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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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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good27%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Cajun & Creole, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3948 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9278
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My family and I went here for breakfast on our second day in Nags Head and three of us got omelets and all were excellent the grits were very good and we were told they are mill just for them.Also the country potatoes are very...More

Thank Checkersmomma
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great service..good food. Stopped by one morning on our way to the grocery store and love it so much that the next morning we brought my parents

Thank Cyndi L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our three generation family stops here every year for breakfast when we first arrive in Nags Head. The staff is so accommodating to our group of 15. The food is yummy and loved by all ages. Cindy makes us feel so welcome and Old Nags...More

Thank suetarrant1955
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here on our first night in the OBX, mainly because we could find a parking spot in the lot. We were seated right away which was surprising for a Saturday night. The dining area is small but there are large tables so they...More

Thank Gibb88
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I go to Rodanthe in the OBX every year. Today we were on a Vespa ride over to Wanchees and looked for a good spot to stop for a casual bite. We stumbled upon the Old Nags Head Cafe. The bubbly waitress...More

1  Thank Penny C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was one of those on the fly, driving down to meet the family “hey let’s stop there” breakfast stops and let me tell you something, dear readers. What a phenomenal last minute decision that was. I cannot attest to any other dining point but...More

Thank ddissent
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We tried the pretzel and dip for appetizer. It was AMAZING! Had the chicken sandwich and fries for lunch also amazing! All in all, glad we chose this cafe to eat at! Our server Cindy was magnificent and checked up on us many times throughout...More

Thank Megan A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We decided to drive from Kill Devil Hills to have breakfast here because of the TA reviews, and were so glad we did. What a great place! We were immediately and sincerely welcomed and asked which table we would prefer. After settling in next to...More

Thank M H
Reviewed 12 June 2018

We came down last week and stopped for breakfast. The restaurant was located in the old historic area of Nags Head. We went in and was surprised of the nice interior and the history of Nags Head displayed throughout. our breakfast was superb and service...More

Thank janeyt46
Reviewed 8 June 2018

I've heard not so great things about the lunch/dinner at this restaurant but wanted to stop in and try it out for myself. I figured breakfast is a pretty safe meal, so we went last weekend. The inside was much nicer than I had expected...More

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Michael R, Owner at Old Nags Head Cafe', responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2018

Well Bob I'm glad you dined with us, we have won Trip aAdvisor's Award of Excellence for the last two years running including 2018. This is based on our high quality of reviews on our food and service. I'm glad you enjoyed the food if...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$25
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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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