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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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  • 94
    Excellent
  • 67
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 6
    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
Dinner at Life Saving Station was good

My husband and I enjoyed the dinner we had on a very quiet night in April. The service was very good and it was a very relaxing meal. I had one of their special margaritas that was really good. The fried chicken dinner was crunchy and tasty and I like the potato salad, although my husband... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Seymour, Tennessee
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

We stopped by the No 5 bar for some drinks initially. Its located in the same building as the restaurant. After looking at the menu and talking to the bartender, Mark, we came back the next evening and enjoyed a fabulous meal. I have to recommend the Seafood stew, simply delicious. All staff we met was exceptionally courteous.

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Seymour, Tennessee
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We had dinner with an exceptional server Mark. Seafood stew has mussels calamari clams scallops shrimp and fresh catch local fish. All very well done. Try the flounder dish with ravioli. We had bread pudding for dessert. Try the hush puppies so yummy.

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Manteo, North Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Breakfast was pretty good. Waffles, pancakes, eggs, and fruit. Most of the basics. It was not mind blowing but it was fine. The waitstaff was not terribly friendly.

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

Thank you for your review. We are sorry we only met your expectations and want to work to exceed them. Our staff friendliness and service is very important to us so we will continue to work on improving that. We do hope you will join us again. More 

Middletown, Delaware
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Like another reviewer, we had a very bad dinner here many years ago. Usually we hit the DD on our way home and keep driving but we had time to kill before dropping my sister at Norfolk airport and we were looking for a "nice" place to have a leisurely breakfast yesterday. We read the reviews and decided to give... More 

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

So glad you decided to give us another try! Thank you for sharing and we look forward to your return. More 

Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

We had a bad experience for Dinner here a couple of years ago, but decided to give breakfast a try - boy are we glad we did! I used Open Table for the reservation, but it wasn't crowded at all, so we probably could have walked in. I'm sure after Memorial Day, reservations will be a must. My Mom had... More 

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

Thank you for giving us another try and for reviewing us on Tripadvisor so others are confident to join us. We do have a fabulous breakfast menu. We hope you will join us again soon. More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

My husband and I enjoyed the dinner we had on a very quiet night in April. The service was very good and it was a very relaxing meal. I had one of their special margaritas that was really good. The fried chicken dinner was crunchy and tasty and I like the potato salad, although my husband didn't. I had an... More 

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

We are so glad you enjoyed your meal at the Lifesaving Station and appreciate you taking the time to write the review. We look forward to having you join us again. More 

Ashburn, Virginia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

While staying at Sanderling Inn, we had several meals at The Lifesaving Station. We had excellent gourmet meals ... This restaurants menu selections and services were comparable to fine dining found in the Washington DC area! Highly recommend the seared scallops and the Duck!

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

We are thrilled you dined with us multiple times during your stay and found some favorites. We look forward to you joining us again at the Sanderling and the Lifesaving Station. More 

Corning, New York
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The atmosphere was great, the decor really made us feel like we were on vacation. We had breakfast and the food was great. Service was a little slow and the waitress was OK but not very warm. It was a little hard to find as it appears to be part of the Sanderling resort. It was a little on the... More 

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

Thank you for joining us and enjoyed your meal with us at the Lifesaving Station. We appreciate you letting other diners know about your experience. More 

Williamsburg, Virginia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Horrible, overpriced, over cooked. Will not be back. Visited March 2015. Much better restaurants in the area then this. What a waste.

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

We were very sorry to learn of your experience and do look forward to having you back at Kimball's. (Note to other diner's - we did reach out to learn what made this experience so horrible but the reviewer did not wish to elaborate) More 

Shepherdstown, West Virginia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Delicious 3 course meal for my husband and I, and kids' menu also provided. We dined on crab cake, corn and crab chowder, and filet of beef with cheesecake for dessert.

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

Thank you for choosing to dine at the Lifesaving Station for Easter. We are glad you enjoyed some of our signature items. We hope you will be back soon. More 

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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?