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Topsail Island Restaurants

Taking advantage of all the activities and attractions on Topsail Island requires energy, and for that you need food.

Mainsail Restaurant

Seafood fans find lots to love at Mainsail Restaurant, on N.C. Highway 50 in Surf City. Popular Calabash-style fried seafood platters mean a choice of flounder, shrimp, sea scallops or oysters individually or as combinations. Maryland crab cakes and grilled fish served with a choice of delicious sauces are popular.
A raw bar features oysters steamed or raw on the half-shell. Read more

Daddy Mac’s Beach Grille

From fresh seafood accompanied by tasty sauces, to crab cakes done three ways, to the best baby back ribs on Topsail Island, Daddy Mac’s Beach Grille aims to please every taste. Ribs are slow-roasted, as they should be, so tender the meat falls from the bone. Select sweet Vidalia onion or Cajun beer barbecue sauce. The ribs, fried seafood platters and shrimp and grits are among entrees. Read more

Gallagher’s Bar and Grill

When it’s time to watch the game, big or otherwise, head to Gallagher’s Bar and Grill on North New River Drive in Surf City. The sports bar and grill has plenty of televisions and a wide-open dining room where it’s OK to cheer for your favorite teams.
The family-owned establishment offers a fun-filled experience and great prices on food and drinks. Lots of munchies fit Super Bowl football action or March Madness college basketball gatherings.Read more

Inlet 790 Grill & Bar

As you’re driving down the beach’s main New River Inlet Road, watch for Villa Capriani resort. Inlet 790 Grill & Bar centers the complex. The restaurant’s Italian garden setting includes the happy sound of water trickling down an enchanting fountain. Tile floors and Roman motifs share décor space with seascape paintings by local artists.
Chef David Longo extends his reach well beyond Italy. However, don’t miss his grilled shrimp primavera when it’s on special. Longo tosses tender shrimp with mushrooms, spinach and tomatoes in silky pesto cream sauce. Read more

Topsail Shrimp House

Take the elevator to the top floor of the seven-story St. Regis resort on New River Inlet Road for a fine view and some of the area’s best casual seafood. Giant windows line at Topsail Shrimp House, affording every table aerial oceanfront views that extend for miles. Binoculars are available to view sea birds and dolphins.
You’ll feel like you’re sitting on the world’s tallest deck as you munch lightly battered fried shrimp, Buffalo shrimp and Firecracker Shrimp, the latter in creamy sauce with spicy Asian seasonings. Read more

Beach Shop Grill

Beach Shop and Grill in Topsail Beach Beach Shop and Grill, in business since 1952. It has a split personality. Don shorts and flip flops for casual breakfast and lunch times. Around sunset, diners wear upscale casual attire, say sundresses and khakis.
The restaurant staff breaks out linens and candles for dinner tables. Morning eye-openers include classic eggs Benedict, buttermilk pancakes and create-your-own omelets. Read more

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