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The Crab Pot

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508 Roland Ave, Surf City, Topsail Island, NC 28445-6687
+1 910-328-5001
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Jacksonville, North Carolina
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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place! All the workers are very friendly...they provide live music here, which seems to be a hit! Crab soup and clam chowder are very good. The clams are a great price for a dozen. Crab legs are a hit or a miss, sometimes very good, but sometimes they hardly give you any & it doesn't seem like a pound... More 

Thank c_maydenleo
Wilmington, North Carolina
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were a party of four and got seated right away even though they were pretty busy. We had a lovely waitress who was insanely busy with too many tables to serve. This place is extremely casual and very loud and busy which can be fun at times. We ordered the steamer buckets with crabs, shrimp and clams and drinks.... More 

Thank Irene M
Clemmons, North Carolina
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the perks of vacationing at the beach is the opportunity to try various seafood offerings in the local restaurants. For the most part, most are at or above average and, if youre really lucky, you sometimes hit the jackpot with a fare that you find yourself returning to taste again. However, you can also luck out and find... More 

1 Thank Michelle J
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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83 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here for lunch after going out fishing. We were disappointed and would rate the restaurant as average. The seafood had no flavor but came in decent portions. The overall experience for the cost wasn't worth it.

Thank Tucker509
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40 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We got in late. We were looking for some great seafood even though it was about 9:15pm. Most places closed at 9. We went in and we're seated immediately. The waitress said y'all just missed it...it was pretty wild a bit ago. We kinda laughed but we were glad we missed the crazy! There is a bar in the middle... More 

Thank TilleyBird22
Stanley, New York
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7 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Your first impression is that a place this dumpy can only survive if the food is spectacular, so you proceed in despite a gnawing feeling in your stomach. As you enter, the ceiling is covered with the stuff American Pickers decided not to pick. For example, the toilet seats with the lawnmower pull cords to summon the waitress. The food... More 

Thank P6462HGpeter
Coastal South Carolina, South Carolina
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50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

The Crab Pot has been around as long as I can remember. Peter is an excellent chef and his recipes have stood the test of time. Be sure to get some zucchini slaw and she crab soup! If you like a really laid back, fun atmosphere, then this is the place for you. If you're uptight and antisocial, then keep... More 

1 Thank playcation
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57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

We came here for lunch. We ordered and planned on eating in, but changed our mind after sitting at a booth for a couple of minutes. The restaurant is just dirty. It's got lots of character, and would probably be ok if you were just going to have a beer at the bar, but I couldn't enjoy a meal here.... More 

Thank elizabethmB4493TC
Richmond, Virginia
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Fresh delicious seafood in a crab shack. It's freshly caught and the sides are great. The prices are reasonable and you will not leave hungry. The service is just ok but they are friendly just scattered and inattentive.

Thank Joy W
Surf City, North Carolina
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

Definitely a relaxed, casual place. Gets very crowded in the summertime. It's more about the old school, fun environment than the food, although the food is good too. Not the most family friendly place at night, there are 2 bars, karaoke, piano bar, and live music on the weekends. Visit if you're looking for a fun time and some local... More 

Thank Ashley B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 508 Roland Ave, Surf City, Topsail Island, NC 28445-6687
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Topsail Island  >  Surf City
  • Phone Number: +1 910-328-5001

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