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Dolphin Den

40126 NC 12, Avon, Hatteras Island, NC 27915
252-995-7717
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Ranked #11 of 31 restaurants in Avon
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Dessert
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English first
Cordova, Maryland
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

IWeve been to the Dolphin Den a number of times over the years during our annual trek to OBX and had found the food to be average. We weren't planning to go this year. However, on our last night we tried it as our first choice was fully booked. We are very glad we got to have the experience. The... More

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Shenandoah, Virginia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Just ate there last night and while the oysters and other food was very good, the pasta (especially Lasagna) was over cooked and for my taste the sauce is to sweet for Lasagna. Again that is for my taste. However the service was very good and prompt. Look forward to visiting again.

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northeast
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

food overcooked, no draft beers, clam soup particularly bad - disappointed! the service was the only good thing about our experience

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Troutville, Virginia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

Wish I could write a great review, and only did give it a couple stars because the 4 kids in the group liked what they had! I ordered linguini with scallops and shrimp, they were good but pasta had way too much oil, very heavy. The two in our party that ordered smoked meats were very disappointed, stated it tasted... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

BBQ chicken tasted like boiled chicken dipped in BBQ sauce service was slow. Will never go there again and not recommend!

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Southport, Indiana, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We loved the broiled scallops and shrimp. The seafood pasta dishes were a bit bland. Great service and good pricing. An enjoyable dining experience.

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Grand Rapids, MI
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5 reviews 5 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This is our 18th year going to Cape Hatteras and, as usual, we continued our family tradition of going to Dolphin Den on our first night. Again, the "Den" lived up to the expectations we built up over the very long, cold Michigan winter! NO restaurants in the Outer Banks are fast because it's a slower pace there, but our... More

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Edenton, North Carolina
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155 reviews 155 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The outside of the building doesn't give this place justice. The interior is beautiful, and the food is pretty good as well! Our waiter (Andrew?) was superb. The she crab soup was amazing--I could have easily gotten two cups. The fried bay scallops were delish. The key lime pie was to die for! I'd definitely go back if I wanted... More

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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61 reviews 61 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Both were terrific. Went two nights and also had the early bird fried oysters. Yum. My only wish was more was on the early bird list, and something other than fried.

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Hagerstown, Maryland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

The seafood here was definitely good and the atmosphere was relaxed. My wife ordered fried shrimp and I had a broiled seafood platter - both of which were prepared well. As noted by other reviewers, the crab cakes were seared and are lighter than many other restaurants owing to a light touch on the "fillers" , which was definitely a... More

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