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40126 NC 12, Avon, Hatteras Island, NC 27915
252-995-7717
Today
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Takeout
Dessert

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Visitor rating
  • 47
    Excellent
  • 43
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 12
    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
Most recent review
The booths!

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... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed February 9, 2015
GeoffWBburg
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Blacksburg, Virginia
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Dessert
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135 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Blacksburg, Virginia
Top Contributor
126 reviews 126 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

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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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

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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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
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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Glen Rock, New Jersey
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40 reviews 40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

One of the best seafood restaurants in the Avon area without cleaning out our wallet. We have tried different ones, and most of them take your money. The server knew his stuff, friendly and the service was superb. We will be back next year !

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Stopped by on a wednesday evening at 5pm. No wait (bonus perk of the off season). Cute nautical decor. I had the she crab soup and st Louis ribs appetizer - hubby had the 1/2 BBQ chicken dinner. Both good choices as we were "seafooded" out by mid week. Server was attentive and staff was friendly - we would definitely... More 

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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: Families with children, Local cuisine
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?