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Mainsail Restaurant

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404 Roland Ave, Surf City, Topsail Island, NC 28445-6685
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Apex, North Carolina
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77 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

When we found out that the owners of this restaurant are the same as Daddy Mac's, we had high expectations. Turns out, we shouldn't have. The interior is very sparse and decorations look like something from the 1980's. We were seated immediately and then forgotten. We had to hunt down someone to take our order. Our bread came out in... More 

Thank lessnow59
Brick, NJ
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148 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had diner there with friend and had a very enjoyable time. The location is great and the food and service was great. We had a great time there

Thank Nevs
Knoxville, Tn
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108 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate here on a Sunday night and had great service. There was a large party in the back room, but that didn't affect our meal at all. The warm bread they bring out before the meal was quite tasty as were the croutons on the salad. I ordered the chicken strips and mozzarella sticks as my meal and they... More 

Thank princesshoaige
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in for dinner and were immediately unimpressed by the inside of the dining room. There was nothing to give us the atmosphere of even midrange to certainly not upscale beach dining. The crab dip was good and the oysters on the half shell were very good. The salads were small and just so so. I ordered the New... More 

Thank Jessica N
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

I'm not sure what it is with seafood at the NC coast, but it's really difficult to find well prepared food in the Topsail/Surf City area. We shared the coconut shrimp. It was toasted to a very dark brown. The coconut shavings were actually blackened. I ordered the mahi mahi with a Mainsail Loaded Potato. Both were as dry as... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016 via mobile

Love that this restaurant takes reservations even on the busiest of days - we had dinner on Saturday of Labor Day weekend - service was a little slow but it was worth the wait - 6 of the 7 of us had one of the specials and everyone was quite pleased

Thank MarriedACanadian96
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

When we discovered the wait at our chosen Surf City restaurant had a wait or over an hour, I called Mainsail to request a table for 8. We were seated quickly, put in our beverage order and after a short wait ordered our meals. My tuna steak was prepared just right and served with rice. Everyone was happy with their... More 

Thank Mona C
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33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016 via mobile

Been coming here for a number of years. The food is good with a good variety of choices. Seafood, especially the crab legs/cakes and shrimp have been consistently good... Steaks are surprisingly good. If I had to complain about anything it would be the inconsistent quality of the service. One visit good, the next disappointing. This is more apparent during... More 

Thank Bill H
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

Just ate there tonight and it was excellent. It was my husband, daughters, one son-in-law and 2 grandchildren. We were seated right away. Our server, Kayla, was very friendly and accommodating . We had scallops, crab stuffed mushrooms, and mussels as appetizers. We got a bowl of hot bread served right after the drinks. The chicken Marsala and Mahi Mahi... More 

Thank NoDak F
Berlin, New Jersey
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86 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

We visited as a family group on a weeknight and the meal might have easily been an unpleasant experience except for one of the younger people on their staff. While our server seemed very distracted during our entire meal, a very young man who was not the server did a commendable job of checking drinks and overall table status. I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 404 Roland Ave, Surf City, Topsail Island, NC 28445-6685
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Topsail Island  >  Surf City
  • Phone Number: 910-328-0010

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