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The Mad Crabber

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$$ - $$$
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40606 Hwy 12, Avon, Hatteras Island, NC 27915
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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11 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Having a large party of 9, we expected an added gratuity but were reluctant to pay it due to the lack of service. We went at around 6 p.m. and they were fairly slow but it is the off season. We had only one server and once she delivered our food she never came back to check on us. We... More 

Thank Jerri H
durham nc
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

real good food, good-size servings and a nice boisterous family atmosphere. Piles of seafood can never be cheap, kids or not. If you want a nice quiet date place, this isn't it. If you want to talk business over drink, this is not the place. A quiet dinner with your spouse? Not here. But if you want good quality seafood... More 

Thank seekingmore
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good food and friendly service. Priced just right for fresh seafood for the location. The hush puppies were excellent as well

Thank Jason R
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very quiet when we arrived at around 5.30 so no problem getting seated. Service was good and efficient. My wife had cocount fried flounder and I had the blackened mahi mahi with cajun remoulade. Both dishes were excellent, some of the best fish I've had. I tasted some of the fried flounder and thought it was the best piece of... More 

Thank ScotOnTheGo
Indiana, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came here as a second choice as the first restaurant would not be able to seat us for over an hour. I called while on the road and they accommodated us 40 minutes before close. Everyone was nice and the food was good. It's a great place for family with old school long tables and casual dress. It's our... More 

Thank shottsinthedarkpara
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Having 2 young kids and a new born, we have been trying to find restaurants where the kids wouldn't be disturbing. This place was perfect for parents craving crab legs. Tables are covered with a paper that the kids can color one while waiting. The restaurant is big and open so they didn't have to be super quite. Friendly staff... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016 via mobile

Really great seafood, fun atmosphere...only downfall was a Mango mojito that really wasn't mango at all.

Thank Kristine D
Gibbstown, New Jersey
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

A must to bring with all the kids, this is not a place if you want to talk rumpper room with there hands in your pocket. Not cheap for a place with kids. A do not visit place

Thank Mike C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

This is the 2nd time I've been to this restaurant and I've loved the crab legs, both times!! Tastes fresh, juicy and crisp! Everyone in my group enjoyed their food and our server was very friendly and accommodating. Crab cakes, hushpuppies, steak, shrimp, and sides were great! I'd definitely go back again!

Thank Raindrop1770
Piney Flats, Tennessee
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

We have been eating at the Mad Crabber for about 30 years( new location now). Like sitting at picnic tables covered in paper which is easy cleanup and children can color on it while waiting for food. We had jalapeño poppers for appetizer which were some of the best I've had and shellfish plater for main course. It was an... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $30
American, Bar, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 40606 Hwy 12, Avon, Hatteras Island, NC 27915
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Hatteras Island  >  Avon
  • Phone Number: 252-995-5959

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?