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The Cape Fear

101 West Bay Street, Southport, NC 28461
(910) 457-9222
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Ranked #58 of 72 restaurants in Southport
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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  • English first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Oak Island, NC
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This restaurant has the best view in Southport. Unfortunately, the interior is old, musty and sad. My husband and I ate lunch here a few weeks ago for first time this summer. We both had the fried seafood plate. Must have been frozen definitely not fresh.

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Carthage, North Carolina
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We typically eat at Cape Fear every summer. This will be our last summer dining at Cape Fear. The service was less than desirable. My husband and I ordered the surf and turf. Both of our steaks were burnt black and crispy. We ordered them medium and medium well. The shrimp was good as usual but they were out of... More

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Charleston, West Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We were vacationing on Oak Island the past week and decided to go out for seafood. Our first choice on the island was booked out the door at 4:30pm, so we opted for an old favorite. We used to eat here when it was referred to as the Ships Chandler. A better waterfront view you cannot get. The food however... More

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Oak Island, North Carolina
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I've eaten at the Cape Fear several times and have never had bad service or bad food. I don't understand all the complaints. As for the statement the parking lot is a mud hole, evidently someone got their restaurants mixed up because there is paved parking in front of and on the side of the restaurant.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The first thing I noticed when I walked in was that the place smelled musty. The carpet looked like it hadn't been cleaned in years. I ordered crabcakes, and they had more filler than crab. Although the view was nice, the windows were dirty. Service was OK.

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Castle Hayne, North Carolina
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Manager was apologetic based on our experience last evening. That did not change the fact that the entrees were cold, and service was mediocre. In the past, this was not the case. Not sure if there is new ownership or what. At any rate, I would not recommend.

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Greenville, North Carolina
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44 reviews 44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We checked out the A-List places, but the wait was too long. Next time I'll bring my patience. I also will consult tripadvisor! This would be a great place for a good restaurant. View is awesome, but it ends there. For a place on the water you'd think they'd serve fresh seafood. I am pretty sure this stuff came out... More

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Huntersville, United States
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180 reviews 180 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I had reviewed this place on a trip last year and gave it an extra star for the location. We were fooled by the location and went back recently. 40+ minutes for hush puppies that we ordered, then a manger come out and asked if we still wanted them. It was hot as heck in there and we were all... More

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Asheboro, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This restaurant was the only place in Southport that didn't have a long wait or require reservations on a Saturday evening. But...we discovered that if it seems too good to be true, it will end up being terrible. On the positive side, our waiter was okay. The chicken potstickers appetizer was pretty good. That is pretty much it. And now... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

This restaurant was actually our 4th choice because everything else we chose was closed at lunch, but their blackened tuna steaks were really good, the green beans were great, and the people running the restaurant were nice.

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