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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%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“crab cakes” (21 reviews)
“fried chicken” (11 reviews)
Opens in 8 min
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 weeks ago

It doesn't get much better this. The setting in the historic cottage row is a hidden gem. The food was exceptional so much so my wife and I went back time and time again. The breakfast was simple yet wonderful, as we walked in, the...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank TD6262
Reviewed 22 October 2018

We never miss having dinner at Old Nags Head Cafe when visiting the Outer Banks. It's a staple for us. The seafood is excellent, at least according to my wife, I lean towards the Fried Chicken. It's a great local place. We remember it back...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank johnjI5090FC
Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile

Breakfast after busy morning checking out of beach house. Large menu that included my husband's favorite, cream chip beef on toast, which passed his very picky taste test with flying colors! Eggs Benedict with lump crab meat and fried green tomatoes was excellent, avocado toast...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Suzanne S
Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

We had drove by this restaurant time after time and when we finally decided to give it a try man what a sandwich! All of us got the crab cake sandwich with fries. The sandwich was ginormous. It was picture perfect and tasted as amazing...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Martha C
Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

It was hot and we just finished walking the hot sunny Sand Dunes when we stopped in to quench our thirst. The waitress was friendly and get accommodating. The place is a small restaurant behind the giant Kite Store. After drinking we decided to have...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank johnsA3073BZ
Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

My husband and I are locals. We had been out most of the day and were ready to get some dinner and go home. Several of the restaurants we passed had lines with people standing outside. We passed by the Old Nags Head Cafe and...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank K G
Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile

We must have driven by this gen 100 times before we finally stopped in. What have i been missing for the last 11 years was amazing. The cleanist and cutest restaurant. Very friendly staff as well. We had breakfast 4 times in 2 weeks and...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank deweymom
Reviewed 26 September 2018 via mobile

Stopped in for a quick lunch and a beer. The staff was super friendly. I got an appetizer of onion rings and my pops got the special house salad Which he raved about It’s super quaint looking with some interesting menu items Highly recommend

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank rlwatkins1967
Reviewed 24 September 2018

We stopped here for late breakfast and we really enjoyed our meal. I ordered the BLT with Fried Green Tomato and wife ordered the crab omelette . Our waiter Jeff was great!

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Trueeasterner
Reviewed 10 September 2018

My husband and I ate here years ago for breakfast, and it was great. Years later, we came for lunch. They were closing soon, but happily accommodated us. The waitress fished out some crayons and coloring books for our 3y.o., and even brought some fries...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Barbara J
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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, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
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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