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Colington Cafe

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French, International, European
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1029 Colington Rd, 1 mile west on Colington Rd, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
+1 252-480-1123
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Description: Nestled off the beaten path in a Victorian house surrounded by 400 year-old...
Nestled off the beaten path in a Victorian house surrounded by 400 year-old oak trees, we are a local's favorite. Our seafood is brought in fresh daily, and we use locally grown ingredients.All the locals love our filet dishes as well as our large menu.All desserts are homemade. We are a family run restaurant with most of our staff having been with us for over 15 years.We do everything to make sure all of our customers leave happy.
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  • 25
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  • 9
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Outer Banks Fine Dining Experience

The family had a wonderful dinner at Colington Cafe. Located away from the main drag with a stately oak tree in front of a former residential home, service was attentive and the food superb. Reservations highly recommended.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The family had a wonderful dinner at Colington Cafe. Located away from the main drag with a stately oak tree in front of a former residential home, service was attentive and the food superb. Reservations highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have always had the best experience at this restaurant. Friendly atmosphere, good service, good food.

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Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

What an incredible dining experience! Everyone in our party of six throughly enjoyed everything from the appetizers, to delicious entrees, to the incredible desserts! Colington Cafe rivals five star restaurants in larger cities and in addition has the most incredible staff as well! Thank you for a lovely dining experience Colington Cafe!

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Hingham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

This was our first time at the Colington Cafe and it definitely won't be our last. It is off the beaten trail which is a good thing, otherwise you would never get a table here. It is small and very unique restaurant. The waitstaff was very nice and helpful, giving us just the right amount of attention so we didn't... More 

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Southern Shores
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Good things often come in small packages. Nice ambiance with pleasant service. Try the coconut shrimp at this locals favorite.

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berryville, va
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

We began dining here over 20 years ago and consider it the best on the Outer Banks. Never had a meal that wasn't superb. This family owned restaurants service is superior from hosts, waitstaff, to chef. Large number of menu items as well as 3 - 4 daily specials; all varied and well prepared. You will never go wrong choosing... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

but I would try again and order another entree. I had the she crab soup to start which tasted excellent and was full of crab. It was a little heavy on the sherry, though, just so you are aware. My entree was the crab cakes. They were lightly crumbed and fried and I prefer broiled or sauteed crab cakes but... More 

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

Fooled by the name Cafe it was a hidden gem we drove past several times tucked away in a wonderful setting. Food was as described in other reviews. Chef was able to produce a tuna and fillet that were well done but not dry which is rarely accomplished! Ambience and staff were excellent with our view overlooking a quaint little... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015 via mobile

Usually we're in OBX in the winter so have never caught this place open so we were looking forward to finally getting there. We were not disappointed...service, ambiance, food and wine prices - all excellent. It's off the main road and worth the trip.

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McMinnville, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

This restaurant lived up to the great reviews. We loved the little cottage setting with the beautiful trees. We shared the hot crab dip and a Caesar salad, both were delicious. We then had the shrimp and scallops-they were perfectly cooked. The service was attentive. This is a nice place for a special occasion..

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1029 Colington Rd, 1 mile west on Colington Rd, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Kill Devil Hills
  • Phone Number: +1 252-480-1123

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 25
  • Cuisine: French, International, European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions

Description

Nestled off the beaten path in a Victorian house surrounded by 400 year-old oak trees, we are a local's favorite. Our seafood is brought in fresh daily, and we use locally grown ingredients.All the locals love our filet dishes as well as our large menu.All desserts are homemade. We are a family run restaurant with most of our staff having been with us for over 15 years.We do everything to make sure all of our customers leave happy.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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