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Jays Downtowner Restaurant

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1230 E Main St, Albemarle, NC 28001-5175
+1 704-983-6171
16:00 - 21:30
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Waynesville, North Carolina
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

the best salt and pepper flounder and hushpuppies ever. Really neat place affordable and plenty to eat in any platter

Thank Derek C
Perry, Georgia
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86 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

During a recent business trip, my coworkers and I went to eat here. I really enjoyed the seafood and everyone enjoyed what they ordered. The service was good and all of us highly recommend this place.

Thank mrscakes2233
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52 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

We all went out for dinner and the restaurant was very busy. We finally got a table and was waited on right away. The fish and shrimp was very good ! You get a endless amount of hush puppies and honey butter too ! We can't wait to go back !

Thank karen b
Charlotte, North Carolina
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71 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

we love this place! The seafood is the best in the area, large portions and friendly service. They have a couple of meeting rooms and they have take out too.

Thank liz r
Concord, North Carolina
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110 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2015

This is the sort of restaurant that usually, only locals know. It is not open all week, just Thursday, Friday and Saturday. You cannot get much better seafood at super prices anywhere else. Honest. And you will always find the parking lot with plenty of cars....but they seat people rather quickly! Go there or lose!

Thank SPTravlr
Charlotte, North Carolina
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158 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2015

One of two family owned seafood restaurants. Great place for family dining. Local specialties, lots of choices.

Thank AwesomeYou
Raleigh, North Carolina
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144 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2015

Good service - food was so so. Remember eating at the "fish camps" as a kid - it was certainly very exotic back in the day. Nowadays, I think it is reasonable to expect variety and quality for a hard earned dollar. Food was OK - shrimp were seapak style so certainly a step or so down from what one... More 

Thank jbrooksws
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91 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015

While the outside of Jay's Downtowner Restaurant is a deterrent, the freshness of their fish is enough to overcome it. We are infrequent visitors to Albermarle so we let my elderly Uncle select the restaurant. We were pleasantly surprised by the freshness and excellent taste of the broiled flounder, the crunchiness of the cole slaw and the nice baked potato.... More 

Thank Raymond L
badin, nc
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45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2015

We generally eat here about once a month. The food is always fresh and served quickly. Good hushpuppies and slaw and choice of potato accompany the entrees. Our favorites are the jumbo shrimp and the fried flounder. Attentive servers are very friendly and the cashier makes everyone feel at home. Cash only, no cards accepted.

Thank lck1950
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33 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2015

The service was poor,when we asked the manager for service we received a shrug. The place is clean the customers are friendly but other wise a poor choice.

Thank Patricia L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:30
16:00 - 21:30
16:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1230 E Main St, Albemarle, NC 28001-5175
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Albemarle
  • Phone Number: +1 704-983-6171

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?