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On the Waterfront

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1 Harding Sq, Washington, NC 27889-4772
+1 252-946-3463
11:00 - 16:00
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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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Bellmore, New York
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On The Waterfront is our favorite restaurant on or near the Pamlico Sound! The location is perfect, along Little Washington's harbor promenade, in full view of the boat traffic on the River. We just celebrated a Valentine's Lunch there, enjoying a delightful seafood bisque and perfectly fried calamari for starters. We both loved the Pamlico Platter of fried shrimp, scallops... More 

Thank ElaineDJRS
Washington, North Carolina
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food is good and the view from the outside seating is great. When weather permits I like to eat outside.

Thank lilley2015
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My cousin and I had a somewhat hurried lunch and decided to try On The Waterfront. We were quickly seated and menus were presented. The waitress was very on the spot and took our orders quickly. I ordered the North Carolina specialty of a shrimp burger and my cousin had grilled tuna. In due time our meals arrived exactly as... More 

Thank Earl W
North Carolina Coast, North Carolina
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

Over the last three or four years I have had the pleasure of eating here both at lunch and supper with a group of friends and just family. It's a plus for Washington to have a nice place to eat, that is one their beautiful waterfront. The last time we at there was when we attended the East Carolina Wildlife... More 

Thank poco211
Cozad, Nebraska
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Very friendly staff. Reasonable prices and brought to the table in about 15 minutes. I had the Carolina clam bake and it did not disappoint. The restaurant has lots of character and is located "On the Waterfront". A must see if your in the area.

Thank nmenagh
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

My son 42 yrs was visiting from Nevada for Christmas I suggested the restaurant for some seafood. Oysters etc. on Tuesday 12/27/16. We arrived at approximately 7pm. We were greeted by the hostess at the front and then sat ourselves at the oyster bar .After sitting at the bar for approximately 15 minutes and watching the waitresses come and go... More 

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Concord, North Carolina
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105 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

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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101 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

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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104 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 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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212 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 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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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, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, View, Kids, Groups
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?