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Buddy's Crab House and Oyster Bar

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101 Roland Ave, Surf City, Topsail Island, NC
910-328-1515
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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31 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The view at this place at the Surf Coty pier is probably the best in the surronding towns. Food is average, just does not stand out any to me that much the few times I have been there.

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Thank Jonathan S
Orlando, Florida, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The view here is great but forget the food I ordered a burger and the waitress said they are cooked medium. I asked if it could be a bit more rare and she said no problem The burger was huge but cooked to well done. The bun was soggy. The hush puppies were awful. And none of it mattered --there... More 

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Thank Gigichatte
Hampton, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our first time on Topsail Island and Buddy's was recommended to us by a local for lunch. First of all, you can't beat the view at this place as it is right on the beach, fishing pier and all! It's a simple place was plastic outdoor seating, plastic cups, forks, knifes, etc, limited menu. However, if your looking... More 

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Thank rcsaltydog
Cary, North Carolina
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beachside view was nice, but the food was overpriced and not good. $15 oyster basket come with 6 oysters and a ton of oil and stale, heavily salted french fries. Ice water costs $0.50 per cup and never got a refill.

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Thank Catherine P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love coming to Buddy's, 20 years plus. Alyssa might be the best bartender in Topsail. Great service and great people every time.

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Thank zwood20
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love coming here! 20 years and counting! We started coming down from Ohio and after years we all went our separate ways. But every July we meet back here for a lot of beers and putting dollar bills on the wall!

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Thank Aaron W
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A local guy fishing on the end of the pier recommended Buddy's and since we like to go where the locals go, we headed over there Buddy's is rustic and beachy on the inside with lots of outdoor dining spaces. We sat inside b/c it was so hot, but the a/c was not working inside and it was pretty hot... More 

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Thank Midge299
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been traveling to Topsail Island every Summer for nearly 20 years with my family & each time I visit Buddy's I ask myself 'why'. We go there for the excellent view but always leave disappointed. The service is typically slow and lacks a positive outlook. The menu is short and the food never seems fresh. If you want... More 

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Thank Marc P
Tobaccoville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been going to Buddy's Crab House and Oyster Bar since for ever. Do we like it? No. We LOVE it every time we go. Is it fancy? No. So go there and set on the porch drink tea or long necks and eat a fish sandwich. Have a good meal good price and Smile as you also enjoy... More 

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Thank beachlovers71
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have lived on Topsail for 11 years. Although I have been to Buddy's for drinks multiple times, it's a local known fact that you don't eat there. I made that mistake tonight. It's a shame that such prime real estate is taken up by a place that serves such horrific food. It's not difficult to make fish tacos. Yet,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Scenic view, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 101 Roland Ave, Surf City, Topsail Island, NC
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Topsail Island  >  Surf City
  • Phone Number: 910-328-1515

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