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“Good bar, bad food.” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Buddy's Crab House and Oyster Bar

Buddy's Crab House and Oyster Bar
101 Roland Ave, Surf City, Topsail Island, NC
910-328-1515
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Ranked #35 of 44 Restaurants in Surf City
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Good bar, bad food.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Cool place to grab a beer while on the beach. The food, however, is terrible and overpriced. The shrimp po-boy is 5 shrimp in a cold hamburger bun.... There are way better options all over Surf City.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Raleigh, North Carolina
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
“It was what it was”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We stopped by on the way into town a few months back and wanted to get oysters. It was off-season and a Thursday, so it was pretty empty. The waitress was nice enough to give us all of the remaining steamed oysters (above the dozen we ordered), so that was nice. Otherwise, it is what it is. The bar was fine and the beer was cold.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Charlotte, NC
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Read the reviews....great location/view, but food is terrible”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Everything was either overcooked or undercooked....the Mahi Sandwich (the special) was a couple thin strips of fried fish - don't even think it was Mahi - on a stale bun. The only reason to go here is for the bar. I've owned a house on Topsail Island for over 8 years and this is one of the places we avoid.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Holly Ridge, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Best Steaks Ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

This was the best steak..it is alittle pricy but good....and the sevice was excellent also..The view is wonderful..overlooking the ocean...what more could you ask for....altho it was alittle windy...but still wonderful....

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Columbus, Ohio
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Enjoyed the shrimp!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

This is the first restaurant we visited on our trip to Topsail Island. It was really nice to sit out on their patio, overlooking the ocean, and enjoy a basket of fried shrimp. I loved the light batter on the shrimp, but my corn nuggets were a bit undercooked (gooey middle) for my tastes. My family also tried burgers (mediocre reviews) and fried oysters (ok, but not as good as T's Cafe). The restaurant had a very beach-side, and not necessarily clean feel and the prices were a big higher than most of the other places we tried during the trip.

Visited October 2012
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