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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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great place for dinner. Crab legs were amazing. Had a 40th for my sister at our rental house, chef and server were a pleasure!

Thank syoung3276
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The bad: (1)unfriendly staff (I don't think our server smiled once while we were there....I guess she could have but she rarely came to our table so who knows) (2)the food WAS NOT worth the price. My pasta wasn't fully cooked, my sons chicken tenders were rock hard. Almost like they MICROWAVED them 10 minutes too long. The fried oysters... More 

Thank Tld1082
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped here after our long drive from Virginia. It was dark by the time we got settled in and drove down to Surf City for dinner, we saw a few places but by chance turned into the carpark of mainsail as 'we had to eat somewhere'. We were a party of five and immediately shown a table. We all... More 

2 Thank Paul D
Hampstead, North Carolina
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great comfort food prepared the way "Grandma" would. Homey atmosphere, with efficient and attentive service

1 Thank Stridingman3
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband, my 13yo son and I went here for dinner tonight after seeing the good reviews and we were not disappointed. The crab bisque was great as was the shrimp and crab scampi I had. My son and husband both had steaks and really enjoyed them. We will definitely be returning when we come back to Topsail.

1 Thank Christy M
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33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food was awesome. The service was awesome as well. If you go, order the crab dip. It is some of the best I've ever had. The seafood platters are incredible. You can tell you are eating FRESH seafood. This place gets 5 stars in my opinion.

2 Thank RangerBella
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159 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to go to the Mainsail for dinner. We all ordered drinks which came right away. I had the fried fish combo with 2 flounder filets bay scallops and shrimp lightly breaded and fried,a baked potato and a house salad. The food wasn't spectacular but it was good no complaints what so ever a nice bread basket with plenty... More 

1 Thank Charlene C
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was a hot night and my husband and I wanted a restaurant that had air conditioning and Mainsail fit the bill. I enjoyed a shrimp bisque while my husband had a clam bisque and peel and eat shrimp. The food was average as well as the atmosphere. Our waitress was friendly and kind.

1 Thank meganbeth4
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great food, atmosphere and service. We were treated very well from the minute we came in. Our family had a great time!

Thank christie m
Richmond, Virginia
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52 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have to say I thought I would be rating this restaurant much lower after my appetizer experience. We ordered fried Calamari and it was probably the worst I have ever eaten in a restaurant. We left most of it on the plate and when they offered to bring us another order we declined. However, when our entree's arrived we... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
American, Seafood
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Seating, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
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?