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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
Delicious food, awesome views, cool bar, and great staff all at a great price... read more
Shelby Roland via google.com - Feb 23, 2017
Great view, friendly service and awesome food. ... read more
Terri-Ann Harper via google.com - Feb 20, 2017
Favorite at the beach... read more
Tim Kling via google.com - Feb 20, 2017
Average seafood. Hush puppies werent that good. Great view but food was just average
Average seafood. Hush puppies werent that good. Great view but food was just average... read more
Dustin Newman via facebook.com - Feb 19, 2017
At a loss on this one
The Sanitary Restaurant has been in Morehead City since 1939! The food has always been good and walking inside you feel like your walking down memory lane in regards to Morehead City. I remember this Restaurant when I was a child visiting with my folks and I remember my Father talking about it and his great experiences when he was a ... read more
dbrobers70 via tripadvisor.com - Feb 19, 2017
Went for Valentines dinner. My ...
Went for Valentines dinner. My wife had fried flounder & shrimp and I had stuffed flounder. They didn't disappoint, excellent food healthy servings and a slice of rich and creamy lemon meringue pie to top it off.
Russell S. via yelp.com - Feb 15, 2017
Weekend Retreat
We were in the area celebrating our anniversary. It was 2 PM; our criteria was I had to be able get some seafood and my wife could find something else. The service was very good, I had seafood and my wife found something she liked. Food was good and the waitress was very helpful and kind. Would recommend it for a relaxed family meal.
barthur11 via tripadvisor.com - Feb 13, 2017
Not a culinary destination!
We stopped in for dinner. Service was very good. We were not impressed with the food. Everything that was fried tasted the same.....just fried. Soup was so/so. I don't know what we expected for such a large restaurant. It was touristy. Best thing was the sunset view.
thedirtydozen via tripadvisor.com - Feb 13, 2017
Great meal, enjoying a great bachelorette weekend.
A Google User via google.com - Feb 11, 2017
Great place for brunch after church. ... read more
Eric Chippas via google.com - Feb 11, 2017
Feb. 5, 2016. The oysters, lightly fried were fantastic, fried bluefish (from Cedar Island) was as
Feb. 5, 2016. The oysters, lightly fried were fantastic, fried bluefish (from Cedar Island) was as always, the best. My wife had the crab cakes. All in all, a great seafood dinner. The service was superb. Our grandkids from Raleigh absolutely love it - the new outside covered deck with the 'sit-up' railing counter allows them to see ... read more
Ken Humphrey via facebook.com - Feb 9, 2017
I've been to this restaurant twice ...
I've been to this restaurant twice now, and the same can be said about both visits. Atmosphere was nice, service was good, food was delicious. We did go during the lunch hours on a weekend, so I cannot say anything about the dinner experience.
David F. via yelp.com - Feb 9, 2017
My wife and I went for a date night and had a great meal. The service was wonderful and the price w
My wife and I went for a date night and had a great meal. The service was wonderful and the price was great as well. I recommend the flounder and shrimp combination it was awesome. Sweet tea and hush puppies to.
Ray Guiendon via facebook.com - Feb 4, 2017
I truly enjoy the delicious seafood and the amazing view. The friendly staff makes each visit feel
I truly enjoy the delicious seafood and the amazing view. The friendly staff makes each visit feel like going home.
Linda Timberlake via facebook.com - Jan 15, 2017
Great service
The food was nothing special, but our service was excellent!! This is a good choice for those who don't like anything with much flavor. My son loved it. The service, however, was exceptional. Our server frequently checked on us and was very friendly.
TheBrandTravel via tripadvisor.com - Jan 8, 2017
Thanks for many years of great memories! Always love being here.
A Google User via google.com - Jan 7, 2017
Christmas Eve Retreat!
We had been out shopping and wanted to eat lunch before returning home. Fortunately we caught the Sanitary just before it closed. We practically had the place to ourselves,and our party of 5 could not have asked for better service and variety of options. From the traditional to the experimental, from basic soup to full meals, we all ... read more
ROCHELLE B via tripadvisor.com - Jan 3, 2017
Great service!! Best shrimp and grits! Crab cakes were also delicious!
Great service!! Best shrimp and grits! Crab cakes were also delicious!
Donna Fitzgerald via facebook.com - Dec 31, 2016
Portions are smaller than I remember....much smaller. Prices do not match what you get. And the fla
Portions are smaller than I remember....much smaller. Prices do not match what you get. And the flavor wasn't there. Service was spot on excellent but I think there are tastier and more affordable options. I have eaten at Sanitary for several decades....this is one time I have to say I doubt I'll be back until $ and portions change.
Connie McMillan via facebook.com - Dec 30, 2016
Good fish house and on the water.
Local icon for the fish house lover. Good service and pretty good food. Fried seafood a specialty. Good for large groups and families.
Rickrdu via tripadvisor.com - Dec 26, 2016
Fantastic Restaurant. Great Staff. Excellent Food. Jeff, Lisa, Ted, Beth...super family! Really
Fantastic Restaurant. Great Staff. Excellent Food. Jeff, Lisa, Ted, Beth...super family! Really nice folks... read more
John Creech via facebook.com - Dec 12, 2016
Not as good food or value as the hype.
Mike Shugart via google.com - Dec 10, 2016
very good, but just a bit pricy
This is a very nice place. it is a bit large and loud inside, but the food is good and there is a wide variety to choose from. We have a family of 6 with VERY hungry boys. The meals were satisfying, but maybe a bit expensive. Not outrageous, and great for a smaller family, but runs into a lot of money feeding my crew. Service was goo... read more
lochranl via tripadvisor.com - Dec 7, 2016
Excellent food, great service and friendly staff. Enjoyed visiting with Mr. Tunnell.
Excellent food, great service and friendly staff. Enjoyed visiting with Mr. Tunnell.
Faye Byrum via facebook.com - Dec 6, 2016
Had a good meal if a little expensive... read more
Alicia Mason via google.com - Nov 29, 2016
The food is always good, but the staff and service are fantastic...The new outdoor bar is a tremend
The food is always good, but the staff and service are fantastic...The new outdoor bar is a tremendous addition... read more
Jason Webster via facebook.com - Nov 28, 2016
An oldie and a goodie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dining at the Sanitary Fish Market has been a tradition in my family for generations. The seafood is fresh, plentiful and well prepared. I can't visit the Crystal Coast without at least one meal here. As long as one sticks with the standard sides of french fries and coleslaw, the food won't disappoint. For some strange reason, the he... read more
wisewomann via tripadvisor.com - Nov 26, 2016
I had the broiled trout with baked potato and cole slaw. It was delicious. I'm glad they still serve a great meal at a fair price.
Eric Woodall via google.com - Nov 25, 2016
The other two places were closed so we went here....
The view is nice, the service was WONDERFUL....but I'm pretty sure the baked potatoes were left over from Sunday and the squash casserole was certainly reheated because there were hard parts (squash) of the casserole. The steak was tender but no taste. It's kinda one of those ...ok places.
tabrdo via tripadvisor.com - Nov 21, 2016
Great food and great service. Waterfront dining with lovely views.
Anderson Gail via google.com - Nov 19, 2016
We live about 90 miles away and went down for the day, especially to eat at the Sanitary Fish Marke
We live about 90 miles away and went down for the day, especially to eat at the Sanitary Fish Market. We love to sit outside to see the water and were the only ones out there. Our waitress was very attentive and did not forget us. The food was excellent. Looking forward to when we can go again.
Vickie Becton Bartlett via facebook.com - Nov 16, 2016
Seafood to go
We were on vacation at the Atlantis lodge off season so a lot of the seafood shacks were closed for season. We wanted some seafood and were happy to find out they do take out beachside we were traveling with dogs. 2 different seafood variety dinners to go with 2 sides and back to our balcony overlooking the ocean. Seafood was good. H... read more
Marnie R via tripadvisor.com - Nov 16, 2016
My "Southern" tradition
I am a "northerner". I/we come down for a week each year in late October or early November. Each year we have a tradition of going to the "Sanitary" for a late lunch or early dinner. Since it is off season access is easy. This year we had our four year old and two year old grandchildren with us. The S is so large it could be seat us ... read more
T S via tripadvisor.com - Nov 15, 2016
Dinner
The food here is always good but we had - two types of seafood, two teas, two deserts and bowl of she-crab soup $77.00 little on the high side in price...........
Patrick D via tripadvisor.com - Nov 10, 2016
Love the local seafood and the view out back! A must stop for those visiting the area. ... read more
Bill Churchwell via google.com - Nov 8, 2016
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