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The Crab Pot

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508 Roland Ave, Surf City, Topsail Island, NC 28445-6687
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My husband and I visited without our kids... This is not a place to get a babysitter for! The atmosphere was interesting-think Key West-but we had a dirty fan in front of our table. Our steam basket was not hot on arrival. The mussels and clams were good. Our lobster was not. My husband liked this restaurant. Plastic forks are... More 

Thank Fivepack523
DMV, United States
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51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a dive which is definitely better suited for drinking than eating. The drinks - especially the margaritas - are awesome. The food? Not so much. Average at best. The hot food wasn't really hot enough and nothing we had was anything special. The prices are very reasonable. This is a good hangout spot if you like drinking in... More 

Thank Carolee13
Greensboro, North Carolina
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I have eaten at the Crab Pot for many years and seen a number of changes. It has kept it's "charm" while moving forward to be a better dinning experience. If you are looking for high end fancy seafood, go somewhere else. If you want unpretentious seafood served in a festive atmosphere, this is your place. It gets VERY busy... More 

1 Thank Larry R
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Our entire family went and enjoyed the music and food. The price was right. Cold drinks and good fried food. Vacation spot to go to every time!

1 Thank kittenbutton
Winston Salem
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The seafood is fresh off the boats. What more needs to be said? Prices are fair. Go for the experience.

1 Thank Jerry O
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As long as you know they don't have electric air conditioning, you're good. They have fans, and for me that's fine. I left a review over a year ago; however, very few places have ever gotten a second good review from myself. The staff is friendly and the food is great, they're food is priced around the same as any... More 

2 Thank SRamsey1
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3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a very interesting place. I liked the decor. They were short staffed and the waitress apologized. The food was poor. I got a crab cake and it wasn't very good for 12$. My mom got fried shrimp and she said it tasted like it was out of the freezer. I would go back to maybe try the crab... More 

Thank Dallas M
Jacksonville, Florida
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here with my 2 daughter's to celebrate my birthday "54" years. We waited over an hour to get served our food, when it came it was cold, old, and nasty. My shrimp was like shrimp I have never eaten before. Frozen shrimp at the grocery store was better than this, and my daughter's crab cakes were cold and nasty.... More 

Thank Rhonda M
Lillington, North Carolina
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61 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Over-crowded. Too loud! Had entertainment. He was a good singer, but we couldn't carry on a conversation. Waited an hour to get a table then another for our food, then it was not good. No refills on drinks. Even water costs money. I will never go again.

Thank Emilie R
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love this place. Atmosphere is fun and the food is good. I read some of the reviews and was sceptical. We actually went last year and my 7 yr old loved it and requested we go back this year. So we did. This is not a 5 star resturaunt people. Go somewhere else of ya cant deal with that.... More 

Thank Beth S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 stars
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 508 Roland Ave, Surf City, Topsail Island, NC 28445-6687
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Topsail Island  >  Surf City
  • Phone Number: 910-328-5001

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