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Jack Mackerel's Island Grill

113 K Ave, Kure Beach, NC 28449-3614
+1 910-458-7668
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good34%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“mackerel” (69 reviews)
“seafood” (92 reviews)
“shrimp” (60 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
113 K Ave, Kure Beach, NC 28449-3614
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1 - 10 of 685 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago

We got a late start this morning and didn't get down to the beach until we were starving! Worked out great, we sat outside under the covered patio which was nice, I loved the different color chairs and plates, decor was cute. Our young server...More

1  Thank K10trips
Reviewed 1 week ago

We dined at Jack Mackerel's twice on our brief vacation, the first night and the last night. The atmosphere is beach-y, the bartender and wait staff were friendly and helpful, and the food was great! Specifically, the peel & eat shrimp, fried seafood, and especially...More

Thank anniehey
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of our go to restaurants every year when we stay in Carolina Beach. We always have a great experience here, and this year was no different. My wife had the tuna salad and it was delicious!! I had the crab cake sandwich...More

1  Thank Ron R
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love the food at Jack Mackerels, but service is lacking compared to our visit a year ago. Although we were seated quickly, it took a looong time to be served.

Thank jgoff
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Through no planning we always seem to eat here on our first day on the island. We came off the beach wanted a good meal and a good adult beverage. As usual we got both. The meal is good and well priced for island food....More

1  Thank Spydermn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely pasta and ultimate grilled chicken club!! Nice food and service.. lucious, made in house... Jamaican sweet sauce on sandwich. Will go, again! I have never been disappointed...

1  Thank MnVicky
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In the end a restaurant is judged by the person serving the food....our waitress(Sondra) was very arrogant and did not seem to want to be dealing with customers....hot rolls are served prior to arrival of the meal....while waiting for the meal to arrive we asked...More

5  Thank realnc
Danny R, Chef, Kitchen Manager, head dishwasher, Social Media amanager at Jack Mackerel's Island Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Please let me apologize for the unsatisfactory service you received on your visit with us as we do not want or expect to be represented in that manner, ever. I promise that we do want our guests to leave happy and satisfied. Sondra is one...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went for Saturday night dinner and drinks and decided to sit at the bar. It was quiet when we arrived and the female bartender was less than friendly. She made it clear she didn't care for vacationers (my guess is they earn her the paycheck...More

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Danny R, Manager at Jack Mackerel's Island Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

First off, thank you for such a great review, even with the service not being up to our \s or your expected standards. I hope you will except my apology for our bartender not treating you the way she she have. This has been brought...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had lunch here. The area where this place can improve is service. It sl very amateur and there is no flow. Everyone is in charge. Having a person at front of house running the show would be good. It also worries me when a...More

1  Thank John A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Got the traditional seafood and it was way overcooked. Maybe its just me but i prefer hushpuppies with my seafood not dinner rolls.More

Thank Chesley W
Danny R, Head Chef, Kitchen Manager, Social Media/Customer Relations at Jack Mackerel's Island Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Sorry about the hushpuppies, we are very limited on space in our kitchen and the hushpuppies would be too much for our fryers. I would like to also apologize about you fried food being over cooked. Did you ask to speak with a manager or...More

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Questions & Answers
David P
15 July 2017|
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Response from Danny R | Property representative |
Danny Rose here, head chef at Jacks, great answers from everyone, you all pretty much covered it. Being at the beach we are very busy during the season and still can get really busy during the off season. Your best bet is... More
Maggie S
10 August 2016|
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Response from Danny R | Property representative |
We do have a new pasta alternative, a gluten free Fusilli that is a rice pasta and can be substitited in any of our pasta dishes and our Alfredo sauce is gluten free as well. And as Jan M. said above we have great salads... More
Danny R
13 June 2016|
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Response from Elaine 8 | Reviewed this property |
Great place to enjoy a meal with friends. I hope they kept the seafood lasagna and the shrimp wrapped in bacon. Look forward to the new menue
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$12 - US$30
Brunch, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 113 K Ave, Kure Beach, NC 28449-3614
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Kure Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 910-458-7668
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