Incredible food and atmosphere! We were traveling here in the off season and did not have to wait for a table. After the sun had set, more patrons arrived and had to wait at the bar to be seated. We ate at sunset and the view was amazing. I would travel back to Atlantic Beach just to eat here again! Yummy! I have the snow crab pot and it was delicious and the freshest crab like you can only get at the beach. Hubby had the grouper over penne that he could not stop raving about. We have three kids and not only do they have a fairly priced kids menu, they were extremely kid friendly providing coloring pages and crayons. Highly recommend to anyone traveling in the area.
2717 W Fort Macon RdAtlantic Beach, NC 28512
From Business: Shades By The Sea is a restaurant and lounge that offers various services to tourists. The restaurant features nautical decoration and a variety of cuisine. The r…
Had a great dining experience. Order the surf and turf and is was delicious. We had the Tortuga Dip for appetizer and it was very tasty. Dinner on the outside patio gave a great backdrop for dinner. The slow pace mentioned in other reviews was welcome, after all, we are on vacation.
Overall, the atmosphere was very nice. Outdoor seating is covered, by the water. Ahi Tuna salad was bland, but cooked well. The clam chowder came in a mug, and was bland. The steam pots were so-so according to the people in my party who ordered them. The seafood nachos came highly recommended by our waiter, and were very good. Chicken Alfredo was cold in places and oily. As far as sides go, the spinach is not creamed (doused in oil and butter) and the garlic mashed potatoes, while tasty, did not have a great consistency. Rib sauce was southern sweet, but we were hoping for more of a Carolina seasoning. Our waiter was very friendly. He seemed overwhelmed. Most of the staff seem to be new. They add on 20% for a party of 6 or more, which is a bit more presumptuous than the typical 18% considering the fresh staff. The bathrooms were not the cleanest. Would recommend this place to others if they are looking for a decent last minute dinner plan. Not necessarily worth a special trip.
What a great site. We sat overlooking the ocean, with brown pelicans flying overhead, and it was warm & comfortable, not HOT, as it was inland.
Casual beach atmosphere and great food. Their service was very good and the view of the ocean was wonderful.
Dine by the Sea & Eat Great Seafood. The food is so amazing and romantic. One last tip: order the signature cornbread--it's a treat.
Our waitress was delightful and gave us personal attention so we felt pampered. No wonder, this is our go-to spot for beach-side dining and culinary bliss. Follow your meal with a stroll on the beach and you'll know what I mean. The Crab's Claw's like a sea cruise without the rock n' roll deck. And you don't have to dress for dinner. Casual's just fine.
Oh, I should mention that the food's superb--my salmon was cooked to delicious perfection. It was great having a choice of grilled or blackened and being asked how I wanted it cooked. The medium rare I requested was spot on. My honey raved about his crab-cake sandwich--he said it was heavy on the crab and light on the breading. I begged a bite--and he was right. We've had the cocoanut shrimp appetizer before and it rocks.
If you're a romantic, like me, nothing's more atmospheric than dining by the sea. That's why my honey and I fell in love with the Crab's Claw. Sitting on the deck gives you a seaside ring seat to all the fascination of the beach. Kite surfers, volleyball games, seagulls, pelicans flying in formation, leaping dolphins and -if the timing's right--a beautiful Crystal Coast sunset. The waves rolling in and out. The Carolina Blue sky. So relaxing. Sigh.
Their mahi mahi sandwich was amazing!!! Great service. Great views. Will definitely be coming back!!!!