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Red Drum Taphouse

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2412 S Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959-9246
252 480 1095
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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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 Draft Selection

Really nice place with a great draft selection and decent menu items. We stopped in during the summer and again when we came back in the fall. Really nice atmosphere.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 10, 2015
Jeff K
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Picked up a to go order from here since we were traveling with a dog. They had a great food selection at about what you would expect to pay for seafood in the are.

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35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015 via mobile

Really nice place with a great draft selection and decent menu items. We stopped in during the summer and again when we came back in the fall. Really nice atmosphere.

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Thank Jeff K
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

The wings are amazing and so is the shrimp con queso. Great tap beer selection and great service. The gamefish burrito is my go to. It's amazing. Just eat it.

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Thank M J
York, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

I had a fish fillet broiled and it was tasty. The service was fast and friendly. They had some micro-brews and other beer and mixed drinks to enjoy.

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Virginia
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

We went Thursday evening but the wait was going to be 25 min so we left. We returned today, Friday for an early dinner. It was as good as it's reviews. I was so glad we returned to give it a try. Our food and service was excellent. Good value for the money.

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Thank NanaSheriB
High Point, NC
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115 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

When we pulled into the lot there were lots of OBX tags showing that locals were eating here. We were seated promptly and the waitress was timely and helpful. The red drum chowder was good and not cream based so it was lighter than many you get in the area. The Caesar salad was huge. I had the mixed grill... More 

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Ruther Glen, Virginia
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20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015 via mobile

We decided to try Red Drum for dinner while on vacation in Nags Head. The place was not too busy when we arrived so we were seated immediately. We started with the vege dip which was excellent. The one suggestion we would have is to use a firmer bread because the dip is a little thick. The dip and the... More 

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Thank Todd S
Landisburg, Pennsylvania
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Very, very, very, good food. Jambalaya was excellent, Rock fish special was pretty tasty, and crab cake special was described to me a "yummy". Service was good and prices were decent. Tried an autumn/pumpkin? beer where the glass was rimmed with cinnamon-brown sugar, and was surprised to discover that the sugar worked with the beer. Quite nice. We will return... More 

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Thank Jane S
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Decent service and beer selection. We probably would have stayed longer but some loud, obnoxious people, group of 15 in there 50s sat behind us. I think some of them were trying out for The Real Housewives of Nags Head... LOL. You owe it to yourself to try the shrimp con queso! The best app in OBX!

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Thank Sean G
Ruckersville, Virginia, United States
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127 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Great visits for us. Originally stopping for an early bird special ( does that date me?) we were too early for dinner but the lunch menu looked great. We decided to split something and move on. One of the house specials is fish and chips local fresh catch. Perfect choice. Excellent actually. Good beer selection (not overpriced) also. We returned... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2412 S Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959-9246
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Nags Head
  • Phone Number: 252 480 1095

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Vietnamese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children

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