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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%
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“crackers” (81 reviews)
“lobster bisque” (51 reviews)
“cheese spread” (14 reviews)
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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 yesterday via mobile

Stephanie and Earnest made our evening in the Piano Lounge, while listening to Keith play the piano, just perfect. Friendly, efficient service excellent seafood and great drinks.

Thank beachtravelingdude
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is very charming, well decorated with nautical and seashore items. The menu is traditional, serving steaks, seafood and pasta. You are first served cheese and crackers, followed by bread and hushpuppies. Salad dressings are homemade.my 5 oz filet was tender and tasty and...More

Thank Skiddie73
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very traditional restaurant with excellent bread and a cheese appetizer. The servings are generous and yummy. No calorie counting here! I love the lobster in season but the crab cakes & fish are excellent also. We live on OBX & this restaurant...More

Thank James S
Reviewed 5 February 2018

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 29 January 2018

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 21 January 2018

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

1  Thank Richard M
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
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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
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
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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