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40126 NC 12, Avon, Hatteras Island, NC 27915
252-995-7717
Today
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Takeout

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Visitor rating
  • 47
    Excellent
  • 44
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
A Perennial Favorite

The Dolphin Den is a perennial favorite among our family members. Probably the best deal on Hatteras Island is the "Early Bird" $9.99 specials from 4-5 PM. Where else can you get first-rate fried oysters, fries and cole slaw for this price? We arrived too late for the early specials so we chose... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
NCLoggerheads
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High Point, NC
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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High Point, NC
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168 reviews 168 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

The Dolphin Den is a perennial favorite among our family members. Probably the best deal on Hatteras Island is the "Early Bird" $9.99 specials from 4-5 PM. Where else can you get first-rate fried oysters, fries and cole slaw for this price? We arrived too late for the early specials so we chose some other options like the crab cake... More 

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Bedford, Indiana
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93 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 via mobile

seafood was ok and pricy for value. Also couldn't seat large parties so keep that in mind on a family vacation. Not a fan but other family members enjoyed it.

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Blacksburg, Virginia
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161 reviews 161 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

The booths are almost a 90 degree, high-backed "L" shape of hard wood. That's what I remember most about this place; somebody's extremely uncomfortable idea of how to keep the paying dining traffic moving through, and save money on buying human-friendly furnishings. Bring your own cushion, to help keep away the pain, or sit at a table where there are... More 

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Covington, Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Really great place to go if your looking for a quick bite to eat or a nice dinner or lunch with your family I love there burgers !

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Townville, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Friends, there's a good reason why Dolphin Den's Key Lime Pie has won so many awards: the secret is in their crust. The coconut (!) adds texture and flavor, and in my book, this is the very best key lime pie I've ever found! And somehow, I manage to keep finding it each time we visit the OBX, hehehe! Dine-in,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014 via mobile

While in the area, we ate here twice. Both times the seafood (shrimp, flounder, crab cakes, & scallops) was cooked perfectly. Portion sizes were good. The key lime pie was excellent...smooth with a well done crust. We'll return whenever we're in the area.

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Lyndonville, Vermont
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65 reviews 65 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

We had an outstanding meal for a great price! The staff was extremely professional and friendly!! I also recommend their homemade Key Lime pie!!

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Ontario, Ohio
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014 via mobile

Had a deluxe steamer pot, came with all the fixings and all of the seafood was fresh and delicious. No issues with service or getting a table in the off season. Always solid as usual, it's what keeps us coming back.

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Brick, New Jersey
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Great atmosphere, excellent service, friendly staff. The crab dip appetizer and my sea scallops entree were perfect. I would definitely resist this place. It was worth the 17 mi drive from Rodanthe.

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6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

We have visited here before and the she crab soup is amazing! Have waited for 2 years to come back for their soup. The fish was also awesome! Wait staff was great. When sitting down take a look around at the glass hanging. Beautiful.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 40126 NC 12, Avon, Hatteras Island, NC 27915
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Hatteras Island  >  Avon
  • Phone Number: 252-995-7717

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 25
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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