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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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Updated 05/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 05/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
About
Since 1946, four generations of locals and visitors have experienced the famous food and hospitality of the Owens and Shannon families.We are celebrating 69 years in business, in the same location, making us the oldest restaurant in the state of North Carolina! Owens Restaurant serves classic Southern coastal cuisine. We specialize in fresh and local seafood from North Carolina waters, exceptional Prime Western beef, and flavorful pastas. Our customers marvel at our collection of museum quality artifacts dedicated to the maritime history of the Outer Banks. Come see us for delicious food, exceptional service and warm Southern hospitality!
PRICE RANGE
US$15 - US$40
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Drinks, Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
American, Seafood
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Private Dining, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am a proud local! Owens is a family favorite of my entire family. We enjoy the professional friendly service from the staff. The food is absolutely awesome, true Outer Banks fresh seafood and the prime rib is superb! I would recommend this restaurant to...the Queen!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 1 November 2022 via mobile

Amazing seafood!!! We ordered the coconut shrimp as an app, then the fried trio with flounder, shrimp, and scallops and the filet and tuna to share! YUM!! Cooked and seasoned to perfection, portions alined with price, service was great, atmosphere quiet and quaint. We’ll definitively...be back!! Thx!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 31 October 2022

Over-priced and under delivered. The food was okay, the ambiance was like a dark Wisconsin supper club, and the service was like a breakfast diner. Frankly, I did not see anything special about this restaurant. Our bill was $119 for two with one glass of...wine each. There are better options!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 31 October 2022 via mobile

What a wonderful, relaxing evening with the finest meal we have eaten all week! We have eaten out for the past 7 days during our visit to the Outer Banks. Owens topped every other dining establishment we tried, and we have had some excellent meals...(Miller’s, Howard’s End, The Black Pelican, Blue Moon Grill, [Darrell’s], [Sam & Omie’s]. (Ranked in that order, and do not plan to return to the last two. ). The Seafood Trio was lightly dusted and perfectly cooked. Beef tenderloin tips were to perfection. Coconut shrimp were quite tasty as was the chicken. The mashed potatoes were wonderful, loaded with shallots. And, even though we were stuffed, we simply could not refuse dessert when a large tray of options was presented. Do not miss a visit to Owen’s. You will not be disappointed.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 23 September 2022

We had one breakfast here during our visit and it was fantastic. Loved talking with some locals, service was great and the food was very good.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 1 September 2022 via mobile

Our first time to eat at the Owen’s Restaurant & so glad we decided to come here! Our waiter was super nice & helpful! We ordered seafood & it was delicious! We loved the decor, also!

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 24 August 2022

Our family has made Owens Restaurant a must for over 20 years. The staff is wonderful and attentive and the food is beyond great. Never miss our yearly trip to Owens! Started my love of "Charles" paintings there!

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 24 August 2022

The food was great! We started with the calamari. Flash fried to perfection, but not greasy in the least. My son had a cheeseburger and fries (of course). I had the shrimp and fresh tilefish in a cream sauce. It was fabulous. Sea breeze potatoes...and steamed veggies. Our server, Noah, took great care of us! Everything was perfect, and the ambience is always fantastic!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 18 August 2022

wonderful restaurant with friendly waiter. We went here for our anniversary & got a special dessert free Highly recommend

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Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 18 August 2022 via mobile

I enjoyed a warm welcome at this cosy restaurant for an early dinner. Early but they were busy! My server was attentive, and the jambalaya, with local seafood, is notable.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 16 August 2022 via mobile

The food and the service were outstanding. We love the atmosphere of this quaint restaurant. The steak and the shrimp were outstanding and they have the very best hush puppies.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 18 July 2022

We have been visiting the Owen's at least once a year for almost 40 years. Always good food. A little pricey but every where at the beach is pricey. They had a sign up that said they were short on staff and I didn't see...an open table but Elizabeth took great care of us. Only one night in the OBX this year but Elizabeth made the dinner for us. Great attention to detail without hovering. THANK YOU!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 1 July 2022

A very good meal and the best filet I've had since we've been in OBX. It's grilled, full of flavor; it's cooked perfectly!

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 18 June 2022

We thoroughly enjoyed eating dinner at the historic Owens Restaurant. Everything from the atmosphere, to the kind staff, to the amazing food was amazing. I would highly recommend anyone to visit Owens' at least once when they are in the Outer Banks.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 17 June 2022 via mobile

This was one of our favorite restaurants we visited on our vacation! The food was fabulous and the service was fantastic!!

Date of visit: June 2022
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ronaldmahaffey17813
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Response from holowacz | Reviewed this property |
If the question is why didn't they answer their phone, you need to call them and find out. I have no ties to them.
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15 October 2017|
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Response from owensnagshead | Property representative |
Casual is fine and we are open seven nights a week in season from 5-9 pm and starting Monday, October 16 we will be closed on Mondays until our last night of the season on New Years Eve.
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Response from owensnagshead | Property representative |
Yes we will be having our 33rd annual Thanksgiving Buffet on Thanksgiving Day. Call us at 1-252-441-7309 for more details. Thank you for inquiring!
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Yes, Owens' Restaurant offers takeaway services.

Yes, Owens' Restaurant is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Owens' Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5