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“one of the top 2 places in town” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Live Oak Cafe

Live Oak Cafe
614 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461-3426
910-454-4360
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Ranked #10 of 74 Restaurants in Southport
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Doing business, Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: For current menu and wine list information, please visit our website
Southport, North Carolina
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86 reviews 86 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“one of the top 2 places in town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2011

in my opinion and for such a small area, there are some truly great places to eat around southport. live oak consistently delivers with great food and wonderful service. i love the setting and the menu. dont miss the gator bites and whatever the chef is offering as a special. you'll be pleased.

  • Visited March 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Cambridge, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Inconspicuous gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2011

The cafe would probably hard to find for someone not from the area as it is in fact a fairly ordinary and inconspicuous house but we were lucky to have local friends to show us the place. The cafe is relatively tiny and has an immediate cozy feel with tables in several small rooms and has an adorable sofa to have a drink on while waiting for a table. We were welcomed by a very attentive waiter whose service was superb throughout our visit. The menu was reassuringly short and specials nicely reflected seasonal produce/daily catch. The food was absolutely delicious and came in huge portions.Overall, it was a really pleasant surprise to find this fine dining establishment in Southport and we can't wait for an opportunity to go back again. The only thing that I did not really like was small distance between tables. We went for an early evening meal so the place was still relatively empty, but I could see how it could feel crowded rather than cozy on busier nights.

  • Visited January 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Southport, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“neat idea”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2010

we had dinner as a guest of my daughter for our anniversary a few years ago. the dinner was delicious. we were anxious to return. several months later we returned. the food was not like before. i asked around and found that the earlier chef had gone elsewhere. thats the restaurant i should find as this chef was a gem. i should try this restaurant again but i would not want to spend the money (quite costly) on a dinner like the second one.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Enfield, CT
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82 reviews 82 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
“You can do better than the Live Oak Cafe”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2010

My wife and I ate at the Live Oak Cafe recently and were largely disappointed with the experience. While the bread basket was good, there were only 3 small rolls and no more were offered. The tomato bisque soup with she-crab tasted a bit off. My wife's pork fillet was tasty, but the accompanying rice and vegatables were bland. My baked grouper tasted fine, but arrived barely warm from the kitchen. Service was spotty despite the fact that there were only 2 other groups in the restaurant. We would recommend the Pharmacy as a better value for Southport dining.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Chicago, Illinois
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“We still dont understand why this place...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2010 via mobile

We still dont understand why this place gets such high ratings. The atmosphere is cramped, the patrons are so loud around you that if its just the two of you all you do the entire time is get drowned out by others because they are so close. The food was also not very appetizing or worth the money. The dish i had included more garnish then food and overall the garnish won the taste battle. I have not recommended this place to others, but i have heard of others having a good experience. We may try again but there are too many other better restaurants in southport to waste a night here.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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