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Giggling Mackerel Seafood Grille

65 Causeway Dr, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469-7505
+1 910-575-0902
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Price range: $4 - $24
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Join us on our 3rd Floor Tiki Bar where the coldest Beer and Southern Hospitality awaits you. Located under the bridge on the Intracoastal Waterway. Open 7 days a week from 11:00am-9:00pm.
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Join us on our 3rd Floor Tiki Bar where the coldest Beer and Southern Hospitality awaits you. Located under the bridge on the Intracoastal Waterway. Open 7 days a week from 11:00am-9:00pm.
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English first
Charlotte, NC area
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The Giggling Mackerel has a lot of things going for it. The highest rooftop deck on OIB. An air-conditioned option on the main floor (2nd level above ground). Right on the intercoastal with slips, gas, jet ski & boat rentals right there as well as chartered fishing boats located within the same building. It's not an ocean view, but few... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

The BLT my daughter got had bacon fat no bacon. I had a Rueben and slaw and the Rueben was salty and the slaw was dry. We waited 25 minutes for our meal and were the only ones there. Their ranking of 20th out of 32 is very generous

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Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Ordered tuna salad sandwich. It was meh. The onion rings were the only good thing. The waitress spent more time chatting at the bar to the other waitresses instead of looking after her tables.

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Orlando
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I was searching for a spot on the water to have lunch near Ocean Isle Beach. The Giggling Mackerel is right at the foot of the bridge, so I decided to check it out. I can't say it was great, but it certainly wasn't bad. We sat upstairs and it did have a water view, but it wasn't a picturesque... More

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Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We met friends there after 9pm on a Thursday. We had already eaten so we just sat at a table in the rooftop bar and had drinks. My wife and I had frozen margaritas and the other couple had a daiquiri and piña colada. All very good. Nice place to unwind.

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Food is ok, definitely not the best on the island. Waitstaff was rude, manager even worse. Not ever going back...

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saugerties,ny
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Calamari was just passable, there were plenty of them but they are nothing to write home about. I can't even remember what my husband had. He did order regular unsweetened tea and when she came and refilled his glass she did so with sweet tea. He hostess was not at all friendly, she acted like we were a bother to... More

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

No waiting. We had ribeye/scallops & ribeye/lobster tail and both were amazing! Friendly server and awesome mango margarita. Definitely added to our list of favorites!

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North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We only waited about 30 minutes for a table on a Monday night (was told 45 mins to an hour) and found the food was great and service was on par for a beach town with little other choices. The steak ordered by one of our party was a little overdone, but other than that, no complaints at all. We... More

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Dayton, Ohio
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I usually save my reviews for good spots I think others will enjoy; however; this review is for the purpose of letting others know there are better places to eat on Ocean Isle. The service was adequate but robotic and smileless. The food was actually pretty bad. The fish was fishy, and the veggies had a rubberiness I've never experienced... More

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