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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

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    Very good
  • 29
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  • 36
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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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NC
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48 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

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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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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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
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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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Atlanta, Georgia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We loved the views and the wonderful,service from Ebony and Margarita. If you just want a regular beer and great view, I'd highly recommend it. The food, the wine and liquor selections leave a great deal to be desired, even for a beach place.

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Mebane, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Having eaten at Buddy's many times over the years, and experienced it's downhill slide, we thought we would be safe to go there for drinks. You know you are in trouble when a bar is out of the liquor needed to make four of their eight featured signature drinks. Since I don't drink carbonated drinks, it is sometimes hard to... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

View is amazing. Right on the beach. Wild animals (Opossum was literally crawling on my feet.) Scared the sh$# out of meee. Been several times and food was terrible every time. Could not chew the shrimp because they were so tough. How hard is it to put shrimp in boiling water until they turn pink. If you can't cook shrimp,... More 

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North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Some friends and I decided to check this place out for dinner when finishing at the beach. It was close and something new for us all to try. There was a long wait when we got there, which was to be expected, as it was dinner time and everyone was coming off the beach. The hostess told us our table... More 

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Additional Information about Buddy's Crab House and Oyster Bar

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

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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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