Reviews

Broiled bay scallops, shrimp, oysters and flounder... Outstanding...True flavors. Perfect.
Broiled bay scallops, shrimp, oysters and flounder... Outstanding...True flavors. Perfect.
Tina Willis Rodriguez via facebook.com - Apr 23, 2017
I was not impressed with the food. The atmosphere was wonderful and the service was great! The food
I was not impressed with the food. The atmosphere was wonderful and the service was great! The food prices were high and the taste was nothing special. I've had seafood 3 times better including hush puppies for almost 1/2 the price.
Lynda Walker Howard via facebook.com - Apr 22, 2017
Classic
Good, standard, very fresh seafood fare for decades. Great water views from large windows all around.
Kris7282 via tripadvisor.com - Apr 19, 2017
Tradition for us and we were glad we went again!
my husband went to college in Raleigh and often visited the beaches near Morehead City. He always ate seafood at Sanitary Fish Market. We have traveled back to the Outer Banks several times over the years and we always come here. It has always been good. I checked the ratings and they are lower than in the past....we went anyway. We ... read more
EastTNTraveler via tripadvisor.com - Apr 17, 2017
Always come to the sanitary when I go to Atlantic Beach
Always come to the sanitary when I go to Atlantic Beach... read more
Bea Warren via facebook.com - Apr 16, 2017
The place is beautiful with the water front and everything is so clean. The food, the people, eve
The place is beautiful with the water front and everything is so clean. The food, the people, everything was great !!! I would drive from Goldsboro just to eat there. J.D. Etheridge.
J.d. Etheridge via facebook.com - Apr 16, 2017
It's the place to eat!
The food is average for seafood but the atmosphere, the view and the wait staff are good. Make sure you say Hi to Colonel Tunnel!
X2880RKmichelleb via tripadvisor.com - Apr 16, 2017
Small soft shell crab
I ate here today 16April2017 and ordered she crab soup and from the senior menu I ordered the soft shell crab with baked potato and side salad. Everything was good except for the main event, the soft shell crab which was rather pitiful. It was so small the claws weren't edible and I could only get one mouthful of the crab's center. M... read more
ClaraBarton1 via tripadvisor.com - Apr 16, 2017
Fantastic food and servce
A must stop while in the area. The food and service e is outstanding. Great views from your table. The menu is the very best. Must try their she crab soup.. The BEST.
Don B via tripadvisor.com - Apr 16, 2017
Great food and service... read more
Margie Salter via google.com - Apr 15, 2017
Great people and service ... read more
Michael Rutledge via google.com - Apr 15, 2017
The Sanitary is a family tradition for us. We go every year because that is what we have always don
The Sanitary is a family tradition for us. We go every year because that is what we have always done. If it wasn't for the tradition, I don't think we would continue to go back. Every year the portions get smaller and smaller. We also noticed this year that all of our food tastes the same...everything had the same flavor. The service... read more
Kelsie Sommerfeld Norris via facebook.com - Apr 14, 2017
Twice in one week!
A local gave us a " knowing look" and told us not to bother going here. Apparently, the son who has taken over is just running it as a tourist trap. Well, he trapped us twice! The waitresses were very friendly, the deck view at lunchtime was enjoyable, and the food delivered as promised. As a vegetarian, I ate sides -- tasty fried ok... read more
Catharine S via tripadvisor.com - Apr 14, 2017
I guess I didn't see what the big fuss was about. The food was average in taste and overpriced. The
I guess I didn't see what the big fuss was about. The food was average in taste and overpriced. The service was good, our server was very knowledgeable/helpful. I don't think we will go back.
Meghann Baynon via facebook.com - Apr 13, 2017
historical land mark
We stopped here on our way back from the outer banks after hearing about it from numerous friends. The service was fast and friendly. The restaurant was very clean. The fish was very fresh. The breading was a little greasy and bland and they left the skin on the fried grouper. The fried shrimp were small but tasty. Overall a good din... read more
Wayahdoc via tripadvisor.com - Apr 13, 2017
This place is an institution. Great food. Great service. Great atmosphere. Simply a must visit for
This place is an institution. Great food. Great service. Great atmosphere. Simply a must visit for both locals and tourists alike. My family and I have eaten here more times than I can count and we are not planning to ever stop.
Jesse Brake via facebook.com - Apr 13, 2017
It's an excellent fine dining experience that captures the local ambiance of waterfront dining with
It's an excellent fine dining experience that captures the local ambiance of waterfront dining with a great selection of local seafood cuisine!
Tim Riggs via facebook.com - Apr 12, 2017
A must visit
My best friend, her daughter, and myself were in Emerald Isle for the third time and had yet ate at Sanitary. We live a couple hundred miles away and actually see alot of our customers wearing Sanitary t-shirts so decided to go there. Loved the complimentary hush puppies and the decor is absolutely fabulous!!! Our server was mediocre... read more
Sheri K via tripadvisor.com - Apr 12, 2017
Open since 1938 serving fresh seafood
This restaurant is on the waterfront in Morehead City. Has proven itself to be a great seafood restaurant for many years. I have been eating here since my childhood.
dianeguy via tripadvisor.com - Apr 12, 2017
Visiting
Great seafoods​ and Fantastic service. Try the steamed oysters. Prices were very reasonable. Oyster stew was excellent with plenty of oysters.
ED B via tripadvisor.com - Apr 11, 2017
Go for the memories!
It's been 20 years since I last ate at this place! Going back this past weekend, I looked over the water and remembered feeding hush puppies to the seagulls off the back deck (despite the sign that said not to). The location is wonderful, right on the waterfront, boats moving up and down the causeway constantly! The food was decent -... read more
Sarah T via tripadvisor.com - Apr 10, 2017
Almost As Good As Ever
I read a lot of reviews Some good, ok, and bad I have been eating here all of my life I can say that the Bogue Clam Chowder is as good as ever The slaw used to have a pickle on top, not any more The cocktail sauce was made in a old ketchup bottle and was much better than the sauce they use now 3 fried Seafoods were still very good a... read more
Carole56 via tripadvisor.com - Apr 10, 2017
Very Disappointing
To start with , let me just say that this has been a restaurant that we have always gone to over the years. We always love the waterfront scenery and the place is very cozy. On this particular dinner trip , however , we were very disappointed in our experience. While the service was good and the place was clean , the food was awful... read more
kelstar4u via tripadvisor.com - Apr 9, 2017
Great place awesome service. Was cool to meet the owner. Very nice man. He's been working that rest
Great place awesome service. Was cool to meet the owner. Very nice man. He's been working that restaurant for over 70 years, wow!
Doug Smith via facebook.com - Apr 7, 2017
This place has been great for years and it still remains great. We even saw some dolphin while we were dining.
Roger Edwards via google.com - Apr 6, 2017
Excellent as always! Worth the drive from New Bern.
Excellent as always! Worth the drive from New Bern.
Cynthia Robey via facebook.com - Apr 3, 2017
Great place for fish
Enjoyed lunch at the historic place! The food was excellent - hush puppies and cole slaw do not have onion...hooray. Reasonable prices and big selection.
Ken F via tripadvisor.com - Apr 2, 2017
Had a great 4th of July here!
I grew up in Morehead City and wanted my boyfriend to try one of the local seafood restaurants I've been to many times and see the fireworks I've grown up watching. We has a great experience! We had a table outside on the deck. Our waitress was great! And the best part was that they shot the fireworks off from the island right across... read more
graciesfriends2017 via tripadvisor.com - Apr 2, 2017
I've been eating there all my life and never had a bad meal! Last night I had the shrimp and grits
I've been eating there all my life and never had a bad meal! Last night I had the shrimp and grits and the shrimp were so big I had to cut them! I ate about a dozen hush puppies, but my absolute favorite is the stuffed potato with crabmeat and shrimp!�
Hannah Murrill Warren via facebook.com - Apr 1, 2017
We ordered broiled flounder, with ...
We ordered broiled flounder, with fried shrimp, oysters, and scallops. We also ordered the baked sweet potato. I can't say enough about the baked sweet potato. It was wonderful.The flounder was spiced perfectly, and cooked to perfection. The fried oysters were perfect. Shrimp and scallops were not over cooked. Nothing was over salted... read more
Rick M. via yelp.com - Apr 1, 2017
I love the shrimp and the other food that is there, and also a good place to get family of all ages together!
RAM MAN via google.com - Mar 28, 2017
Great service. Pretty good fish. Nice atmosphere. ... read more
Keith brull via google.com - Mar 28, 2017
Awesome atmosphere and absolutely incredible food. The staff are friendly and make you feel like fa
Awesome atmosphere and absolutely incredible food. The staff are friendly and make you feel like family.
Robert Cain via facebook.com - Mar 26, 2017
I know people will take this for ...
I know people will take this for Granted but this place has some bomb ice. Like it's like crunchy shards that just melt in your mouth the moment you consume it. Now I know it doesn't seem like an amazing place to go but, that ice though. 10/10 would crunch again. I really honestly truly recommend Kyle and or Annabel as your waiter or... read more
Ashleigh W. via yelp.com - Mar 25, 2017
Sanitary is a staple of Morehead ...
Sanitary is a staple of Morehead City! Don't believe these poor reviews. You have to understand that ALL seafood is fried in eastern North Carolina.
Nate T. via yelp.com - Mar 25, 2017
The staff was attentive and friendly. Shrimp basket was delicious and we were able to see porpoises
The staff was attentive and friendly. Shrimp basket was delicious and we were able to see porpoises swim by whole we were eating our dinner!!
Shannon Haislip Williams via facebook.com - Mar 24, 2017
Sanitary Fish Market Restaurant 👍🏼😊
Don't let the name fool ya!! We were skeptical to say the least to stop here because of the name. We found a menu in one of the local magazines that changed our minds. We decided to have a late lunch (lunch served till 3:00 p.m.). We got a window seat and the view is fantastic. They served the funniest little hush puppies that were o... read more
Ginger B via tripadvisor.com - Mar 22, 2017
Can't say enough good about this place. Food, service and atmosphere all great. Even had the dolphi
Can't say enough good about this place. Food, service and atmosphere all great. Even had the dolphins give us a show. We will be back. Crab legs were great... read more
Shelley Weekly Terrell via facebook.com - Mar 20, 2017
Food was very fresh and good, and the staff are respectful
Food was very fresh and good, and the staff are respectful... read more
Miley Monroe via facebook.com - Mar 19, 2017
Not as good as I have heard
We went there in early March and the experience was just average. The hushpuppies were kind of thin and just ok. Crab Shack has much better hush puppies for example. I had a steak and it was ok. My wife had shrimp and flounder. She said the shrimp was good but the flounder tasted horrible. She barely ate it. Most of their menu has no... read more
trlhiker via tripadvisor.com - Mar 19, 2017
Excellent service, wonderful food with generous servings and highly recommend the pineapple cheese
Excellent service, wonderful food with generous servings and highly recommend the pineapple cheesecake.
Lu Saulmon via facebook.com - Mar 18, 2017
We went for dinner last night and ...
We went for dinner last night and it was great.  The service was excellent.  I got the grilled snapper, twice baked potato and green beans.  We had an great dinner.  The bathrooms were also clean even though it wasn't busy.
Mina F. via yelp.com - Mar 16, 2017
Good food. Good atmosphere. Typical fried is the normal, but extremely fresh and hot.
Ken Turner via google.com - Mar 15, 2017
Very clean! (Ha!) My shrimp plate was good, the French fries were thick and the sweet potato could've been bigger, tbh, but it was still good!
Beth Avent via google.com - Mar 15, 2017
Good food, great view. ... read more
H. Cammareri via google.com - Mar 15, 2017
Great people nice view good food
We enjoyed and returned twice. We had drinks and lunch. We stayed after and just hung out with no haste for us to stay and just chat. Met a local writer mr. Humphrey who was a fantastic conversationalist. All in all great experience. Also famous John Tunell was there to chat it up.
catalonio via tripadvisor.com - Mar 15, 2017
Had a great lunch there today!
Great food & well seasoned staff for early in the season. Out door pub was about to be opened, Great place to watch the boats and a sunset... read more
Jeff M via tripadvisor.com - Mar 15, 2017
The staemed oysters were good but I was disappointed with the flounder.
Mindy Beebe via google.com - Mar 14, 2017
Since 1938 says it all
This is my go to restaurant when I am in the area. If you want fresh seafood just ask. Everyone has heard of farm to table but this is boat to table.
Tim B via tripadvisor.com - Mar 14, 2017
Location is great!  Beautiful view ...
Location is great!  Beautiful view and atmosphere.  Service was excellent!  Very attentive and accommodating!!   Food was average.   However, the Squash casserole was amazing!!  Now dessert- that was incredible!  Highly recommend the pineapple Cheesecake made by a local- was truly fantastic!!!
Lori B. via yelp.com - Mar 13, 2017
A part of the scenery and local history in Morehead City
I've been going to the Sanitary Restaurant since I was a young kid. A lot of history and famous people have dined there. I have fond memories of family meals there while we were on vacation. It's not gourmet food. If you are looking for fancy this isn't your place. Just good food and a good price, not cheap eats but mid range. A loc... read more
giddensw via tripadvisor.com - Mar 13, 2017
Mrs Garner
I made phone reservations, not realizing that this was off season , and the place could likely seat us anyway. My wife and I arrived; announced our reservation to the hostess. She , no doubt, wondered why. Before ordering, a nice lady wandered the dining room and checked satisfaction of customers. When she came to us, she must have s... read more
Springlake425 via tripadvisor.com - Mar 13, 2017
We absolutely enjoyed the great seafood and family atmosphere that honestly feels the same as it di
We absolutely enjoyed the great seafood and family atmosphere that honestly feels the same as it did 40+ years ago when my grandparents carried me there. Glad to be able to carry my granddaughter and continue the tradition!
Johnnie Hamilton via facebook.com - Mar 12, 2017
My friend eats here a lot when she goes down to the beach, so yesterday my husband and I tried it o
My friend eats here a lot when she goes down to the beach, so yesterday my husband and I tried it out. We loved it. Everyone was so nice. The food, amazing! We will definitely be going back.
Lori Miller via facebook.com - Mar 10, 2017
Five stars for the service. The food was alright but tasted no better than something from Sandpiper or Mayflower. Got clam strips and fries which were on special for $8. Everything on the regular dinner menu seemed overpriced for what you get. Nice water views but probably won't return any time soon.
Tim Fagan via google.com - Mar 10, 2017
Expensive but worth it
The food there is exccellent and they don't scrimp on protions. The prices are abit on the high side, but fresh seafood is expensive. Some of the seafood was caught that day off shore and brought in. The staff is friendly and the tables, while close together, are roomy enought for 4 to seat without hitting each othes plates. There ar... read more
Alex K via tripadvisor.com - Mar 10, 2017
We've been going to this restaurant ...
We've been going to this restaurant for a few decades now. What used to be spectacular is now 'ok'. But we're going to keep eating there as it seems like we're 'going home' when we dine there. Nothing fancy or trendy about this place, but you'll always be served their famous and delicious hushpuppies to munch on while awaiting your f... read more
Euro K. via yellowpages.com - Mar 9, 2017
Two years later. . . and not much has changed
Our last visit was in August, 2015 and my review gave it an 'average' rating. Now, about 20 months later, not much has changed. My wife's flounder was ok. My three combination fired platter was ok. On this night the oysters were better than the shrimp but the scallops were just too small to even enjoy. Cole slaw and hushpuppies remai... read more
Keith H via tripadvisor.com - Mar 8, 2017
Tonight, the steamed oyster and row were awesome
Tonight, the steamed oyster and row were awesome... read more
George A Eastman III via facebook.com - Mar 6, 2017
It was amazing. Being from New England it is hard to find good seafood but it was great.
It was amazing. Being from New England it is hard to find good seafood but it was great.
Sandi LaCroix via facebook.com - Mar 5, 2017
We love this beautiful restaurant, great food, wonderful staff, great service
We love this beautiful restaurant, great food, wonderful staff, great service... read more
Rhonda Mike Foster via facebook.com - Mar 5, 2017
Decent lunch with a great view
The food was average and the service was good. Ordered a fish plate and it was decent but nothing special to me. The restaurant has an excellent view of the water which definitely adds to the dining experience. I hate to say this but if I'm in town again I will probably be trying somewhere else.
rambo4567 via tripadvisor.com - Mar 5, 2017
Thanks, a lifetime of visits on vacation. We'll be back.
A Google User via google.com - Mar 3, 2017
Very clean, friendly staff, good food, reasonable prices, view of water inside & outside seating!
virgil Stewart via google.com - Mar 3, 2017
Good food, quick service.
Richard Revels via google.com - Feb 28, 2017
We mainly ate here because of its size and ability to accomodate our large group for lunch. (nearly 50 of us) Overall I feel the food is overpriced and overrated, but the service was excellent and so was the view.
Allison Anderson via google.com - Feb 27, 2017
Gail is the best bartender I've ever had. Can't wait till I go back.
Gail is the best bartender I've ever had. Can't wait till I go back.
William Cooper via facebook.com - Feb 26, 2017
Wonderful view, the staff was very friendly & food was Awesome �
Wonderful view, the staff was very friendly & food was Awesome �... read more
Tenna Leffel via facebook.com - Feb 26, 2017
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