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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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good not great...

Celebrated a birthday with my wife and two sons here. Interesting place with history wrapped around the walls. Service was slow and not impressive. Waiter was a bit clueless. Good average at best. Wine list could use a boost.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
Paul S
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

How can such an amazing resort have such terrible F&B? It took almost 2-hours for our quick breakfast, and when the omelettes came they looked like a 5th grader made them. They were over cooked, crunchy and broken into three pieces. We had to ask every time to get coffee and water refill.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Celebrated a birthday with my wife and two sons here. Interesting place with history wrapped around the walls. Service was slow and not impressive. Waiter was a bit clueless. Good average at best. Wine list could use a boost.

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Central, PA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This season we got the opportunity to dine at the LSS after 3 years of back to back visits to the OBX over 4th of July where the table reservations were hard to come by. With two children under 6 and my wife and in-laws in tow we took the plunge. We were surprised to find the restaurant 1/3 full... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Nice meal in a wonderful setting, one of the original lifesaving stations built along the coast. Good menu, OK service. Ask to be seated upstairs for the view of the sound. Only negative, was a very limited bar menu, (our bartender seemed to be a bit of a snob.) but then you must try the drink with the honey and... More 

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sanderlingresort, Director of Sales at The Lifesaving Station, responded to this review

Thank you for enjoying the Lifesaving Station while in the area. The Keeper's Watch you mention is a Signature drink for the Sanderling. Note to travelers: The regular dining menu is available upstairs during dinner hours. A more limited menu is available all day. More 

Mercer Island, WA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The Lifesaving Station had a delightful array of appetizers that let us sample some of the iconic local dishes, such as hushpuppies, blue crab chowder, and fried green tomatoes. The restaurant successfully puts its own spin on these dishes. The hushpuppies, for example, included just a touch of goat cheese. The service was friendly and exceptionally attentive. We had the... More 

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sanderlingresort, Director of Sales at The Lifesaving Station, responded to this review

We are glad you were able to enjoy our S.O.A.L (Sustainable, Organic, Artisanall and Local) menu. along with our service team. Thank you for sharing your experience with other diners. More 

Charlottesville, Virginia
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The breakfast was super fresh and loved the dining room nautical theme to go along with the history of the Lifesaving Station. Great to see so many families enjoying the restaurant as well. I will be back next trip to Duck.

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sanderlingresort, Director of Sales at The Lifesaving Station, responded to this review

Thank you for the review. We are glad you opted to have breakfast with us at the Lifesaving Station and found a new place to enjoy when you return to the area. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015 via mobile

Most amazing food and service - best dinner of the week.... Andrea our server was phenomenal. Even my nine year old daughter said it was 'AMAZING' - she tried all kinds of seafood - calamari, muscles, flounder, and even clams - all after eating her steak and green beans!!!! Cannot say enough great things about our experience - brilliant food... More 

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sanderlingresort, Director of Sales at The Lifesaving Station, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this review and share your family's experience with others. We are glad you found a new favorite place to dine when you are on the Outer Banks. We appreciate you recognizing the service staff and will share it with them. Please tell your daughter we look forward to her return for more... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

The Lifesaving Station has the BEST service and food! Did not disappoint and no wait! We also had a private room that had a great view!

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sanderlingresort, Director of Sales at The Lifesaving Station, responded to this review

We are so glad you enjoyed your dining experience at Lifesaving Station. Thank you for taking the time to recommend. We look forward to welcoming you back. More 

Raleigh, North Carolina
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This is one of our OBX favorites & went twice on this trip. Food was a great as always, but PLEASE put the fried pickle back on the menu. Chef was great to make it for us!! Delicious hummus, veggie plate and my son LOVES their fried chicken. Both visits we sat upstairs and the waitstaff was totally rattled, slow... More 

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sanderlingresort, Director of Sales at The Lifesaving Station, responded to this review

Thank you for the review and joining us twice during your recent visit. We apologize that we did not exceed your expectation with service and appreciate another opportunity. We continue to improve with thoughtful reviews like yours. Thank you for taking the time to share. More 

Cincinnati, Ohio
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

You have to look for this place.tucked in from the road.service was excellent.we sat at the bar with Mark the bartender,we enjoyed his service at the bar we asked the hostess if he would be our waiter & and he agreed

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sanderlingresort, Director of Sales at The Lifesaving Station, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are glad you found us and got to enjoy Mark as your bartender/server. We will be sure to share the review with him. We appreciate you sharing your recommendation. More 

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Additional Information about The Lifesaving Station

Address: 1461 Duck Rd, Duck, NC 27949
Phone Number: (252) 449-6654
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Duck
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
Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
Cuisine: American, Seafood

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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?