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Old Nags Head Cafe'

3948 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9278
+1 252-441-1141
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good28%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Cajun & Creole, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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3948 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9278
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Reviewed 12 November 2017

What a wonderful place! Had a light dinner with the best onion soup I've ever had and a fantastic fresh salad. Friend had corn/fish chowder and was really pleased. Can't wait to go back next year and try something else. They had fresh local coffee...More

Thank Susan B
Reviewed 13 October 2017

Four of us, (two couples) for dinner after trying a couple of other places with very long wait times. We thought we'd try this place for the first time. All four of us enjoyed our meals and would surely return. The restaurant was very quiet...More

Thank TjScov
Reviewed 6 October 2017

We were on a 'shrimp' mission for a week to find the best shrimp. After a long drive the 1st day, we ordered takeout from Old Nags Head Cafe. They were the best of the entire week! Even takeout, the food was hot, and very...More

Thank floridabound2016
Reviewed 17 September 2017

My husband and I stopped in on a whim for dinner, and all I can say is WOW. The coconut shrimp was scrumptious and they gave you plenty. My husband had the fish and chips and thought it was very tasty too. The fried pickles...More

Thank Travelen_Girl_68
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

Remembered this place when it was just for ribs though that hasn't been there for a long time. Selected for lunch to see what new establishment had and because one in our group wanted actual liquor instead of just beer or wine which limited options....More

Thank Happyvisitor106
Reviewed 15 September 2017

Went for late lunch while on vacation in OBX had huge hamburger and French Fries cooked just right friend had fresh fish and fries again great .Only four tables taken but very very loud also serving breakfast but did not go!!! Enjoy!

Thank casuffit
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

We've been intending to go here for dinner but never have made it so we squeezed in a breakfast trip this year. Breakfast was good - menu is typical egg plates, omelette, hot cakes, French toast, etc. But what really pushed the review to five...More

Thank Amelia B
Reviewed 6 September 2017

This place was so amazing! I loved that I could order espresso coffee at dinner- I got a honey latte and it was very delicious! We ordered the crab quesadillas and lordy they were so good we almost ordered another one! The crabcake was seriously...More

Thank Peggy A
Reviewed 30 August 2017

4 of us (two 'locals' & two part-time residents) stopped in for lunch on a gray & cool day this past June. The interior is quite attractive and obviously well kept. Service was prompt & friendly. Parking wasn't a problem at all, most likely due...More

Thank Still-Enjoying-Life
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

Been here 4 times this week! Delicious crab corn chowder and grilled Mahi. Amazing service by Cindy!

Thank Grace C
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$25
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
09:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3948 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9278
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Nags Head
  • Phone Number: +1 252-441-1141
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Old Nags Head Cafe continues the Roderer family tradition of the great food and Outer Banks North Carolina hospitality we've been offering Nags Head restaurant diners since 1985. Housed in the historic Harris Grocery store on the beach road that served vacationers up until the late 70s, our café's easy-going, beachy atmosphere provides the perfect setting for a gathering of friends or a quiet evening. We like how one of our guests described us, "The restaurant/bar has a very neighborhood feel but is classier than your standard beach seafood shack. Lots of wood paneling and a tasteful amount of local flavor make it a great place for a low key night or casual date." We do strive to make you feel like you're a long-time local, even if it's your first visit, with our friendly servers and easy-going style. That's the way a Nags Head restaurant should be! Complementing our surroundings is a menu that's setting a standard for Nags Head restaurants. Enjoy traditional and contemporary Southern dishes as well as the best in fresh local seafood, chicken, chops, hand-cut Angus beef, pasta, soups, salads, sandwiches, daily specials and homemade desserts. We've been told you can't come to this place without experiencing fried green tomatoes or shrimp and grits! While you're dining, your view is of Nags Head's row of unpainted aristocratic cottages, summer homes that were the first to establish the Outer Banks of North Carolina as a vacation destination. You're also across from the iconic Jockey's Ridge. Old Nags Head Cafe also has a full-service bar with an extensive beer and wine list, and we're happy to accommodate your take-out order.
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