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Old Nags Head Cafe'

3948 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9278
+1 252-441-1141
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good27%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Cajun & Creole, Seafood
$$ - $$$
3948 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9278
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had dinner here and breakfast on our obx trip. Great staff and good quality food! Would go back again!

Thank Lisa M
Reviewed 5 days ago

Great service, the food was okay. We had far better food that was much less expensive, but no complaints.

Thank carlymu
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was good. Service was quick. Had the crab cake sandwich which was full of crab meat and little filler.

Thank user1219
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If anyone ever comes to the Outer Banks, the Old Nags Head Cafe is awesome!!! I'm telling you that the Crabmeat Fettuccine Alfredo is THE BOMB!!! You can also have replacements for he Crabmeat if you don't like seafood! I got no meat, just pasta....More

Thank Dez D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I visited this little restaurant for lunch. While the atmosphere is precious, the food was nothing to write home about and the service was terrible. I would not recommend this restaurant.

Thank sarahsP1299FR
Michael R, Owner at Old Nags Head Cafe', responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Well Sarah apparently you are willing to write something about it... maybe not home but still. Also the VAST majority of reviews seem to contradict your claimed experience. If everything was so bad, why didn't you voice your concern with the MANAGEMENT during your visit.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small, casual cafe stuffed to the gills with diners. So that tells you how good the food is! Loved our entrees of shrimp & grits and gumbo with the fixings. Entrees were around $20 each for us so that tells you something about the quality...More

Thank Robin M
Michael R, Owner at Old Nags Head Cafe', responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Robin, we truly appreciate your dining with us...

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My fam ordered pizza by the hotel pool and I wanted scallops. I traveled down Beach Rd and saw this cute restaurant so I stopped and ordered takeout from bar. Service was perfect and everyone was very friendly. Broiled scallops and lump crabmeat were very...More

Thank AmesnBru
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was looking for a lunch spot where I could relax and catch my breath. I found this place quite by accident. Ended having one of the best shrimp salad sandwiches ever. The staff is very friendly and efficient. I would recommend it.

Thank smsmith214
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The day we ate here, there were 2 waitresses and ours even made one of the salads. They were clearly understaffed. Another customer wanted to eat outside but they were told they were too understaffed for that. The food was good. Would return there again.

Thank petesgal
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Came after church and they were still serving breakfast, love when that happens. Great coffee, they roast it there. Loved the sausage gravy over biscuits.

Thank Roveen
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$25
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 14:00
08:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3948 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9278
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Nags Head
  • Phone Number: +1 252-441-1141
  • E-mail
Old Nags Head Cafe continues the Roderer family tradition of the great food and Outer Banks North Carolina hospitality we've been offering Nags Head restaurant diners since 1985. Housed in the historic Harris Grocery store on the beach road that served vacationers up until the late 70s, our café's easy-going, beachy atmosphere provides the perfect setting for a gathering of friends or a quiet evening. We like how one of our guests described us, "The restaurant/bar has a very neighborhood feel but is classier than your standard beach seafood shack. Lots of wood paneling and a tasteful amount of local flavor make it a great place for a low key night or casual date." We do strive to make you feel like you're a long-time local, even if it's your first visit, with our friendly servers and easy-going style. That's the way a Nags Head restaurant should be! Complementing our surroundings is a menu that's setting a standard for Nags Head restaurants. Enjoy traditional and contemporary Southern dishes as well as the best in fresh local seafood, chicken, chops, hand-cut Angus beef, pasta, soups, salads, sandwiches, daily specials and homemade desserts. We've been told you can't come to this place without experiencing fried green tomatoes or shrimp and grits! While you're dining, your view is of Nags Head's row of unpainted aristocratic cottages, summer homes that were the first to establish the Outer Banks of North Carolina as a vacation destination. You're also across from the iconic Jockey's Ridge. Old Nags Head Cafe also has a full-service bar with an extensive beer and wine list, and we're happy to accommodate your take-out order.
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