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Top Dog Cafe

) #2 of 6 Restaurants in Waves €€ - €€€ American, Bar, Seafood
25202 Island Pine Dr, Waves, Hatteras Island, NC
+1 252-987-1272
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good37%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
2 days ago
“Great lunch on the Porch”
2 days ago
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American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
25202 Island Pine Dr, Waves, Hatteras Island, NC
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Top Dog has been around for a long time and offers a consistent quality menu of seafood, burgers and salads. We went for lunch and had the grouper, which was huge and excellent. It a small place which is very popular and can be difficult...More

Thank P5433DZrobertm
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had good food there and it is a casual place that my wife and I enjoyed. Had fried scallops and fish and my wife had fried shrimp. Clean and tasty. Average price.

Thank Thomas H
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love to experience new places to eat and they did not disappoint with their fish tacos. There are 2 tacos but quite filling, the key lime pie was ok nothing to rave about but good. I am a beer snob & wished they had...More

Thank rs0106
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped only because it was on the highway. Needless to say we were blown away with the food. Not much to look at and a TINY dining room but the service was fast and the ambience was welcoming. It is suitable for couples, friends...More

Thank Jim H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I wanted something quick to eat BEFORE we went to the grocery store in Avon on chck in day. WOW! Amazing food. Great find! We almost decided to eat here everyday instead of going to store! Lol. I had fish tacos. Amazing!...More

Thank Kellie C
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

We have been visiting Rodanthe for 3 years and had not tried Top Dog until this week, and wow, we have been missing out!!! The food was perfect! Not a complaint from the table, and that's very unusual. We have a few picky eaters in...More

Thank Emily G
Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

This is one of those rare places that surprises you. The hours are quirky yet the food is wonderful. The menu has a great balance of food types with excellent fish tacos and burgers. The burger prices are higher than other places and worth the...More

Thank Francynew3
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Top Dog is one of our favorite OBX restaurants. It's laid back and most of the dining accessories are disposable, but the food is good and staff welcoming. They're not open late so be sure to check the hours if you're traveling through.

Thank Jen C
Reviewed 9 October 2016

My husband and I ate here our first night of vacation. Very casual- like, plastic chairs and tables, lots of beachy/island decor hanging every where. The food was good- I had fish tacos and my husband had fried grouper sandwich. Local fresh seafood. I believe...More

Thank Rachel M
Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Great find in Hatteras! Local food finds are always the best. Service was great. Server made our meal fun and had great stories!

Thank jmc716
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Lisa S
Would love to have the recipe for your fish tacos including the lime sauce
4 July 2015|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 25202 Island Pine Dr, Waves, Hatteras Island, NC
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Hatteras Island  >  Waves
  • Phone Number: +1 252-987-1272
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