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“Far from Awful!”

Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood, Grill
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Takeout
Reviewed August 28, 2014

Being a "newbie" to OBX, my wife and friends wanted to dine at a local seafood restaurant that wasn't too expensive, and avoid the tourist buffets. On a recommendation from a co-worker, we chose Awful Arthur's and were very impressed with the food and service. We dined at 7pm on a Tuesday evening, and had to wait for our table. This gave us time to enjoy some cocktails in the upper bar before dinner, and a great view of the beach and pier.

Appetizers consisted of crab and lobster bisque, claims casino and hushpuppies. Note: hushpuppies are rather large and filling. Could have done without them, all else were excellent and prepared to everyone's liking.

Dinner for four: three orders of the Awful's Combo (shrimp & crab legs) and one French Dip. Portions were enough to be filling. Wait staff were pleasant and were happy to answer any questions we had - being first timers. Service was prompt, especially since the restaurant was filled to capacity.

We will definitely keep Awful Arthur's on our list of restaurants to return to on future OBX visits.

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Thank Frank P
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Reviewed August 28, 2014

Long wait to be seated, but well priced and fantastic food. The oysters, crab and shrimp were all fantastic. Would definitely recommend and would love to go again!

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Thank MrLogisticsTM
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Reviewed August 23, 2014

We had lunch on a Thursday and they were busy. Service was attentive but the kitchen was SLOW. Soft shell crab sandwich was very small portion on a regular hamburger roll. Tasty crab but no effort on the roll. Beef dip sandwich was apoor choice - not too good at all. If you go here stick with the shrimp, oysters or other fresh caught seafood. Atmosphere is lively and upbeat and staff tries hard to take care of you.

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Thank Mike x
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Reviewed August 22, 2014

Sit at the bar and watch the bartenders steam/shuck and serve up the goodness! Steamed oysters were excellent and so was the shrimp and crab legs. Atmosphere is great and so is the service. Good beer too. Liked the Awful Ale on tap.

Thank Joehadenough
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Reviewed August 20, 2014

Excellent service....The bartender Ricky was entertaining. To get the whole atmosphere sit at the bar..watch Ricky shuck the the oysters. The best oysters you will ever have. The clam chowder is to die for. And the best bloody mary's you will ever have.

Thank Dana G
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