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The Dunes Restaurant

7013 S Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959-9056
+1 252-441-1600
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good28%
  • Average14%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
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“hash browns” (44 reviews)
“hush puppies” (60 reviews)
“fried chicken” (18 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
7013 S Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959-9056
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Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

We eat here every year that we come to OBX. The food is great and we never have to wait long to be seated (we get there around 5:30pm). We had a large party of 10 people this year and everyone loved their meals. We...More

1  Thank Mommahines
Reviewed 15 July 2017

We have been coming to the dunes for over 20 years, I had the fried clams and popcorn shrimp with French fries and slaw...the portion of the combo was very small and cold. I remember looking forward to the dunes because of the freshest seafood...More

Thank jeffreyt4
Reviewed 13 July 2017

We went here for dinner, mainly because many of the other restaurants in the area were packed. We had a waiter, that was young and hopefully just learning, twice he was going to bring us fresh Hush Puppies and never did, he was fairly non-existence,...More

Thank wallygrant2016
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Our server was great which was nice. The fried chicken was ok but no real flavor to it at all. Hubby liked the soft shell crabs. It was ok overall but not memorable.

Thank kecompel
Reviewed 11 July 2017

One of our regular stops for our beach trips. I had the she crab soup and yummy! My hubby had the broiled seafood dinner and I ate the fish(flounder) was very tasty and snuck some of the crabmeat! A good dining experience, I think next...More

Thank linda j
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

I've only been twice, the first time I ordered the bar cause everyone else at the table did and I was somewhat disappointed. It's a pretty small breakfast bar with limited options. Everyone else at the table seemed to be happy with it I just...More

Thank Taylor W
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Had my birthday dinner with my wife on 6/29 and was our first time at this restaurant. She had Half Rack of Ribs ($14.99) which were very good and I chose the Seafood Norfolk ($27.99) which was outstanding. The staff surprised me with a birthday...More

1  Thank MunsonTraveler
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Just your average beach breakfast joint. They have a gift shops area to peruse while you are waiting. Although I only got the fruit at the buffet and ordered an omelet off the menu, the buffet looked very good and seemed to be popular among...More

Thank sydneyrbutler
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Lovely staff. They gave us a pager and told us it would be 15 minutes. When they sat us I noticed the restaurant was only 1/3 full. Kind of funny but I didn't care. Don't expect to eat healthy here. Huge portions. Hushpuppies are addicting....More

Thank Merle A
Reviewed 7 July 2017

Our hotel breakfast was not good so we went here and it was so yummy!!! The "little plates" are larger than normal plates, don't be fooled by that one!

Thank Moma2girls
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15 June 2017|
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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
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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
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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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