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“A 2 year old could do better” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Crabby Mike's

Crabby Mike's
Ranked #43 of 60 Restaurants in Surf City
Cuisines: Seafood, American
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Good for: Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: We are a family owned restaurant that has been is business 9 years. Although no one is perfect we strive to give you the best service and great food at a fair price. We are know for large parties and children. Most of our seafood comes from a local seafood business less than a mile from our door. We are know for our Crab Legs, Freash Maine lobster and Blue Crab. We have full ABC and a friendly staff. Stop on by say hi to crabby mike and enjoy....
Rochester, New York, USA
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“A 2 year old could do better”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

Imagine a beautiful ocean side restaurant, wind blowing, waves crashing along the beach. Got it in your head? Good, Crabby Mikes is the opposite.

There are two people on staff, a waitress and a cook, in a tiny windowless bunker along the main road on Top Sail Island. My first attempt to eat here led to me waiting to be seated for 10 minutes, to which I turned around and went to Buddy's across the street. I should have learned my lesson, but despite my best instincts, came back a day later.

The restaurant was not very crowded, but the over worked waitress had trouble keeping up (she did seem to try hard). After 45 minutes, the food came out. I would have had a hard time feeding it to a homeless person. The fries came out completely distorted. A color which is native only to the deepest, oldest bowels of the fryer. They were almost worst then fried cardboard, which I can only imagine tastes better. The Fish of the "fish and chips" was similar, if not identical, to the fish which comes in a child's microwave dinner. Disgusting.

To the restaurant's credit, the owner does seem to be a good marathon runner, and modest as well. If you buy a shirt, with cash, 100% of the proceeds will go to charity.

My advice, buy a shirt for cancer and get out. You can thank me later.

3 Thank David T
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English first
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“amazing white crab”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

Very friendly, excellent fish, good selection of beers and attentive and pleasant staff
All you could want in a surf side restaurant

Visited July 2014
1 Thank martin032
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Saratoga Springs, New York
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3 reviews
“Food was great and waitress Kate was excellent”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2014

Dinner was excellent - service was excellent - prompt and attentive AND friendly (Kate). Observation of another waitress was not favorable - SO glad we got Kate.

  • Visited August 2014
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Durham, North Carolina
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“The lunch that never happened”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2014

-Walked in
-Read the sign that said "Please wait to be seated"
-Waited on the bench for 10 minutes without anyone batting an eyelash

Visited August 2014
3 Thank dukie01
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7 restaurant reviews
“Good food and good service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2014 via mobile

We visited Crabby Mike's while in Surf City. We had 14 people with a mix of adults and kids. We went for dinner and were seated immediately. Our initial impression of the restaurant made us a little nervous. It seems a little worn. It has bright wall colors and the decor is old. We sat in a corner which actually worked for our group. We were greeted properly by our waitress. She was very pleasant and immediately got our drinks. We ordered shortly thereafter. We are kind of a high maintenance group and never felt we had to wait too long for anything. Our food came out quick and hot. We mostly all had seafood dishes ranging from fresh fish to crab legs to shrimp. Though a little expensive, the food was worth it. We did not have any complaints at all.

Thank Matt M
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