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Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe

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7623 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head-Manteo Causeway, Nags Head, NC 27959-9164
+1 252-441-5405
Sun 11:00 - 15:00
16:30 - 20:30
Thu 16:30 - 20:30
Fri - Sat 16:30 - 21:00
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Winterville, North Carolina
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

One of our OBX faves! Not only is the food good, but the staff is friendly and knowledgable, and if you dine regularly, you become like family! Always feel welcome here!

Thank kjrsinganewsong
Greensboro NC
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326 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 503 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is simply superb, which is why we never miss a chance to eat here when in the area. Recently for an early dinner we got a mixed plate (filet, chicken, and blackened red drum) and seafood platter (crab cake, shrimp, and scallops), finished off with a split of dreamy key lime pie that is a house specialty. We... More 

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Sugar Land, Texas
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Two friends and I dined here on a Saturday evening. I had the broiled seafood (shrimp, scallops, and flounder). One friend had the fried seafood combo and the other had shrimp and trout. My dinner was very good, especially the scallops. My friends were also very complimentary of their meals. Nice restaurant with a nautical theme. One suggestion: Add Hush... More 

Thank R2648YGjohnm
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have driven down from VA to have our Thanksgiving dinner at Basnights Lone Cedar every year since the first time they offered their buffet! With a complete traditional spread including turkey, prime rib, pork, a variety of home made sides and seafood options including oysters, scallops, shrimp, fish, crab dip, shrimp and grits, several bread choices, house salad and... More 

Thank Susan D
Richmond, Virginia, United States
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We eat here everytime we're in town. Good food, friendly service. Not a fast food joint, which is ok...slow down, enjoy the food, drink and company.

Thank Erik B
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place for Thanksgiving dinner, when you are in the area and don't want to cook. Fried oysters and oyster stuffing along with shrimp and grits. Nice and friendly, somewhat pricy.

Thank Brian N
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The prices are pretty high and the food is good, but not amazing. You can spend less and get more at a number of places that stay open in the off season. The seafood is local catch. Service was slow which is bad since most of the restaurant was closed off. Server was trying to take dinner order before we... More 

Thank Jeffrey S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Quiet, good food/seafood, smooth service with a large group. Surprised at how empty it was. Will be back again

Thank Meredith M
greenville, United States
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3 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Order something like a combination. Very little food and pricy. Especially when this close to many seafood markets within 10 minutes of the restaraunt

Thank Joseph S
Norfolk, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

My wife and I joined 4 other couples for dinner at Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe in Nags Head, NC in late October 2016. It was the off-season so we didn't have to wait, although we did make reservations. The place wasn't close to being full but it was filling up as we left. They do have a big sign announcing... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$28
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
16:30 - 20:30
16:30 - 20:30
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7623 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head-Manteo Causeway, Nags Head, NC 27959-9164
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Nags Head
  • Phone Number: +1 252-441-5405
At Lone Cedar Cafe, we specialize in fresh and local seafood. If you're craving the freshest fish, clams, crab, shrimp and oysters from local North Carolina waters, you'll find them at the Lone Cedar Cafe. For generations, Outer Banks families made their livings - and their daily meals - from the bounty of local waters, caught fresh every day. Our family, the Basnights, were part of that history, and we continue the tradition today by serving only the freshest Outer Banks seafood, caught in local waters and brought to our docks daily by local fishermen, then cleaned and prepared right here at the Lone Cedar Cafe. Our vegetables are "just picked" from North Carolina farms, we serve only all-natural beef and poultry and even our herbs and greens are grown in our own chemical-free garden on-site. Come enjoy delicious food, gorgeous sunsets and panoramic water views, the antics of our resident ospreys and our warm Southern hospitality.

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