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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: Dinner, Dessert, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Takeout

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  • 145
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  • 112
    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
First time was a charm!

Great jerk burger & triple ...? With grilled portabello & fried eggplant & roasted red pepper! Both very good!! Even got t-shirts!

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 20, 2015
Jane S
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
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1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

I'm surprised at all the good reviews. Our pecan crusted fish and coconut shrimp was dry and extremely over cooked!! Our waiter brought out another coconut shrimp that was only slightly better. We do not recommend this cafe. Try elsewhere unless you like extra dark and crunchy.

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WaveKiter2013, Owner at Rundown Cafe, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear about your experience with us and would like to show you it is an anomaly to our consistent standards that we are proud of. We would be honored to have you as our guest upon your next visit if you would be so inclined and let us show you and your guest that we stand... More 

Woodbridge, Canada
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The food is excellent and the staff are very friendly. We make it a point to go here every year (past 8 years).

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Richmond, Virginia
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015 via mobile

Always a great time. Best fish tacos on the beach, the staff is outstanding, and the evening entertainment on the deck is a great time. Casual clothing, open atmosphere for lively conversation...

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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Great jerk burger & triple ...? With grilled portabello & fried eggplant & roasted red pepper! Both very good!! Even got t-shirts!

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Norfolk, Virginia
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46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Our dinning experience at this establishment was very pleasant. I got the grilled portabella mushroom- artichoke hearts- eggplant- dinner- salad with peanut dressing that was fabulous! I highly recommend this. My friend got the mahi fish sandwich w/chips & salsa and he also said that his plate of food was delicious. The waitress was pleasant and very efficient. We chose... More 

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Seven Hills, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Was looking for a place that was close to our rental and not have the same old same old food. We found it here. It's a very eclectic menu its kind of a fusion of Jamaican, Asian and Caribbean flavors that really works! Had a small run in with the hostess we were a large party of 9 and she... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

My family and I visited Rundown for dinner on 6/10/2015. The atmosphere is relaxed, they have etch a sketches for the kiddos, which my 4 year old loved. I have Polynesian Ginger Chicken and my husband had a burrito. We got the mahi fish bites for our daughter, which were awesome. The food was delicious, we all enjoyed our meals.... More 

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WaveKiter2013, Owner at Rundown Cafe, responded to this review

We are pleased that you made us one of your stops on the OBX. We are flattered that you found your experience with us pleasurable and especially took the time to review us accordingly. We look forward to serving you and your family again in the future. With much appreciation......... The Staff & Management of the Rundown Cafe! More 

Altoona, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015 via mobile

Service was wonderful! Food was amazing! Great place for families and pricing was pretty good for the area!

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WaveKiter2013, Owner at Rundown Cafe, responded to this review

We are so pleased that you made us one of your choices here on the OBX as we know there are many to choose from. Thank you for taking the time to review our establishment and we look forward to serving you again. Sincerely and with great appreciation....... The Management and Staff of the Rundown! More 

Courtland, Virginia
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Tiki Hut decor, with a fantastic roof top deck sporting an ocean view. This was our second trip. The first time we ate off of the full lunch menu outside. All was good, I think I had a fish burrito, and my friend had the fish tacos. This time, we ate inside, upstairs, off of the full dinner menu. I... More 

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WaveKiter2013, Owner at Rundown Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for coming back and dining with us again! We are so glad you could enjoy our atmosphere and food, and the variety of menus we offer. We sincerely appreciate you sharing your experience on TripAdvisor. We look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Decided to try this cafe out since it was close to the house we rented and it had great reviews on trip advisor but when we walked in the restaurant was very small downstairs. We were even more disappointed at the menu selection. The menu had very odd items on it...nothing we were used to it used to seeing at... More 

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WaveKiter2013, Owner at Rundown Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for giving us a try....... We are disappointed that you found our menu and establishment not to your expectations for the beach. We offer a Pacific Rim Menu with some Caribbean influences. Our Focus is island fare that centers around exotic flavors and locales. We would love to have you as our guest at a future date for... More 

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Additional Information about Rundown Cafe

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

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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: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine
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?