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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: Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Late Night, Takeout

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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
Draft beer and calamari

Best calamari around. Awesome draft beer selection. Fish tacos are excellent. I'm a local and these are the things I enjoy most here.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
Redwings91
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Nags Head, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
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English first
Mooresville, North Carolina
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

There were five and our family group that enjoyed a wonderful dinner here. We had shrimp, red drum soup, crab cake, and my favorite soft shell crab. It is early in the softshell crab season and many restaurants in the area did not yet have the crab. However this restaurant did and it was exceptional! They have an extra little... More 

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Manteo, North Carolina
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113 reviews 113 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Red Drum seriously has the best calamari on the beach. This appetizer is served with a delicious slaw and a sweet & sour dipping sauce. The calamari is perfectly fried. I cannot speak highly enough of their calamari - it really makes me not want it anywhere else! I love their steaks and other items but I usually always get... More 

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Nags Head, North Carolina
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Best calamari around. Awesome draft beer selection. Fish tacos are excellent. I'm a local and these are the things I enjoy most here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 via mobile

The locals love this place, and I am one of them. They always have fresh fish on the specials and they hand fry their seafood. The fried oyster caesar is delicious, and I've had dozens of them in many different places. I go with friends for lunch pretty regularly. We've always had friendly service whether at the bar or at... More 

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Hampton, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Have friends that live in Nags Head and they recommended the Red Drum. Daily seafood special usually excellent, always fresh. Not an expensive place and the food has been great the two times we have eaten there. Staff very friendly, great beer selection to go along with your traditional seafood dinners.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

I came here with my niece, and best friend and her son. The food was wonderful and our server was great as well. When I left I was verbally assaulted by one of their drunk off duty hostesses. I was not impressed. Nobody came out to stop her, nobody told her to cut it out...nothing. Just let her scream profanities... More 

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Mooresville, NC
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

LOVED the crab cakes and tuna salad. Simply awesome. Entrees in the $25 to $29 range. Parking is cramped but the quality of food makes it all worth it.

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Oriental
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

One of the best ever!!! The scallops are the best anywhere!! Start with a martini with a lot of ice in the shaker, then shack the he'll out of it!! It's the best!!! Can't wait until I get back in the summer!!!

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Virginia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Red Drum is one of my family's and friend's favorite 'regular' local eateries. It's a great place for lunch & the service is always great. Red Drum's Draft Beer Sampler is a unique way to try out a bunch of their draft beers for the price of just two 'regular sized' drafts. But if you then follow up with a... More 

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Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Red Drum is where I take my friends when they visit. The staff is GREAT! The food is fantastic. I love the steamed shrimp and mixed vegetables or the fish and chips or the tuna with lump crab meat, sour cream mashed potatoes and vegy medly! Oh wait the mushroom and swiss burger is the best on the beach as... 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: Local cuisine, Families with children, Bar scene

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