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Daddy Mac's Beach Grille

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108 N. Shore Drive, Surf City, Topsail Island, NC
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Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Great Location

This restaurant has a great location on the ocean overlooking the surf city pier. The food is always really good. There are rocking chairs out on the deck to sit and enjoy the ocean with a drink while you wait for your table.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 25, 2015
Lindenhurst, New York
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Charlotte, NC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I had heard 'mixed reviews' about this restaurant - particularly the food. The soup of the day was clam chowder - New England - and was quite good...lots of clams, creamy and tasteful - served just a tad more than warm. I tend to like my soup 'hot' to the point where if I have to wait a few minutes... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our family of 4 dined tonight at Daddy Macs. We were not disappointed! We were seating quickly at a window seat. Drinks and appetizers came quickly. Hot crap dip with pita points was outstanding as was the cajun oysters. Loved both!! Salads were fantastic: mixed greens (not cheap iceberg) with homemade croutons and dressing. Main courses were : Lobster and... More 

1 Thank WendyHC70
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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49 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

We just stumbled upon this establishment and are so happy we did. My husband had filet mignon which he really liked and I had shrimp and scallops. Delicious. You get a large amount of food making the price worth every penny spent. We had a very attentive waiter and if he was busy the others helped out without us asking.... More 

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Akron, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

It was a beautiful day. We were seated on the deck with a nice view of the surfers. I ordered the fried shrimp dinner and my wife ordered mahi mahi. My meal was a fine, except the coleslaw was inedible. My wife's fish was supposed to have a glaze on it, well it did not. She was not happy and... More 

Thank Douglas K
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

We were there for a late lunch, so the dining room was empty. There were several people out on the landing, where there were about 6 tables. It was a bit windy, so we stayed inside. We ordered the fish tacos, which tasted good but were very messy to eat. The waitress was busy with the people outdoors, and we... More 

Thank springsgirlColorado
Charlotte, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015 via mobile

I'm giving two stars because the food was edible, just not very good and oddly (inappropriately) imaginative. Buffalo calamari is a warning... As others have suggested perhaps it is just an off season issue. But I honestly think we all just want to be nice and that won't help anyone improve. The location is good. The physical space is right... More 

2 Thank clntng
Lutherville Timonium, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

Late arrival in the dark - hungry and looking for an open restaurant in November! Drove around and pulled into the parking lot of what looked to be the welcome center. There were a lot of people parking so we stopped and asked about a good restaurant that might be open. Right next door was Daddy Mac's! It's a good... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

My hubby & I went to Daddy Mac's one evening for dinner. It was off season and it was dark by the time we got there so we sat inside as it was too windy to sit out on the deck. I'm sure the ambience out there would be really nice during the day or on a nice summer evening.... More 

2 Thank Cindy E
Lindenhurst, New York
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70 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

This restaurant has a great location on the ocean overlooking the surf city pier. The food is always really good. There are rocking chairs out on the deck to sit and enjoy the ocean with a drink while you wait for your table.

1 Thank 4StarTraveler1
Cary, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

I've been coming to this restaurant as long as it's been open. Never had a bad meal. Lots of food and excellent quality. We have tried other restaurants at Topsail but keep coming back to Daddy Mac's.

Thank LindaMo_nc

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 108 N. Shore Drive, Surf City, Topsail Island, NC
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Topsail Island  >  Surf City

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Scenic view, Large groups

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?