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“Inexpensive seafood restaurant for the family” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Nicky's of Swansboro - CLOSED

Nicky's of Swansboro
106 Front St, Swansboro, NC 28584
910-325-7460
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Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: American, Italian, Seafood
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: We are a family owned restaurant that specializes in homemade cooking and fresh seafood.We are now located in Historic Downtown SwansboroOpen 7 Days a week with a late night kitchen!
Columbus, Ohio
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Inexpensive seafood restaurant for the family”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

We previously visited Nicky's a year ago, and returned in August of 2013. Nicky's moved down the street, and the new building is a lot bigger, but it appears that the owners haven't done much with the dining rooms. Old wallpaper with dirt marks is still on the walls. The whole place could use a new inside paint job, with new art work that appropriately matches the décor. I also don't care for the country look inside this restaurant. I would have preferred the old white tablecloths and paint color choices from the old Nicky's. There is also no view anymore of the bay.

Anyways, we did not have a reservation so we knew to expect a wait. We waited about an hour and finally we were seated at 8:30pm.

The menu has not changed much. There are still no creative dishes. It is pretty standard seafood fare - pick your fish, pick your seasoning, add a starch, and a vegie, and you are done ordering.

We ordered flounder, shrimp and grits, and chicken tenders for one of the kids. As a result of our late seating, our salads arrived missing cucumbers as they had run out. But everything came out of the kitchen pretty timely. The flounder dish with the scampi sauce was tastier than the flounder with the lemon pepper. It was good although the size of it appears to have shrank since last I ordered it. We also had a shrimp with grits dish but it was overly soupy and the shrimp were overcooked. The chicken tenders were very good, and appeared to be homemade, but the fries with it were overly salted and tasted like they had sat around all night in the fryer.

As a family of four, we had no appetizers, but we did order what was left of the cheesecakes for dessert. Our final cost was $80 plus tip.

We would probably return to Nicky's but we would like to see their dining room cleaned up, and larger portions of seafood in their dishes.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Very impressed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

We came in as a party of 3 on a Friday night.we started out with the calamari and grouper bites.delicious!.but the entree was even better..we all ordered mahi and scallops I was extremely impressed.we all were! And thanks Angela for all your patience suggestions and great service

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Emerald Isle, North Carolina
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
“Again, great service, very good food, and a great value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

What I love about this place is that they really try hard to improve. They care about service and food, and the value of their food. This time I ordered the wahoo ($17.95). Wahoo is hard to cook because it will dry out very quickly. The fish was cooked almost perfectly. Taste was great. They get most of their fresh fish from a local fish market in Morehead City, NC called Blue Ocean. We've been customers of that market for years and we are so glad that Nicky's uses them for their supplies when they can (CArteret County Catch!). Service was great (our server was CJ). He took great care to help us especially since one of our guests has a food allergy and he was very patient making sure that she was served well. In fact, she can't have butter in her food and he went back to the chef (Mike I think) and asked about the shrimp scampi and the chef said he would use olive oil instead and she loved the dish. I thought that was very accommodating. We especially enjoyed the fried artichoke heart app that we ordered. Nick the owner stopped by and we enjoyed talking with him for awhile. And our server, CJ, introduced me to a new IPA beer from Dales Brewery that I liked very much.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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swansboro
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“overall bad”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

Last time we ate here we had a party of 7. Waited forever to be served, was told that they didn't have a children's menu even though the hostess said that they did. Took over a hour to receive our food, some of us had the wrong order and some were cold. Was not given any type of discount for the terrible service or food. Will not be going back especially for the price.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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“Good food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013 via mobile

I went with a party of four. We had a varity of meals from the menu. All items where fresh and tasty. I would return.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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