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Thai by the Sea

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8311 Yaupon Dr, Oak Island, NC 28465
+1 910-278-6420
Today
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
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Tilghman, Maryland
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451 reviews
222 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

We have had a house here for 14 years and have never been to this restaurant until this past weekend. Yes, your host is not that friendly and seems overly busy for the amount of people, but you could over look that for a good meal? Host pointed to a table and then he came and got a drink order... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

Visiting friends who live on Oak Island year round and they suggested Thai by the Sea for lunch. We live in the Washington, DC metro area where we have many Thai restaurants to choose from - which doesn't mean all are worth visiting, but as Jimi would say, we are experienced! This place is a delightful find in this area.... More 

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Southport, North Carolina
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22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

My husband and I visited Thai by the sea on Christmas eve. It was our first visit. Very good food. Large portions. We have eaten there 3 times since. Wirth a visit.

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Thank Dg W
wilmington, NC
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111 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

If anybody thinks this is real Thai food, they are sorely mistaken. What you get are very greasy small Americanized plates of noodles or rice with skimpy amounts of vegetables, meat and seafood in nondescript brown sauces. There's no nuance with herbs or flavoring, no innovation or creativity. While dishes are inexpensive, they are cheap...think fast food at Chinese chains.... More 

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Thank charlesthebarles
Southport, North Carolina
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35 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Thai food that is cooked to order....Everything on the menu is fresh.....If you like hot ask for 3 stars.....Guy who owns the restaurant and is the chef will make you anything you want.... One of my favorite places to eat.....

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Thank paul s
Acworth ga
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

This place has wonderful Thai food, but since it is privately owned the staff is small so you have to go when you are not in a rush. You ant to just relax and enjoy your company while they prepare your food. The coconut cake is one of the best I have ever had. Best value is at lunch as... More 

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Thank I7543AQtheresam
Charlotte, North Carolina
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19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

Seeing such widely mixed reviews, we were curious to see for ourselves. Host indeed was unwelcoming and food mediocre. We were looking forward to a fresh shrimp dish, seeing several local fish markets very nearby featuring locally caught seafood, but the host said theirs is "whatever they get from US Foods: probably farmed from China". We asked that our noodle... More 

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Thank Gwen K
Leland, North Carolina
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81 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

Small Thai restaurant we had just heard about and tried after being at the beach all day. Very tasty and inexpensive. They seemed to not have quite enough help but they were busy and we did get our food in a reasonable amount of time. Our food was fresh and very tasty. I agree with a previous review that this... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

I would have loved to have tried Thai by the Sea and given it a glowing review but the owner would not seat us because he was too busy. It was 630 on a Wednesday evening and there were plenty of tables available. Turned out to be a blessing in disguise as we ended up having a great Thai meal... More 

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Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

Food is really good but the owner needs lessons on personality and manners. Prices are about what you would expect from a Thai restaurant. Would I go back? Not sure....

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Asian, Thai
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
Saturday
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8311 Yaupon Dr, Oak Island, NC 28465
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Oak Island
  • Phone Number: +1 910-278-6420

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?