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Cortez Seafood + Cocktail, Raleigh, NC

Cortez Seafood + Cocktail

4.7
4.7
769 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 16 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–9:30 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–10:00 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 769 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
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh

    Great for outdoor dining

769 Reviews
  1. BenjaminP

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Mahalo

    Hawaii

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 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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  9. Adebayo

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. JTinRaleigh

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Ambiance was lower because we sat outside under a plastic tent. It just wasn't that great. The patio is definitely better in the summer. Inside was awesome though when I walked through!

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  17. RobertR

    Raleigh

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took family from out of town. Everything was so good. They loved Cortez and were raving about it at breakfast the next morning.

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  18. Remy93

    Raleigh

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our core sounder oysters were really good and a bonus at the happy hour price. The snapper ceviche is my absolute favorite dish in the Triangle. And as always, our bartender Nick was the best! He’s super knowledgeable, friendly, and always fun to talk to. We will be back soon.

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  19. GraceP

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great and the service was exceptional

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place! Cute interior, excellent food. Recommend it!

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  21. JillM

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always love the fresh oysters- staff always attentive and kind- good food and ambience- music little too loud

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had an amazing birthday dinner! The food and atmosphere was excellent!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner at Cortez was delicious as per usual! My partner and I had oysters swordfish, Gumbus, and hanger steak, which were all expertly prepared. Our cocktails were also fantastic! I recommend the “black widow”, and the “like a G6”.

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  24. PhilW

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really great food and service. Everyone at our table found it too noisy to be able hear conversations well, though.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Too loud and extremely smoky, food was decent at best

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  26. Kimber

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Cortez! The food and service is always great.

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  27. NicoleK

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible meal at Cortez - we had the bread/weed butter (not what you’re thinking 😅 but SO delicious), the chowder fries (a daily special), shrimp tacos, and the mixed vegetables side, and it was all phenomenal. The mixed veg in particular were exquisite - I really respect a kitchen that puts as much effort into a side dish as they do their priciest main. Cocktails were excellent too. All around A+++

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  28. DeborahM

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the food. Will definitely come back with friends. Service was great!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was amazing as usual! Cocktails, food, ambience, service!!

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  30. NoreenB

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Another fantastic meal at Cortez. The food is exceptional, great for sharing and good value. Service was terrific. Our server was knowledgeable about the cocktails and food. His recommendations were spot on. 2 of us shared the shrimp tacos, charred romaine ceasar salad and the shrimp with garlic which was one of the best I’ve tasted. We were stuffed with all the food and their delicious bread. Highly recommend.

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  31. KaylaK

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my favorite restaurant in downtown Raleigh. The oysters are amazing if you get them dressed up. I have always enjoyed the things that are made in the creative takes that the chefs use on these dishes.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    We made a reservation for outside seating which I’m totally fine with but then I was sat next to the AC unit and gas tanks on some crappy lawn chair. I ask to sit by the bar and we were moved but no one ever asked why we decided to move. Clearly the restaurant can afford better outdoor seating since it charges $15 for a poorly made cocktail

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was incredible. We ate our way through 4 small plates and could not have been happier with the variety!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    With all the rave reviews I was skeptical, but we really enjoyed our experience. In Raleigh, higher-end dining usually isn’t worth the price tag. Cortez exceeds expectations and delivers a meal WAY above the price point. Loved our date here and can’t wait to go back!

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  35. StevenB

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal as always. Consistently year in and year out outstanding meal. We always keep coming back

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  36. Adebayo

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favorite restaurants in Raleigh. This place doesn’t miss. It’s not just good food, it’s an experience.

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  37. CandiceP

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I always enjoy myself here! The best food and service around

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  38. JosephC

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Burger and fries 6/5, ceviche 4/5, hanger steak 4.3/5, Papas 3.5/5 Tuna turadito 4.2/5 Sad the flaming bowl drink is gone

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  39. Remy93

    Raleigh

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We made a reservation for two seats at the bar which were ready for us on arrival. We started with a bottle of Smith Hook Cabernet Sauvignon which was very good and well priced. For a starter we ordered a dozen raw oysters (at the great happy hour price); six were Core Sounder, and six Light House. These were medium in size, light salinity, and had the best flavor. Usually I need to put my oysters on a cracker and drown them in cocktail sauce/horseradish. No need here, just popped in the mouth was delicious. For dinner we shared the snapper ceviche and on th recommendation of our Bartender, the charred octopus. Both were perfectly prepared and very tasty. The setting at Cortez is very cool and inviting. We really appreciated our Bartender, Nick, who was very knowledgeable on both the food and drink menus and was very attentive and friendly. We had a wonderful experience and highly recommend Cortez.

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  40. Spiderman

    Raleigh

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Best part of the meal was the raw oysters at Happy Hour. Coctails are a rather disappointment

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 769 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 16 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–9:30 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–10:00 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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