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Owens' Restaurant

Milepost 16 1/2, Beach Rd, 7114 South Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959-9126
+1 252-441-7309
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good17%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“crackers” (81 reviews)
“lobster bisque” (51 reviews)
“cheese spread” (14 reviews)
Closes in 12 min
17:00 - 21:00All hours
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Milepost 16 1/2, Beach Rd, 7114 South Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959-9126
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful food. Been here many times. Never a bad meal. Def a local fav. Not the best place to take kids though.

Thank tammy o
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Owen's is always a special night for my wife and I when we are at the outer banks. a very nice restaurant with outstanding food. The is not just a meal it's a dinning experience. You will enjoy the meal from the cheese and crackers...More

Thank Albert C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Food was amazing, but a little pricey. Quiet, not a place to wear your bathing suit..Very quaint. Great service.

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Reviewed 3 January 2018

This is one of our favorite restaurants on the beach Spent New Year's Eve there and had salad and beef tips (appetizer). Outstanding service! This may become a tradition for us after cooking and cleaning for a week at home!

Thank Mary M
Reviewed 27 December 2017

If you want the true beach experience this is the place. Beautifully decorated and great menu. Lines get a little long and it is a little pricey but definitely a great place.

Thank Angie K
Reviewed 26 December 2017

We had Thanksgiving dinner at Owens this year! Will we eat there next year, given the food exceeded expectations and the beer on tap, namely, Greensboro's Natty Greene Buckshot Ale, without doubt, has to be the best tasting on the Outer Banks? Why wouldn't we?...More

Thank nechmod
Reviewed 23 December 2017

the food was excellent. cooked professionally. waiting time is minimal. wonderful home atmosphere.very friendly staff.

Thank elenatraveller2014
Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

I realize we went on Dec 18th, hardly tourist season, but was very pleasantly surprised! This place is out of time, the decor, the uneven floors, wooden paneling - it appears to be an old lifesaving station - make it authentic. I love truly vintage...More

Thank VAtravelr
Reviewed 27 November 2017

Went here for the first time for their grand Thanksgiving day buffet. the place was very busy as you would expect. We had a reservation for 2:45 and were seated by 3:05, not bad for such a busy day. The wait staff were very pleasant...More

Thank Michael H
Reviewed 14 November 2017 via mobile

Our group selected Owen’s for a celebratory dinner. The staff were marvellous, especially the hostess. The environment is formal and eclectic at the same time. You’ll feel comfortable going casual or dress up if you’d like. You’ll have lots to eat. The prime rib looked...More

Thank pointgirlT
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Questions & Answers
14 October 2017|
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Response from owensnagshead | Property representative |
Casual is fine and we are open seven nights a week in season from 5-9 pm and starting Monday, October 16 we will be closed on Mondays until our last night of the season on New Years Eve.
13 September 2017|
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Response from owensnagshead | Property representative |
Yes we will be having our 33rd annual Thanksgiving Buffet on Thanksgiving Day. Call us at 1-252-441-7309 for more details. Thank you for inquiring!
18 May 2017|
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Response from owensnagshead | Property representative |
Yes our menu is the same upstairs as downstairs with plenty of appetizers and small plates to choose from. Thank you for inquiring and we hope to see you soon!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$40
Drinks, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Private Dining, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Milepost 16 1/2, Beach Rd, 7114 South Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959-9126
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Nags Head
  • Phone Number: +1 252-441-7309
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Since 1946, four generations of locals and visitors have experienced the famous food and hospitality of the Owens and Shannon families.We are celebrating 69 years in business, in the same location, making us the oldest restaurant in the state of North Carolina! Owens Restaurant serves classic Southern coastal cuisine. We specialize in fresh and local seafood from North Carolina waters, exceptional Prime Western beef, and flavorful pastas. Our customers marvel at our collection of museum quality artifacts dedicated to the maritime history of the Outer Banks. Come see us for delicious food, exceptional service and warm Southern hospitality!
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