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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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English first
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

A great option in the off season. The drink menu is great and diverse. The atmosphere was cozy and the fire was nice on a cold night. The scallops were cooked well, but contained sand. I expect better preparation for the price I paid. This is why they are not 5 stars.

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Bucharest, Romania
Top Contributor
478 reviews 478 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
229 helpful votes 229 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The food was super great. People there were very accommodative with kids. Setting and service made the atmosphere great.

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New York
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We were looking for something special for Christmas eve and there are not many places that are open in the area over the holidays. This place fit the bill! The atmosphere is nice but not overly formal and there was a cozy fire in the upstairs dining room to take the chill off of a raining evening. Our server was... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

The food is wonderful and we did not have a bad meal during our 3 night stay.. Though a bit pricey - the food is excellent and plentiful. The staff and service were excellent as well. Even though they were working during a holiday - their attention was all on us and they could not have been more friendly.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We ate here for brunch one day. The food ranges from casual to higher end. The duck fat fried French fries are to die for!

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

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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Senior Contributor
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 

Senior Reviewer
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 

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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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