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Live Oak Cafe

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614 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461-3426
+1 910-454-4360
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The perfect end to our day in Southport. My fiancé and I rode the ferry to Southport and decided to eat at Live Oak Cafe. Intimate seating in a quaint, older house. The cafe offers only a few tables, so service was prompt and friendly. Every item was well prepared and delicious. My fiancé is a tough food critic, but... More 

Thank Natasha G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We traveled an hour to visit because of the great reviews! The cafe is in town and is in an old house which is very quaint. The dining room we are in had only 3 tables in it and was very quiet. We were greeted and seated quickly and all of our food came out quickly. We both ordered the... More 

Thank Michelle S
Southport, North Carolina
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of my two favorites. Great food and service. Quaint atmosphere. A must go to! Large portions. Great for special occasions.

Thank Meesha56
Savannah, Georgia
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dinner in Southport, especially on a Friday, in season, can be tough. Southport has limited dinning establishments that offer both good food with good service. For that combination you really only have two choices maybe three. Sure you can go have an incredible view, but, you want find those two key elements. Good Food and attentive service. For two consecutive... More 

Thank gator123123
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent for an evening of fine dining. A bit pricey and the food can be different but still a wonderful place to treat yourself. However it is only open for the evening meal so don't make lunch plans. Casual but nice dress preferred. Unique seating arrangements in different rooms. A good place to unwind.

Thank tranquilcs
Oak Island, North Carolina
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37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There Live Oak Cafe is out go to restaurant when we celebrate special occasions that call for a bettered than average meal. The owner/chef takes extra special care in the preparation and presentation of his signature dishes. My favorite is The Mediterranean Seafood Bake. It includes the fish of the day, usually a deep water bottom fish like grouper or... More 

Thank MikeEubanks
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28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just out for a drive and had a coupon so stopped by. What a wonderful surprise. The food was delicious with a unique twist. Angel the waitress was very nice and helpful. We will be back again.

Thank Tammy B
Charlotte, North Carolina
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

We saw great reviews so tried this place. We were going to sit on the enclosed porch but people were smoking there. The wine was bad....we did not say anything but should have...our bad. The shrimp gumbo was made with BBQ sauce and tons of onions. The chicken in it tasted old. 4 shrimp? The rice was not hot and... More 

Thank mrbeau2016
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54 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

I like this place a lot. Decent wine list, reasonably creative dishes, and a cozy atmosphere. Service can run a little slow sometimes.

Thank Jeremy F
Sugar Grove, Illinois
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131 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

Strongly recommend reservations as the place has several small rooms (converted from a house) it can fill up fast. The rooms given the small size and 3-4 tables are very quiet. Service started prior to our arrival-the table and ice water were set up with immediate seating. There was an extensive menu with 2-3 daily specials. All the food was... More 

Thank Sugar Grove Guy

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$13 - $20
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 614 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461-3426
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Southport
  • Phone Number: +1 910-454-4360
For current menu and wine list information, please visit our website

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