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614 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461-3426
910-454-4360
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Ranked #10 of 74 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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English first
Southport, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

Recently had dinner at Live Oak and the meal and appetizers were at best so, so. All 4 in our party agreed that the dinner wasn't nearly as good as previous experiences. Service was very good, just disappointed in the food. Sorry to say we won't be going back because it is a nice little place but not worth money... More 

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North Carolina
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39 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Judging by the food eaten around us, this restaurant is worth the trip. That being said, I did not enjoy my meal at all. Shrimp and grits are one of my favorites but as I do not enjoy overly spiced food, I asked about the level of spice. I was told it was mild. The kitchen did not have grits... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Recently ate at the Live Oak Cafe. The restaurant is very quaint but the decor could use a little updating. We were in a room with other tables but they were empty, feel if it was full it would be noisy. We all had wonderful meals, (pistachio encrusted mahi, Mediterranean seafood (sea bass on this occasion), scallops and crab, trout).... More 

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Leland, North Carolina
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179 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

This restaurant looks like nothing from the outside. It's a small old house with a front porch. Once inside, there are a couple small rooms, each holding just a few tables. Our server was very good, and the four of us were very happy with our food. We were there to help celebrate an anniversary, and the restaurant did not... More 

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5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 via mobile

Good variety of food from land to sea. Crab salad in mushrooms was really good. More upscale offerings! Service friendly and efficient.

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33 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I made a much anticipated visit to Live Oak for our last dinner night out in Southport. We had first enjoyed this spot a little over a year ago. I enjoyed my "Buffaloaf" and she enjoyed her pork entree that was new to the menu. Service was good though we did have to ask for bread which... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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43 reviews 43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

A local shop owner recommended Live Oak to us, it was a good call. We had to wait about 20 mins for a table, wish we had made reservations, but the wait was worth it. We had a very nice appetizer of Gorgonzola risotto stuffed Portobello mushroom, topped with sautéed shrimp followed by us splitting the Grilled Jumbo Sea Scallops... More 

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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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42 reviews 42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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73 reviews 73 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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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Additional Information about Live Oak Cafe

Address: 614 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461-3426
Phone Number: 910-454-4360
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Southport
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday 6:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 6:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 6:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 6:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 6:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cuisine: American

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