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“Fish, Eat, Fish, Eat, Repeat”

Capt. Andy's Oceanfront Bar & Grill
Ranked #59 of 85 Restaurants in Nags Head
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Reviewed August 22, 2014

Capt. Andy's also known as The Pier House Restaurant, was surprisingly good. We had 2 seafood meals there, with a total of 4 entrees and everything was fresh, good and attractively presented. I especially liked the flounder sandwich - a huge fillet on a fresh bun with condiments on the side and crispy fries for ten bucks. The waitresses were friendly and there was live music in the evenings.
The Pier House sits on the Nags Head Fishing Pier. Parking is often difficult to find, especially when the fish are biting. There is, however, a small lot adjacent to the pier fishing lot where you can sometimes find parking. A resident, seeing our handicap license, came down and told us to park in front of his garage door, he wasn't going anywhere that night. You enter the same as if you came to fish, through racks of rods and gear and turn in at the door on the right where you will be seated either inside or out on the deck overlooking the waves. If it's not too hot, the deck is a great place to enjoy a drink and watch the seabirds and the waves in the evening.
Walking out on the pier costs two bucks if you aren't fishing and just want to sight see, but is free if you eat in the restaurant. Kids especially like to walk out on the pier over the ocean. If you do, watch for fishermen/women casting--you don't want to walk behind just as they cast and get hooked!
If you fish, and catch something edible, you can have it cooked to your order right there in the restaurant. For ten bucks they will cook your fish and serve it with two sides and a drink-but you have to clean and fillet it yourself. All in all, a nice place to sit and have a meal right on the water. Sandwiches start at about 9 dollars. Full meals are about 12 - 20 dollars with a bucket of seafood for two priced at 36 dollars. Not bad.

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Reviewed August 16, 2014

Went to Captain Andy's for lunch a few weeks ago and things were great. Nice atmosphere and HUGE selection of food and beer. Went to stop for dinner the other day and service was HORRIBLE. The hostess was too busy being a Chatty Kathy to acknowledge us until about 5 minutes and everyone working there was very rude to us as you are waiting to be seated right in the walkway to the kitchen. We were offered a slanted picnic table on the pier or to sit, right across staring some other folks in the face and sharing a bar/table. In lieu of the staring contest we opted for the picnic table. Literally about 15 minutes passed with a few passes of a waitress at tables behind us but we were never greeted, etc. for any ordering at all. Blew out of there and had a wonderful time at Lucky 12. I'd recommend either not coming here or come for lunch. Breakfast rocks in the pier house but this place is a crap can for dinner.

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3  Thank BeachBumBobOBX
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Reviewed August 12, 2014

We enjoyed our first visit here so much we went back a second night. The view is wonderful especially if you want to watch the sunset while you eat dinner. Our first night was open mike night and we were entertained by some very good and very bad performers but it was all very fun. The fried food is very good but beware of some of the other dishes as they are not as good. We especially liked the fried shrimp and clam strips. Their "shrimp scampi" turned out to be sort of a pasta primavera with unshelled shrimp and was only ok. Their beer is cold and they have a wide variety. All in all I would recommend the place.

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Reviewed August 9, 2014

We found Capt. Andy's by accident - a good place to eat with a great ocean view. If you want to eat outside and have a view, this is the place on Nags Head. We were seated and quickly served. We split our entrees so that we could share - this worked great. The fried clams and shrimp were very good as were the scallop and broiled shrimp. I would not get the popcorn shrimp though.
This night was open mic - the music was very nice and it made for a really nice evening.
We were so pleased that we went back the next night. They gave us a great table with a very nice view. We got adventurous and ordered. Our daughter and I ordered blacken tuna - big mistake, My wife ordered fried clam strips and shrimp again - good choice. Her sister order shrimp scampi - another big mistake.
The blacken tuna was seasoned with paprika and way over cooked. I ordered onion rings as one of my side - they were terrible and I got charged $2 extra for them. The shrimp scampi was actually shrimp primavera - lots of pasta, very little shrimp. And the shrimp was not even shelled.
I would go back because of the view, but stick with the fried food. Also, go on open mic night if possible - the music was really good.

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1  Thank MilesL44
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Reviewed July 23, 2014

Ducked in for lunch on an oppressively hot day. Drinks were good, crabcake sandwich had a ton of filler, salad had no taste. Staff was friendly enough, great view of beach and pier, but the food was mediocre.

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1  Thank jestermike164
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