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Mainsail Restaurant

414 Roland Ave, Surf City, Topsail Island, NC
910 328 0010
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Ranked #25 of 45 Restaurants in Surf City
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

There were pros and cons with this visit. I'll start with the pros. We went on a Saturday and they had a great prime rib special. 8oz for 12.99 and could have it cut larger. Loaded potato was amazing House red wine dressing was surprisingly good No wait Cons Crab cakes were tasteless Not enough high hairs to go around... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Mainsail is an island mainstay, and it has okay food. Our server (Mandy?) was very friendly and attentive. The decor and atmosphere leave a bit to be desired. We were sat with our 2 kids close to the loudly swearing bar patrons which was a little off-putting. The fried green tomato w/goat cheese appetizer special was good, but the chicken... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

This is the first time in my life that I felt compelled to leave a review. This was the worst food I have ever eaten. It wasn't bad enough my appetizer was to hard to cut, but the bowl of " cream of crab soup" which states made with back fin lump crab, to my utter surprise the lumps of... More

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Loveland, Colorado
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Last year we waited until the end of our beach vacation to try the Mainsail Restaurant on Topsail Island... and we were sorry we hadn't visited sooner. The restaurant choices in Surf City and all over the island are not always up to par, so finding the few gems is important. Mainsail appears to always be busy and this was... More

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Surf City, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Prime Rib on Sat. and Sun. Really good Fried Seafood. Not alot of breading. Nice bar. Nice staff. Worth the wait if there is a line on the weekends.

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Camp Lejeune, NC
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34 reviews 34 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This was my first visit to Mainsail even though I have lived in Surf City for a few years. I was pleasantly surprised. We were seated near the bar but it seemed like a nice quiet bar, only 5 or 6 bar stools (note to self: go back to have appetizers with hubby and sit at the bar). We arrived... More

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We eat here every year and it never disappoints! I generally do not care for the "normal beach restaurants", but this one is different! We always get great service and great food. The crab legs are a great market price and always huge lumps of crab meat. We ate here twice on this year's vacation and I look forward to... More

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North Woodstock, Connecticut, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We traveled to Surf City and discovered a hidden gem. the Mainsail Restaurant is worlds away for the strip malls and chain restaurants that populate nearby Jacksonville. Not only is it located near lovely beaches, but the food was fantastic and the service was top notch. Not too stuffy or fancy, just fresh food, excellent service and great prices. We... More

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Apex
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

I ordered the special....."prime rib"......it was nothing but fat....more than half......when I asked the manager to look at how much is in the plate.....her response was you never know until you cut it....sometimes you get a fatty/bad batch.....so I asked if you prep a plate and you see food or an entree not looking right why are you serving it... More

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Punta Cana Excellence
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We had an excellent meal... Oysters were good and fresh! Will visit again. Prices were average also. Wait staff was very friendly. Lots of parking

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Topsail2002, Owner at Mainsail Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for the kinds words. We appreciate customer feedback and are happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience at Mainsail. We look forward to seeing you all again. Cheers, Steven Pasquantonio Owner More

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