Reviews of Austin Fish Company (Fish Shop)

3711 S Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959, United States

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REVIEWS OF Austin Fish Company IN North Carolina

Trevor Munro

I have been all throughout the Outer Banks. This is by far the best fish market.

Steven King

High quality seafood at reasonable prices. We've been going there for years. Friendly staff.


The Austin family has the best, freshest seafood and fish in the OBX. They also offer delicious steamer buckets, dinners and sandwiches. Mrs. Austin's hush puppies are the best. I will always recommend Austin Fish Company because no one else comes close.

Ron Sykes

Very clean excellent fish best fresh seafood on the island

john diehl

This little place is one of the little businesses that laid the foundation of the Outer Banks. Great seafood, cooked or raw. The owner is really nice too.

Jason Wilson

Always freshest seafood and always great service. I highly recommend stopping by for lunch.

Angela Olsen

Friendly, and fresh

Anne Kibler

Fantastic food at reasonable prices! We are looking fora good deal on fresh seafood and we found it this place will even cook the crab and shrimp for you for an extra two dollars a pound! It is so worth it to be able to pick it up and take it home or you can also be there. We were recommended to come here by a local and were not disappointed. we highly recommend this place and will definitely be coming back!! Checkout how large the King crab legs are! The person serving us said the fish was local so that was great!!

Stephen Dexter

Great seafood.

Carol Brown

Very fresh seafood. Prices were good

Connie Hough

Best seafood, fresh!

Donna Rothermrel

Fresh and clean.Local community catch and sell for.

thomas boyle

Great, fresh fish and seafood!

Marti Deans

Wonderful place with assorted seafoods,they'll even cook some up for ya!! Very tasty! Great staff and very helpful. I look forward to them reopening every year!! Nice little veggy stand next to them too!

Callum Young

My family and I have purchased shrimp and various fish on our yearly trip to Nags Head. Best seasoning we've ever had! We buy the shrimp steamed, seasoned, and peeled. They are ready to go with no hassle. That is the only item we've purchesed precooked. We have gotten various types of fish and have been extremely satisfied. They have a large selection of various seafood and other essentials. The spice mix they sell is absolutely amazing. The prices are reasonable too. The local vibe is nice, along with the people working there. Definitely a staple in our family tradition.

Kevin Hunt

Some of the freshest seafood on the beach. Great prices! Take home seafood to fix yourself or order some takeout meals. The fried and steamed seafood platters are amazing! I had the grouper fingers and my wife loves their steamed shrimp.

Pamela Berkley

Made stuffed fresh flounder and my own crab cakes, fresh cooked shrimp, hush puppies, tartar and cocktail sauce, DELICIOUS DINNER!!!

Theresa Bartholomew

A busy place but it has a great selection

Daniel Moody

A nice local fish and produce market. Counter people are super helpful and the prices were fair. Looking forward to see what they have once the season really starts.

Helen Coynor

Best seafood market in the Outer Banks. Great selection of fresh seafood. They've been in business over 50 years. These folks obviously know how to keep their customers happy

Susanne Moffler

Awesome fresh sea food

Dave Reed

average pricing, good selection. we ordered from lunch menu- very disappointed in portions. for $10+ for a fish sandwich and a side I just expected more than 2 tiny pieces of fish that didnt even fill up the bun. Would probably come back to buy fresh fish but not ever to buy a sandwich

Becky Stewart

Fresh fish there is pretty good. Stuff in the freezer may have been in there for awhile.

BettyJo Sutton

Bought clams to bring back to NY for my parents. Austin's made sure they packed them in ice the proper way for transport.

Barbara Micou

Great fresh seafood selections and reasonable prices. Bought crab, shrimp, scallops, and flounder. All fresh and delicious.Having a local vegetable stand right on the premises was a bonus!

Jared Freeman

Not the best seafood I have had. The fried flounder was dry. The sides were nothing unique.

Dan Culpepper

Great local seafood hideaway. If you act like a local, they’ll treat you like one. Quick, fresh, and just what we needed after a long day at jockeys ridge. Thank you Austin’s!

Ken VanHorn

Fresh seafood at great prices but the made to order is just average. I'd suggest buying what you want and taking it home to prepare. Biggest crabs are the folks working the register but that just adds to the local flavor.

FG Waterman

Awesome seafood at a reasonable price. Friendliest folks on the OBX!!! Don’t miss their delicious seafood!!!

Larry Gerthoffer

Excellent service really good scallops and overall fine seafood.

Dave Carpenter

We make Austin fish company our daily fish shop while we visit the Nags Head, an easy decision. The freshness and variety, along with the knowledgeable, helpful, and kind staff were there draw every day. Austin fish company's variety included an expansive local selection. While also providing all the fixings from breaking for frying to the sauces to accompany your choices, asap offering to stream you crab legs for you. Right outside was a great little produce shop to round out our meals.

Tim Covey

Best in town

Stephanie Mccoy

This market is great for fresh seafood. The shrimp is well priced and delicious. We got the clam strips friend lunch one day and they were the best clams we ever had. Will be getting some to take home for sure.

Ramona Whiting

Convenient location. Fresh seafood. Excellent customer satisfaction experience.

Gerry Cline

Local daily fresh sea food.


after a day on the beach or a hike we went and got 2 lbs of crab legs with the Austin decision of our week food wise! didn't even need the butter! Also got filets to go and cooked on the grill - great selection

Joyel Lee

We easily spend $200 on steamer buckets, shrimp & oysters. And worth every penny!! We always order more than we can eat. I never care either! I make seafood salad with anything that's left over. We will see you guys Friday! Momma's want some blue crabs

Vincent DiStasi

Friendly staff and great seafood selection. Awesome steamer pots and fantastic fried platter or sandwich lunch selections.

Trever Cobb

Best fresh local and variety of seafood in town. We've been going there for years.

Amy Westfall

Extremely helpful staff. Large selection of fresh seafood that always tastes fantastic.

Rajesh Santhanam

Outer banks staple for seafood.. fresh and not expensive. If you dont catch your own fish then go to Austins.

Andrea Depanise

Just completed vacation in Village at Nags Head family ordered dinner two nights during our stay. Steamed snow crab legs and clams we're cooked perfectly. Called ahead to schedule pick up time courteous and friendly service.

Rick Riemer

Such nice people! They froze our fish for free! Excellent seafood choice! We come here every year.

Sharon Meyer

Good prices, friendly staff, they will steam them for free.

Gina Reid-Lane

EXECELLENT!!! Everything is fresh and the staff very friendly. I'll definitely be back.

josephine mennicucci

Austin’s is the place to get FRESH seafood. Caught right here in the OBX. You can’t miss the GIANT SHARK above the door.

Morgan Kent

Our group got one of the cooked variety buckets for dinner tonight but we had biked to the store so I went to buy a drink while I was waiting and the older blonde cashier/checkout woman was extremely rude because I bought it with a debit card. She rudely looked at me and asked if I had cash to which I said no I didn't (or I would have paid with cash), so I asked her if they were cash only and she said no as she still acted very rudely. She practically slammed the pen down to have me sign after I had mentioned I didn't see a sign anywhere. It's unfortunate because they had a good variety of seafood and the woman behind the fish counter was very polite and helpful, not to mention we were spending $200 on food. One disrespectful employee can really ruin an experience and opinion of an establishment. If you're not a cash only establishment you shouldn't be harassed by an employee for paying with a card.

scott mccoy

Best selection and great service. Shrimp, scallops and fried clams were so good!

Heath Knott

We stop by Austin's at least once a week while we are in the Outer Banks. Everything is fresh and pretty reasonably priced. Great customer service and the variety is excellent.

Halley Fowler

We visit at least twice every year on vacation. They have good prices and very friendly!

Snake BiteZZ

Great shop. Locally owned the fellas make you feel welcome.

Christopher Stephans

Excellent variety of fresh seafood...and they'll steam the shrimp!

Brooke Rettew

Best fresh seafood in the outer banks! Especially the king crab legs! Get them to steam them for you with their version of old bay seasoning, outstanding!

Bill Bullock

Great Fish market. They have a lil bit of everything from the Outer banks. Gets some spiced peal and eat shrimp ready to eat!

Christoph Reinicke

Best fresh seafood in OBX. Stop by for lunch, you won't be disappointed.

chris martin

Good buckets, good food, always a staple for vaca!!

Greg Campbell

You cant beat fresh seafood right off the boat

Matt Shoemaker

Had plenty of seafood and lots of fresh crab.

Steve Carraher

Went in to get price on shrimp and saw they do a lunch menu there. Got the fried scallops. Scallops we fried fresh and hot only issue was fries cold but I'm on vacation and lovin life. I will be back. Very friendly staff.

Jessica Rentfrow

Great fish market to buy fresh seafood. We picked up shrimp, tuna, and scallops to take home with us after our visit to the Outer Banks. Make sure you bring an extra cooler to put everything on ice for travel.

Amy Smith

Awesome as always!!

Mark Grubbs

Great selection of fresh seafood and they give a military discount.

Tanya Gills

I have always liked Austin's and the good seafood and value. Today was really bad and no where near like before. I got the fried scallops which have always been fabulous. It didnt taste fresh, they were soggy and tasted like old oil with no batter. The hush puppies tasted like they had been heated up after being refrigerated a couple days. It was horrible. I couldnt eat it. I should have taken it back but i was heading back home to VA. Wont go back. Very disappointing

Ken Ververs

Excellent product and service. The shrimp, mahi and scallops were delicious.

Brian Davis

Best seafood market for a steamer pot on the island, hands down. Quality and quantity! They season their fish better than the high end restaurants. Highly recommend.

Justin Hill

Amazing every time

Tamara Price

Good fresh selection

Allison C

Absolute must! Best seafood in the Outer Banks. You can’t beat their prices. Great customer service.

Jerry Hasty

Great selection of fresh seafood at fair prices.

Aaron Castro

Great food and very friendly people!

Charles Fidler

Fresh fish of all types& crab to take out also. Steamed & fried to perfection

Emily Held Buchanan

10/10 stopped here for some fresh local seafood for dinner , so delicious! Had shrimp and clams with old bay!

John Miller

Great place to get fresh seafood raw or they will cook it for you

trey roberts

Great selection of fresh seafood at a very low price.

Melanie Ellison

A top notch seafood market with a great selection!

Jeffrey Griffith

Lots seafood

Aaron Schaekel

This is a throwback to an older time on the Outer Banks. Simple and classic. This is a wonderful place to find local and shipped seafood that is fresh and available for the discriminating shopper. Also, it a long time locally owned shore who's family has lived, fished, and worked the waters of the North Carolina coast. Please stop and check out one of the pillars of our vacation traditions.

Jay Sny

Great snow crabs legs at a decent price, the butter blend they offer is a must.

Michael Pet

Good place but kinda expensive, worth it though I guess

Melissa Aitcheson

Love this place! We get most of our food here while we are on vacation. Best fresh, local seafood in Nags Head. Family owned. Has a small farmers market on the property. Great for steamed seafood, sandwiches, & take out and have on the beach, picnic, rental, or you can eat right there on the premises at a picnic table on the porch.

Brad Bennett

We love Austin's. My wife and I had them steam a pound of shrimp and we sat there and ate that for a great $10 dinner! We drove home from VA Beach through the Outer Banks so we could stop at Austin's and take home a cooler full of fish. That's how good we think it is!

Laura Vinson

The lady who owns it is very sweet

Luther Utt

Great place for the freshest seafood without having to catch it yourself. Excellent selection of fish and shellfish.

Michelle Wehner

The people that work there are so nice and friendly. We got shrimp there and it was really good

Robert Zorbach

Tops in OBX

Brett Whipple

Always go there it suits us fine

Peregrine White

Best fresh fish on the beach

Sharon Dene

Bradford cheap great atmosphere friendliest people precious Fishel ever have

Chris U

Been there forever. Great fresh seafood!!

Donte Pinkston

Great food, and kind people

Derek Yaffey

Make sure to ask about their menu options that are hand-breaded.

Pete C

Best seafood market around. They will even cook it for you

Ted LaFond

Great seafood! They will also steam shrimp for you at no extra charge. It was recommended to me by many locals, and I can see why. Their shop also sells neat nick-knacks to bring home for gifts. Don't forget your cooler!

Newell Davis

Bought a took of seafood from here and everything was great. Just remember to order early as they can sell out of things.

Renee Stickley

Reasonably priced and good selection even if the folks aren't real friendly

D Aaron Coner

Super helpful and it smelled like the ocean inside.

Tamara Hudson

Very fresh food. great staff very helpful

Emily Dietsch

I have always loved visiting Nags Head, especially Austin's Fish Market, but for some reason, they are always very rude. We bought over 300 clams from them, asked if they needed to be washed, was sarcastically told no as someone rolled their eyes, then after we cooked them without easing, multiple tasted like sand

Vanya Foote

Great seafood! And the people who work there are so friendly and are a great resource in how to cook it at home.

Eric Lenhart

Ordered 8lbs of crab, 4lbs of shrimp, 125 clams and 100 mussels. Everything came out great!! I recommend using there spice when getting items steamed. Its better than old bay!

Lance Minor

Great prices awesome seafood!


Good food, good beer, great scenery

Brian Ferguson

Very best and freshest seafood around! Their steamed shrimp is awesome!!

P.J. Longo

What a great place for simple, fresh seafood. If you are in Nags Head or Kitty Hawk and dont stop by here, you are really missing out. There is a reason they ha e been here for 50 years and counting.

Anthony Smith

I love the selection of seafood they have try it during the off season the price's are really great

Tanya Reed

Wide variety of any kind of fish or shellfish. Fresh looking.

Dianna Anderson

This little shop is fabulous! We've eaten seafood every night during our visit. The folks who work there are very friendly and helpful!

Caleb Elias

Great selection, reasonably priced, and quick service.

Jack Walsdorf

We needed fresh seafood and were VERY pleased we stopped at Austin's. Wide selection, FRESH, and priced right.

Kimberlee Kyzer

Wide variety to choose from. Staff wasn't the friendliest in the world.

susan morris

When you walk in it smells like the ocean. They have the freshest fish.

Marty Mandichak

Great selection and prices

Herb Eaton

I absolutely love going there. Feel very welcome.

Crystal Whittington

I wouldn't know haven't been there in a while. The last time I was there it was great.

Kathy Heinrich

Fresh....great selection...steam buckets in 30 min....fried menu 11 to 3

Zach Collins

Austin's has been the go-to place for our seafood each year when we come to the beach. We have always had good things to say about it and even suggested it to our friends as well! However, our experience this year hasn't been the same. We got a ton of shrimp and crab meat spending a nice chunk of change on our food and the crab meat was littered with shells and the shrimp was extremely hard to peel, leaving us to feel it wasn't cooked exactly right. We will still give them another chance since this is irregular from our previous experience and I will update my review if their quality is back to the standard they had accustomed us to.

Mark McCormack

Good food. Get there early during high season or you will wait forever for a table.

Prime Time

Decent place with a large selection to choose from...You can also order cooked fish meals and etc...

Nikolaos Louvros

Best fish market on the main drag. But what really makes it is the produce stand next door.

The Original Kirbi

A must visit every time we come visit the OBX. Great seafood, great staff and great selections. Highly recommended!!

N Carlisle

Best place for fresh seafood, the real thing, also fresh veggies stand in parking lot.

Jayme Hennessy

I love this place. Staff is always happy and friendly. Fish is always amazing.

Tom Chan

We got some local shrimp and crab meat. The price was reasonable and service was good. We asked for some ice and she quickly got us more than what we needed. She also gave us a great recommendation to a local BBQ restaurant which turned out to be great.

Aaron Green

This is is a great place to buy fresh local seafood. My daughters enjoyed the fresh swordfish and shrimp.

Katie Poterala

We tried this market on or way out of town based on other reviews. We always like to stop at a fish market to pick up some fresh local fish to take home and freeze for later because it’s so hard to find it fresh, and you also never know if it’s labeled correctly inland. The market was incredibly busy and was hard to get service. When we did it was very rushed, we really wouldn’t have been able to ask any questions if we’d wanted to. After we left my husband told me he had noticed only a couple of the fish had labels on them that said ‘local’, so we are unsure if what we bought was actually local or fresh, despite the fact that it was supposed to be in season locally. He also noticed they had a selection of nonlocal fish on ice, like Halibut and Salmon. They had a lot of shrimp (labeled local).


Great fish!!! Great Prices

Cindy Walnetski

Lots of fresh fish. Good variety.

John Grilli

Fresh fish market and they will steam there for free. Best food (steamed shrimp) we've had here so far.

Ronnie Howell

This place has a great selection of fish, shellfish and spices. We purchased jumbo shrimp, clams, local oysters and monkfish (poor man's lobster). Nice produce market adjacent. Full meal for 6 around 120 bucks. I'll see them tomorrow. More good eating!

Austin Hayes

Best seafood in OBX! We got seafood from Austin's three times on our last visit to bring back and cook at the cottage and everything was excellent. They have a wide selection and great prices. I had been to another seafood market in the past and I will not be switching back. I've had the scallops, shrimp, calamari, and various fish here and it was all super fresh and tasty! We are staying in Duck in a few weeks and I plan to drive to Nag's Head just for this place.

Dave Benson

Fresh fish, reasonably priced


Great price on fresh shrimp .

Rob White

Delicious! A true staple for our beach week. Staff is great and courteous. Our order was promised and ready on time. There's a reason these guys have been in business for so long.

Lynn Deutsch

Best take out in the Outer Banks. Grouper Sandwich a must.

Jennifer Sydow

Great price for steamers. Bag of 100 for 44$

James Hensley

Great seafood. Good prices

Greg Bowalick

Always our go to place for the freshest seafood when we're in the Outer Banks.

Paul Camillieri

Very nice. No live crabs

Natallia Riddick

Absolutely the best way to get fresh seafood and soups in the island.

Shamus McCallahan

Grabbed several lbs of snow and king crab legs, large shrimp and a couple dozen oysters. Very reasonably priced with quick and courteous service. Everything came out delicious.

Curt Meeks

Great fresh seafood, awesome customer service fair prices

Donald Emerick

Very cool local place with a huge selection of fresh seafood.

Void .

This place is a great for a quick grab for home or just a meal on the porch. Super fresh and hot food cooked to order, with the added bonus of that grandmother house and cooking feeling from the staff there. Highly recommend it.

Whitney Sears

Always fresh seafood. Great service and knowledgable staff.


Locally recommended. Saturday morning, absolutely everything in the place is fresh off the boat. It doesn't get any better than that.

Brian Trickey

Best prices on the OBX their snow crab clusters, they where half the price of anyone else including the local chain grocery store and they were better than the legs served at the local popular seafood buffet.

Stephen Moore

Have purchased both raw fish to cook at home and fried seafood dinners, both were excellent. Great portions. The fried shrimp dinner was very good, lightly breaded shrimp and very good hush puppies.

John Rosenkrans

Love the special fish sandwich of the day. Lots of room to eat on their shaded porch, and some local beer available. Lots of fresh fish sold there, though sadly I was only there for lunch.

Kathy Craft

Freshest seafood for home cooking or they will cook it for you! Local restaurants get their fresh seafood there daily.

julie richardson

Wonderful season food place to buy

sierra richardson

The shrimp was omg amazing!

Edward Cole Jr

My long time best "go to" place for fresh fish, scallops, shrimp, lobsters and hard crabs. Good fried or steamed seafood and sandwiches; seafood soups & chowders too. Very helpful and friendly proprietors and staff!

Jeff Brown

Best place on the island to buy fresh sea food. Good prices and great people.

Cathy Watson

Our go to place for fresh fish

Todd A

Family run in business for years and fair prices. It is sad to see them close in off season.

Steph Gray

I would have given them a zero if it was an option. Don't bother! Worst customer service ever! I called with questions about their menu an hour before 7pm close. When I talked to the guy he was nice and did not given ANY restrictions as I asked about steamer pots, AND I stated I would call back. When I called back 30 minutes before close to place an order for a steamer pot, NOW he stated I have to call ahead. Yet he told me they close at 7pm. Obviously frustrated with the situation, we called back and a lady answered. We tried to discuss the lack of communication via phone and website, and her answer was, and I quote, she has been working there 58 years and she doesnt need advice! I guess they can care less. Call "I Got Your Crabs" instead!!!

Jason Mrugacz

Best fresh seafood on the beach.

Anne Thruston

Great seafood and selection

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