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Channel Marker

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Steakhouse, Seafood, Healthy
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718 Atlantic Beach Causeway, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
+1 252-247-2344
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12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children, Scenic view, Business meetings, Large groups
Description: A staple in the community since 1981, The Channel Marker Restaurant is the...
A staple in the community since 1981, The Channel Marker Restaurant is the largest restaurant on the island, also offering the largest outside seating in the area. Open daily for lunch, standing by our motto - "Don't take a lunch break. Take a mental break..." Come and enjoy a relaxing lunch right beside the water.Nightly drink specials from our bar staff and ever-changing chef features by our Executive Chef!!We offer limitless options for catering, either off or on premises! Our desserts are made in-house by our award-winning Pastry Chef, so make sure to leave room!Looking for a wedding or special event cake? Look no further! We are able to provide "just dessert", with competitive pricing, uncompromised flavors, and the "wow" factor. Contact us for more information!!We're giving you a whole new reason to come to the beach...
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  • 196
    Excellent
  • 139
    Very good
  • 71
    Average
  • 35
    Poor
  • 34
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best Outside Dining in the Area

Enjoyed everything about this restaurant. Large outside dining deck offers wonderful water views. The food was good, service was great....no complaints.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 26, 2015
Lee D
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New Bern, North Carolina
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New Bern, North Carolina
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

Enjoyed everything about this restaurant. Large outside dining deck offers wonderful water views. The food was good, service was great....no complaints.

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Thank Lee D
Ann Arbor, Michigan
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

My husband and myself ate at Channel Marker for the first time tonight. First off the waitress asked what I'd like to drink and when I said a Kettel One martini on the rocks she told me that no martini is ever served on the rocks! I told her that I disagreed and they are served that way all the... More 

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Thank Christine K
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I love this restaurant. Very relaxed atmosphere, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Beautiful view, right on the water. Food is great !!! This is our evening spot when we are in Morehead City.

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1 Thank Antoniette D
Puerto Morelos, MX
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Dined there with an friend from days past past and it was the perfect venue. Wonderful wine, classic bread, incredible crab soup and delicious oysters. A perfect meal witha perfect friend in a perfect setting

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Thank PuertoMorelosFrank
Youngsville, North Carolina
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51 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

We had a table by the window, looking out over the sound to the lights of Morehead City. It was about 7:45 on a Thursday evening, so it was not very crowded. The service was good as well as the food. The prices were on the medium high side.

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1 Thank Jim53F
Danville, Virginia
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

This restaurant was so good that we visited there twice for dinner in one week, rather than take a chance elsewhere. The view from the deck in late afternoon and early evening is very nice. Views of the sound, the state port and passing boats create a very relaxing atmosphere to enjoy your drinks or dinner by outside, and inside... More 

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Thank TravelLover283
Durham, North Carolina
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

We had a good lunch (the Bang Bang Shrimp was fabulous, but the service was atrocious. We waited over 40 minutes for our simple lunch order. No refills of drinks. We have had good service years ago and maybe this was offseason, but we wasted a day almost of our vacation by eating here.

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1 Thank Lee W
Virginia
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015 via mobile

Once again another great meal at Channel Marker. Ate there twice this week on our beach trip. Best crab cakes on the island. Bang bang shrimp & cheese sticks are very good. Husband had fish meals that were good also. Never had a bad meal here, so keep up the good work.

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Thank Kenny O
North Carolina
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015 via mobile

Old waterfront location badly in need of cleaning, maintenance and updating. Ceiling over main dining room has thick build up of dust. It looks like feeble attempts have been made to clean, but a lot was missed. Service during a slow time of day was poor. Long waits for refills and being checked on. Some food arrived cold and had... More 

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2 Thank JHH27012
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
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79 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

The food and appetizers are always good. the service was good especially as it seemed they wanted to close. My biggest complaint is that the lighting was not available on the dock for our meal. It was quite dark . This is a large part of the experience. Management needs to re-think this.

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1 Thank rmstitely

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 718 Atlantic Beach Causeway, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Atlantic Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 252-247-2344

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 13 - 24
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Seafood, Healthy

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Scenic view, Business meetings, Large groups

Description

A staple in the community since 1981, The Channel Marker Restaurant is the largest restaurant on the island, also offering the largest outside seating in the area. Open daily for lunch, standing by our motto - "Don't take a lunch break. Take a mental break..." Come and enjoy a relaxing lunch right beside the water.Nightly drink specials from our bar staff and ever-changing chef features by our Executive Chef!!We offer limitless options for catering, either off or on premises! Our desserts are made in-house by our award-winning Pastry Chef, so make sure to leave room!Looking for a wedding or special event cake? Look no further! We are able to provide "just dessert", with competitive pricing, uncompromised flavors, and the "wow" factor. Contact us for more information!!We're giving you a whole new reason to come to the beach...
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?