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“GREAT Drinks! and Atmosphere”

Castaways Raw Bar and Grill
Ranked #2 of 12 Restaurants in Holden Beach
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Bar
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating
Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a really cute, open air restaurant. We come every year. The drinks are GREAT. Food...well it depends on what you get. The steamed oysters are really good, just make sure you ask for them to be "lightly" steamed. Also, they do not have real butter. That is a real turn off for my husband. The Oyster Stew is AMAZING. We always get a bowl to split (even if it is in the 90's outside!). Grilled "Cajun" Chicken Sandwich was pretty good although I would just call it Grilled Chicken, nothng Cajun about it. Shrimp and Grits are just ok (go to Capt Pete's for the BEST Shrimp in Grits in NC!!). We hated the seafood salad wrap. Just gross. Stick to the simple stuff and drinks and it is a fun place to hang out and listen to live music right near the water.

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Thank amberlwalton
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

Had a great meal, Shrimp & Grits and a bucket of steamed Chesapeake Oysters, 10 in our group and all enjoyed their meal, a very lively bar and funky décor, most of the establishment is open air but directly across Ocean Blvd from the ocean had a nice breeze to keep it comfortable.

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Reviewed July 26, 2013

After reading the good reviews for Castaways and driving by several times to see it rather busy we decided to give it a try. The mixed drinks and beers on tap were pretty good except the mixed drinks come in plastic solo cups. We had raw oysters as a starter that were ok. Our entrees were another story. My sister and I both had the Nitty Gritty Grinder and it was terrible. It is low grade roast beef on a low grade bun with a piece of onion and green pepper on it. It comes with "au jus" but I believe it to be from a can. The grinders were cold to top it off. My sister's date had the Steamed Shrimp and Sausage which was over loaded with onions. My wife had Cajun Grouper Wrap which was ok. Overall we left wishing we hadn't eaten here so that we could have gone somewhere else instead. Everyone in the group agreed that Burger King would have been an upgrade over the food here.

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5  Thank Nathan953
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Reviewed July 23, 2013 via mobile

One of our Holden Beach favorites. Fun beach atmosphere and good live music. Seafood is great. Remember where you are - skip the pasta - this isn't an Italian restaurant. Stay with crab legs, steamed shrimp, crab dip, etc.

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Thank cshellm
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

I liked this restaurant for the atmosphere as much as for the food. It is an open air restaurant and offers live music in the evenings. They offer a variety of sandwiches and meals for moderate prices.

Thank Tracy L
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