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Owens' Restaurant

Milepost 16 1/2, Beach Rd, 7114 South Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959-9126
+1 252-441-7309
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good17%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“crackers” (81 reviews)
“hush puppies” (99 reviews)
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Milepost 16 1/2, Beach Rd, 7114 South Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959-9126
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Sorry but I really didn't enjoy my meal but the ambience was great. I've heard great things about this restaurant. My opinion is that they are average at best.

Thank Tracey J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The husband took me here for my early birthday. The lobster bisque is delicious, and the main meal just fresh and wonderful. The seafood was well cooked and very fresh. Very professional staff and fancy dining experience.

Thank MandaKRN
owensnagshead, Manager at Owens' Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you very much for your review and support! We appreciate your kindness!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Family run restaurant that has great food and great service. The building has a lot of nautical decor. It is a little more expensive than some but they serve you complimentary cheese and crackers when you are seated which is nice. They also have an...More

Thank AnneVa50
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Restaurant was sort of shoddy & worn looking. Very dark in the dining areas and extremely cold making the ambiance poor. Waiter was not knowledgeable about the menu & food was mediocre at best given the high prices. Coconut shrimp were cold & resembled fried...More

Thank SJCrum
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

wonderful food and wonderful service at this well-established restaurant in nag's head. the decor and the service is a flashback to the 70's, with flocked wall paper and piano bar. we enjoyed everything about our dinner there!

Thank fbokma
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My friends have been raving about Owen's and it did not disappoint. The cheese and crackers were fun, hush puppies were delicious and the food so amazonf I had to box up my left overs and get dessert to go. Lobster bisque is a must!!...More

Thank jumurphy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

During our recent vacation at the Outer Banks, upon a local friend's recommendation, we dined at Owens' Restaurant in Nags Head, North Carolina, on a Saturday night. We arrived when the restaurant opened, so even though our party was large, we did not have to...More

Thank lisafryan316
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Four generations of our extended family been eating at Owens' for 40 years. Needless to say, we have found a reason to do so and that has been excellent service combined by quality cuisine. I am afraid that our last visit was, to be kind,...More

Thank David R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was the first time I have ever eaten at this restaurant in the Outer Banks. My husband and I vowed to eat here every night when we return again to Nags Head NC. not only was the food incredibly good but the service was...More

Thank Theresa G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We come to Nagshead every summer and Owen's Family restaurant is part of our trip every year. Last year we reserved the upstairs for a dinner after our beach wedding. We live on the Eastern shore of Maryland and are used to good seafood. This...More

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13 September 2017|
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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!
18 May 2017|
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Response from owensnagshead | Property representative |
Yes our menu is the same upstairs as downstairs with plenty of appetizers and small plates to choose from. Thank you for inquiring and we hope to see you soon!
Bobbie H
10 April 2017|
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Response from owensnagshead | Property representative |
Yes we are open on Easter. We have an Easter Brunch Buffet from 11am-2:30pm and serve dinner from our menu with specials. Thank you for inquiring!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$40
Drinks, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Private Dining, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
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17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Milepost 16 1/2, Beach Rd, 7114 South Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959-9126
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Nags Head
  • Phone Number: +1 252-441-7309
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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!
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