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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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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Takeout

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Visitor rating
  • 128
    Excellent
  • 106
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Birthday in Kitty Hawk

Went w cousins for dinner. Had a burger. Was great! Service was absolutely wonderful. A must do. Next time soft she'll crab. Can't wait.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
weintzer
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Irving, Texas
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
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283 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Cicero, IN
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

How lucky can you be! Three years since we've been back to Kitty Hawk & found one of the two favorite restaurants across the rental

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london
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76 reviews 76 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

I really wanted this to be great but the food was a bit rubbish. The waitress couldn't even look at us when taking order and wine was warm. Ho hum.

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Wilmington
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Despite its name, this is quite a nice place with seating up and downstairs. The ambiance is interesting, heavy on the surfing theme, which is fun. The food was a bit disappointing. My wife had the Jerk Chicken, which she expected to be very good but it was over cocked and lacked flavor. Like wise the fish in my salad... More 

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Irving, Texas
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Went w cousins for dinner. Had a burger. Was great! Service was absolutely wonderful. A must do. Next time soft she'll crab. Can't wait.

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WaveKiter2013, Owner at Rundown Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us. We are so glad you were able to enjoy your birthday here at Rundown Cafe! We appreciate your compliments on our service as our staff consistently works together as a team to provide the best dining experience! Looking forward to seeing you again soon. More 

San Antonio, TX
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

I ate at Rundown Café this past weekend. I ordered the Mahi Mahi and it was awesome! The ocean views are so so. You are not right on the beach but across the street so there are rental properties obstructing the view. Casual place, good food, good drinks. My dinner with an adult beverage was about $30 with tip/tax.

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Richmond, VA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

You will not be disappointed! Food has always been fresh beyond expectation with excellent portions (try the Tsunami Salad) as well as their Asian bowls. They are out of this world. We usually sit in the bar area and Scott has always taken good care of us with prompt, consistent service. Give it a go. The Rundown Cafe is top... More 

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WaveKiter2013, Owner at Rundown Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us! We are so glad you were able to enjoy our Tsunami salads & Noodle Bowls, and appreciate the compliments on our service.Thank you taking the time to review us and please come back and see us again soon! More 

Lutherville, Maryland
Top Contributor
153 reviews 153 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Another OBX vacation means our traditional trip to Rundown Cafe, a family favorite. Some concerns: I recognized just three folks since our last visit: an owner, hostess and expediter. The servers working the main level were either new or we just haven't had the pleasure of working with them before. Regardless, team retention is important. We were seated promptly and... More 

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WaveKiter2013, Owner at Rundown Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for making us one of your traditional stops while on the OBX..... We are flattered that you choose us as one of your options when there are many to choose from. We are pleased to have you review us upon your return and always strive to better our establishment and ultimately your experience with us. To address some... More 

Front Royal, Virginia
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Have been here many times and have never been disappointed but the salmon provencale (?) was excellent! Always friendly service and happy atmosphere.

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

This place doesn't look like much from outside, but their menu was large and the service was fantastic! Everyone in our group of 6, from the picky to the open-minded, found something delicious to eat. We ordered chips & salsa to start and the salsa was delicious--a bit of a pineapple flavor. The buffalo "crack dip" was good too. When... More 

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

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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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, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?