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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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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

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 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Wow. Where do I begin? The ambiance was lovely and fitting for a seafood house. Very well decorated with all things related to ships, fish, and oceans. Very nice, with no attention to detail spared. I have many serious food issues, including shellfish and gluten....More

Thank Lissa J
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

Been to this restaurant for many years the owners do not disappoint try it you will like it best seafood in the country this is the outer banks baby!

Thank 469jay
Reviewed 8 November 2017

Owens is an Outer Banks legend; the food is always excellent, the service is good, and the restaurant is a lovely place to spend a few hours.

Thank Virginiatravel1
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Owens is a treasure on the Outer Banks. I had New York Strip with Fried Oysters, my wife had a 1.5 lb. lobster. Wine was 1/2 price.

Thank Bill R
Reviewed 4 November 2017

What a great experience! Ask for Cody. Seafood and steak options and this food was one of the best we had in the whole Outer Banks. We were one of the last to leave and did not feel rushed at any point. Easy to find....More

Thank leetl319
Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

Although the menu was the same as the main dining area, downstairs, we all,opted for light fare consisting of drinks and appetizers. Service was excellent as was most of the foods we ordered, and cocktails we first class. We had a table farthest removed from...More

Thank Fred F
Reviewed 21 October 2017

The food offered was cooked to a high standard, but was lacking a bit of flavour and could have been a little bit more inventive. The service was excellent though! As for fine dining and the cost of the meals, I would have expected more.

Thank Sebo1207
Reviewed 20 October 2017

We came to Owen's to help our best friends celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. The staff seated us in a nice cozy nook off the main dining area and made our friends (and us) feel very special. The fried oysters were the best ever and...More

Thank biglion2017
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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, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
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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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