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Sanitary Fish Market & Restaurant

501 Evans St, Morehead City, NC 28557-4218
+1 252-247-3111
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  • Excellent21%
  • Very good20%
  • Average29%
  • Poor16%
  • Terrible14%
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“bluefish” (16 reviews)
“fresh seafood” (28 reviews)
“north carolina” (11 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
501 Evans St, Morehead City, NC 28557-4218
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Everytime I go home during the holidays, we make sure we visit the Sanitary. I always get the fresh fried fish plate. Most of the time I'm lucky to get bluefish for $9.95. It comes with two sides and unlimited hot hushpuppies. The tea is...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Sealife1960
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In 1942 my Father was Stationed at Fort Macon with the Army Coastal Artillery during the first part of WW II. My Grandmother came to Morehead to visit him and they ate at the Sanitary. It has been a Family favorite ever since. Any time...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank CaptJoeD
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We don't go out just to eat. We only eat out on special occasions. Their venue on the docks in Morehead City is very nice, but that's it. It is just another American "feed lot". Get'em in. Get'em fed. Move'em out.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Richard B
Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

We had lunch here today as it was recommended in our Driving USA book and it was well worth while! Our waitress, Sam was efficient and friendly with a great sense of humour and the food was tasty and good. A perfect venue for a...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 127anneh
Reviewed November 4, 2018

We ate there on a Sunday afternoon and I don't think the cooking oil for fried foods had been changed in days. For the last 30 years I have eaten seafood all over the southeast and this was the worst seafood dinner I have every...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Ginger G
Reviewed October 28, 2018

My first visit to the Sanitary was back on 1984 and I go back every time I am in the area. Food and views are outstanding, service is good, and the overall experience is definitely "down east". Try the broiled scallops and eat yourself silly...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank mererobin
Reviewed October 17, 2018 via mobile

This is a rather large restaurant with several large rooms. Some with views of the bay. They have a great appetizer of a baked potato stuffed with crab & shrimp. Nice selection of seafood dinners. Have early bird specials. Either leave room for dessert or...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank gfew
Reviewed October 13, 2018

If you grew up in the South, perhaps this one would be your favorite. Been here forever, but they lack the vision to put blackened, grilled, poached or steamed on the menu. Good for what it is... if you like breaded. This is your huckelberry!

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank Roam521889
Reviewed September 24, 2018

Our large group of 15 ate lunch after long wait at competitor. Food was only okay. Several in our group ate the shrimp and suffered Montezuma's revenge a few hours later. This restaurant has been around forever, but has lost some of the attraction. We...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Keen M
Reviewed September 11, 2018

Was in town to visit a sick friend. Most of other seafood restaurants were closed in light of the expected hurricane. We wanted some good seafood and found it at this restaurant. Our waiter was "BJ" and he was excellent. Very attentive and anticipated the...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank David L
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August 4, 2018|
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Response from Travis S | Reviewed this property |
I did not see anyone smoking outside, but the view from the porch is absolutely incredible...
Buz D
September 28, 2015|
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Response from klkitchen | Reviewed this property |
No steamer pots. Most all seafood selections are local catch and fresh. Don't pass this place up. Try the shrimp salad, I buy it by the quart to take to my mom. But keep it on ice.
Reagan H
December 22, 2014|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Scenic view, Kids, Local cuisine, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 501 Evans St, Morehead City, NC 28557-4218
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Morehead City
  • Phone Number: +1 252-247-3111
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