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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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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 43
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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
Good food & service

Hubby and I had lunch here and enjoyed their fish tacos and fish burrito, could of used some more flavors in the fish tacos but they were still good. The coconut rice was a unique dish that we liked. Hubby's bloody mary had a good amount of alcohol in it. Wait staff was attentive and friendly.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 30, 2015
PaHOBO
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great family restaurant and singles bar (upstairs) Food for every pallet......best juicy burger on the beach, awesome fish tacos, but the best is Monday Night Fried Chicken night (March-Memorial Day........Labor Day weekend - Nov! Don't miss it! Under $10 for a lot of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, collards, applesauce......whatever you choose! Very friendly staff.....very popular esp in summer......go early!

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Thank Stacy D
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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78 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

Hubby and I had lunch here and enjoyed their fish tacos and fish burrito, could of used some more flavors in the fish tacos but they were still good. The coconut rice was a unique dish that we liked. Hubby's bloody mary had a good amount of alcohol in it. Wait staff was attentive and friendly.

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Thank PaHOBO
Pittsburgh
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40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

We always make a stop at Rundown Cafe during our visits to the Outer Banks. In fact, we visited twice today for lunch and dinner! I am a huge fan of their fish tacos. They are made up of the fish of the day. I have always had mahi. It is my favorite fish so these are great! I tried... More 

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Thank SuperBun
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

I've been going there for years! The food is delicious, the atmosphere is fun and it's clean all the time (even in the hectic summer). They have a great 2nd floor outside deck where you can see the ocean and hang out with friends and listen to occasional music in the summer. The best is Monday "Chicken Night", but not... More 

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Thank Beverly B
Stanton, Delaware, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

Staying in the area we went here more than once. Monday night was fried chicken night for the off season. Really very good and apparently a local favorite. Prepared as non-greasy and very tasty seasonings.

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Thank Meg K
Nags Head, North Carolina
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71 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

Went there for the Monday chicken special. $7.95 a quarter, $10.95 a half. Includes two sides. Have the collards and green beans or ask for a double portion of either one. The mashed potatoes are also good. The chicken is covered with a crispy coating and it is delicious.

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Thank Robert B
Keyser, West Virginia
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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015 via mobile

We are always here the beginning of Nov. We make sure to eat here on Monday... fried chicken and collards day. Best chicken..extra crispy outside and tender and juicy inside. The plate was piled high with great collards and garlic mashed potatoes. I had my favorite coconut shrimp that came with delicious coconut rice. Staff is always very friendly and... More 

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Thank Rav4Mom55
Shavertown, Pennsylvania
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77 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Stopped here for lunch and at the recommendation of friends. Neat little restaurant obviously frequented by locals. Felt like I was traveling back in time to the tune of the "deadhead" bartender. Great guy. Local customer made it a point to buy wife and I a drink. Food was good. Probably should have thought about going back for nighttime entertainment... More 

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Thank CRLretired
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

You must eat at Run Down! Great food and service. Love the deck and bar with Ocean Views. Sandwiches and salads are great.

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Thank maggywells
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

I love the conch fritters!!! Great experience. Not the typical run of the mill place. Atmosphere is tropical and quaint. User friendly for disabled individuals. Very friendly staff.

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Thank Cindi D

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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, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, 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?