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The Dunes Restaurant

7013 S Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959-9056
+1 252-441-1600
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good28%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
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“hash browns” (46 reviews)
“hush puppies” (66 reviews)
“fried chicken” (18 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
7013 S Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959-9056
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

After visiting the horses in Corolla, we returned back to Nags Head to have dinner. I had the popcorn shrimp with a baked potato, and it was the best I’ve ever had. The hush puppies are very good as well. The service was excellent; our...More

Thank ShavonneTurner
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

She crab soup was very good, lots of crab. Calamari was overcooked and small, but had good taste. Service was excellent.

Thank Ernest B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

First time visiting after years of vacationing in Nags Head. We had the shrimp and grits. It was delicious! Lots of plump, perfectly Cooked shrimp. Delicious grits with bacon, cheese, peppers, mushrooms, and onions! The hush puppies are the best I've ever had. So light,...More

Thank fred e
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The Dunes is a great place! The environment is very welcoming and perfect for family or friends. The service is quick and excellent. In addition, if you have to wait before being seated, the gift shop is fun to walk around.

Thank Sarah V
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here about 45 minutes before closing. Everybody ordered something different. Lots of sharing. No one found anything that was not delicious. The clam chowder rated a 10 but the shoe crab soup rated a 12! Service was great and the owner came out to...More

Thank Michael R
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was oh so good. The food was wonderful. We each had ordered something different and so we were able to taste the different foods. We did not find anything we didn't like. It was all good. Great service.

Thank Michael L R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is within walking distance of the hotel which made it nice after a long day of travel to get here. The service was fast and friendly. The menu had a good variety.

Thank Margaret M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We go to the Dunes every year during the 4th of July week on our family vacation. Typically great food, service and very happy. Its why we always go there. This year a bit different... I gave 5 stars because the management stepped in and...More

Thank Katie V
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are not white you should not go! I literally looked at the bartender for about 30 minutes before i was served. there were 3 people at the bar. im very annoyed to know that people are still like this in 2018. im on...More

Thank Roland H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great family restaurant to take the kids too! The kids especially loved the hush puppies! The portions are large and very well seasoned. The seafood is excellent. We would definitely go back here and can't wait to visit the Outer Banks again.

Thank Garber5
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Response from Lisa B | Reviewed this property |
It may change by season- just call them!
15 September 2015|
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The crispy flounder we serve is a locally sourced from Etheridge Seafood in wnachese, what we do is cross hatch score the fish on one side in order to keep it from curling up during the cooking process. We then lightly... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Wine and Beer, Buffet, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
4:00 PM - 8:30 PM
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
4:00 PM - 8:30 PM
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
4:00 PM - 8:30 PM
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
4:00 PM - 8:30 PM
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
4:00 PM - 8:30 PM
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
4:00 PM - 8:30 PM
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
4:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7013 S Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959-9056
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Nags Head
  • Phone Number: +1 252-441-1600
  • E-mail
This local, Outer Banks restaurant is now in it's 35th anniversary season. That's probably why it's called a 'Nags Head Tradition' by locals. Currently open for breakfast daily. Weekends - spring and fall - and daily in the summer season, there's a robust fruit and breakfast bar plus some whopping good breakfast platters. When dinner opens shortly, Specialties are real southern cooking - like fried chicken. Also a specialty - local, Outer Banks seafood - broiled, fried, and always good. Steaks and prime rib round out the dinner menu. The "R" Bar is great for a late night meal or a special drink. And if all this isn't enough, there's Roxie's Retail - great, flirty finds for your home or wardrobe. It's a family run organization that is glad to welcome locals and vacationers alike.
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