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Rundown Cafe

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5218 Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
252- 255-0026
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Good for:
Families with children
Bar scene
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Reliably good!

You can count on getting a good meal at Rundown. On a recent trip, we had burgers, which were quite large and delicious. The fries were excellent. The menu is quite varied and there are several items for vegetarians. The prices are good and the service is excellent.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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Virginia
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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274 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Found this gem late on a Sunday night. I had the Run Down noodles - the only thing that could make those better would be the option of some grilled chicken and more chopped peanuts. Very good as is, though. My husband had the fish burrito - wow! Awesome! My son's fish nuggets were very good and he got a... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Great family restaurant. The food was incredible and priced well. We had the Baja fried fish tacos, and they were delicious. They manage to make the outside of the fish crunchy (not wet) without drying out the fish. So good. Plus, we felt comfortable bringing a 12-month old and 7-month old here. The service was lovely as well. Fast and... More 

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Virginia
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78 reviews 78 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

You can count on getting a good meal at Rundown. On a recent trip, we had burgers, which were quite large and delicious. The fries were excellent. The menu is quite varied and there are several items for vegetarians. The prices are good and the service is excellent.

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Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
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39 reviews 39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I've been to Rundown many times and when they opened this year, I was right there to say "Wow, I sure missed you guys". The atmosphere and staff are the best. During warm weather the outdoor deck is beautiful, overlooking the ocean. We go there often and will continue.

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Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Lots of locals told us to try the Rundown Cafe for its eclectic menu, great ambiance and good serve. We did and it did not disappoint. We chose to sit upstairs at the bar for dinner. Great bartender! You don't find many like him - the real deal and spirit of OBX. Drinks were good, appetizers generous and the main... More 

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Great selections and a very attentive staff. The menu selections are very eclectic and represent a variety of choices for every taste. The specials change often and prevent the menu form getting old and stale. The food is well prepared and the presentation is also very good. The fish burritos and fish tacos are very good. The best part of... More 

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Hertford, North Carolina, United States
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71 reviews 71 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

It had been several years since we last visited the Rundown Cafe. While the menu was similar, there were some new additions. My husband and I both had the Chicken Chipotle Tortilla Soup -- delicious, with just the right amount of spice! I had the Baja Fish Tacos -- very fresh-tasting with nice sauce. It came with 2 fish tacos,... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

We were set up for failure- the photos showed conch fritters but they hadn't been on the menu for almost 2 years according to our server! The food was ok- I had the fish burrito and my fiancé had the Pho.

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ohio
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23 reviews 23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

i would go back. well prepared, as ordered, good service. wish they allowed dogs outside thou. deck looked like a fun place.

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worcestershire
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170 reviews 170 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Large portions and informal atmosphere meant we enjoyed our dinner here! We had a huge portion of nachos to start (and to share!) followed by two of the salads. Great margharitas too! reasonably priced.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5218 Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Kitty Hawk
  • Phone Number: 252- 255-0026

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?