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Tale of The Whale

7575 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9162
+1 252-441-7332
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good17%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“fish duo” (13 reviews)
“seafood” (130 reviews)
“steak” (64 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
7575 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9162
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our last night of vacation and we came back to Tale of the Whale, hadn't been here in years but remembered how wonderful it was, and it is even better! There is a 20% discount for early birds between 5 and 6 p.m., and we...More

Thank LindaW60
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Four of us had dinner here tonight and were totally satisfied. The fried entrees were done perfectly - not heavy or greasy. My wife enjoyed the Fish Duo with grilled mahi and swordfish served with fresh green beans and mashed potatoes. My daughter-in-law had a...More

Thank John Z
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The tables at the windows offered a great view. Our server was very efficient and friendly. Lots of fresh seafood to choose from and select how you want it cooked. The flavor was average.

Thank Janet B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just wanted to share this picture of my son stuff his face with shrimp and fries. Made this tired dad and mom so happy with yall's quick service and excellent food. We all think it was some of the best fried seafood we have ever...More

Thank Taylor H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Every time I vacation in OBX we are on the lookout for a new restaurant to try. Although this place has been here for 30+ years we have never tried it. On our last night of vacation we decided to give this place a try...More

2  Thank 75Moose
Reviewed 16 April 2018

I have waited years to go to this restaurant. I ordered a ribeye steak with a shrimp skewer with green beans and paid extra for the side salad. The steak is brought out under cooked in case you would like it cooked further. The wait...More

Thank hmtppd
Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

It’s obvious, that when you walk inside, you are in a locals place. I don’t think that they have been open for the season long, but you could tell that everyone was happy to see one another. We went to the bar, as there was...More

1  Thank Xeuropn
Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

The food was seasoned perfectly. The views were good. We had the local favorites which were wonderful. Way too much food-so we had leftovers!!! Definitely worth going again.

Thank George H
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Ive been coming to Tale of the Whale for my whole life and it is the best restaurant ever! Everything is amazing and everyone is sooooo nice...Dan and Kathy, the owners, are two of the nicest people ive ever had the pleasure of meeting, two...More

1  Thank danielryman52
Reviewed 24 November 2017 via mobile

We eat here every time we come to OBX at least twice on our trips. Fresh local seafood, excellent service and delicious desserts!

Thank seamansj82
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17 January 2018|
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Response from MarciaBryant | Reviewed this property |
The restaurant is currently closed for the season and reopens in April. It's a great Restaurant with excellent staff, and outstanding food and view. It will be one of your favorites if you ever go once.
Joan O
15 August 2017|
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Response from Sheri102 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Check out their menu online.
Dawn B
29 August 2016|
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Response from Robin T | Reviewed this property |
Typically they're open thru late September.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$18 - US$40
Restaurant features
Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7575 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9162
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Nags Head
  • Phone Number: +1 252-441-7332
  • E-mail
Family owned and operated for 33 years, we serve the finest and freshest local seafood, choice steaks, salads, pastas, chicken and more. We pay attention to every detail to ensure your meal is memorable and delicious! Enjoy casual dining overlooking the Roanoke Sound, and live music (in season) in our waterfront gazebo. Come early and enjoy your favorite cocktail outdoors overlooking the water, or in our indoor bar. We offer an extensive wine list, a lighter fare menu, childrens’ menu and more. We welcome children, families and parties of all sizes, and offer comfortable booths for a romantic dinner for two. We look forward to serving you!
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