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Surf House Cafe & Shop

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604 Lake Park Blvd N, Carolina Beach, NC 28428-4823
+1 910-707-0422
17:00 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 09:00 - 14:00
Tue - Sat 17:00 - 21:00
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Kernersville, North Carolina
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had to wait about 30 minutes to get in on the weekend, but the food was worth it. The shrimp and grits were very good. We also had an appetizer with sweet potatoes, lentils, and crab meat on top which was even better. The apple pie dessert was not what I would call a pie at all, but was... More 

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Youngstown, Ohio
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112 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

We have gone out to eat quite a bit around here with having just moved here .We stopped at our favorite drinking spot and were telling the bartender about a place that we were going to go to dinner and he said "no no no if you're looking for something delicious you need to go to the Surf House"..., so... More 

1 Thank loroOhio
Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

This is a great restaurant which would be great in any town or city. The staff was superb- helpful, informative, pleasant and not "too" attentive-service was timed correctly. The menu was small which is a good thing. Everything was done well. The only things they could improve upon would be a more extensive list of wines by the glass and... More 

Thank Sanford T
Aiken, South Carolina
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217 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

What a great recommendation from our hosts at the B&B we were staying at. The place is very unassuming but the food is killer. Since we had had a fairly large lunch, we opted for a couple of small plates. The chef surprised us with a sample order of oysters fra diavolo. Never having them before, we did not know... More 

Thank Anthony L
Charlotte, North Carolina
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45 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Greatest food in Eastern Carolinas!! Love the atmosphere! Love the food! Consistently excellent. We drive to Carolina Beach from Charlotte just for this restaurant!

1 Thank Kate N
Raleigh, North Carolina
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170 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Nice, open, comfortable décor, super service, interesting selection of food, very tasty oysters, incredible burgers with bacon jam, okay swordfish, okay duck, okay shrimp and grits. Need to watch the over burnt flavor on grilled fish and try something besides swordfish. Decent meal but also very expensive.

Thank jbart99
Durham, North Carolina
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Farm to table gourmet food. We had the Brussel sprouts, pecan catfish, scallops w lentils and key lime pie dessert. All were simply outstanding! I'm coming back tomorrow night.

Thank snance13
Raleigh, North Carolina
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48 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

Surf House is an oasis in the midst of a desert of fried shrimp joints and a good reason to go to Carolina Beach regardless of where you are staying on the NC coast. Great cooking, local ingredients, good wine list, deep whisky stock, what's not to like?

1 Thank jnwall
winston salem
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Love this place, great atmosphere, awesome service, and the food incredible! Will definitely be back. Roasted oysters, tuna and shrimp and grits, the bartender can make some awesome drinks too.

Thank kevind1
Pleasant Valley
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

Looking for a local, serving fresh seafood, farm to table restaurant while on vacation in Kure Beach - this is your place! We are so happy we ate here! Cons - just can't come up with any! Pros - opens at 5pm - so for the early crowd with kids this is great. The interior is clean, hip and fun.... More 

2 Thank midhudsonvalley

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 604 Lake Park Blvd N, Carolina Beach, NC 28428-4823
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Carolina Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 910-707-0422

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