Whether you’re a visitor to Greensboro, NC, or a resident, you’ll find yourself spoiled for choice when it comes to great places to eat. As the likes of Trip Advisor and Open Table attest, the restaurant scene is flourishing, with new eateries popping up on an almost daily basis. If seafood is what you’re craving, you’ll be delighted with the range of options available. Here, we take a look at the ten best seafood restaurants in Greensboro for 2020.
10. Captain Bill's Seafood & Steak
Where: 6108 W Market St, Greensboro, NC 27409-2040
If you’re craving the kind of seafood mom used to make, don’t miss a visit to Captain Bill's Seafood & Steak. Portions are hearty, the food is comforting, homely, and never anything but tasty, while the service is as warm and welcoming as the clam chowder. It’s not the fanciest place in town, but for downhome cooking at a fair price, it’s a great choice.
9. Blue Denim
Where: 217 S Elm St, Greensboro, NC 27401-2602
If shrimps and grits are your dinner of choice, you’ll struggle to find many places in Greensboro that make a better version than Blue Denim. The rest of the menu is equally faultless, with the soft crab appetizer and jambalaya never failing to deliver the goods. The service and vibe, meanwhile, score top marks across the board: whether you’re going with family, friends, or a date, you’ll find a warm welcome, attentive, super friendly wait staff, fast service, and a wonderfully cozy atmosphere.
8. Seafood Destiny
Where: 4705 W Gate City Blvd, Greensboro, NC 27407-5303
Friendly staff, a casual, welcoming vibe, big portions, affordable prices, and fabulously fresh seafood- if any or all of this takes your fancy, head to Seafood Destiny. If you’re in a hurry, you can grab and go with the very comprehensive take out menu.
7. Red Lobster - Greensboro
Where: 4415 W Wendover Ave Greensboro, NC 27407-2632
Leave your preconceptions about chains at the door when you dine at Red Lobster- Greensboro. The food is fresh, the seafood tasty, and the cooking superb. The service is personal, attentive, and welcoming, while the vibe is fresh, young and perfect for a light lunch with friends. Enjoy perennial classics like their Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp Ultimate Feast or Garlic Shrimp Scampi, or treat yourself to a new taste sensation thanks to their limited time dishes like Lobsterfest, Crabfest, and Endless Shrimp. Whatever you choose, their gorgeously comforting Cheddar Bay Biscuits aren’t to be missed.
6. Reel Seafood Grill
Where: 2002 New Garden Rd Suite 208, Greensboro, NC 27410-2561
If you want some real good seafood at some real good prices, head to Reel Seafood Grill. Whether you opt for the Lobster Rolls, the Ahi Tuna Tacos, or the Blackened Grouper with Risotto, you’re guaranteed a superb culinary experience. Don’t miss a craft cocktail or two to wash down the food- by all accounts, they’re worth the visit alone.
5. Bonefish Grill
Where: 2100 Koury Blvd, Greensboro, NC 27407-4959
Great prices combine with great food to spectacular effect at Bonefish Grill. The Bang Bang Shrimp tossed in their signature creamy, spicy sauce is a bargain at just a smidgeon over $10, while the Imperial Dip (a creamy delight of juicy shrimp, bay scallops, lump crab, Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, served with seasoned house-made tortilla chips) is generous enough to fill two hungry bellies. The dessert menu is just as spectacular, with a luxurious Crème Brûlée and a Macadamia Nut Brownie served with raspberry sauce and vanilla ice cream that’s a sweet-toothed sensation.
4. MJ's Restaurant and Catering
Where: 620 Dolley Madison Road Greensboro, NC 27410
MJ's Restaurant and Catering’s menu blends French cooking techniques with southern influences- and the results speak for themselves in its legions of loyal customers. The hospitable service and warm, family-friendly vibe, meanwhile, are attractions in themselves. Although you can’t really go wrong with whatever you choose on the menu, the Buttermilk Fried NC Catfish with fries, collards and caper emulsion is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser (and, at just $15 for a more than generous portion, a bargain to boot).
3. Pier Oyster Bar & Grille
Where: 214 S Elm St Greensboro, NC 27401
As its name suggests, Pier Oyster Bar & Grille does oysters. But not just any old oysters. Plump, succulent, and as fresh as daisies, they’re guaranteed to hit the spot. The menu is refined, but with enough variety to satisfy everyone. Choose between Oysters Pier (served with sweet onion cream cheese, parmesan, and tabasco "caviar"), Oysters Bienville (with bacon, mushrooms, sherry, shrimp, cream, Creole spices, and bread crumbs), Charleston Rockefeller (Collards, apple infused moonshine, and cornbread crumbs) or the classic Oyster Shooter with vodka, oyster, cocktail sauce and lemon. Even if you’re not in the mood for crustaceans, you’ll still find plenty to tempt your taste-buds in the excellent selection of entrées and mains.
2. 1618 West Seafood Grill
Where: 1618 W Friendly Ave, Greensboro, NC 27403-1209
Whether you opt for the halibut, the scallops, the sea bass or the calamari, you’ll relish every bite at 1618 West Seafood Grill. Its intimate, warm ambiance makes it perfect for date night, although, in honesty, there’s not a night or an occasion that couldn’t be improved by dinner at this sublime little restaurant. The homemade cocktails, meanwhile, are worthy of a write up all of their own.
1. Gia: Drink. Eat. Listen
Where: 1941 New Garden Rd Ste 208, Top level, back of building, Greensboro, NC 27410-2555
Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply looking for somewhere new for after-work “dinner and drinks”, Gia: Drink. Eat. Listen offers an exceptional experience. The service and level of attentiveness are phenomenal, and unlike some restaurants where the aim is to clear tables as quickly as possible, here, a leisurely dining experience isn't just tolerated, it’s positively encouraged. The food, meanwhile, is in a class of its own, showcasing deft skill, local ingredients, and the freshest of fresh seafood. If you want the best fish in town, this is where you’ll find it.
Written by Dana Hanson
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