Jack Mackerel’s Island Grill

Know for it’s island vibe, specialty cocktails, delicious seafood and landlubber specialties, Jack Mackerel’s is a top destination for Pleasure Island visitor’s who want to relax and dine on Island Time.


Open Monday through Sunday 11:00 am to 9:00 pm


Jack Mackerels has it all , if that’s possible. Here you’ll find great seafood, steaks, burgers, and chicken entrees using fresh ingredients and Chef Danny’s island touch. You can dine inside at the bar, at table or booth in a fun, vibrant island cabana setting. Or enjoy dining outside on the roof-top deck or under the covered deck. It’s perfect for casual dining for lunch while enjoying the beach, or the perfect dinner after an exciting day on Pleasure Island.

Lunch On Island Time

If you’re visiting Pleasure Island for the day or you’re staying on the island for vacation, enjoy drinks and a fabulous lunch at Jack Makerel’s as part of your visit. You’ll find lots of choices from salads and sandwiches to burgers and seafood selections on the menu. There’s the Beach Basics offering shrimp, fresh fish, crab dip, sushi and seafood combination platters. So relax and enjoy, it’;s a tough decision, but you can’t go wrong.

A Neighborhood Bar

Chances are you’ll always find a crowd at the bar in Jack Makerel’s and you might even strike up a conversation with a local. Jack’s Bar is the quintessential island long bar, featuring a wide selection of premium liquors, as well as local and national craft beers on tap. You’re on Island Time, so spend it sipping a Caribbean Cooler, popular specialty drinks mixed right before your eyes. The friendly faces aren’t just the awesome bartenders, they’re happy guest who’ve found a comfortable setting to truly enjoy a perfect day on Pleasure Island.

Dinner Entrees and Specials

Jack Mackerel’s is an Island Grill, featuring a variety of grilled beef, chicken and seafood entrees. Local seafood, when in season, is the freshest possible and includes Carolina Shrimp,  Salmon, Grouper, Flounder, Oysters and more. But and Island Grill wouldn’t be complete without a great selection of expertly cooked landlubber entrees and specials, like Prime Rib, steaks, Jerk Chicken and Rum & Plantain Chicken. And don’t overlook the pasta, like Scampi, Primavera , Cajun Alfredo recipes.
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Kure Beach
113 K Avenue
Kure Beach, NC 28449
(910) 458-7668
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Jack Mackerel’s Island Grill
113 K Avenue, Kure Beach, NC, USA

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“Pretty neat place by the side of the beach. Our server was very knowledgeable and patient. The food was tasty! We shared the fried shrimp and also ordered two of the sirloin steaks (hats off to our server for telling us about the fabulous special). It was really crowded around dinner time when we got there, but we were able to be seated in a jiffy. Our orders came promptly (15-20 minutes), which was impressive considering how busy the kitchen must have been.” —Pete H.

“Jack Mackerel’s came highly recommended.  The staff and food have lived up to the expectations. The calamari appetizer arrived quickly and was delicious. Only one problem with the calamari, it came to an end!  The jumbo shrimp came wrapped in bacon and skewered on a thick slice of pineapple  with rice and seasonal vegetables.  Hope you enjoy your meal as much as we did!” —Joe G.

“The food here is great! I would definitely recommend starting with the crab dip! It’s delicious!  I also had the Mango-Shrimp Quesadilla, which was good too. The fries here are delicious as well. Some of the seafood items can be expensive, but there is also a lunch menu that has some great options.” —Matthew M.