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

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  • 137
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  • 109
    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 8
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  • 9
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Amazing fried chicken

The first night we were in town, we walked to this restaurant where they were having fried chicken with mashed potatoes and green beans or collards - absolutely delicious. We were so impressed, we went back the next night and had their chicken pot pie - best we've ever had.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
Harry T
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Saint Peters, Missouri
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
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English first
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

this place just has a fun vibe. Have had a number of great dining experiences here. Favorite meal is the coconut shrimp with cold noodles...omg! Had a Pork Taco dinner that was awesome. Daughter had a Baja Fish Burrito that she said was excellent.

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WaveKiter2013, Owner at Rundown Cafe, responded to this review

We are delighted you have been able to dine with us so often and are so glad you enjoy our atmosphere! Thank you for your outstanding compliments on our food and for sharing your dining experience...we want it to be exceptional every time! Please come back and see us again soon....thank you sincerely More 

Saint Peters, Missouri
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

The first night we were in town, we walked to this restaurant where they were having fried chicken with mashed potatoes and green beans or collards - absolutely delicious. We were so impressed, we went back the next night and had their chicken pot pie - best we've ever had.

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WaveKiter2013, Owner at Rundown Cafe, responded to this review

We are so glad you were able to make it in to dine with us on one of our famous fried chicken nights, as well as the following night! Nothing is more flattering when our patrons make it in twice in one week. Thank you for the detailed review and for sharing you experience on TripAdvisor! We look forward to... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

I love this place. I'm in the Outer Banks a lot for work, and I usually try to stop in for dinner at least once while I'm there. The cold noodle bowls are fantastic, generous portions, and perfect after a long day in the sun. Get the coconut shrimp!

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WaveKiter2013, Owner at Rundown Cafe, responded to this review

We appreciate your longtime loyalty of Rundown Cafe! We are so glad you are able to dine with us so frequently and enjoy all we have to offer..Thank you sincerely for sharing your experience and we look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

Great food and service. Fresh, real food. Best I have had in awhile. Even the kids chicken nuggets were delicious. Highly recommend.

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WaveKiter2013, Owner at Rundown Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for coming in to dine with us! We appreciate your kind words on our food as we are always striving to make it the absolute best. We are so glad you had a great time.Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with potential future diners and we hope to see you again soon! More 

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We hear the ads on the radio for the Rundown Café and we just had to go check it out. It was great! The food was awesome! The service was great and the atmosphere fun. We will go back again and again.

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WaveKiter2013, Owner at Rundown Cafe, responded to this review

We are flattered you could make it in to dine with us. Thank you for your gracious compliments on our food, service and atmosphere...we look forward to seeing you again soon!! More 

Easton
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Interesting little spot, but not my thing. We had calamari to start - it is different than the average served whole but sliced, and lightly breaded and fried. Tasted pretty good. We also had a chicken dip that was decent. Dinner we both tried jerk fish (dolphin) that came with black beans and rice unless you picked other side. The... More 

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Midlothian, Virginia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We stopped by on our way to check into our hotel. I had the Sesame Noodles with grilled shrimp. This dish was wonderful and I highly recommend it. Hubby had a turkey sandwich served on roll. Very tasty. Service was very good. Casual.

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WaveKiter2013, Owner at Rundown Cafe, responded to this review

We are so pleased you could dine with us and appreciate your kind words on our service and menu. Thank you for taking the time to leave such a positive, detailed review to share your experience. Please come see us again soon! Thank you sincerely More 

Jackson, Wisconsin
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

My wife and I both agree one of the best places we have ever eaten we had 4four different meals one was better tha nthe next the wait staff was about the friendliest iwe have ever meet

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WaveKiter2013, Owner at Rundown Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us! We are so flattered you could make us one of your stops on the Outer Banks and are delighted you had such an exceptional experience, especially your compliments on our staff. We are so grateful for your detailed positive review...we hope you can make it back to see us again! Thank you sincerely More 

Baltimore
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Very much an island vibe with an eclectic menu and great food. On the smaller side (as most places in OBX are), but very family friendly with plenty of options for parents and kids alike. A must stop every year!

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WaveKiter2013, Owner at Rundown Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for making us one of your dining choices on the Outer Banks! We are so glad you were able to enjoy our ambience & menu. We appreciate the kind words on our "family friendly" atmosphere as we strive to find the right balance of options for our patrons, both big & small! Thank you sincerely for taking the... More 

Suffield, Connecticut
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Stopped in for a drink, great idea ... really good frozen drinks, ate there Monday night they have a great waitstaff and a wide variety of food form noodles to seafood and awesome southern fried chicken, but now not until September ... very convenient for Hilton people, you can walk across the street

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WaveKiter2013, Owner at Rundown Cafe, responded to this review

We are so glad you were able to dine with us during your time here on the OBX! Thank you for sharing your experience here on TripAdvisor. We appreciate your compliments on our service as our staff consistently works together as a team to provide the best dining experience possible...as for our food, we take great care and dedication to... 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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?