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US$10 - US$30
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American, Seafood
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The elevator was scary. The food was ok. We had fish which was ok. Shrimp was a little less than ok. Fries were mostly end pieces.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The wait staff was terrible- not friendly. Not happy that we came in and more of a burden for them to do their jobs. The food seems like it has gone down to but up in price. It’s too bad I used to look forward...to eating there when visiting NC.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the second time we have eaten here on our yearly trip to Southport. I have to say this time was as good as last time. The service and food are very good. You can sit inside or outside. I prefer sitting inside for...the air conditioning and still get a great view.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Frying Pan has become one of our favorite places t eat while visiting Southport and Caswell Beach. The food is delicious and plentiful and service is always outstanding!

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My favorite restaurant in Southport. A must try if you're in town. I've been here a few times and have always been pleased. The restaurant is located right on the water and it is beautiful. Definitely suggest sitting outside if the weather permits. It's beautiful...watching the boats and the water. On top of the view, the food is delicious. The portions are great and the prices are extremely reasonable for the quantity and quality. There are plenty of wonderful options for food and drinks as well. My favorite dish is the Lobster Mac. It's so filling and flavorful. I live in Wilmington, but when I'm in town long enough I always try to make it a point to come here. HIGHLY RECOMMENDMore

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I made the hour drive from Wrightsville Beach to Southport recently to have lunch at The Frying Pan. I was familiar with the restaurant through close friends, but had never been there. I am now kicking myself for not having gone sooner. Before I even...had anything to eat from the Frying Pan, I could tell it was going to be a great experience. The exterior of the restaurant is classic NC coast style. The interior is a 21st century classic update, with polished wooden floors, exposed wooden beams, and large windows. Lots of large windows which offer a gorgeous view of the Southport waterfront as well as the islands beyond. The food at the Frying pan is, in a word, excellent. I sampled the sweet potato biscuits, made in house from scratch, I think. The biscuits were fluffy, with just the right amount of sweet potato flavor. I also had some grouper nuggets and fried gator bites, both of which had a delectable combination of crunch and chew. The sweet chili sauce that came with the gator bites was the perfect touch. I was so full from the wonderful appetizers that I had to throttle back on the food for my main course, so I ordered the spinach salad with chicken. The full size salad option was more than enough. The salad had plenty of tasty, fresh ingredients in it and was featured a wonderful coconut mango vinaigrette. Overall, I loved my food and appreciated that the options went beyond that of a typical seafood restaurant. What was not to like about the Frying Pan? Absolutely nothing. The atmosphere was lively without being too loud. The service was outstanding-- all needs taken care of promptly. I even checked out the American Fish company bar next door, under the same ownership from what I was told, which was about the coolest waterfront bar I have ever seen. So, I will be making the drive down to Southport again soon to dine at the Frying Pan. I cannot recommend it highly enough. If you're anywhere near the area, you need to give this place a try. You will be totally glad that you did.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We Scheduled a short business lunch meeting and enjoyed incredible views of the waterfront as they installed some very large windows on the east side since my last visit. Food was great and especially the Grouper Bites appetizer. I had a spinach salad with fried...shrimp and it was superb!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Long wait which would have been fine if the food was decent. They say a table of 4 at the smallest table while guest of two got table that would hold 6 people. Loud so loud. Hope who ever goes back gets a decent table....And food I got gators bites, coconut shrimp and the kids chicken none of was decent almost made me throw up. BBQ ribs was good. I won’t be going backMore

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 22 June 2021

Stopped in while tooling around Southport. It was lunchtime. Got a table on the back deck with a great view. We had 3 appetizers, and some mixed drinks. Everything was very good!! I highly recommend the Grouper Bites!!

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 17 June 2021 via mobile

The views are unmatched. We went in with low expectations for the food which was fine as long as the views were good. We saw dolphins and many boats. However, the food was even worse than expected. Frozen, foreign fish while you’re eating right on...the water. I had the bacon wrapped scallops and they were barely edible. Skip this place and have a drink at the bar next door for the views.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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KimNE
18 June 2019|
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Response from CraigB624 | Property representative |
Our main goal is to provide our guests with the best experience possible. For this reason, we are unable to accommodate reservations. Due to the busy nature of the Frying Pan in Southport it is a guarantee that there will be... More
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marciabarham
20 May 2019|
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Response from paul s | Reviewed this property |
Not the type of place that has good wines. Average at best wine selection.
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Millicent F
9 July 2018|
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Response from CraigB624 | Property representative |
We will close on the second Saturday in December. We start a reduced schd after Labor day weekend. When we change our hours we update Tripadvisor, Facebook, Google and Yelp.
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Yes, Frying Pan offers takeaway services.

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Frying Pan is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5