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Live Oak Cafe

614 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461-3426
910-454-4360
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Ranked #7 of 72 Restaurants in Southport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Mon - Fri 6:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Doing business, Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: For current menu and wine list information, please visit our website
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Ipswich, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Friends had raved about Live Oak Cafe and they weren't kidding. We had our best meal of the week here. We started with competently made cocktails, then split a spinach salad (with warm bacon dressing) - very good. Then onto the entrees: shrimp pasta was the ultimate in seafood comfort food, with lots of tasty basil to add character; the... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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71 reviews 71 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014 via mobile

We had our favorite meal of our six days in Southport at the Live Oak Grill. Our server was Danielle who was friendly and knowledgable about the menu. To begin we split a house salad which was fresh and delicious. Then I had the pecan encrusted rainbow trout over squash ravioli. My husband had the scallop and crab au gratin.... More

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Durham NC
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48 reviews 48 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

It was my wife's birthday, so I wanted to take her to a nice restaurant at the beach where they have reservations, as we do not want to fight the tourist crowds at most of the restaurants. I called two weeks ahead and told them it was my wife's birthday, (a significant one) and was offered seatings at 6:30 or... More

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The rainbow trout with a bourbon sauce was heavenly. The service was exceptional. The restaurant is in a lovely old house that has been restored. A charming place.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

I would highly recommend eating at Live Oak if you are in Southport. Our waitress was so welcoming and had a great way of explaining the different dishes. She was knowledgable about the menu as well as the wine selections. She spent time with our table and helped us to enjoy our dining experience. Our food was awesome!!! I had... More

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Oak Island, NC
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

As a local, I had not taken the opportunity to experience this restaurant because from the outside, it didn't look like much. Boy, was I fooled! A true culinary delight in a warm, quaint setting. An historic house with antique rustic furnishings, all tastefully decorated. The service was superb, first-class. All the food was fresh and seasoned perfectly. The portions... More

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This is one of our favorite spots to eat in Southport. They have wonderful food and a great staff, especially Chris! It is hard to pick what to order because it is all amazing! We have enjoyed special events such as a wine dinner pairring that were very good!

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Seattle, Washington
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The duck crepes were so beyond what we expected, could have easily had an order each vs sharing. Musts have deliciousness! Salmon special was delicious (and pacific salmon - score!). Entrees were delicious - we had trout, salmon special, ribeye, seafood pasta dish, and scallops au gratin. Our server, Brandy, was wonderful -- great mix of peppy and personable with... More

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

After a horrible experience at The Pharmacy, we raced down to Live Oak since it does close earlier than we are used to. Luckily a table was getting up and we were able to be seated. The food what phenomenal! Service was fantastic and attentive and the owner per our request even came out. Duck Crepes - you must try.... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We rode by this restaurant for several years before deciding to try this. Why? Because it reminded me of my Granny's rundown house in the Ozark's in Arkansas. There is nothing inviting visually from the first step on the porch. It's a hodgepodge of consignment store relics to me. In fact, the round table on the screened porch where we... More

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