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Small family owned business dedicated to serving fresh mouthwatering dishes using local resources. Daily specials including locally caught fish!
PRICE RANGE
$14 - $35
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Seafood
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Gift Cards Available
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All reviews homemade chips coconut cake hush puppies grouper trigger fish key lime pie local seafood fresh catch crab dip salad save room for the homemade line out the door catch of the day panko island leftovers
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We made reservations for 10 for 5:30 on a Tuesday night. We were on time. We had to wait until at least 5:45 to be seated. Then, 10 adults were crammed into an area that would have been better suited for six. There weren't enough...chairs for everyone. The hostess did bring extra chairs, but it was a tight fit, and it was HOT. The good news: we had excellent service, and the meals were good. The portion sizes were most generous. They bring homemade chips and ranch to the table while you're waiting to order, so that calmed some "hangriness" that was going on at our table. Everyone liked what they ordered. The dressings seemed homemade. We had heard a lot about the desserts, but no one really mentioned them, and we didn't see them, so that was a little disappointing. However, it was a good meal, and I'd eat there again.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a time when a line out the door isn't necessarily indicative of the food quality experience. My partner and I ordered the family's signature crab dip and found it runny with very little crab meat, small on flavor. We also ordered a cocktail...and wine, respectively, and they didn't arrive until our entrees were being served. Our entrees were also prepared fried or deep fat fried. If that's how your taste runs, you'll most likely enjoy. If not, suggest going to the local Food Lion, grab some fresh fruit, chips, salad, with a chilled bottle of wine and make your own picnic on the beach.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed May 16, 2022

We were only on Oak Island for four nights but ate there twice! Great food! Did both dine in and take out.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 30, 2022

Our new favorite restaurant in Oak Island. My shrimp was delicious! Enjoyed the waitress and the great service. They take reservations which was great. But the fresh baked pies were over the top good.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 26, 2022 via mobile

Delicious meal for all 4 of us! Lobster ravioli, blackened shrimp, grilled shrimp, swains salad, crab dip, wow! Every part of the meal was perfect. Not to mention the homemade desserts... the coconut key lime pie/cake was one of the best desserts we've ever had...in the area. Our server Christina was super helpful and pleasant. Definitely will be back!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 26, 2022

Good service, nice menu options, fairly good food and reasonable. My friends and I enjoyed out dinner there. Would recommend if in the area. One of the few places that takes reservations.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 22, 2022

Had the “Out of this world” crab dip which could be a meal in and of itself. Grilled perfectly cooked grouper, steaming baked potato and delicious veggies! Perfect hotawesome meal!

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed February 2, 2022

My husband and I ate recently at Swain Seafood and it was wonderful. We both got a meal and the portions were so large we could have shared one meal. The waitress was very attentive and met our every need. Food was delicious.

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed August 19, 2021 via mobile

If you only eat at one place on Oak Island be sure it is Swain’s. With no reservation I was happy to have a set at the bar. Bartender was friendly and attentive. I had the fresh grouper and shrimp. Plentiful portion. I had left...overs for lunch the next day because you must save room for the homemade desserts. I took home coconut cake and key lime pie. The best key lime pie outside of Key West, FL Coconut cake was three layers of delicious cake and icing!! Make a reservation or call in and pick up! Top choice on the islandMore

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed July 2, 2021

I could not wait to go to Swains after reading all of the reviews. All I can say is..lies, they must be lies. I ordered a plate of fried shrimp that were way over cooked and battered in a thick batter that was very garlicky...and doughy. The service was not very good as we had to ask for refills several times and we were only a party of 3. My husband and child also disliked their meals and none of us are picky, at all.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 1, 2021

Beach ambassador “Steve” recommended this place for fresh, local seafood and Swain’s lived up to the hype! Family 4 arrived at 5pm midweek and we were sat right away w/o a reservation. The house crab dip was delicious! I ordered the Swain salad w house...dressing, catch of the day ( grilled grouper) w garlic mashed potatoes and hush puppies. It was a lot of food, so we had leftovers. Delicious! Grouper was awesome. Staff was pleasant. Comfortable seating inside. Great overall experience! Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 5, 2021 via mobile

Most all had grilled or blackened catch of the day with scallops or shrimp. Excellent! One had Bolognese and another Seafood Italiano. Large portions. Recommend sharing those. Serve homemade chips as soon as you sit down. Delicious. Crispy like I like them. Not greasy at...all. Desserts were delicious too! Highly recommend! All our meals and drinks were delicious. The Key Lime Martini was the best! We will be returning! They take reservations!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 4, 2021 via mobile

The food was good-and shareable as well. My husband and I shared the catch of the day with shrimp so we’d have room for dessert! All was good. My son had the shrimp appetizer as a meal and he said it was spicy but good....Everyone else in our party had shrimp and scallops-it was all good. We also had dessert! Make sure you save room for that! If you are a big party I’d recommend reservations—we made a reservation and was able to go straight to our table. Marissa was awesome as well!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 3, 2021

First let me say, make a reservation. We didn't think we would need one since it is off season and we arrived at 5:20. However, we were told no seats available except at the bar. So that is what we did. We both ordered the...Fresh catch +1 seafood item combo. The fresh catch was a choice of grouper, flounder or trigger fish. Trigger is one of my favs so that is what we had, plus scallops. We chose fried and the coating was panko, the portion was generous, the fish fresh and well cooked. The bartender was attentive and service was good.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed April 29, 2021 via mobile

Great fresh seafood and wonderful service! Free homemade chips were yummy. All seafood is fresh and never frozen!

Date of visit: April 2021
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Very inexpensive no reservations, only open for lunch. Very very casual like off the beach casual. If you want a place that takes reservations for dinner try Island Way on Oak Island or all of Olivers in SOUTHPORT, both... More
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Yes, Swain Seafood Shack offers takeout services.

Swain Seafood Shack is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4