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The Lifesaving Station

1461 Duck Rd, Duck, NC 27949
(252) 449-6654
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Ranked #8 of 30 Restaurants in Duck
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $40
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Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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.
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Corolla, North Carolina
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81 reviews 81 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

No reservation...our party of 6...and a busy night for local restauranteurs. After one unsuccessful attempt to dine elsewhere we called from the Sanderling parking lot. First question hostess asked if we were guests at the Inn. Good question... protecting their in-house customers. "No...we're in the parking lot!" She quickly found a solution to accommodate us. Not disappointed at all! Food... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

I had the opportunity to dine at the lifesaving station on Aug 23rd for dinner. For a restaurant advertising to being a five star dinning experience....it was far from it. The attire for some of the clientele was straight from the beach. Some of the wait staff were doing circle tricks with the serving trays. The prices were the only... More

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McLean, Virginia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We have driven by the Sanderling many times and never even saw the sign for the Life Saving Station. I read the reviews on Trip Advisor and decided to check it out for breakfast. It had an old fashioned southern feel to it (they served warm biscuits to start off the meal). My husband and I loved our omelettes but... More

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Roosevelt, New Jersey, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Serves a good breakfast; has indoor and outdoor seating; but sometimes understaffed. If busy, you could wait quite a while to get waited on and served.

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

We are sorry you had to wait. It's our goal to get everyone seated and serviced at a comfortable pace. We appreciate you letting us know and will continue to improve. More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We are a large party of 13. After a week in Corolla, we ate *last minute* at Livesaving Station in Duck. Actually, three cars were stuck in traffic and TripAdvising to find a nice dinner without reservations. Not smart!?! Especially because we had a birthday boy in the crowd that had his heart set on Urban Kitchen but we could... More

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

Gotta love Tripadvisor for helping to make those decisions. In return, thank you for taking the time to share with others so they, too, can confidently dine with us. So glad the Birthday Boy had a special meal and he might just request a dinner at Lifesaving Station again next year! More

Ramsey, New Jersey
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108 reviews 108 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The Lifesaving Station is a nice restaurant in Duck, not exactly on the water but still with great views. There is outdoor seating available (but beware - we sat outside and had to deal with numerous spiders and other insects). The restaurant has a nice homey feel to it and plenty of room to move around. TIP: The Lifesaving Station... More

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

We apologize for the wait and appreciate your patience. I have confirmed with the restaurant that auto gratuity is only for a party of 6 or more. I will message you privately but please see a manager if it should happen again. We do hope you will come dine with us again this week. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We had a reservation for a party of 10 and we were seated in our own private room. The wait staff was extremely friendly and accomodating. One of the waiters even brought the kids food in on a tray on his head! Our waitress was Jane very helpful and not too overbearing. The menu was fantastic. We all had a... More

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

So glad you discovered the Lifesaving Station for your larger party and had a great experience. We can't wait to welcome you again next year. More

Plainville, CT
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

As a party of 10, we were concerned we would have a problem getting a table, but were seated pretty much right away, and even had our own room. The waitress was super nice and attentive, and even very sweet to our two young boys. The breakfast itself, although a little pricey, was wonderful. Great taste all around- and some... More

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

With the renovations we have some great options for larger parties. Glad you enjoyed a family meal and we will pass along your compliments to both the service and culinary team. Thank you More

Charles Town, West Virginia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This is our special breakfast spot at the beach. The atmosphere is great and the service has always been outstanding. However, the crab benedict and the pancakes of the day are always a knock-out. I am kind of glad that it is never crowded when we go (but it really should be!)

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

Yes a little secret that we are the best breakfast on the beach. Thank you for letting others in on the secret but we will always save a seat for you! More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

All 4 in our party were very happy with our food and the wine selection. We sat upstairs and loved the view of the water and atmosphere around the bar. Best meal of the week. Great place for date night!

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

We are loving the renovations to No 5 that allow for those waterviews. Glad you enjoyed the experience and look forward to serving you again in the near future More

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