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Gary's Down East Seafood

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7610 Hwy 306 South, Arapahoe, NC 28510
+1 252-249-1905
Sun 11:00 - 20:00
Tue - Fri 11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Oriental NC
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83 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

This sad little place was nearly empty when we ate there, and we could see why. Limited selection of mostly fried (and presumably frozen, not fresh) seafood.

Thank uncleBad
Holland Patent, New York
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72 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Went here last year with my brother and just couldn't believe the meal way off the beaten path. Just decided my wife should try it and drove out into nowhere. When we got there she asked why we drove way out there? Once she had the shrimp she didn't ask again. This place know fresh, how to cook and how... More 

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Rye, New Hampshire
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38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Really a great experience for either lunch or dinner and always worth the stop. Perhaps one of the best clam chowders, loaded with clams and other goodness. The local fried plump shrimp are very lightly battered, crunchy and actually have flavor. Service is great and friendly with popular prices. I'm sure you won't be disappointed ....... give it a try!

Thank Skipper375
Owings, Maryland
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

Local place in an out of the way place, but the food was very good. Local shrimp cooked just right and plenty of it. Scallops very tender. Crab app was seasoned well too. Nothing but good things to say about this place. Plenty of food too.

Thank MauryMattingly
New Bern, North Carolina
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33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

I am never disappointed when I visit Gary's. The seafood is the best around and the service is always friendly. I am a coffee drinker and they make a fresh pot for me. I drink mine black and theirs is very good. I also was raised eating all kinds of fresh seafood and this is the place that keeps me... More 

Thank MK S
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Great way to compliment the ferry ride from Cherry Branch to Oriental - Gary's located in Arapahoe was slam packed on a Thursday afternoon. Only one server but she kept up and brought us all delicious seafood and kept the drinks refilled. Prices reasonable, location easy to find, adequate parking. Definitely worth stopping for dinner if in the area or... More 

Thank SideWash
Farmville, North Carolina
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

Fresh seafood !! Prepared to perfection, great service too. Be sure to save room for dessert ! We like the Tuna and the oysters.

Thank ironmomof2
Bakersville, North Carolina
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38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

The food was very good. Small place but comfortable. Staff was friendly and helped us decide on what to eat Price range normal for what we ate. We will return if in the area

Thank rezz049
Great River, New York
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

Have had this place recommended by a few people and thought the food was excellent. We split a great crab cake, then each enjoyed a wonderful she crab bisque. Shrimp scampi was good and the soft shell crabs were amazing. We thought prices were reasonable. Potato salad and fried ocra were also very good.

Thank Terri D
Cramerton, North Carolina
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

I have eaten Gary's several times when dropping off or picking up campers from Camp Seagull. Food is always fresh and very good. Just a great place for some good North Carolina fresh seafood!

Thank george a

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7610 Hwy 306 South, Arapahoe, NC 28510
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Arapahoe
  • Phone Number: +1 252-249-1905

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