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MacElwee's Seafood

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101 Lovell Ave, Tybee Island, GA 31328-9541
+1 912-786-8888
16:00 - 21:30
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Sun 16:00 - 21:30
Tue - Thu 16:00 - 21:30
Fri 16:00 - 22:00
Sat 12:00 - 22:00
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Maggie Valley, North Carolina
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108 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2015

The seafood special was very good that day. We were there on a Sunday between lunch and dinner so had no trouble getting a place to sit. My wife and son do not like seafood, but they both found something they both liked on the menu. No trouble with parking and it is close to the beach.

Thank pjfine
Coal City, Illinois
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63 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2015

Bad hours of operation.overpriced prices.outdoor patio overlooking the road.food is just ok.nothing to brag about.the owners need to be realistic with their off-season prices.this is not new york, or chicago.very dissapointed.lacking in ambience too.seafood priced like the stock market marked as market price..

Crown Point
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2015 via mobile

Family dinner of four had great friendly service. Seafood was excellent but nothing special about the cheeseburgers. The hush puppies were some of the best I've ever had. Waiter was friendly and prompt. Would recommend if wanting seafood.

Thank magicalpwrs23
Marion, Virginia
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30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2015

This place was recommended to us as 'the best food on the island'. My husband ordered the salmon cooked medium rare...it was cooked almost completely through. I ordered a rib eye....it was not like any piece of rib eye I have ever had and they tried to hide that by covering it over with a mushroom and crab sauce. The... More 

3 Thank MRatihn
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2015

Best seafood on the island!! My husband had the Cajun Tortellini. I had the stuffed flounder. Both were delicious. Service was great, and everyone was very friendly. We will definitely be back! P.S. The fried strawberries are pretty tasty too!!

1 Thank kstric
Athens, Alabama
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2015

My friends and I made a quick stop while on the beach to eat lunch at MacElwee's and it was a nice little eatery. It is a bit pricy based on the food, but if you want seafood this is the place. We enjoyed it!

Thank BreeScott
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2015 via mobile

I have Celiac and this place made it so easy for me to eat. Crab was perfect! We will return on our next trip!!

1 Thank Gingersnap80
Birmingham, Alabama
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18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2015

The food wasn't bad and our server was nice enough. If you're looking for an "experience," I don't recommend this place. It's just one "rule" after another. I'd classify this restaurant as selfish. It's exactly the kind of place I don't like sitting down in because from the beginning, there are signs about what they can't do and kind responses... More 

2 Thank Jasonferg
Hendersonville, Tennessee
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90 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2015

Tried MacElwee's after recommendation from the tourist center on the island. Some of the best fried shrimp ever. Came with coleslaw, hushpuppies and we chose baked potato. All were great. Don't know why people would go further out on the island this with neat spot right on the main drag. Service was excellent and prompt. Food was hot, fresh, and... More 

2 Thank dmaccat
Almonte, Canada
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33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2015

If you are on Tybee Island, then you simply have to eat shrimp. We went to MacElwee's following the advise of a local, and sure don't regret it. The shrimp were cooked three ways but the best were the bacon wrapped ones. So plump, fresh and juicy. After eating nothing but frozen shrimp in Canada this was pure delight. If... More 

2 Thank LitaPerth

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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
Average prices
US$7 - US$20
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:30
16:00 - 21:30
16:00 - 21:30
16:00 - 21:30
16:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 101 Lovell Ave, Tybee Island, GA 31328-9541
  • Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Georgia Coast  >  Tybee Island
  • Phone Number: +1 912-786-8888

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