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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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Sun - Thu 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, 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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  • 75
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best pancakes ever

My family and I went to this restaurant for breakfast, and had a great experience. We sat outside on the patio, which was very pleasant. Our waitress was very nice and attentive. The coffee was really good, and we all loved that they bring a basket of homemade biscuits to eat while waiting. They... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
Wendi M
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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West Caldwell, New Jersey
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13 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This is the second time myself and my family have had dinner here. It is part of The Sanderling where we were staying (10 of us) and was convenient. There is absolutely zero atmosphere, but the staff is really nice. The food is just okay. My pork chop was good, but my son-in-law couldn't eat his dish. The liquor available... More 

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35 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I had breakfast with my Mom at the Lifesaving Station in May, and thoroughly enjoyed it, so when a friend and I booked a last minute trip, it was on my list of musts. She had never been before, so I made some recommendations when we arrived. I had the eggs Benedict again, which was delicious, and the eggs were... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

My family and I went to this restaurant for breakfast, and had a great experience. We sat outside on the patio, which was very pleasant. Our waitress was very nice and attentive. The coffee was really good, and we all loved that they bring a basket of homemade biscuits to eat while waiting. They were yummy. The real treasure is... More 

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

Thank you for the review. Thank you for recommending our pancakes. We hope you will join us again for another breakfast. More 

Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Food was okay, sizes good. I think we got the only server with a bad mood, the rest seemed much nicer. it is a little bit more on the expensive site

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

Thank you for your review. We pride ourselves on our service and team. We have addressed the issue and apologize. More 

Stamford, Connecticut
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Waiter brought our bottle of wine to the table and said "Who is going to be the guinea?" Guess he wasn't looking for a great tip. We knew what he meant but this was highly inappropriate. I ordered a large salad with salmon as my main course and 2 others ordered the same salad (only smaller size) as the salad... More 

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

Thank you for the review. This does not represent the level of training our staff has received. We apologize for your experience. More 

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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We ate at the Lifesaving Station for one dinner, and one breakfast while at Sanderling resort. Our wait staff was very polite, and attentive. I was expecting a reasonably priced menu for being Sanderling's "casual" nighttime dining option. The prices were no doubt on the high end, and portions were not consistent. We ordered the fritters, and caprese appetizers. The... More 

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

Thank you for your comments. We are sorry we did not meet your expectations. We do review all of these reviews to help us improve. We do serve seven hushpuppies as an appetizer and the caprese salad is also an appetizer size but presented differently. More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We went for breakfast - had coffee, a vegetarian omelette, and an order that was two eggs with bacon. The omelette was dry dry dry - overcooked! The home fries were not hot (as in its temperature), either. I think the other dish fared better. Maybe they do eggs-to-order better? And for the price? Oy! I wouldn't recommend this place... More 

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

Thank you for the review. It's important to us to know of your experience and how we can improve. We are sorry we did not meet your expectations. More 

Richmond, Virginia
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60 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Great food, great decor and very responsive/attentive staff. We typically got room service from this restaurant, but chose to have breakfast on our last day.

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

We are glad you enjoyed both the delivery service and restaurant experience. Thank you for the review. More 

Richmond, Virginia
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Food is good but not great. Service is friendly but not exceptional. Had dinner and breakfast there as we stayed at The Sanderling

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

Thank you for the review. We do strive to provide both exceptional service and culinary experience. We will continue to use feedback to make that so for your next visit. More 

Fairfield
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Went for breakfast with 12 people! Everyone loved their breakfast! The blueberry muffins were delicious! Ashley was an awesome waitress!

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Thank you and the family for joining us for breakfast. We will definitely share the review with Ashley and the team. 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?