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The Mad Crabber

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40606 Hwy 12, Avon, Hatteras Island, NC 27915
252-995-5959
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 91
    Excellent
  • 65
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Perfect vacation dinner spot!

Our party of 8 went and everyone enjoyed their dishes. We ordered the crab dip appetizer and the fried fish pieces appetizer and both were scrumptious. For dinner, I split the fried seafood trio--generous portions of fried fish, shrimp, a crab cake, and two sides. Everything was well fried and not... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 28, 2015
Anna A
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Louisville, Kentucky
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Rochester, New York
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

It sounds hard to believe but after Labor Day, it was pretty tough to find good seafood in OBX. We spent a good portion of the day on Ocracoke Island and as we were passing through we stopped here on a whim around 8PM. Not usually a time that most restaurant employees want to see a new table walk in;... More 

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Thank colinzeye
SOUTHPORT
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21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

The Fish tacos were fantastic. We split a pound of shrimp, I had fish tacos and my wife has the special lobster... Soup. Tacos, shrimp, and soup we're all outstanding. Great friendly service. I'll be back next time in Avon.

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Thank Nick N
Hudson, Ohio
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

We have been to TMC at least 3 times--every time we come to the Outer Banks. We usually come for all you can eat crab legs night. Got there right at opening time (5:30) and still had to wait 20 minutes for a table, so plan accordingly. The 4 guys in our family got "all you can eat" but the... More 

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Thank sgnorman
Louisville, Kentucky
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 via mobile

Our party of 8 went and everyone enjoyed their dishes. We ordered the crab dip appetizer and the fried fish pieces appetizer and both were scrumptious. For dinner, I split the fried seafood trio--generous portions of fried fish, shrimp, a crab cake, and two sides. Everything was well fried and not greasy. The crab cake, as advertised, was "light on... More 

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Thank Anna A
Blacksburg, Virginia
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219 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

If we were forced to dine at only one restaurant on Hatteras Island, day after day, every day, for weeks at a time, we would choose The Mad Crabber. Great steamed, fried and grilled seafood. The Mad Crabber Platters are the best on the island. We never order anything but seafood here, so no comment on their half dozen poultry... More 

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Summerville, South Carolina
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73 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

I went here on my honeymoon way back in 2008. The food was fantastic and the service was amazing. I recommend the she crab soup.

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Thank Erin G
Charleston, South Carolina
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

On our recent vacation to Avon we ate at the Mad Crabber multiple times during the week. The food was okay - nothing spectacular but not horrible. They had the same specials everyday that we were there; the only thing that changed was the soup towards the end of the week. Something tells me that it can't be fresh fish... More 

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Thank TravelfarwithHer
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Friendly family-oriented restaurant with a very accommodating staff. MadCrabber steamed platter was plenty for sharing. Steamed Scallops were very good. Food was warm but not hot. Restrooms were clean.

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Thank LakeLBJgirl
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45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015 via mobile

Stopped by for diner without reservations. Short wait, seated fairly quickly. Service was excellent, helpful and friendly. Had good suggestions. We did the Captains Platter for two. Lots of fresh food. Great selection of different crabs and shellfish. Definitely recommend and would go back again.

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Thank BillNHeidi
Martinsburg, WV
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015 via mobile

First time here in Sept 2015 with family. Got the Mad Crabber platter. Plenty of food at a reasonable price. Seafood was cooked just right. Will definitely come back again when visiting Hatteras Island.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 40606 Hwy 12, Avon, Hatteras Island, NC 27915
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Hatteras Island  >  Avon
  • Phone Number: 252-995-5959

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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