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Mainsail Restaurant - CLOSED


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Certificate of Excellence2017 Winner


Takeout, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards

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Calamari Friti
Quick fried & served w/ marinara sauce
Peel -N- Eat Shrimp
1/2 pound‏ of steamed jumbo shrimp seasoned w/ old bay
Chicken Tenders
Served w/‏ honey mustard sauce
Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
Broiled & topped w/ imperial sauce
Quesadilla Cocktail
Rolled chicken fajita tortillas in a parfait of salsa, sour cream & cheddar cheese
Margarita Shrimp
Marinated in lime & tequila, grilled, & served w/ citrus cream sauce
Scallops in Garlic Sauce
Sea scallops sautéed w/ scallions & garlic served w/ garlic toast
Mozzarella Cheese Sticks
Served w/ marinara sauce
Steamed Mussels
Served in‏ a white wine, garlic, olive oil & fresh herb broth
Garlic Bread
Fresh italian bread topped w/ garlic butter, herbs, & parmesan then grilled
All soups made fresh daily
Cup $3.59
Bowl $4.99
Cream of Crab
Homemade low country classic w/ fresh back fin crab seasoned w/ old bay
Cup $3.29
Bowl $4.59
Shrimp Bisque
A creamy soup flavored w/ a local shrimp stock
House Salad
Mixed greens w/ tomatoes, onion, cucumbers, & croutons.
Shrimp $11.99
Crab $12.99
Blackened chicken $12.99
Mixed seafood (crab, shrimp, & scallops) $15.99
Louie Seafood Salads
Authentic sweet louie dressing served w/ a bed of mixed greens, tomatoes, egg, & cucumbers. Topped w/ your choice of fresh seafood.
Pasta dishes are served w/ a dinner salad. all other entrees served w/ a choice of two dinner salad, slaw, vegetable, baked potato, French fries or rice.
Ask your server about the mainsail loaded potato.
Crab cake imperial $+5.99
Grilled jumbo shrimp skewer $+5.99
Filet Mignon
8 oz center cut seasoned & grilled
Crab cake imperial $+5.99
Grilled jumbo shrimp skewer $+5.99
New York Strip
12 oz. Seasoned & grilled
(Include crab cake imperial or grilled jumbo shrimp skewer 5.99)
Chicken Marsala
Sauteed in marsala wine & mushroom sauce
Chipotle Chicken
Grilled breast w/ spicy chipotle cream
Any seafood can be prepared blackened 1.00 upon request.
Maryland Crab Cakes
The best - seasoned w/ old bay spice, all lump crab meat, broiled
Crab Stuffed Flounder
Topped w/ a light cream sauce
Mahi Mahi w/ Mediterranean Salsa
Grilled & served w/ homemade olive-pepper salva
Sesame-Soy Glazed Tuna
Sushi grade & grilled to your temperature
Grilled Salmon
Served w/ your choice of spicy chipotle or creamy dill sauce
Sea Scallops
Any Two
Any Three
Any Four
Snow Crab Legs
A pound of steamed snow crab legs
Seafood Pasta
Shrimp & mussels cooked in our very own classic marinara sauce & topped w/ fresh crab over bowtie pasta
For both chicken & shrimp $+3.99
Cajun Alfredo Chicken or Shrimp
Authentic parmesan cream sauce w/ cajun spices over bowtie pasta
Jumbo shrimp $+5.99
Linguini Mediterranean
Bell peppers, onions, mediterranean salsa, herbs, garlic, & olive oil over linguini pasta
1/2 Order Garlic Bread
All served on a roll w/ lettuce, tomato & French fries.
Fried Flounder
Crispy fried flounder fillets served w/ tartar on the side.
Grilled Chicken
A breast of chicken grilled tender.
Topped w/ your choice of one
Dinner Salad
Baked Potato
Vegetable of the Day
Cole Slaw
French Fries
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Reviewed October 16, 2017 via mobile

We love the fried oysters and seafood platters! Can’t beat it! Always take our good friends for an amazing dinner... never disappointed! Friendly service... always the best food. And good times had by all

Date of visit: June 2017
Thank Vanessa A
Reviewed September 18, 2017 via mobile

I went with high expectations after reading some of the other reviews, unfortunately we left feeling very underwhelmed. The decor was very blah, the food was good, but not overly impressive, the service on the other hand was excellent! Will try somewhere else next time.

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank LeneCob
Reviewed September 17, 2017

When on vacation at the beach, I am always happy to find a good seafood restaurant because of the proximity to fresh catches. In the morning, we watched shrimp boats off-shore so for dinner I was happy to order the fried shrimp platter and quite...More

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank GardenBeets
Reviewed August 28, 2017

There were three in my dinner party and we were seated immediately. Our gracious waitress explained the specials and answered our questions patiently. Two of us started with the shrimp bisque. It was creamy and delicious. I had a chicken dish which was superb. My...More

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank Marvin F
Reviewed August 23, 2017

My wife and I decided to try the Mainsail because of the ratings it received on TripAdvisor. It opened at 5:00 PM and we arrived around 5:20 PM. We were promptly seated and our drink order was taken. When the server returned to take our...More

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank Bill G
Reviewed August 22, 2017 via mobile

Nice restaurant down in surf city. Meals we delicious. There were 18 of us and everyone loved there meal. Service was friendly. Nice menu choices. Delicious seafood. Had the best sea bass I have ever had. Can't wait to go back!

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank lisawF760XK
Reviewed August 16, 2017

The Mainsail was definitely underwhelming in terms of decor, but the food was good and so were the drinks. I'd definitely recommend the loaded baked potato which was amazing! My boyfriend and I didn't wait very long (maybe 10 minutes), but seemed like big groups...More

Date of visit: July 2017
Thank Faithlynn7
Reviewed August 9, 2017

Family type restaurant. Steak and seafood was good. Special was expensive but everything else was priced as expected.

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank laragona
Reviewed August 2, 2017 via mobile

The service here is excellent. The wait staff is very friendly and attentive. I had the crab stuffed flounder. It was very tasty, but the sides are fair to average. I felt it was a bit pricey for what was served.

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank kimdN5684ER
Reviewed July 28, 2017

I was a bit skeptical about this place based on reviews, but opted for Mainsail because we could make a reservation. Food was great from coconut shrimp & raw oyster appetizers to 3 of our 4 entrees. The crab soup had a ton of crab...More

Date of visit: July 2017
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