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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: Dinner, Lunch, 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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  • 74
    Very good
  • 26
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  • 7
    Poor
  • 6
    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
Beautiful and tasty

Our server lacked some personality, but the ambiance was wonderful. The food was delicious, though the price was a little steep. Its set inside Sanderling Resort, so I guess a higher price tag should be expected. Based on this experience, I'd like to try the other 2 restaurants on the Sanderling... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Mightemo
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Morrisville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

This was our first time upstairs at the Lifesaving Station and we are glad that we went. We were greeted by our server Mark who has been there for over 20 years. We found Mark to be knowledgeable, helpful and just fun. We started with the mussels in white wine and shared the scallops and flounder. The food at the... More 

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Morrisville, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Our server lacked some personality, but the ambiance was wonderful. The food was delicious, though the price was a little steep. Its set inside Sanderling Resort, so I guess a higher price tag should be expected. Based on this experience, I'd like to try the other 2 restaurants on the Sanderling Properties (Kimball's Restaurant, and Paper Canoe).

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Blacksburg, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We were at the Sanderling Resort for only three nights but after an amazing breakfast at the Lifesaving Station on the first morning, we returned for dinner and another breakfast. It was hard to imagine we could have found better food elsewhere in the area. Perfectly prepared and presented, the dishes were fresh and unique, and not industrial Sysco type... More 

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Tappahannock, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Beautiful setting in the Sanderling resort with outside seating available. Pleasant wait staff and elegant surroundings. Had a glass of Mer Soleil Chardonnay crisp and buttery to go with my fish and chips. The yahoo fish was superb, fleshy and tasty and cut to provide multiple portions with the right amount of batter. Great cole slaw and excellent chips i... More 

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Matamoras, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

The Sanderling Resort has been one of our vacation destinations for many years. The Lifesaving restaurant is open year round and is always a fine choice for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It offers good service and cuisine at a modest price. L

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Norfolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We had a great breakfast this morning after a 3 mile walk on the beach. The omelette s we're delicious. Biscuits with orange marmalade, smoked bacon and Grits. Yumbo it does not get any better. Extremely friendly staff. Nice menu selections.

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

My husband and I ate dinner our first night in Duck. I had the scallops and my husband had the shrimp, both dinners were superb. The wait staff was attentive and the restaurant very clean. We ate breakfast three mornings and were very pleased with the service, food, and location.

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Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

A week ago we had a private birthday party for 12 at the Sanderling Resort. The room, nautically themed, locate next to the dining room, is perfect for up to parties of 12. Dinner prices and wines are very fair, service fully attentive but not intrusive. Although each ordered from the regular menu, dinners were delivered to all at the... More 

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sanderlingresort, Manager at The Lifesaving Station, responded to this review

We were happy to celebrate with your family. Thank you for selecting Sanderling for the happy occasion. We hope to do it again next year. More 

Dayton, Ohio, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We ate several meals here while staying at Sanderling Resort; every one of them was excellent: breakfast, lunch and dinner. The wait staff was especially friendly (we loved Jane) and one of the men delighted a family with kids by carrying their tray on his head! I have never seen that before! The experience is even more enjoyable learning that... More 

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sanderlingresort, Manager at The Lifesaving Station, responded to this review

The Lifesaving Station was opened the same time as the original Sanderling Inn and is so rich in history. We love with the renovations we have been able to share even more of it with diners. Thank you for sharing your experience and joining us throughout your stay. We look forward to your return. More 

Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

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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sanderlingresort, Manager at The Lifesaving Station, responded to this review

Thank you for review. We pride ourselves on a quality experience and apologize that was not the case with your past visit. We hope we will get another opportunity for you to share a more positive experience. 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?