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Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe

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7623 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head-Manteo Causeway, Nags Head, NC 27959-9164
+1 252-441-5405
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16:30 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 15:00
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Fri - Sat 16:30 - 21:00
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Great Falls, Virginia
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

The food and service are excellent. Ate there for brunch and dinner on different days, and both times the food and service were great.

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Thank MikeTC42
Wisconsin
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42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great seafood and excellent service! Our party of four thoroughly enjoyed our meals here. The she crab soup was excellent!

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Thank SuefromSauk
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43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Every year we visit the Outer Banks, and every year (like the Osprey) we come back to Basnight's! They have their own garden on the property where they grow their own fruits, and veggies- awesome. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu, and the service is always incredible. Would 100% recommend!

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Thank Dani K
Gloucester, Virginia
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84 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We usually stay in the Outer Banks 5 weeks a year and always come to Lone Cedar Cafe. This week we came twice, on 4-9-17 our server was Megan and on 4-13-17 our server was Jeffery. Our servers were prompt, courteous and knowledgeable. My wife raves about the crab soup and she thinks it is the best she has ever... More 

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Thank flipper13357771
june39, Owner at Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe, responded to this review

Many many thanks for being loyal guests! We love that you spend a part of your Outer Banks vacation with us! Thank you for complimenting Megan and Jeffrey...we'll make sure they know. We look forward to serving you again soon! More 

Leesburg, Florida
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26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We at there for the Easter buffet and returned again on Thursday for dinner. Their food is just the best anywhere on the Outer Banks. Quality and quantity are unmatched. Service was great on both visits. The Easter buffet was extremely popular but it was a flawless operation. Everything was delicious and the view from the restaurant just makes it... More 

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Thank lcl50
june39, Owner at Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for making us a part of your Outer Banks visit! We wish you were still here because we are shedding soft crabs now! Vicki brings them in fresh just about every day! We look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

Waynesboro, Virginia
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69 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There might be finer restuarants in the Nags Head area, but we know of none. We went early and had an excellent view overlooking the sound with the home of their family of ospreys, Ricky and Lucy. My wife got the delicious clams, shrimp, and catch of the day. I, a non-fish eater, got parmisean-crusted chicken and unique grit cake... More 

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Virginia
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On the advice of our innkeeper, we tried this place tonight. Disclosure: we like seafood. After a tasty clam chowder, we both had blackened speckled trout, grit cakes and coleslaw. Everything was excellent, service was also excellent. We really enjoyed this place. Go!

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Thank jimwilkins
june39, Owner at Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe, responded to this review

Many thanks for your five-star review! We are so happy that you enjoyed everything. We look forward to serving you again soon! More 

Hickory, North Carolina
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We always enjoy a meal or 2 at Basnight's. Start with the warm crab dip, she crab soup or hatteras chowder then move on to a daily special. The seafood is locally sourced and they tell you who caught it! They have a standard menu plus an ever changing daily menu plus drink specials if you are interested. We like... More 

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june39, Owner at Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your delightful review! We are so glad you enjoy your dining experiences with us! Looking forward to serving you again soon! More 

Savannah, Georgia
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

My parentsister have been going to this restaurant for so many years, even before the fire. Tonight, they agreed that we will never go back. Our server, Susan P. consistently "forgot" things, bread twice, drinks many times. When she did bring things, she reached over two people to hand things to a third or just put drinks in the middle... More 

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1 Thank nr22
june39, Owner at Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe, responded to this review

We regret your dining experience was less than outstanding. We will certainly address your service issues with your server. We expect excellence from our staff, and the service you described is totally unacceptable. We take pride in the preparation of our locally-sourced seafood, and we are sorry your food did not meet our high standards. Please accept our apologies. More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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154 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely the best Easter Lunch. We had a group of 10 and we were seated quickly and had a great waitress. Never disappointed. Thank you Basnight's Lone Cedar for a great time.

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Thank chisel007
june39, Owner at Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for joining us for our Easter buffet! We are delighted that you enjoyed everything! Please come back to see us soon! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$28
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 15:00
16:30 - 20:00
Monday
16:30 - 20:00
Tuesday
16:30 - 20:00
Wednesday
16:30 - 20:00
Thursday
16:30 - 20:00
Friday
16:30 - 21:00
Saturday
16:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7623 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head-Manteo Causeway, Nags Head, NC 27959-9164
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Nags Head
  • Phone Number: +1 252-441-5405
Description
At Lone Cedar Cafe, we specialize in fresh and local seafood. If you're craving the freshest fish, clams, crab, shrimp and oysters from local North Carolina waters, you'll find them at the Lone Cedar Cafe. For generations, Outer Banks families made their livings - and their daily meals - from the bounty of local waters, caught fresh every day. Our family, the Basnights, were part of that history, and we continue the tradition today by serving only the freshest Outer Banks seafood, caught in local waters and brought to our docks daily by local fishermen, then cleaned and prepared right here at the Lone Cedar Cafe. Our vegetables are "just picked" from North Carolina farms, we serve only all-natural beef and poultry and even our herbs and greens are grown in our own chemical-free garden on-site. Come enjoy delicious food, gorgeous sunsets and panoramic water views, the antics of our resident ospreys and our warm Southern hospitality.

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