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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 - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, 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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Good for:
Casual Dining

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Visitor rating
  • 89
    Excellent
  • 66
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Didn't save my life but enjoyed the experience

The atmosphere was great, the decor really made us feel like we were on vacation. We had breakfast and the food was great. Service was a little slow and the waitress was OK but not very warm. It was a little hard to find as it appears to be part of the Sanderling resort. It was a little on the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
Jessica C
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Corning, New York
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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189 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Corning, New York
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

The atmosphere was great, the decor really made us feel like we were on vacation. We had breakfast and the food was great. Service was a little slow and the waitress was OK but not very warm. It was a little hard to find as it appears to be part of the Sanderling resort. It was a little on the... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Horrible, overpriced, over cooked. Will not be back. Visited March 2015. Much better restaurants in the area then this. What a waste.

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

We were very sorry to learn of your experience and do look forward to having you back at Kimball's. (Note to other diner's - we did reach out to learn what made this experience so horrible but the reviewer did not wish to elaborate) More 

Shepherdstown, West Virginia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Delicious 3 course meal for my husband and I, and kids' menu also provided. We dined on crab cake, corn and crab chowder, and filet of beef with cheesecake for dessert.

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

Thank you for choosing to dine at the Lifesaving Station for Easter. We are glad you enjoyed some of our signature items. We hope you will be back soon. More 

Redmond, Oregon
Top Contributor
171 reviews 171 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We enjoyed a very nice lunch at the Lifesaving Station In Duck. Three of the four of us had Fish and Chips and they were very good. We also had the chocolate brownie with ice cream and carmel for dessert, excellent. This was a very good lunch stop for us. The wait staff made the meal very enjoyable

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

We appreciate you joining us for lunch and taking the time to share on Tripadvisors. Hope you come back soon for more Fish and Chips. More 

Charleston, West Virginia
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

It was a rainy cold day at the beach and we needed something to change our day. We walked, or ran in, out of the rain to a wonderful bright room with a fireplace and got a table four 4 in front of the fire. After being convinced we needed a Bloody Mary, we ordered a fatalistic special of country... More 

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

Glad your breakfast experience was able to start your day off!!! We appreciate you taking the time to write the review and share with others. More 

Virginia Beach, VA, USA
Top Contributor
174 reviews 174 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Their fried chicken is amazing. Very crispy skin and tender moist meat. Ambiance also very nice - fireplace, tables not too close. Very short distance from South Lodge.

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

Hope you will join us again soon for that Buttermilk Southern Fried Chicken. Thank you for being our guest and dining with us. More 

Corolla, North Carolina
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Always consistent. Breakfast is very good. Dinners also very good. The update in the lifesaving station is great.

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

Thank you for joining us regularly for breakfast and dinner. Glad you are enjoying the updates. Come visit us again soon. More 

Raleigh, North Carolina
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Not impressive, given the price of the food. We only ate there once and bypassed it for the rest of the trip.

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

We hate that we missed the mark. We hope you will give us another opportunity next time you are in town. We want you to be wowed! More 

Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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sanderlingresort, Director of Sales at The Lifesaving Station, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. We have shared to ensure excellent preparation next time. We do hope you will give us another try. More 

Bucharest, Romania
Top Contributor
510 reviews 510 reviews
221 restaurant reviews
253 helpful votes 253 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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sanderlingresort, Director of Sales at The Lifesaving Station, responded to this review

Thank you for joining us for breakfast. We appreciate the review. 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?