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Oliver's on the Cape Fear

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  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
About
Exquisite dining on the Cape Fear-where southern cuisine and exceptional wines and spirits meet the salubrious breezes of Southport.
PRICE RANGE
$18 - $32
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
American, Seafood
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer, Waterfront
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Our clam chowder was nice. Our filet mignons were good and cooked as directed. The mashed potatoes were good. The broccoli had long stalks, but was good, and the asparagus was good. The crème brûlée was tasty, but the top was partly burned. Nothing was...excellent. The prices were very high and should provide better food than "nice" and "good". We've been there several times, and it's always terribly loud. We continuously responded with "What?" This is the last time we'll go.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 5 days ago

My husband & I just love this little town & come here often. So, we have eaten at almost all of its restaurants & we think that hands down Oliver’s is absolutely the best. Best bar & bartender (Gunter) , Best waitress (Jackie), & the...food is delicious. Especially the Lobster Bisque & Crab Cakes. And their Brunch on Sunday is outstanding. I had the Chicken & Waffles & it was enough for two people, so taking half of it home today. Also, all of the receptionists are really nice and welcoming. We highly recommend this awesome place with great views of the river & amazing sunsets 😉Patty Temples. Gibsonville, NCMore

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I was waiting for a pick-up order, seated about ten feet from the Hostess stand. The manager was going over the seating chart and very loudly complaining about his employees and could be heard by everyone in the bar, saying at one point they were...a "plethora of idiots". There was an older woman, a server, standing behind him looking like she had a question but nervously smiling and looking at the ceiling, I could tell she was afraid. This type of behavior may sell ED meds on a reality television show, but in real life it's very off-putting and cringe worthy. Service workers are hard to find and have a very difficult job, they don't need a Dink like this trying to make a name for himself by being a terrible person.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been there for brunch, lunch, drinks, and dinner. This is one of the best local restaurants we have. The staff, managers, and location are all top-notch. Do Not pass them by!

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Jackie is a wonderful server and so attentive! The food was good too—lobster bisque was super yummy :)

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great food and service. Cathy was awesome! We were a group of 6 visiting from upstate NY. She was very friendly, funny & helpful. We will definitely visit again when in the area.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 23, 2022

We had Jackey not Kathy she was great funny knew all about the menu service was very good I will always ask for Jackey

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 22, 2022

Awesome restaurant. Jackie was a great server and delivered fantastic service. Would highly suggest.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 22, 2022

Ordered Mahi Oscar - took over an hour to get food but our server was attentive and apologetic. When the food arrived, it was cold and dried out, with about 1/2 teaspoon of crab meat on top. My husband ordered a seafood platter, didn't seem...to be freshly made. Looked and tasted like frozen, boxed seafood from a grocery store. We are tired of high prices and so-so food at restaurants. The atmosphere at this restaurant is also very noisy. Oliver's is now in the mediocre restaurant club.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 21, 2022

We enjoyed a delicious meal and excellent service at Olivers. Super friendly staff including our experienced server Jackie. Will come back again and will recommend to our friends and family.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 21, 2022

We always enjoy Oliver’s and tonight was no exception. The swordfish special was excellent. The fish was cooked perfectly with lemon sauce and risotto. Delicious. Jackie was friendly, attentive and an efficient server—just the right amount of attention for an enjoyable dinner. Thank you!

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 20, 2022 via mobile

We are local. Visit this restaurant fairly often. We were welcomed with a lovely greeting from The host and escorted to our favorite seating on the rail. A sweet young lady greeted us and brought water and told us she would try to find our...server. Our food was excellent. I had the shrimp and chicken Parma Rosa and my husband had the calabash platter. Our server was fine. Not lacking. Not outstanding. It was a lovely meal with a lovely view of the Cape Fear River. What sort of bothered me was when we paid our check, our server ASKED us to give a 5 star review here on TripAdvisor so she would earn $25 because she was having hand surgery. Just a bit off putting. Can’t give a 5 star for all around experience. However, if your are in Southport and looking for a good meal with a great view I can definitely recommend Oliver’s.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 19, 2022 via mobile

Not only do they have the BEST waitress, Jackie, they have the best shrimp n’ grits! This is a must visit restaurant! You will not be disappointed.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 15, 2022 via mobile

Enjoyed the atmosphere and the beautiful view of the Cape Fear River. Food was first class. Our server was Jackie who did an excellent job. Very attentive without being intrusive. Five stars for her.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 12, 2022

I had a lovely lunch on the outside patio this past August and enjoyed the food, atmosphere, view and the people who work there. Barbara was our hostess I she was very personable and actually helped me find my new dog! Kathy was our server...and she was attentive and very observant. It is our go to place when visiting Oak Island!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Frequently Asked Questions about Oliver's on the Cape Fear

Yes, Oliver's on the Cape Fear offers takeout services.

Yes, Oliver's on the Cape Fear is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Oliver's on the Cape Fear is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4