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Topless Oyster Restaurant

875 Irvin Garrish Hwy, P.O. Box 453, Ocracoke, NC 27960
252-928-2800
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Ranked #24 of 29 restaurants in Ocracoke
Price range: $7 - $26
Cuisines: American
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night
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English first
Church Hill, Tennessee
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

We had Philly cheese steak egg rolls and crab cake sandwiches, everything was great including the atmosphere.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014 via mobile

We went with a group of for and started with raw oysters. This was the first time I'd ever had a raw oyster and I think I am now spoiled. My fiancée had a burger that she enjoyed. My brother-in-law and myself ate the tuna caught locally. We both ordered it extra-rare and was seared perfectly. The slaw and fries... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This place looks like a dump and the name does not make you think family restaurant. Very casual atmosphere. Laid back but really good food. Have had a great crab cake there before. This time I had a lunch special; fresh flounder basket. It was the best flounder I have ever had. Went back and got a take out the... More

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Ocracoke, North Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

About the only place on the island besides oinc's ( also same owner) to get bbq and it doesn't disappoint! Family friendly, they even have paper kids menus and crayons so the kids can be occupied. They serve Carolina sauce as well as "Yankee" sauce. The later a normal bbq sauce. They also do racks of baby back ribs which... More

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Cedar Bluff, Alabama
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6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

We enjoyed a soft shell crab sandwich, she crab soup and fried shrimp. Everything was fresh and delicious. Do not go there expecting a five-star atmosphere, however.

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Henderson, North Carolina
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93 reviews 93 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

We got there around 5:00 pm ...not crowded. We both got fried platters that had a crab cake. The crab cake was very good along with the flounder, shrimp and oysters.The shrimp and oysters were decent size unlike some places I've been. Everything was seasoned well and very flavorful. Our server was pleasant and made sure we were OK. They... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

The food was great and the entertainment better. Barefoot Wade is an amazing musician and singer. The staff was very attentive. This restaurant is a short stroll from Pam's Pelican.

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Chester County, PA
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8 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We travel to Ocracoke twice a year and figured we would give the Topless Oyster one more try. On another occasion it had smelled like mildew and beer, so we left, but we wanted to see if there were any improvements. Order the fried fish and sauteed fish sandwiches (flounder). My wife's fish (fried) was not cooked completely and mine... More

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
1 review
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

Granted there was an ice/snow storm on the island. There were 8 of us eating. The place was NOT busy. The bartender/waitress was disinterested. She brought the wrong food, then argued with us about what we ordered. She brought dinners for appetizers. Just overall an awful experience! If I lived here I would not go back. However, the ones who... More

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Nags Head, North Carolina
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

I've been to the "Topless Oyster" twice in the past two months (off season) and have enjoyed sitting outdoors on the screened porch, listening to music and soaking in the atmosphere. The restaurant is very casual, the food servings are plentiful and good (standard fare) for the price, but the service is just plain outstanding. Both times, very friendly bartender... More

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