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The Lifesaving Station

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1461 Duck Rd, Duck, NC 27949
(252) 449-6654
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7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Located in the original—and splendidly restored—Caffey’s Inlet Life Saving...
Located in the original—and splendidly restored—Caffey’s Inlet Life Saving Station No. 5, the Lifesaving Station is a casual, three-meal-a-day restaurant celebrating southern coastal cuisine and regional, organic products. New with the renovations is a spacious outside seating deck and large fireplace. Known for its “best breakfast on the Outer Banks” and a-la-carte Sunday brunch, the Lifesaving Station is a favorite Duck, N.C. restaurant choice for both locals and vacationers. And be sure the try the Lifesaving Station’s famous Carolina BBQ Sampler and Spring Mountain Farms Buttermilk Fried Chicken, always on the menu. The Lifesaving Station maintains an impressive wine list. Local breweries are featured while specialty cocktails feature coastal “house cocktails” and bourbons. Upstairs, the renovated No. 5 offers sweeping views of the Currituck Sound. The relaxed atmosphere is conducive to catching the game and enjoying quality cuisine.
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Good for:
Casual Dining

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Visitor rating
  • 88
    Excellent
  • 65
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A Nice Restaurant

We enjoyed a very nice lunch at the Lifesaving Station In Duck. Three of the four of us had Fish and Chips and they were very good. We also had the chocolate brownie with ice cream and carmel for dessert, excellent. This was a very good lunch stop for us. The wait staff made the meal very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
Mike_B52033
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Redmond, Oregon
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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Redmond, Oregon
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168 reviews 168 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed a very nice lunch at the Lifesaving Station In Duck. Three of the four of us had Fish and Chips and they were very good. We also had the chocolate brownie with ice cream and carmel for dessert, excellent. This was a very good lunch stop for us. The wait staff made the meal very enjoyable

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Charleston, West Virginia
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75 reviews 75 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

It was a rainy cold day at the beach and we needed something to change our day. We walked, or ran in, out of the rain to a wonderful bright room with a fireplace and got a table four 4 in front of the fire. After being convinced we needed a Bloody Mary, we ordered a fatalistic special of country... More 

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Virginia Beach, VA, USA
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174 reviews 174 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Their fried chicken is amazing. Very crispy skin and tender moist meat. Ambiance also very nice - fireplace, tables not too close. Very short distance from South Lodge.

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Corolla, North Carolina
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69 reviews 69 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Always consistent. Breakfast is very good. Dinners also very good. The update in the lifesaving station is great.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Not impressive, given the price of the food. We only ate there once and bypassed it for the rest of the trip.

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

A great option in the off season. The drink menu is great and diverse. The atmosphere was cozy and the fire was nice on a cold night. The scallops were cooked well, but contained sand. I expect better preparation for the price I paid. This is why they are not 5 stars.

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Bucharest, Romania
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501 reviews 501 reviews
215 restaurant reviews
248 helpful votes 248 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The food was super great. People there were very accommodative with kids. Setting and service made the atmosphere great.

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New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We were looking for something special for Christmas eve and there are not many places that are open in the area over the holidays. This place fit the bill! The atmosphere is nice but not overly formal and there was a cozy fire in the upstairs dining room to take the chill off of a raining evening. Our server was... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

The food is wonderful and we did not have a bad meal during our 3 night stay.. Though a bit pricey - the food is excellent and plentiful. The staff and service were excellent as well. Even though they were working during a holiday - their attention was all on us and they could not have been more friendly.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We ate here for brunch one day. The food ranges from casual to higher end. The duck fat fried French fries are to die for!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1461 Duck Rd, Duck, NC 27949
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Duck
  • Phone Number: (252) 449-6654

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

Description

Located in the original—and splendidly restored—Caffey’s Inlet Life Saving Station No. 5, the Lifesaving Station is a casual, three-meal-a-day restaurant celebrating southern coastal cuisine and regional, organic products. New with the renovations is a spacious outside seating deck and large fireplace. Known for its “best breakfast on the Outer Banks” and a-la-carte Sunday brunch, the Lifesaving Station is a favorite Duck, N.C. restaurant choice for both locals and vacationers. And be sure the try the Lifesaving Station’s famous Carolina BBQ Sampler and Spring Mountain Farms Buttermilk Fried Chicken, always on the menu. The Lifesaving Station maintains an impressive wine list. Local breweries are featured while specialty cocktails feature coastal “house cocktails” and bourbons. Upstairs, the renovated No. 5 offers sweeping views of the Currituck Sound. The relaxed atmosphere is conducive to catching the game and enjoying quality cuisine.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm

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