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“Seafood, including Calabash style!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar

Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Scenic view, Bar scene, Kids, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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357 reviews
221 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
“Seafood, including Calabash style!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2013

Calabash is on the menu here! It is well worth the trip to this establishment just to experience the true Calabash style of seafood preparation, unique to North Carolina. You will NOT find this anywhere else in the world. There are items on the menu for all tastes, so even the picky kids will find something to enjoy. It is a good variety of fresh items, plus salads with interesting dressings, and great desserts. The wine list is above average.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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118 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Waterfront location makes it a must visit”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2013

My husband I were looking for a waterfront restaurant that was near our hotel and this was really the only choice. We were pleased with the view of the beach from the upstairs dining room.

The food was average. Fried food was billed as "calabash style" but was a bit heavier than real Calabash fried food. And unlike in Calabash.. the hush puppies were horrible. They were overcooked and tasteless.

We were there off season so the restaurant was not crowded or noisy.

Parking tip: Park across the street from the restaurant. Parking in the beach side lot is for the hotels not for this restaurant.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank justmaryp
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Raleigh
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Tiki Bar=Best Atmosphere in CB”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2013

The Tiki Bar has some great drinks and the atmosphere is unbeatable. All of their specialty drinks are good and they have a decent beer selection. I have eaten there a number of times and haven't been disappointed. Here are some of my favorites.

Crispy Artichoke Hearts
Fried Oysters
Beet, Arugula, and Goat Cheese Panini

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Visited September 2013
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Thank Mike B
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Niles, Michigan
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great service....ok food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2013

The view from upstairs is awesome, the service was great, but the food was only so-so. It wasn't anything special and it was expensive for what you got. The drinks weren't very good either. I really wanted to like this place, but I wouldn't go back.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Shutterbug422
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Good restaurant with a great view.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at Golden Sands so this restaurant is very convent. The menu is limited - not a big selection. But what we had was very good. My wife and I ate there three times. Mostly had the flounder and burger and would share. Believe or not but they make a great burger and flounder sandwich is excellent. The view of the ocean is a big plus. Hush puppies are good. Service is good. This was during off season so I don't know what the busy time is like. I would recommend if you are in the area.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rickey41
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