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On the Waterfront

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1 Harding Sq, Washington, NC 27889-4772
+1 252-946-3463
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 - 16:00
Tue 17:00 - 21:00
Wed 17:00 - 23:00
Wed - Sat 11:00 - 14:00
Thu - Fri 17:00 - 21:00
Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Concord, North Carolina
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102 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our meal at "On the Waterfront". We started our meal with the Redneck Rockefeller, which is oysters baked on the 1/2 shell with collards, bacon and Parmesan cheese. I had a tasty Sour Apple Martini. My husband had fish and scallops. I ordered the Blue Crab. We ended our meal with a slice of... More 

Thank Teresa S
Arlington, Virginia
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88 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Can't wait to return - enjoyed a family meal here - great food, wonderful service (Frank) and very attractive decor. Charbroiled oysters are a must.

Thank JohnandBetsey
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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56 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

wWe made a reservation for after the first Haunted Washington Tour. We got to sit on the patio and look out at the water on a wonderful late October warm evening. I had a Carolina Clam Bake with clams, shrimp and scallops, while my wife had the Shrimp Scampi. The seafood was excellent and I had a nice hoppy California... More 

Thank Vaughn G
Cary, North Carolina
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205 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

It is a Saturday night in Washington NC and one of the highest rated restaurants in town TOTALLY failed. Disinterested server followed by a list of what was no longer available, and then a plate of plastic "appetizers" was a start. My wife's selection of the "Catch of the Day" was dry and tasteless (and the server didi not know... More 

Thank cruicad
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31 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Went with friends and enjoyed massive half price martinis. My salmon was overdone. Great view and good service are redemptive factors. I'll give them another try.

Thank M P
Knightdale, North Carolina
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40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

We were seated outdoors at sunset - gorgeous! The cornbread before the meal was very sweet - almost like cake - very tasty. We both ordered fried shrimp and oysters and were very disappointed. There was too much breading and with the very small oysters you could only taste breading. I had a salad which was very fresh and nice... More 

Thank Morris14
Manteo, North Carolina
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227 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

Nice restaurant, great location, lots of choices! Went with a group and everything was delicious - the mozzarella cheese sticks and soft shell crab sandwich especially. Good size portions and great sweet tea!

1 Thank sweetsugartree
Hopkinton, Massachusetts, United States
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54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Had dinner here with my girlfriend, who is from this area. I was visiting NC for the first time. The restaurant is on the water (duh) and we chose to sit in the outside, covered seating area. The view was spectacular! We were greeted promptly and served beverages. The sweet tea was excellent. I ordered something I can't get in... More 

Thank Dave M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

One of the best meals I've ever eaten the char-grilled oysters and shrimp and grits are simply amazing and the staff make you feel like family!

Thank William D
Washington, North Carolina
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

These guys have the best oyster bar in eastern NC. The management is awesome! The food is awesome! What more do you need other than good service and great food

Thank Zman1967

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic, View
Open Hours
11:00 - 16:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Harding Sq, Washington, NC 27889-4772
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Washington
  • Phone Number: +1 252-946-3463
Brand new. Seafood, Steaks and more. Beautiful setting, great prices, and out of this world homemade desserts. Also, a shelffish steam bar.

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