A very fun evening.

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  34. Adebayo

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cortez is always the move. Menu is creative is so flavorful. Service was great. Menu is always changing what some staples, which we love. Cortez is always in rotation

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  35. JasonW

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Service a bit slow to start, music a little loud, but otherwise awesome!

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  36. Rgp1207

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Service wasn’t great but the server seemed to have all of the outdoor seating, so she was very busy.

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  37. BradS

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything we tasted was amazing. Oysters and mussels were great and drinks were tasty!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Oysters were very fresh, great flavor. The Italian style mussels were a thing from the old country, the flavor top notch. The service 10+, the beautiful waitress Deanna was so pleasant and helpful. Thank you for the nice evening

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  39. EricK

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Was a bit too expensive for the experience. Food was good but not great.

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  40. Rubycube

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious small plates and creative yummy cocktails

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FAQs

Cortez Seafood + Cocktail offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 342-8227.

Cortez Seafood + Cocktail is rated 4.7 stars by 794 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Cortez Seafood + Cocktail

413 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27603-2198

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    Raleigh
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:15 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–6:00 pm Weekend Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:15 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Turn into the alleyway marked by the Cat Mural and you will find a private lot in our rear side of the building. Additional parking can be found at the parking deck behind the Carolina Ale House and street parking all around Glenwood South. We are handicap accessible!
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Chef Oscar Diaz
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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