Restaurants On Topsail Island

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

Beach Shop Grill

Beach Shop and Grill, in Topsail Beach is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week in the summer months. The restaurant closes after their luncheon service on January 1 and reopens in March each year, probably to allow the owners to catch up on their sleep. Beach Shop certainly enjoys a wonderful reputation for the quality of their service as well as the food.

The restaurant is casual during breakfast and lunch service. Dinner service is different however, with most people feeling more comfortable wearing island casual clothing since linens and candles are placed on the tables and soft jazz music is playing.

Menus for all three meals are extensive. Egg dishes from scrambled to benedict, with scratch-made hollandaise, buttermilk pancakes and breakfast sandwiches are among the eye-opener meals offered. Lunch features all types of salads and sandwiches, and many consider their Black Angus hamburgers the best on the beach.

Dinner consists of steaks, fresh local fish, seafood served broiled or fried and such specialties as shrimp and grits. Sauces and dressings are all made in house too. Be sure to save room for the key lime pie with mile high meringue backed on site by pastry chef and owner Cheryl Price.

Beach Shop Grill, which has been in business on Topsail since 1952, has all ABC permits, a very extensive list of wines including some superb ones at prices lower than most others for the same bottles, and a large assortment of craft beers.

After you’ve finished eating, be sure to visit the attached gift shop to see the popular Beach Dog t-shirts that are fast becoming collectibles, with new designs introduced each summer. All types of beach sundries are available there.

Breezeway Restaurant

Breezeway is a casual family restaurant located at the southern end of Topsail Island in Topsail Beach, where it has been since 1949. It has large windows facing Topsail Sound and has “no extra charge for sunsets.” You might want to choose appetizers such as crispy calamari seasoned with basil and marinara, or hot crab dip to begin your meal.

All types of seafood are on the menu and the selections are available broiled, grilled, steamed and fried. Among the popular main courses are blue crab cakes served with slaw, black beans and rice, shrimp scampi, seafood lasagna with shrimp and crabmeat in a creamy cheese sauce or stir fried shrimp and vegetables over rice.

There also are daily specials, soups, fresh salads and rib eye steaks cooked to order. In addition to soft drinks and tea, the restaurant has beer, wine and a kids menu that is sure to please. The restaurant opens daily at 5:00 p.m.

Mainsail Restaurant

Mainsail Restaurant, located on Highway 50 in Surf City, offers something for all tastes. New in 2013 is a raw bar, a treat for fans of raw or steamed oysters. The popular Calabash seafood platters with a choice of flounder, shrimp, sea scallops or oysters are available individually or as combinations. Maryland crab cakes and grilled fish with your choice of delicious sauces also are popular.

Mainsail now has steamed snow crab legs on the menu and has a Prime Rib special on Friday and Saturday nights. Pasta dishes, steaks and chicken also are offered and sandwiches for those who prefer a lighter meal are available too. Mainsail is open for dinner only. The restaurant has full ABC permits as well as craft beers and wines both moderately priced as well as a small assortment of special bottles.

Large parties can be accommodated at Mainsail and reservations for larger groups are accepted. Mainsail has a separate room downstairs that can be reserved for special parties and the Commodore Room upstairs that is available for such events as wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners or anniversary parties.

Oceanfront Dining

Daddy Mac’s Beach Grille is set on a spectacularly beautiful site: the restaurant is right on the ocean in Surf City and features an outdoor dining deck as well as large windows for a beautiful view. And the restaurant is now open for lunch as well as dinner, so that visitors can enjoy watching the waves while enjoying a midday break.

The menu has something for everyone, from fresh seafood accompanied by tasty sauces, to crab cakes done three ways to the best baby back ribs on the island. The ribs are slowly roasted as they should be and are so tender the meat practically falls off the bone.

Sandwiches are available in the evening too for those who want lighter fare. Really good fresh fish and tasty hamburgers are just two of several sandwich choices. The restaurant features a full bar, a good selection of beer and wine, and a kid’s menu too. Daddy Mac’s is open year round.

Pirate-Themed Restaurant

The pirate theme is evident at Quartermasters Restaurant and Tavern, located on the Causeway before the Surf City swing bridge. Quartermasters is a spacious facility with a dining room as well as a separate room with a pub feel. There are numerous beers on tap as well as wine and a full bar with all ABC permits. The tavern area is equipped with six HD TVs with DirecTV Sports Packages available.

Among the food choices are crab dip, shrimp and crab au gratin, and fresh seafood platters in numerous combinations. Also available is Skully’s Dirty Chicken, a popular dish that moved with the owners from their previous restaurant in Topsail Beach. Prices are moderate, service is efficient and a great kids menu is offered too.

Quartermasters is known for its special offers, with different daily drink and food bargains available throughout the week. The restaurant opens daily at 5:00 p.m. Large parties are welcome and reservations are recommended.