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Sanitary Fish Market & Restaurant

501 Evans St, Morehead City, NC 28557-4218
+1 252-247-3111
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  • Excellent20%
  • Very good21%
  • Average29%
  • Poor16%
  • Terrible14%
Travellers talk about
“shrimp salad” (10 reviews)
“fresh seafood” (28 reviews)
“emerald isle” (12 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 21:00All hours
American, Seafood, Soups
$$ - $$$
501 Evans St, Morehead City, NC 28557-4218
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Reviewed yesterday

When we sat we didn't even get water. Ordered shrimp linguine and my friends got steamed shrimp. Shrimp did not seem fresh or have a very good taste. Service was a bit slow even though the restaurant wasn't busy. When we were done and asked...More

Thank Lynn T
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I wish I had read the reviews before recommending we visit The Sanitary Fish Restaurant yesterday. It certainly was not at all like I remembered. Expensive for average food. Maybe the locals know what to order but average tourists looking for good seafood will be...More

Thank Heather G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Sanitary Restaurant's quality and service has clearly dropped over the years! A party of 10 (and that's not large by their standards), went on 6/15/17. No lines, and were seated Fast. Waiter was young and very nice. Drinks orders and 1 basket of hush...More

Thank AHAWK5
Renee M, Owner at Sanitary Fish Market & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We are sorry to hear you had such a disappointing experience with us. We can assure you this is not the norm for our business and we do wish our manager had been able to rectify the situation right away. We will be speaking to...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We haven't been there for a while because they have priced us out of the loop in recent years. Last time we were there I was disappointed at the quality and portion vs. value. You might want to try it though, perhaps they have improved...More

Thank Edward S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good food, good atmosphere. My seat was at a booth looking over the water. My fish was fresh and hot, the Tea was cold, my baked potato was hot. Good Food Good Service Good Friends

Thank retired2008
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was just ok, nothing spectacular. We were there 5 years ago and wanted to go back and recreate a photo that was taken then and it was not a good as I remembered.

Thank Debbie J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Surprised the average rating us only a 3.0. To me it is a solid 4. Menu is pretty extensive, prices reasonable, service good and food tasty. We had the Fanta in shrimp, grilled sea scallops and an entree salad and everyone was pleased. Desserts were...More

Thank markfarner58
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Since I was with a group I didn't want to make a bad situation worse, but I really regret not making a scene. This was flat out awful. She-Crab Soup... spoiled. Literally had bubbles on top. Crab Shrimp Stuffed Potato... rubber potato, likely baked days...More

Thank webfandango
Renee M, Owner at Sanitary Fish Market & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We apologize that you were so disappointed with your meal during your visit. We can assure you that we use nothing but the highest quality ingredients, and everything is made fresh to order. In the future, please do not hesitate to bring your concerns to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First visit. Had a good fried seafood platter consisting of flounder, shrimp and oysters. Oysters not really in season so although they were big, they tasted different from what I expected. Was surprised that hush puppies were not served, but I was pleased. Our server...More

Thank Mary H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We didn't want to leave our family vacation without visiting this local family restaurant . Was a little apprehensive after reading so many negative reviews online. Our meals were fine and tasted great! Don't expect an upscale dining experience, just good old traditional southern meals...More

Thank Mark W
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Buz D
Steamer pots?
29 September 2015|
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Response from klkitchen | Reviewed this property |
No steamer pots. Most all seafood selections are local catch and fresh. Don't pass this place up. Try the shrimp salad, I buy it by the quart to take to my mom. But keep it on ice.
Reagan H
Can I order a T-shirt online?
23 December 2014|
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Response from Adak C | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they are available on line.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, View, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 501 Evans St, Morehead City, NC 28557-4218
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Morehead City
  • Phone Number: +1 252-247-3111
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It is our goal to please every customer who walks through our doors. If you have a complaint please contact one of our managers.
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