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Owens' Restaurant

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Steakhouse, Wine Bar, Seafood
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Milepost 16 1/2, Beach Rd, 7114 South Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959-9126
12524417309
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Drinks, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Description: Since 1946, four generations of locals and visitors have experienced the...
Since 1946, four generations of locals and visitors have experienced the famous food and hospitality of the Owens and Shannon families.We are celebrating 69 years in business, in the same location, making us the oldest restaurant in the state of North Carolina! Owens Restaurant serves classic Southern coastal cuisine. We specialize in fresh and local seafood from North Carolina waters, exceptional Prime Western beef, and flavorful pastas. Our customers marvel at our collection of museum quality artifacts dedicated to the maritime history of the Outer Banks. Come see us for delicious food, exceptional service and warm Southern hospitality!
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Authentic Outer Banks Cuisine

The freshest seafood. My husband and I try to go for our anniversary every year. We dine on the freshest fish, the best clam chowder and hush puppies in the world! We enjoy the atmosphere, real south hospitality. Close to the beach for a stroll hand in hand after a romantic dinner. We have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Corgilover68
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Ithaca, New York
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Ithaca, New York
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The freshest seafood. My husband and I try to go for our anniversary every year. We dine on the freshest fish, the best clam chowder and hush puppies in the world! We enjoy the atmosphere, real south hospitality. Close to the beach for a stroll hand in hand after a romantic dinner. We have brought the kids too and they... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From being seated to the conclusion of the meal, our experience was enjoyable. The staff was pleasant and very attentive, and food / drinks were prepped and served at a very comfortable pace. The Lobster Tail dinner was excellent! We will definitely return to this little gem on our next visit to the Outer Banks. Recommended for anyone who appreciates... More 

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Pontotoc, Mississippi
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For many years, my wife and I visited the Outer Banks twice a year for many years, then retired from Virginia to Mississippi. After a visit to our children in Virginia, we decided to swing by the Outer Banks for a little nostalgia. In the past, we always ate at Owens twice a visit. It had been over five years... More 

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Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are so fortunate to have so many wonderful restaurants here on the Outer Banks but Owens is by far my favorite restaurant. Everything from fresh local ingredients, presentation and service, they pay special attention to serving the best. I could always count on leaving very full and satisfied. My only problem is trying to decide what to order because... More 

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owensmanager, Manager at Owens' Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind Tripadvisor review! We appreciate your support very much and wish you all the best! More 

Miami, Florida
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

My son has been talking about this restaurant for quite a while, tonight we made it there. Wow what a treat. I had the scallops, everyone enjoyed their meals very much however there were 2 huge things worth taking the time to make this entry; the creme brulé made with Bailey's and our waiter Desmond. Let me start off Desmond... More 

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owensmanager, Manager at Owens' Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much Jody! Desmond is very special young man and we think the world of him! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your evening at Owens and wish you all the best for 2016! More 

Nags Head NC
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

Owens Restaurant arranged a wonderful celebration for us on December 1. The room was decorated for Christmas and looked beautiful. The food was wonderful and the service was perfect. The evening was perfect. Thank you Owens Restaurant for providing a first class experience for all of us that evening.

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owensmanager, Manager at Owens' Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind review and your support! We appreciate it greatly and wish you a Happy New Year! More 

Natural Bridge, Virginia
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133 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015 via mobile

Great food, atmosphere and staff. I dined alone while traveling thru the area and enjoyed a great table. The staff was wonderful. The meal was great, seafood of course, done perfectly! Salad with the best dressing... Great start of cheese and crackers and a wonderful side of fresh hush puppies and bread all fresh and warm from the oven! Extensive... More 

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Thank Janet M
owensnagshead, Manager at Owens' Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your very kind review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your evening at Owens and wish you all the best! Merry Christmas! More 

west mifflin pa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

Probably the best restaurant on the entire outer banks! The Lobster Bisque is the best I have had and the entries were especially good and served at enjoyable pace. Would recommend this to anyone who loves excellent food and service.

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Thank alan t
owensnagshead, Manager at Owens' Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much Alan! We appreciate your kind review and support of us at Owens. Best wishes and look forward to your next visit to see us! More 

New Bern, North Carolina
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60 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

This restaurant is a treasure in Nags Head. The location also has a motel. The food is excellent, we all had seafood, and everyone got a portion that was more than they could eat. The seafood was cooked just right, not always the case even at the beach. Service was very good, experienced and helpful.

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owensnagshead, Manager at Owens' Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you Richard! We are grateful to you for you very kind review and your support of us at Owens! Best Wishes and Happy Thanksgiving! More 

Laurel, Delaware, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015 via mobile

If in Nags Hesd, do not miss this beautiful restaurant! It is a museum and top of the line restaurant! Service is outstanding and the gift shop is unique, especially the sea glass jewelry! Will be returning ..am sure of this !

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Thank Kathy M
owensnagshead, Manager at Owens' Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you Kathy! We appreciate your very kind review! Best wishes and we hope you will return to Owens soon! More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Milepost 16 1/2, Beach Rd, 7114 South Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959-9126
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Nags Head
  • Phone Number: 12524417309

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 40
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Wine Bar, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic

Description

Since 1946, four generations of locals and visitors have experienced the famous food and hospitality of the Owens and Shannon families.We are celebrating 69 years in business, in the same location, making us the oldest restaurant in the state of North Carolina! Owens Restaurant serves classic Southern coastal cuisine. We specialize in fresh and local seafood from North Carolina waters, exceptional Prime Western beef, and flavorful pastas. Our customers marvel at our collection of museum quality artifacts dedicated to the maritime history of the Outer Banks. Come see us for delicious food, exceptional service and warm Southern hospitality!
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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