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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: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night

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  • 14
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 29
    Average
  • 29
    Poor
  • 38
    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
Worsts service ever

we love this place - try to visit each time we go to Surf City, but this time the service was bad, very bad. We had a party of 6 - 5 of us were served & finished before the 6th person got their food & IT WAS ONLY PEEL N EAT SHRIMP!! Server was nice enough - but the... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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English first
North Carolina
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 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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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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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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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Some friends and I were in town for a golf trip. After a hot round on the golf course, we went to Buddy's for some cold beer and steamed shrimp. We went on a Friday night, was seated in about 20 minutes on the deck. It was hot, but the cold beer, steamed shrimp, excellent view of the ocean and... More 

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NC
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48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

we love this place - try to visit each time we go to Surf City, but this time the service was bad, very bad. We had a party of 6 - 5 of us were served & finished before the 6th person got their food & IT WAS ONLY PEEL N EAT SHRIMP!! Server was nice enough - but the... More 

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Cary, North Carolina, United States
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We went after eloping and had lots of fun. It was a gorgeous view on the deck. Food was good, beer reasonable, Margarita pricey and just ok. We will go back next year for our anniversary.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015 via mobile

We originally were headed to he restaurant next door but it was closed for a wedding so we tried this place. Did not look open from first glance so we walked right in where a girl sat us. The table was in a dark corner of the porch so I asked if we could put two tables together closer to... More 

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Bowling Green, KY
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The atmosphere is great. It's a seat yourself place. I didn't know that and there were servers that passed by as my son and I stood in the doorway. A quick "go ahead and seat yourself" would have sufficed but it didn't come. I finally noticed a colored chalkboard sitting on the floor directing you to seat yourself. We took... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Great food, fast service and very welcoming by Taylor! Look forward to coming again. We had basket of shrimp and the salad was good too! Love the view of the ocean and pier to!

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Winston Salem
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Service was excellent, I came in by myself and they sat me at a window that was partially opened. Dead flies laying on window pane. Ordered shrimp po boy but it was so hot I asked for it to go. I left and opened my box and had a hamburger bun with 6 shrimp, a small piece of lettuce and... More 

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