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Tale of The Whale

7575 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9162
+1 252-441-7332
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good17%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“fish duo” (14 reviews)
“seafood” (144 reviews)
“steak” (68 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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7575 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9162
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We were at this restaurant 15 years ago. Just returned to the area and went back to the restaurant. It is on the water with a great view and the seafood is outstanding.

Thank Robert H
Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant was beautiful and the hostess was kind. The server was not sure of the specials and after we ordered he disappeared. The food was good and gave a lot. We would have like more drinks and opted out of taking a dessert home...More

Thank pinetown6
Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a wonderful setting while you wait for your table, the gazebo is a must. The food was delicious, steak cooked to perfection and the potatoes were some of the best I have ever had.

Thank smsramsey
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nine of us were on our annual ladies trip to OBX and decided to have dinner here. We expected to have a long wait for a table but were pleasantly surprised when our wait was short. Everyone's meal was delicious and our server, Chris, did...More

Thank Ann L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on a Thursday night right at opening time. The restaurant waiting area was packed about 15 minutes prior to opening even during the off-season. So, it is definitely recommended to arrive early. I'm not sure if they accept reservations. Everyone from the greeter...More

Thank mrandmrsd99
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant is the #1 place to eat in Outer Banks!! First time visit last week, all around first class place, from service, to food, to price, and the location is beautiful (arrive early to get a window seat). Mahi, flounder, and grilled chicken were...More

Thank Gus K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went for our anniversary in August. The scallops were perfect! Drink prices are a bit high, but nice atmosphere, good wait staff that evening. Probably want to go when you don't have younger kids with you; you'll enjoy it more, and the prices are in...More

Thank kittyhawkobx
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were a bit disappointed in this restaurant. The dining room is quite attractive and we were seated at a booth overlooking the sound. Our server, however, was a bit too effusive and her description of a menu item as "addictive" was quite an exaggeration....More

Thank loveswater
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Elegant surrounding with amazing view. Large frozen drinks were outstanding and decadent! Service, presentation and meal perfect in every way! Stuffed lobster had a generous portion of delicious, fresh crab with our any fillers !

Thank PerfectionPreferred
Reviewed 7 September 2018

Complete Perfection! We have Twenty + years of Dining Pleasure at our Favorite Tale Of The Whale. The Food is always perfect! Locally owned, Excellent Service, Attention to Detail, making dining here an Experience with a view of the sound...and...everybody knows your name...we aren't finished...More

Thank 181dianah
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Hank M
4 August 2018|
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16 January 2018|
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Response from MarciaBryant | Reviewed this property |
The restaurant is currently closed for the season and reopens in April. It's a great Restaurant with excellent staff, and outstanding food and view. It will be one of your favorites if you ever go once.
Joan O
15 August 2017|
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Response from Sheri102 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Check out their menu online.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$18 - US$40
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, View, Kids, 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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7575 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9162
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Nags Head
  • Phone Number: +1 252-441-7332
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Family owned and operated for 38 years, we serve the finest and freshest local seafood, choice steaks, salads, pastas, chicken and more. We pay attention to every detail to ensure your meal is memorable and delicious! Enjoy casual dining overlooking the Roanoke Sound, and live music (in season) in our waterfront gazebo. Come early and enjoy your favorite cocktail outdoors overlooking the water, or in our indoor bar. We offer an extensive wine list, a lighter fare menu, childrens’ menu and more. We welcome children, families and parties of all sizes, and offer comfortable booths for a romantic dinner for two. We look forward to serving you!
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