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Top Dog Cafe

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$$ - $$$
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25202 Island Pine Dr, Waves, Hatteras Island, NC
+1 252-987-1272
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been visiting Rodanthe for 3 years and had not tried Top Dog until this week, and wow, we have been missing out!!! The food was perfect! Not a complaint from the table, and that's very unusual. We have a few picky eaters in our group! Wait staff was great! We will make this a "must eat" on our... More 

Thank Emily G
Glenolden, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

This is one of those rare places that surprises you. The hours are quirky yet the food is wonderful. The menu has a great balance of food types with excellent fish tacos and burgers. The burger prices are higher than other places and worth the price if you are a burger fan. There is a decent variety of beer and... More 

Thank Francynew3
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46 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Top Dog is one of our favorite OBX restaurants. It's laid back and most of the dining accessories are disposable, but the food is good and staff welcoming. They're not open late so be sure to check the hours if you're traveling through.

Thank Jen C
Allentown, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016

My husband and I ate here our first night of vacation. Very casual- like, plastic chairs and tables, lots of beachy/island decor hanging every where. The food was good- I had fish tacos and my husband had fried grouper sandwich. Local fresh seafood. I believe they closed the end of that week for the season, which was a shame because... More 

Thank Rachel M
Cleveland, Ohio
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37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Great find in Hatteras! Local food finds are always the best. Service was great. Server made our meal fun and had great stories!

Thank jmc716
Lyndonville, Vermont
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157 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

We had lunch today at the Top Dog Cafe. The food was amazing, I had the prime rib sandwich and my wife had the Caribbean shrimp wrap. Our server was excellent and very friendly. They have a great location and a fair amount of parking! I highly recommend you try them when in the area!

Thank Leo B
Alto, New Mexico
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124 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

We have eaten fish tacos from coast to coast and these were the best we have ever encountered. They were huge and made with abundant portions of grilled mahi mahi.

Thank Philip B
Charlotte, North Carolina
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83 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016

Funky it is but has great service and great food. You wait on the ramp outside for seating as it is too small inside to stand there. The Paradise Pasta was wonderful. I had just had a version of this last month in Greece! The shrimp basket came out hot with just the right amount of fries and shrimp.

Thank Marcia N
Lewes, Delaware, United States
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2016

this is not gourmet food but it is great food. Ate here twice during our week. No AC that we could see, but it was fine this time of year.

Thank Anne K
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91 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Great old time stilted shanty food fare. We had some really delicious burgers here with a truly friendly waiter, whose name I wish I knew... I'm told that the fish tacos here are very good The place is wall and ceiling covered with nautical and other items of local OBX memorabilia that conveys a rich local history and is pleasing... More 

Thank Edward C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 25202 Island Pine Dr, Waves, Hatteras Island, NC
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Hatteras Island  >  Waves
  • Phone Number: +1 252-987-1272

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?