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508 Roland Ave, Surf City, Topsail Island, NC 28445-6687
+1 910-328-5001
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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38 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We got in late. We were looking for some great seafood even though it was about 9:15pm. Most places closed at 9. We went in and we're seated immediately. The waitress said y'all just missed it...it was pretty wild a bit ago. We kinda laughed but we were glad we missed the crazy! There is a bar in the middle... More 

Thank Glenda P
Stanley, New York
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7 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Your first impression is that a place this dumpy can only survive if the food is spectacular, so you proceed in despite a gnawing feeling in your stomach. As you enter, the ceiling is covered with the stuff American Pickers decided not to pick. For example, the toilet seats with the lawnmower pull cords to summon the waitress. The food... More 

Thank P6462HGpeter
Coastal South Carolina, South Carolina
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50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Crab Pot has been around as long as I can remember. Peter is an excellent chef and his recipes have stood the test of time. Be sure to get some zucchini slaw and she crab soup! If you like a really laid back, fun atmosphere, then this is the place for you. If you're uptight and antisocial, then keep... More 

1 Thank playcation
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57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here for lunch. We ordered and planned on eating in, but changed our mind after sitting at a booth for a couple of minutes. The restaurant is just dirty. It's got lots of character, and would probably be ok if you were just going to have a beer at the bar, but I couldn't enjoy a meal here.... More 

Thank elizabethmB4493TC
Richmond, Virginia
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fresh delicious seafood in a crab shack. It's freshly caught and the sides are great. The prices are reasonable and you will not leave hungry. The service is just ok but they are friendly just scattered and inattentive.

Thank Joy W
Surf City, North Carolina
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely a relaxed, casual place. Gets very crowded in the summertime. It's more about the old school, fun environment than the food, although the food is good too. Not the most family friendly place at night, there are 2 bars, karaoke, piano bar, and live music on the weekends. Visit if you're looking for a fun time and some local... More 

Thank Ashley B
Chittenango, New York, United States
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 November 2016

Don't be fooled by the exterior, the food is great even though the outside looks like a shack. Lots of seafood choices, and nice local, live music. The inside is decorated with a rustic clutter of signs, and beach themed articles. Want to know the drink menu?, just pull on the cord over the table and a toilet set a... More 

Thank Marilyn A
Cabin John, Maryland
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68 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016

This is a very informal 'shack' that serves all kinds of seafood - in plastic baskets, with plastic utensils. Colorful and whimsical decor. we were there on a weeknight and they had a guitar player/singer entertaining. lots of locals there. we were just visiting but were so glad we stopped there for dinner - shared a pound of tasty, steamed,... More 

1 Thank CabinJohners
Richlands, North Carolina
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Went here while out and about the service was disappointing they charge you for refill for a fountain drink there was bones in the fish sandwich we will never return

Thank JoshJami
Greeneville, Tennessee
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Very casual dining, but it's very good! 2 webcams to watch and the swing ring game is addicting..just ask my Sister. Love this place!

Thank Wanda H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 508 Roland Ave, Surf City, Topsail Island, NC 28445-6687
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Topsail Island  >  Surf City
  • Phone Number: +1 910-328-5001

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?