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Live Oak Cafe

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614 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461-3426
+1 910-454-4360
17:00 - 20:30
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Tue - Sat 17:00 - 20:30
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First time here....they call their crab dip famous....now we know why. Delicious. The NY strip was one of the best I have had...seasoned well...had horseradish sauce with balsamic glaze on side.. shrimp pasta was excellent. Too full for dessert. Will def be back. In top 5 in Southport. McKenzie makes a great dirty martini🍸🍸

1 Thank Laura A N
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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83 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hidden behind untrimmed scrubs and little signage to indicate the entrance. Staff was unwelcoming with little interaction and limited personality. The dining area is broken up into small dining sections which we liked. I dined on the scallop dinner which was average at best. My wife enjoyed the steak that was prepared as ordered and very nice scalloped potatoes. We... More 

Thank Michael C
Southport, North Carolina
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35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

Excellent place for dinner. Creative chef. Good service. I have had some of the best dinners at this place.

Thank Mo B
Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

Live Oak always delivers a good dinner every time we have visited. The crab dip is the best! The outdoor seating area is nice as well.

Thank Steve W
Southport, North Carolina
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75 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Went there with wife I had pizza, that was probably my mistake. Pizza wasn't very good, dry with very little taste. Wife said her sandwich was pretty good. Be selective many good places to eat in Southport.

Thank wayne t
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Small quaint location with wonderful food. Staff was very accommodating for our large group of 12 who did not have a reservation and had various special requests. Rating four stars versus five only for prices being higher than comparable experiences in the Southport area.

Thank Sheila H
Hong Kong, China
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34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

Four of us ate here, and we all enjoyed the atmosphere and the food. It has interesting decor, and great service.

Thank HKtravelbug
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47 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016

Decided to have dinner at this restaurant one afternoon. The items on menu are fresh and good variety of choices. I had the mountain trout and was absolutely prepared just perfect. My favorite restaurant in Blowing Rock comes in second now for trout. My wife had the creole shrimp and grits and was very impressed with taste and presentation. We... More 

Thank fireman54Charlotte
Southport, North Carolina
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37 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

Can not understand how this place stays in business. Never had a good meal yet......food is below average as is the service...A fast food place would be better....

1 Thank paul s
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016

Decided on lighter fare to binge on dessert. Chose the Eggplant Caprese (wonderful presentation and combination!) and lobster chowder special. Tough decision among dessert selections, but chose the Bailey's creme brulee....wow, could I have another one to-go! Perfect evening to enjoy the quaint, screened-in patio (versus sitting inside). Service was so attentive and personable. Will definitely make repeat visits in... More 

Thank dempseyUSA

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$13 - US$20
American, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 20:30
17:00 - 20:30
17:00 - 20:30
17:00 - 20:30
17:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 614 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461-3426
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Southport
  • Phone Number: +1 910-454-4360
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?