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Old Nags Head Cafe'

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3948 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9278
17:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 14:00
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Wed - Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sun 08:00 - 14:00
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Rustburg, Virginia
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

We had amazing service and amazing food every time we went. We highly recommend it. There isn't a lot of room for big parties over 12 people, but the atmosphere is great and the seating is comfortable. Everything from barbeque to amazing chowder on the menu.

Thank methuselah87
Washington DC
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100 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

Went here after our 8am surf lesson at Farmdog up the road. Had an excellent breakfast and they are roasting their own coffee which was so good we bought a bag. Also had the tour de france on, so extra bonus. Later in the week came here for a late dinner--huge burger, and shrimp fettuccine, nothing fancy but very well... More 

Thank travel-crab
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

We had a nice quiet dinner! They weren't busy on the Saturday night that we went but the food was very good. My husband had the fish & chips and it was very good but was cod so wasn't local seafood. I had broiled crabmeat and shrimp and it was very good! Great flavor and fresh tasting! Would go back... More 

Thank Nancy J
Fairfax, Virginia
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78 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

We were lucky enough to stumble upon the Old Nag's Head Cafe on a Saturday night when other eateries were jam packed with customers. The Old Nag's Head Cafe had a table for us, and served us a fantastic meal. The coconut shrimp ($20) was fresh-made: nine huge shrimp, rolled in a house-made batter and fried to crispy perfection. The... More 

Thank 2CountryWalkers
Richmond, Virginia
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

Small, old fashioned cafe, good wait staff, great meal. My friends raved about the Fish and Chips, while I had the Huge Angus burger! Portions were large and tasted great. Will come back next year on our annual Beach Week😎

Thank KateElvis
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

Loved the crab cake sandwich, Wasabi mayo, Caesar salad with homemade croutons, and an amazing shrimp skewer.

Thank Kara H
Smithfield, VA
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210 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

We had not dined at the ONHC in a couple of years, maybe longer. That was for dinner. Decided to give their breakfast a try. Let's start here. We were pleasantly surprised. The place is not very big. So I guess parking was adequate all things considered. The restaurant sits across the street from some of the Old Nags Head... More 

Thank Big-Deeee
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

Perfectly cooked eggs, bacon, hash browns and biscuits. The ladies working here are wonderful. Small cafe with authentic charm. A must when traveling near nags head.

Thank Tara S
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

What a great experience our family had at your lovely café! The breakfast was wonderful and the grits and fresh roasted coffee were the best I have ever had! Everything was fresh and homemade which is something we have never found at the Outer Banks. We went back for dinner that same evening and the Crab cakes, crab soup and... More 

Thank beachbum22032
Roanoke, Virginia
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

My wife & I ate dinner here this evening (7/6/16). She had one of the best crab cakes she'd ever tasted: a huge cake FILLED with all crab meat, no filler or extra stuff. My fried shrimp & scallops combo was outstanding - the best scallops I've ever had. We always get the chocolate mousse for dessert when we come... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$25
American, Cajun & Creole, Seafood
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 14:00
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: 12524411141
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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