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Buddy's Crab House and Oyster Bar

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101 Roland Ave, Surf City, Topsail Island, NC
910-328-1515
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 15
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 31
    Poor
  • 40
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Road trip food

Great views and good service, the food was mediocre. I had lunch there and the fries were undercooked, the shrimp was nothing close to fresh but the staff was friendly and you can't beat the location.

3 of 5 starsReviewed October 17, 2015
herleyberley
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Alaska
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Alaska
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Great views and good service, the food was mediocre. I had lunch there and the fries were undercooked, the shrimp was nothing close to fresh but the staff was friendly and you can't beat the location.

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Brick, NJ
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121 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

We go there every year we are on the Island. The view is outstanding and the food and drinks are fine.

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Thank Nevs
Lindenhurst, New York
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70 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015 via mobile

We've been here before and the food was OK but it was worth it because of the outside seating right on the ocean. This time the food was terrible! A serious waste of calories!

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Thank 4StarTraveler1
Wilmington, North Carolina
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249 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Overpriced food, flies bombarding us throughout the meal, and uncomfortable seating were some of the highlights of the night. When the fries aren't even good, it's definitely not worth it, even for the view. Don't bother - make a better choice if you're in Surf City.

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Thank Stephanie F
AURORA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Some beach bars have a great view, and great food........well Buddy's has the great view and atmosphere, but the food wasn't even average!!! I gave it a "2" based on the view and location. If you are drinking a lot of beer, then this place might be passable..........But for the price point charged, we wont go back to eat there.... More 

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1 Thank RON B
Johnson City, TN
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015 via mobile

A group of 8 of us went to Buddy's tonight. We ordered drinks. My wife ordered a drink that was $9.25. She took one sip and could not drink it. The drink was horrible. She asked the waitress for a coke and gave the drink back. Someone then came out and told us we would be charged for the drink... More 

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Thank orangenwhite
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

HORRIBLE!!! Should have taken the advice of the man on the beach when he said this place was a 'sh_t hole'. He wasn't wrong. The food was way over priced! 15 dollars for a "basket" of fried shrimp and a few fries. Really? We payed 75 dollars for something we could have gotten at Long John Silvers for 20 dollars.... More 

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Thank Kelly B
North Carolina
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Great oceanfront restaurant, food was decent and decent priced. Enjoyed eating outside lots of shade so it was not very hot and had a great breeze flowing.

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1 Thank Misty H
Surf City, North Carolina
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Had dinner there w friends who asked repeatively if certain foods were fried w the shrimp. Their child had shrimp allergies. Their daughter had a reaction immediately after eating. While her mom ran to give her meds, we called the aggressive, angry, unprofessional manager to the table. Who accused us of giving her shrimp. She was confrontational, unmoved by the... More 

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Thank Lawyerfriend
Garner, North Carolina, United States
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Food was bad - every order had something wrong, service OK. Friends complained and manager verbally attacked them and refused to help. I spoke to her along the lines of 'are you OK?, tomorrow's a better day' on the way to the bathroom. She went to the table of angry friends and reported I said I was on her side... More 

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Thank Alex M

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 101 Roland Ave, Surf City, Topsail Island, NC
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Topsail Island  >  Surf City
  • Phone Number: 910-328-1515

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?