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“YIKES!!! It must have new owners.” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Diamond Shoals

Diamond Shoals
Ranked #4 of 21 Restaurants in Buxton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Sushi, Soups
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Located adjacent to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Diamond Shoals Restaurant has been serving up the finest local fare for decades. Known for its friendly atmosphere, fresh seafood and southern hospitality, folks have been coming back to Diamond Shoals, year after year, for its award winning clam chowder and crab bisque, homemade crab cakes, and Hatteras Island's only sushi bar. Enjoy a selection of steaks, sandwiches, the island's largest salad bar, an extensive kids menu, and fresh seafood caught by local fishermen.
Annapolis, MD
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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“YIKES!!! It must have new owners.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2009

Boy, talk about a difference from last year to this year! We had a great experience last year...but this year...yikes! We went there for lunch...ended up waiting an HOUR for our food...and nobody even came to apologize. The food was ok...but the whole experience soured us. Thank heavens they were closed for Thanksgiving this year and we ended up at the newly owned Avon Cafe for our holiday dinner! (Our new favorite restaurant in Hatteras).
Diamond Shoals needs to clean up their act (and their restaurant)...or I see trouble in their future.

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Ohio
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3 restaurant reviews
“Saved The Best For Last”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2009

We were thoroughly impressed and surprised. I reviewed some of the other comments on Diamond Shoals. We had a very positive experience. We ordered their crab stuffed mushrooms for an appetizer which was loaded with REAL crab, accompanied by a lucious pesto sauce with chives. For dinner, I had the grilled chicken with bbq shrimp and my brother had sea scallops with shrimp. Most of the time when I've ordered grilled chicken it's usually over-cooked, dry, and I need to dip it in bbq sauce just so I can swallow the meat. Not at Diamond Shoals!! The chicken was juicy, succulent, and melted in my mouth! The shrimp was to die for as well. My brother was very happy with his sea scallops and shrimp. He said the scallops were large, plump, and very tasty. And their hushpuppies are absolutely delicious!! Our waitress was very friendly and even took some time to talk to us about our visit on the OBX, where we had been to during our trip, etc. The cost is a bit higher than most of the places we had gone to on the OBX but not as much as we would've paid back home in Ohio! This would be a good place for a couple looking to have a nice "romantic" meal or if you're wanting good, fresh seafood for dinner. We truly saved the best for last!!!

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Richmond, Virginia
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9 reviews
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“I GAVE THEM A SECOND CHANCE.. NEVER AGAIN”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2009

I have eaten at this restaurant twice over the last two years. Service is beyond poor...it is down right rude. We waited 15 minutes before a waitress showed up at the table for a beverage order. After our food order was placed we waited another 60 minutes for it to appear. While the fish was nicely cooked, the green beans were canned with onions. Pork chop was well seasoned, overcooked and dry, mashed potatoes had the consistency of paste. After waiting another 15 minutes for the check . We finally went to the register to pay. This place may ask you how it was... but honestly they could care less! Don't waste your money nor certainly your time. This was my second trip to the Diamond Shoals and it was consistent each time with poor service and mediocre food. There are better more reasonably priced restaurants in the area that respect your time and treat you as an important customer.

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Washington Dc
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32 reviews
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“Not as Good as Advertised”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2009

We went mostly because others on TripAdvisor thought well of the restraunt but it didn't live up to the notices. The fish was fresh caught and the service was attentive but the food preparation was simply "eh." We tried a number of dishes in our party of 8 and only 1 or 2 would be worth a second trip.

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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“You have to come here if you are on hatteras island”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2009

We eat here in late August, once for breakfast and once for dinner. The quality of food here is excellent and the price is not too high. Here are the good and the bad:

Good:
Hush Puppies Great
Crab Stuffed Mushrooms Great
The seafood dishes we had were above par
Huge Fish Tank
Casual setting
Great Service
This has to be local hotspot!
Prices on par with area, but the food above par

Bad:
Salad bar is small
My chicken and pasta dish was very oily, but the next day it was great.
extermely casual(that can be good or bad), Bad for a date, great for the family.

Would go back!

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