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101 West Bay Street, Southport, NC 28461
(910) 457-9222
Website
Today
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Good for:
Families with children
Bar scene
Large groups
Local cuisine

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 9
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Just okay

Food here was just okay. The sandwiches were between $8-10 and main meals almost all were $17-19. The view was nice but the place seems a bit outdated and overpriced for the quality. Service was friendly.

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 15, 2015
katebruder
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Lima, Peru
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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75 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Sylva
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

My family and I went in on a Sunday afternoon, after the typical Sunday afternoon 'rush', so there was maybe 6 tables occupied when we went in. We were there almost 2 hours to eat lunch and it was awful. It took forever to get our drinks, our meal, and I thought we would NEVER get our ticket! The server... More 

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Oak Island, North Carolina, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We live near by in Oak Island and about twice a year I am embarrassed to say we eat at Cape Fear. The view is beautiful, that's it. After about 12 meals here we still have not had a good one. The place is outdated and the food is horrible. Don't bother with anything fresh and the fried food is... More 

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Lima, Peru
Top Contributor
180 reviews 180 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Food here was just okay. The sandwiches were between $8-10 and main meals almost all were $17-19. The view was nice but the place seems a bit outdated and overpriced for the quality. Service was friendly.

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Durham, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This is one of my favorite restaurants on the North Carolina coast. We have far too few restaurants on the water and this is one. Drive down 211 right into the parking lot and you can't go any further. I have always had excellent service and good to great food here. I have been here many times over the past... More 

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1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

I live in Southport and used to love this place...BUT the quality of the food has been going downhill for sometime. The last two visits were absolutely terrible, leaving me and my family sick, physically sick from eating there. I had a steak, which was thin and tough. The fries they served with it were cold. My daughter had pasta... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

We stopped in the afternoon for drinks. The view of water was spectacular. Try the swamp water cocktail!

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Tucson, Arizona
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

The bloody mary was GREAT....We had lunch there also, the food was ok, but there were alot of things on the menu that they did not have..

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I had not eaten at this location since I was a teen, and decided to try it again. It's true, there is a reason for no waiting on a Saturday evening. The service was slow, but courteous. However, the food was not hot, and the stuffed flounder was absolutely full of bones. The waterfront view is great, but it does... More 

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1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

The ONLY good thing I can say is the view us nice. Our waiter didn't have a personality. The building is old and smells musty. My grandson who is 1 was crying and we were asked to control him and they began to tell my son-in-law how to be a parent. So we canceled our order and left. So if... More 

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Oak Island, NC
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 101 West Bay Street, Southport, NC 28461
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Southport
  • Phone Number: (910) 457-9222

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 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?