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875 Irvin Garrish Hwy, Ocracoke, NC 27960
252-928-2800
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good enough food

We ate here one day, and the food was average. I will say, the crab soup was the best thing I had. A bit pricey for what you get. Would definitely check it out, but don't go here first.

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
Nancy T
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Garner, North Carolina
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Garner, North Carolina
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We ate here one day, and the food was average. I will say, the crab soup was the best thing I had. A bit pricey for what you get. Would definitely check it out, but don't go here first.

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Tappahannock, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This isn't the most popular place (*cough*Howards*cough*) but it's never overly crowded, the staff is fantastic and the food is delicious.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

It was July 4th weekend of 2014, and hurricane Arthur, the first of the season, was heading toward Ocracoke. Hatteras Island had been evacuated, and lots of visitors took the last ferries off Ocracoke. But for the few of us remaining, looking for a place for a cold beer and some hot foot, Topless Oyster filled the bill. Service was... More 

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Name needs to be changed on TripAdvisor. Now called Ocracoke Oyster Company. Huge space. Front porch is very roomy and has ceiling fans with a screen in porch. Nice are inside as well with a separate bar and pool table adjacent. Very friendly waiter (Carmen) when we came here for lunch. Patty at the Seafood Market recommended this place for... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The restaurant has the same owners we were told, but they have changed the name to the Ocracokes Oyster Company. We chose to go there on a Friday night to hear local musicians: Martin & Marcy. Our server was a young man who did not seem that interested in his job. He never told us the specials, although the female... More 

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Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The po'boy shrimp sandwich is loaded with shrimp and the fries are huge curled steak fries. Tasty food with good service. All items on the menu were very reasonably priced.

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Hannacroix, New York, United States
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118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Glad they changed the name, would not have stopped before. Simple, clean, good waitress, fun and accommodating, food -- we had a bowl of Crab Bisque (hubby ordered, I tried it -- it was good!) and shared a Tuna Melt. It was good. Sustained us for the rest of the day. They had a game room in there as well,... More 

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Siler City, North Carolina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We should have sent those tasteless bivalves back. We made the wrong choice for our Anniversary dinner. The service was horrible as well. We were one of about four tables in the whole place. Do yourself a favor and head to any other place on the island. We had oysters the next day @ Howard's Pub and they were awesome.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Though most of the time, the oysters are not local-- the afternoon special is noteworthy. This restaurant has changed ownership several times, but the service and quality seem to remain the same.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

My wife and I went for supper on the last night of our honeymoon stay. She got fried flounder, which was good. I got a dozen oysters steamed medium and they were like eating rubber. They weren't over cooked, just chewy. Service was decent. I will not go back and don't recommend.

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Address: 875 Irvin Garrish Hwy, Ocracoke, NC 27960
Phone Number: 252-928-2800
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Ocracoke
Average Prices: USD 7 - 26
Cuisine: American, Seafood

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 875 Irvin Garrish Hwy, Ocracoke, NC 27960
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Ocracoke
  • Phone Number: 252-928-2800

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 26
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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