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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
Price range: $31 - $40
Sun - Thu 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

Went here for breakfast/ brunch during a very slow December weekend. Restaurant was empty. Staff was nice and welcoming. Enjoyed the eggs Benedict and that they allowed a vegetarian spinach substitution. My husband had scrambled eggs which were fine but his bacon and potatoes were slightly overdone.Menu had a cappuccino listed for $3 but I was charged $5.Was told this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

As recommended by Ashley at the front desk, my wife ordered the rockfish. Local, with limited number of orders each night. She was l lucky, it was available & had an excellent pan seared fish with crab and spinach ravioli. I chose the short-ribs and was not disappointed. Our server, Brian, suggested on our next trip to get the duck.... More 

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40 reviews 40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Was a guest for Thanksgiving. It was disappointing in that the food was average and the serving and presentation was more fitting for a school cafeteria than a quality restaurant. For a price of more than $50 one should expect more than a cup of soup; turkey, dressing, potatoes, some kind of sauce, all heaped on a plate; and store... More 

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

We are sorry the experience was not as anticipated. We appreciate the feedback and will consider more decor for the Keeper's Loft seating next year. More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We experienced this delightful eating experience in the off season of November. I can't say enough about this restaurant. Let me start off with the food is made with mostly organic products so the taste is so fresh and good. We were greeted with a wonderful smile by Sally. We were offered a seat in front of the fireplace .... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We ate here on a Sunday- the late morning weather was sunny and warm so we opted to eat on the patio- service was slow but even slower when I sent my poached eggs back because they were hard- the replacements came 30 min later - not worth the wait

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

Thank you for your review. We agree it should have been cooked perfectly the first time and the wait time was not acceptable. Please accept our apologies. We use all of this feedback to improve our service and processes. More 

Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Ate here a couple of months ago with our teen children and everyone loved what they ordered. No one in our family is overly picky but it's still rare that we find a restaurant where everyone is equally satisfied. Had a romantic couples dinner here recently and was impressed again. Sat by the fire and enjoyed a lovely meal. Professional... More 

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Winston-Salem, NC
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86 reviews 86 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 via mobile

I made my first and last trip here for Sunday brunch with a friend and we both had Eggs Benedict and Bloody Marys. There were very few people in the restaurant and it seemed to be fully staffed. We were seated immediately and the staff was very friendly. However, service was unattentive and unacceptably slow. We both ordered our Bloody... More 

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

Thank you for your review. We would agree that long wait times are not acceptable. We pride ourselves on service and apologize you did not get this experience. While we understand from this experience why you might not return we would appreciate another opportunity. We do share and use all these reviews for training and development with our staff. More 

Knoxville, Tennessee
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367 reviews 367 reviews
283 restaurant reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We wound up in Duck at lunchtime, and selected the Lifesaving Station because of the good TA reivews. It was a little hard to find. The GPS said we were there, but we wound up having to call. It is actually in the parking lot of the Sanderling Resort with a tiny little mention on the large resort sign that... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Definitely quality food and service. They take pride in both areas. They are associated with the Sanderling Resort, but definitely not your typical Resort disappointment.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

This is a delightful place for a breakfast replete with comfort food and excellent service. Not to be missed!

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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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