Reviews

First trip here...whoa, the blackened tuna was insane! Will definitely be back.
First trip here...whoa, the blackened tuna was insane! Will definitely be back.
Daniel J. G. Turner via facebook.com - May 22, 2017
Best shrimp that I have ever had! I recommend everyone to go there and try the food.
Savannah Sinor via google.com - May 22, 2017
Great variety of seafood
I'm normally not a big seafood eater other than salmon but ordered catfish which was good the portion was large with delicious slaw and fries . My boyfriend ordered grilled blackened blueish and he comes to this restaurant when visiting town it's was my first...More ... read more
Annamarie C via tripadvisor.com - May 22, 2017
In my opinion the food was just "ok". Wasn't blown away!
In my opinion the food was just "ok". Wasn't blown away!
Andrea LaRatondo Sadowski via facebook.com - May 21, 2017
foodie
Great food at reasonable prices. Wait staff is helpful and courteous. Inside and outside dining available.
tscqe via tripadvisor.com - May 21, 2017
Best scrimp I've had there ... read more
Jeff Stikeleather via google.com - May 20, 2017
Waterfront dinner
Waterfront dining. Not romantic but could be. Excellent food and service. Great history of local area with lots of pictures on the walls. Outside seating requested and given. Lives up to it reputation as a great restaurant. Excellent local seafood on menu.
laughterwithbob via tripadvisor.com - May 19, 2017
This is the place for great seafood
We were nearby but not exactly close when we decided to head over to this restaurant. It was a bit of a drive but very well worth the effort. We had been here before and knew that we would get great seafood. We ordered the...More ... read more
Phil1003 via tripadvisor.com - May 19, 2017
Great deli meat,little slow , ... read more
mike sanders via google.com - May 18, 2017
Nice place, great view, attentive staff, excellent food ... read more
Chloe O'Brien via google.com - May 18, 2017
Relax Night Out
Nice restaurant and seating with a view of the sound side water and islands. Food is pretty good tasting although my clam soup with slightly gritty. Great Service.
bakervilla4 via tripadvisor.com - May 17, 2017
I was very disappointed! I had been looking forward to it for almost 2 years. My fried flounder was
I was very disappointed! I had been looking forward to it for almost 2 years. My fried flounder was mushy, not done! The fried shrimp were not very good, but the service was great!
Karen Renee Tomlinson Peaden via facebook.com - May 16, 2017
Small portions big price but great view and taste ... read more
Maralena Gay via google.com - May 16, 2017
We were late, they took care of us.
This is one of those great local places. It is a waterfront restaurant that has been around for a long time. I ate there as a kid, took my kids, and I am sure more generations will follow. They can handle large groups with ease. We were a couple and they took great care of us. Staff members were well trained and knew what they were ... read more
Joe J via tripadvisor.com - May 16, 2017
Best Seafood on the Crystal Coast!
This quintessential eastern NC seafood restaurant on the Morehead City Waterfront should be on everyone's list as a must-eat restaurant. The place is an institution, and has been on the waterfront nearly as long as there's been a waterfront in Morehead City. The seafood is outstanding-- the shrimp, flounder, crab, and oysters are alw ... read more
SABemish via tripadvisor.com - May 16, 2017
OK but not great
This restaurant had bee highly recommended to us several times by locals. Unfortunately our visit was just OK. We had seafood and it was ok but not outstanding. Our server seemed a bit impatient and gave us little attention. We are not likely to return. Prices were reasonable.
Wilma N via tripadvisor.com - May 16, 2017
Food was great! Service was friendly and such nice views ! Will be back soon! Very much enjoyed it!
Food was great! Service was friendly and such nice views ! Will be back soon! Very much enjoyed it!
Cathy Spradlin via facebook.com - May 15, 2017
Great food and atmosphere.. great way to end a wonderful vacation
Food was excellent and plentiful, grandkids watched fishing boats coming in. Staff friendly and attentive. Would eat there again!
mike1234janet via tripadvisor.com - May 15, 2017
Basic fish camp food. Not great, not bad. I didn't expect much and that's what I got. I had grilled
Basic fish camp food. Not great, not bad. I didn't expect much and that's what I got. I had grilled flounder that was tasteless and greasy, I suspect it was broiled. Service great. Lemon pie for dessert was wonderful. Probably best to stick with fried food. Anything else is probably out of their wheelhouse.
Leslie Johnston Gross via facebook.com - May 14, 2017
Best history place to eat ... read more
tres powell via google.com - May 13, 2017
Had some good looking seafood, but only ate a salad. The salad was good and service was good.
Had some good looking seafood, but only ate a salad. The salad was good and service was good.
Dale Smith Williams via facebook.com - May 7, 2017
Too expensive not to be fresh local seafood. Hushpuppies are gluten free.
Too expensive not to be fresh local seafood. Hushpuppies are gluten free.
Glenda Marcell Smith Strunk via facebook.com - May 6, 2017
Fantastic flounder - helpful, polite waitresses. 👌🏼 ... read more
Patrick Snider via google.com - May 2, 2017
Good food and service with great views.
Randy Rowland via google.com - May 1, 2017
My husband and I make it a point to eat here whenever we're visiting the area. Food has always bee
My husband and I make it a point to eat here whenever we're visiting the area. Food has always been fresh and delicious.
Emily Singletary via facebook.com - Apr 29, 2017
John always eats here when he returns to his "Marine Corps" hometown for vacation. We had dinner a
John always eats here when he returns to his "Marine Corps" hometown for vacation. We had dinner and then came back for lunch a few days later. He had the Flounder Del Ray for lunch, I tried it for the first time and loved it! I had the blackened flounder, great seasoning. We split a piece of homemade chocolate pie after, it was ... read more
Amanda Jones via facebook.com - Apr 28, 2017
Great Fish, Great Service
My wife and sister went to this restaurant mid-afternoon and it was fairly deserted. The menu is huge plus a nice list of specials. We brought the waitress back several times to question her about various specials, menu items and other issues (sharing). She was always friendly, helpful and responsive. This was one of the best interac ... read more
Steve M via tripadvisor.com - Apr 28, 2017
Delicious seafood and nice view while you eat
We enjoyed our time at this historic seafood restaurant. The food was very good, and we enjoyed the view of the ocean as we ate. Very nice staff as well. We had no wait, but it was because it was off season and on a weekday.
Constance H via tripadvisor.com - Apr 28, 2017
Could have been better ... read more
Rita Rogers via google.com - Apr 25, 2017
Always good had shrimp and flounder it was great!!
Always good had shrimp and flounder it was great!!
Josh Barnes via facebook.com - Apr 24, 2017
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
Enjoyable Visit
Enjoyed a great lunch at Sanitary Fish Market and Restaurant. Appreciated the recommendation from the Crystal Coast Welcome Center. The views of the water were great. I really enjoyed the fish tacos. Light and fresh with plenty of food. Our server Annabelle was very kind and made sure we always had what we needed.
joelund633 via tripadvisor.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
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