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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
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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82% Recommend
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English first
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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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Indianapolis, Indiana
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

First I ordered fried green tomatoes. They were totally unseasoned and over cooked. Then I asked for medium rare duck breast. It was medium well. The server actually argued with me regarding the doneness of the duck. Finally I got a crab cake. It was cold in the center. We have eaten at this restaurant several times before and always... More

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Paducah, KY
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The Lifesaving Station was a family hit while staying at Sanderling Resort. Breakfast offered the usual fare, and then some, as I enjoyed 'Eggs Sanderling'. A wonderful variant of classic Eggs Benedict incorporating Carolina crab and a light mustard sauce. What a way to start the day! One evening I chanced the Shrimp & Grits (we make shrimp & grits... More

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Willoughby Hills, Ohio
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50 reviews 50 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I stayed at the Sanderling Resort in May and had breakfast there daily. The food was very good and the portions were generous. The atmosphere is relaxed and eating outside was always a pleasure. I also had dinner there on one occasion and it too was a good experience.

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Chicago, Illinois
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72 reviews 72 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We had breakfast twice--first time, eggs were greasy and potatoes and bacon were overdone. Second time, everything was very good. We also had dinner here our first night--so convenient because we were tired from our travels. Both the service and the food was very good.

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Richmond, Virginia
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This was our 6th visit to the Lifesaving Station. We were there on Mother's Day and brought friends for an engagement dinner. Wanted to thank the staff and management for taking care of us. Order chowder and the Scallops. Always delicious. Shout out to our girl Stacy at the bar. Thanks for the custom martini which we enjoyed by the... More

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

On my recent trip to the Outer Banks, I stayed at the Sanderling Resort. I dined at the Lifesaving Station one evening for dinner. The meal was very good, but there was nothing special to set it apart from other restaurants in Duck. The service was good, and it has a nice atmosphere.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I was just disappointed at the quality of food there. I wasn't expecting it to be spectacular but when you eat breakfast at a place and wish you were at a IHOP or Denny's instead then you know the food isn't that good. My eggs benedict was horrible. The poached eggs were WAY over cooked - the yolk was hard.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We went looking for a waterfront lunch. Don't bother, no lunch on the beach to be found!! So we conceded do to deck across from water. Cute spot, good sandwiches, deck is quaint enough( little troubled by occasional dumpster wafts!!) server was friendly. Don't be in a rush.

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Newark, Delaware
20 reviews 20 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Don't waste your money here. Made a reservation 2days before for a group of 17 women. Last year our dinner was great...this June it was deplorable. Fried chicken was so greasy, Mac and cheese was as good as Krafts!!! Ha, ha! Shrimp and grits had a way too spicy sauce. Pistachio salads had one pistachio! Goat cheese on vegetable tarts... More

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

We are sorry this guest did not have the same experience as previously. Our chef is the same and he is very accommodating to special requests as detailed in other reviews on this site. Some things may not be as they appear. For future bookings he is happy to personally oversee and assign the service team. More

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