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Buddy's Crab House and Oyster Bar

101 Roland Ave, SURF CITY, Surf City, Topsail Island, NC 28445
+1 910-328-1515
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good8%
  • Average23%
  • Poor26%
  • Terrible11%
Travellers talk about
“shrimp basket” (2 reviews)
“oysters” (3 reviews)
“fries” (4 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Hours
American, Bar, Seafood
$$ - $$$
101 Roland Ave, SURF CITY, Surf City, Topsail Island, NC 28445
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Reviewed May 3, 2018

Small place. Nice covered outside deck & outside bar. Based on the other reviews glad they were not busy. Staff was nice. No wait. Food nothing to wright about.Appetizers priced about normal. Rest of the menu pricey.I sure as hell would not wait an hour...More

Thank daveparkshere
Reviewed May 3, 2018 via mobile

Needed dinner before the two hour drive back home,so this was an unplanned stop but a good one! We had the shrimp baskets which were generous and good. I'm picky about my cole slaw so I wasn't crazy about theirs, but everything else was really...More

Thank YayaQueenBee
Reviewed October 28, 2017 via mobile

Been to Buddy's twice since moving here. Food is fine. Service has been pretty bad both times. Last time we were there the server blamed us for not ordering the special. View from the deck is beautiful. We won't be back.

3  Thank Stacy M
Reviewed October 23, 2017

$14.95 for the half pound of steamed shrimp was bad enough but a miserable half basket of frozen french fries at $4.95 and served half cold is beyond a joke. To add insult to injury they charged 50c for a glass of tap water.

1  Thank williamvance22
Reviewed October 15, 2017 via mobile

Friendly and relaxed diner and bar overlooking the beach. Good food and beer at the right price. Beware strict dress code: no bare feet or topless patrons ;>)

Thank Jonathan S
Reviewed October 12, 2017

I know I have seen some bad reviews but our experience was great. My husband and I rode our bikes here and it appeared that they were needing some help on staff but went in any way. We found an area on the opposite end...More

Thank Alexis L
Reviewed September 25, 2017

Maybe it was a bad night for them, but service was very slow, there are no options or substitutions on the menu, and the prices are too high for what it is. Our bartender was nice, but seemed like she could use a hand. It's...More

Thank Erin S
Reviewed September 25, 2017 via mobile

Should have read some reviews before stepping in for what we thought would be a quick lunch. With only 2-3 customers inside and 4-5 tables outside occupied, it still took over 40 minutes to receive our order after waiting 10 minutes for a drink. Overpriced......More

1  Thank RCrnkovic
Reviewed September 12, 2017 via mobile

Even though the location and view is great, the food is really what should matter. The food is overpriced for the portions and quality of the food, and isn't served how you would expect at a restaurant. I ordered the mahi and you would expect...More

1  Thank oceanbreeze5
Reviewed September 7, 2017

The location of Buddy's is great and has an open air patio that faces Topsail Beach and the pier. Great spot for a drink while watching surfers and taking in the beach. The food however is not that good. I went twice and was disappointed...More

Thank Z1770QYmarias
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Hannah L
July 25, 2017|
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Response from Bernie D | Reviewed this property |
Call an ask, great food and great atmosphere, we had 10 people in our group and sat out on the deck, perfect view of the beach. Right next to Buddy's you have beach access with restrooms and outside showers.
April 18, 2017|
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Response from wecacnna | Reviewed this property |
It is a perfect place for a bar on the beach. Its kind of the hang out place for surfers and many of the younger crowd beside buddies-If you want you can enter from the large public covered sitting area super easy-a option... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$19
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 101 Roland Ave, SURF CITY, Surf City, Topsail Island, NC 28445
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Topsail Island  >  Surf City
  • Phone Number: +1 910-328-1515
The prime oceanfront location in Surf City to eat delicious Seafood featuring Steam Buckets with Oysters, Snow Crab Legs, Shrimp and Clams with Corn on Cob and Potatoes!!! Also featuring Hand Cut Prime Angus Ribeye Steaks, Chicken & Barbeque Ribs!!! Remember to try our delicious Crabby Shrimp dip or Fried Calamari for a tantalizing appetizer!!! The kids will crave the corn nuggets served here!!! The gathering place for FAMILY and FRIENDS as the oceanfront dining deck offers views of the beach and Surf City's beautiful pier! On a clear day, both the North & South Curves that lead to the inlets can be seen! The warm ocean breeze is comforting to all from our "Tiki Land" upper deck for cold beverages on a warm day! The kids will enjoy our "Little Shrimp's Menu" and wearing our PIRATE HATS to take home! The décor inside is built of cedar pulled up from our beautiful Cape Fear River and remember to leave your signed dollar bills stapled to our walls!!! There is plenty of parking in our double sided parking lot with free city parking in all directions for any overflow!
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