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Rundown Cafe

5218 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-5900
+1 252-255-0026
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good34%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“coconut shrimp” (43 reviews)
“rundown soup” (22 reviews)
“baja fish” (9 reviews)
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American, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
5218 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-5900
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1 - 10 of 535 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The food was very good and the atmosphere was friendly and inviting. We sat upstairs inside and had view of the ocean.

Thank Robert D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Menu has variety including Caribbean and Asian dishes. Something for everyone. Prices reasonable. Staff cheerful and efficient. Tasty noodles, wide variety of veggies, wide variety of drinks. Vibrant paintings. Koi pond. Right near the ocean.

Thank Mark M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place has a roof top terrace with a view of the ocean! If you want, you can also eat inside. We stopped for a late night dinner. There is a koi pond and a feeding station, so you can feed the koi. I had...More

Thank ejrumphol
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went for lunch with friends and really what a mediocre meal. The soft shell crab was tiny on an oversized mess of rice, The tuna was wonderful but the bread used for the sandwich was terrible. And they put bottled salsa on some taco...More

Thank Lynne146
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My husband and I recently dined here. We were planning to head over to Roanoke for supper, but it was getting late returning from Duck and we passed this place and I had him google it, so we decided to stop and give it a...More

Thank snorkeler-6
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Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

We have been eating at The Rundown Cafe for 25 years on our annual Outer Banks vacations. The food is fresh, excellently spiced, and fairly priced. The cocktails are fresh and delicious. The atmosphere is bright, very clean, takes you away with the beautifully painted...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Had a Thai noodle dish with a fried soft shell crap and it was scrumptious! My friend got a killer salad with tuna bites that was equally good. Hadn't been in years and truly enjoyed it.

Thank Punkie C
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Dinner 2 nights ago and frankly, for what we paid, really awful. If you like coconut shrimp, this is a good place to go, everything else we ordered was mediocre and worse. Beans congealed on the plate as a side. Slaw, wide, limp, slices of...More

1  Thank kimmie_cookie
Reviewed 30 August 2017

Half of our party of 4 are "locals", the other 2 are part-time residents and together we'd been meaning to try Rundown Cafe for lunch for some time now. This is a Tuesday 'lunch' review: Both the interior & exterior of the restaurant are quite...More

Thank Still-Enjoying-Life
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

Nice place for a casual dinner. Food was good. Big portions. Take the pesto off jerk chicken. Recommended.

Thank D C
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29 May 2017|
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Response from CyndyJoPo | Reviewed this property |
No, they do not take reservations and your whole party needs to be on site in order to put your name in for a table.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5218 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-5900
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Kitty Hawk
  • Phone Number: +1 252-255-0026
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