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Live Oak Cafe

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614 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461-3426
+1 910-454-4360
17:00 - 20:30
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Southport, NC
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36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2015

During the winter months, Live Oak Cafe hosts a wine dinner on a Monday evening. We attended their Christmas wine dinner with another couple. The Olde English Christmas menu included roast goose and all of the fixings. Great wines were served to complements this wonderful dinner. Everyone had a great time.

1 Thank dszot
Southport, North Carolina
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2015

Four of us, who live locally, went to dinner here this past weekend. I had a $10 coupon and intended to use it since it was expiring soon. It was buy a dinner and get $10 off one of equal or lesser value. Three of us ordered a dinner that was considered smaller portion of a regular one and one... More 

Thank gaylefitz
Southport, North Carolina
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2015

The food is consistently good and I've never had a bad meal at this restaurant. Both the fresh and well prepared fish to the quality meats that are cooked to order have never disappointed. The atmosphere is cozy and quiet and well worth a visit

Thank Bob B
Southport, NC
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36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2015

We live in Southport and go to most of the area restaurants. Live Oak Cafe is our favorite by far. It is a small, intimate restaurant under a huge live oak tree. The menu is diverse and the food is outstanding. Our menu favorites are shrimp and grits; scallops au gratin and seafood crepes. Most menu items are now available... More 

Thank dszot
North Carolina
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48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2015

Had dinner with another couple back in August and have to say we were underwhelmed. The food was just "ok". Service was very good and everyone was friendly. But, for the price, I was expecting bigger and bolder flavors. I had a mammoth pork chop but it just wasn't that tasty. Probably won't be back.

Thank Sur_La_Route_Again
Farmington, Maine
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83 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2015 via mobile

While visiting the southport/St James area we decided to eat at Live Oak We'd heard good things and seen good reviews. It just wasn't that good. We were seated inside next to a party of 6 that were really loud. We should have asked to be moved to the screened porch. The weather was suitable and the atmosphere would certainly... More 

Thank skiqueen10
Asheville, North Carolina
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271 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2015

Looking for something different than the standard beach food fare? The Live Oak Cafe is a fine example of excellent cooking using the best locally sourced ingredients, drawing from the abundant seafood available and traveling as far as the Piedmont and Western North Carolina for its meats and produce. First off the service was friendly, knowledgeable and personable. The wine... More 

Thank Frank E
Mechanicsville, Virginia
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131 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2015

We love this small restaurant that serves local farm to table food. Last night we shared the best shrimp and grits we have ever had. The portion was more than enough for two. The spinach salad was fresh and delicious. The deserts sounded amazing but we were too full to try anything. The staff was very nice and efficient. They... More 

Thank Mark S
Burlington, North Carolina
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 9 October 2015

They never disappoint! Dine in an elegant QUIET atmosphere. If the weather is nice. Eat on the porch overlooking the herb garden. Ask for recommendations.

Thank Maurie113
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2015

We always forget this restaurant was here because it's hidden in the trees. Also, had been here a few years ago and they seemed to be out of everything with a limited menu to begin with. But when I looked at their menu online the other day it looked so interesting we thought we'd give it another try. It was... More 

Thank KathieNc

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$13 - US$20
American, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:00 - 20:30
17:00 - 20:30
17:00 - 20:30
17:00 - 20:30
17:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 614 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461-3426
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Southport
  • Phone Number: +1 910-454-4360
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?