Michael's Seafood Restaurant

#1 out of 89 restaurants in Carolina Beach
($$$), Seafood, Seafood Markets, Steak, Bar, Catering
Hours today: 11:00am-9:00pm
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Location Icon 1206 N Lake Park Blvd
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Phone Icon Phone: (910) 458-7761
Neighborhood Icon Neighborhood: Carolina Beach


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No delivery

Credit Cards Accepted

Parking Lot

Good for Kids

Dressy casual

Full Bar


Seafood, Seafood Markets, Steak, Bar, Catering

Price Point
$$$ $ - Cheap Eats (Under $10)
$$ - Moderate ($11-$25)
$$$ - Expensive ($25-$50)
$$$$ - Very Pricey (Over $50)


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Restaurant Description

Michael's Seafood hosts a beautifully decorated restaurant and full service bar with all ABC permits. Always pleasing clients with delicious foods and presentation, cooking with fresh local products and always using ingredients from scratch is the reason each dish is so good. The key is to convey freshness and ambiance with every event. Having established a reputation for culinary creativity, boundless energy and an eye for detail, this team of chefs has created a vision that keeps Michael's catering department growing. With combined talents of the kitchen and crew, Michael's specializes in catering and event productions throughout Eastern North Carolina. Their in-house facility has room to accommodate and function up to 100 people. If you prefer to host your Reception, Corporate Event or Holiday Party at an off-site location, Michael's can help you every inch of the way in accommodating such things as local reception halls and trusted provision providers. They will be happy to customize your particular affair to meet your needs. Please contact them to set up a private consultation to discuss your future event, menu options and let them help you create a day that you and your guests will never forget. They appreciate you considering Michael's Seafood Restaurant & Catering and hope that they may be of service to you now and in the future.

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#1 out of 89 restaurants in Carolina Beach
#1 of 13 Seafood in Carolina Beach

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review_stars 07/04/2024 - Kourtney N.

review_stars 02/19/2024 - Bonniewest
I enjoyed my lunch at Michael’s and our food was good. I’ll have to say that I was surprised that I ordered the grouper for $25 (lunch) and had an $8 upcharge bc it was out of season.
When restaurants are charging now for a decent meal, no extra charges for this and that should occur. Having been a former restaurant owner myself, I would have never charged my customers with so many up charges.
Total bill was $78 for 2 lunches. I think it’s outrageous and this doesn’t include tax and tip.
Service was ok.

review_stars 09/28/2023 - Martin Van Hall
The bottle of beer was the only thing with any flavor! What a waste of my $100! Even the garlic toast was dry,tasteless and cold. Good thing my wife had water to help get it down! We kept trying to salt the food to get a little flavor but the shaker had wet salt in it and it was a chore to keep trying. We laughed until we cried and nearly vomited because we ate it and argued all the way to our room. Good thing I got lucky before I went 🤣😅!

review_stars 06/24/2022 - Billy
Best shrimp and grits I’ve ever eaten!Great job gang

review_stars 05/14/2022 - MenuPix User
Family vacation we thought we would try this for dinner.The food was not the greatest very bland.I ordered rice pilaf and it was the consistency of mush.Shrimp was okay but not many. The best tasting item was my drink. We will probably not go back.

review_stars 07/01/2021 - Maria
The best good on carolina beach

review_stars 04/12/2021 - MenuPix User
This was absolutely the worst meal that I have ever paid for. I have never had a side of macaroni and cheese that tasted like cold rubber. We ordered some chicken wings and they were white and hairy like they had been steamed and had a little chicken hairs on them and they were very cold also. It was disgusting. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

review_stars 04/03/2021 - Unknown
Food was okay, but the service was terrible😳We waited for 1 hour and when we got our food there was no silverware! I would not recommend.

review_stars 07/18/2020 - Tommy
Tater tots were on point!

review_stars 07/13/2020 - Jerry Propst
Hands Down the Absolute Best Seafood I've Ever had in my 61 years on this Planet !! Our server Greg was one of the Best we have ever had ! We had 3 adults and 4 children who all wanted something different and Greg and the kitchen handled it to a tee !! This place is On Point ! The Clam Chowder is wonderful !! I had Fresh Mahi "Blackened" and let me tell you the taste was impeccable! Everything we ordered was Perfect and came very quickly even though they were very crowded! The manager Joe and All the Staff were very Friendly and Courteous!! Thank You Michael's for a great family memory !! If I could give a 100 Stars I would!
I'll Be Back for Sure, Mr. Jerry Propst
Fort Mill,SC

review_stars 06/28/2020 - MenuPix User
Wifes food wasn't what she asked for. The chowder isn't near as good as it use to be. The manager still charged for my wifes meal even though she never touched it. The prices to food taste is way off. You should change your name to Mel's diner....more appropriate.

review_stars 11/14/2019 - Michele Horne
The food was overdone, overpriced and the waitstaff was rude.

review_stars 12/17/2017 - TERI
Great food, beautiful restaurant and wonderful service!

review_stars 07/04/2013 - Ross Henderson
Waited an Hour for a table for four while others were seated, ate and left. Complained to manager - HE GOT IN MY FACE. I will never go there again... NEVER, NEVER, NEVER... YOU SHOULD NOT GO THERE EITHER...

This website wants me to prove that I am human... Question is, is this manager human?

review_stars 06/10/2013 - Brittany Alexander
OMG.....the worst seafood restaurant that I have ever eaten at!!!! The atmosphere and the drinks (even though pricey) were the only good things. The hostess had a bland personality, but our male server was very nice. We ordered the steamed oysters as our appetizer, which we had to shuck ourselves as they were very difficult to open, which is a huge liability to the owners as someone could cut their hand open. Our server was very nice to shuck them for us. The clam chowder was okay. My mom ordered the scallops for $18.99, which were good, but the garlic mashed potatoes were HORRIBLE and looked like mush with a huge portion just slapped on the plate along with an unseasoned vegetable mix! I ordered the grouper for $19.99 but therer was a $5 upcharge that night as grouper was out of season, so the price was $25. I thought for that price, the grouper was going to be fantastic as who pays $25 for a grouper dinner... stupid me!. The grouper lacked seasoning, the rice was very bland with no seasoning and the vegetable mix was bland too. We only ate the scallops and the grouper... what a waste of money! Both dinners had very poor plate presentation and no lemons were served with our seafood. What seafood restaurant doesn't include a wedge of lemon?? I was recommended to Michael's by several people saying that I have to try it out as it has the best seafood in town. Well people... you are crazy to think that their food is good or even great! I will never ever go back nor will I ever recommend Michael's Seafood Restaurant!! Refund please!!

review_stars 03/11/2011 - Ruth-Ellen Weldon
The food and management at this restaurant were equally awful. My friend ordered ravoli stuffed with lobster which was served cold. So crappie was my dinner I DON'T EVEN REMEMBER WHAT I HAD! I left it uneaten. Server never came by during dinner to check on us. Shelly, the manager that evening, was extremely rude. When we voiced our complaints to her upon exit, she stated that we were asked how dinner was and we said fine, an out-and-out lie. A truly repugnant experience.

review_stars 10/22/2010 - Garry & Elsie Boling
Food was GREAT! Cooked to perfection. Service by Brandy was above and beyond the norm...We definitely have a new "favorite restaurant".

review_stars 05/22/2009 - Michael's Regular
I love Michael's for their service, ambiance and variety of food choices. Since I work on the island, I go to lunch there often and I'm a major tuna salad lover. I was disappointed with their uninspired rendition. I expected a more deli-style tuna salad with small bits of celery, dill, pickle, etc., but it was just chunk tuna mixed with mayonnaise. I could do that at home. Come on Chef... show us what you've got (even in the smallest dishes).

review_stars 05/01/2009 - tourist
got there a older lady greeted us she was very pleasant thought she was the owner but told us she was only the hostess. but she smiled and talked to us like she had known us forever. service was great ..food was great they went way beyond our expectations. we will return again. loved the restaurant and the people there. we also met the owner before we left. hope to see them soon..

review_stars 09/10/2008 - MW
We called months in advance to reserve the outside sitting area for our reception of 26 people. It was discussed several times this was a private occasion leading up to the event. When we all got there, the area was open to the public. The tables were set in a manner that we all could not sit together and were crammed. We had to request they be set up in a manner where we would at least all sit together in the same general area. When it was asked again at the restaurant why it was still open to the public, the management was very unapologetic about their mess up. After that, they decided it was appropriate to extort and EXTRA $1,300 from us to "make it a private event" instead of trying to correct their mistake. Us bringing 26 people, allowing them to order whatever they wanted from the menu (meals, appetizers, beer, wine, desert etc.) wasn't enough for them. They wanted MORE money. Very disappointed they didn't want to right the wrong or accommodate us.

We WILL NOT BE PATRONIZING THEM ANYMORE. In addition to that we will steer our friends and family away from their establishment.

review_stars 05/28/2008 - Jerry Steven's
We are on vacation and we visit alot of restaraunts over the year and Michael's staff is the best. They are very attentive and the food was awesome. Forget the fried food, eat at michael's.

review_stars 05/01/2008 - Josh
Loved the food

review_stars 10/14/2007 - MenuPix User
Food was horrible and tastless. Chowder was full of shells. Bland and soggy.

review_stars 07/26/2007 - Lizzie
After searching the web for a restaurant on Pleasure Island that serves a steamed version of a shellfish platter, Michael's seemed to be my only choice. Most other restaurants fried their platters or charged more to steam or broil them. Michael's doesn't even have a fryer! So, all you health conscious folks, dig in! I ordered the Captain's Catch (a mini version of the Admiral's) and was also very pleased. I was stuffed by the end of my meal. I had ordered a cup of the chowder which is a must since it is award-winning and extremely delicious. Since the seafood outweighed the potatoes and other vegetables I was thrilled with my choice. In the Captain's Catch I received 3 oysters, 3 clams, 3 mussells, 6 or so large shrimp, 4 crab legs (including a claw), half a corn cob, cole slaw, and a heaping of delicious red smashed potatoes. As is mentioned on the menu, I asked for some corn bread for my meal and was wide-eyed when I saw strands of honey as I pulled apart a piece. Scrumptious! Our waitress, Jennifer, was a treat - timely, sweet, and catered well to our needs without being overbearing. Since my non-seafood eating daughter accompanied me on our dinner, she ordered the Asian-style chicken salad. I think there was more chicken than lettuce in her salad - an unexpected treat. She also enjoyed her salad. We ate on the outdoor patio which boasted a more casual environment as we were joined by guests in casual shorts and t-shirts. The pond and landscaping outside the screened-in patio offered a relaxing environment as we listened to the flowing water. My only complaint is that if you are toting along a non-seafood eating companion, the selections are few for the dinner menu. But, then again, the restaurant IS called Michael's SEAFOOD! I will come back and find someone to help me with the Admiral's platter next time. I almost joined the table across from me as I saw a couple digging in to their table-encompassing meal! Wow - thanks, Michael's!
-Landlocked Lady from Colorado

review_stars 07/16/2007 - MenuPix User
I really had higher hopes for this restaurant. I read the reviews before going and really wanted to add a positive one. We are from the west coast and love seafood. This restaurant was recommended to us by our neighbor in Kure Beach.
The place was very busy for a Monday night. I guess there were a lot of out of towners. We arrived at 6 and were seated by 6:30pm. Faster than promised. Our order was taken by a great waitress. Her service was excellent even though she was helping a party of 14.
I was dissapointed in the quality of my lobster dish. I ordered the 1 1/2 lb lobster. It wasn't worth $29. The tail was baked and smallish. It wasn't as fresh as I like. They advertise it as Maine Lobster but it may not have been live. I did taste my son's Clam Chowder and it was the best I've ever had. There were chunks of crab that was a nice surprise. My wife also ordered the lobster and like it, but didn't think it was worth the price.
I probably won't come back. Mainly because of the price. If the quality of the food was better, I might think twice.

review_stars 05/08/2007 - Mike godwin
Absolutely loved the admirals platter and service was great.

review_stars 04/27/2007 - MenuPix User
Don't go here! My family went here last week while on vacation. They said the crab leg's are a pound and a half, I got 8 fingers and my boyfriend was supposed to get a pound and a half of shrimp and got 12 small shrimp. When we asked if this was a pound and a half (which we knew was not) he said we weigh them before we cook them. I don't care if you weighed them now or whatever, their was no way. It was over priced, I got the craps the next day, think it was food posioning. Just avoid! LOL Over priced lies.

review_stars 07/21/2006 - MenuPix User
Nice interior, outdoor dining leaves a lot to be desired. Food bland; service awful.


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