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Tale of The Whale

7575 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9162
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Ranked #11 of 71 Restaurants in Nags Head
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $18 - $40
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
Description: Family owned and operated for 33 years, we serve the finest and freshest local seafood, choice steaks, salads, pastas, chicken and more. We pay attention to every detail to ensure your meal is memorable and delicious! Enjoy casual dining overlooking the Roanoke Sound, and live music (in season) in our waterfront gazebo. Come early and enjoy your favorite cocktail outdoors overlooking the water, or in our indoor bar. We offer an extensive wine list, a lighter fare menu, childrens’ menu and more. We welcome children, families and parties of all sizes, and offer comfortable booths for a romantic dinner for two. We look forward to serving you!
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80% Recommend
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English first
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

More like 4.5 out of 5. This is where we went (7 total) for our first outing during our stay in the Outer Banks. What a great waterfront sunset views. Our waitress was very attentive. It started with some nice large warm loafs of bread. I ordered the She-Crab soup which had lump crab meat and was an instant winner.... More

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Dallas, Texas
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

We went here by accident but, if ever in the area again, we will return! The Tale of the Whale is a family owned restaurant right on the water of Roanoke Sound. It is large, roomy and very busy. We called ahead to check on the wait time and were told we could be seated immediately. We were right by... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW via mobile

Heard raves about this restaurant from experienced OBX travelers and TripAdvisor reviews looked promising. This was to be our highlight dinner of our trip. It looked promising - great location and we got a window table with a beautiful view. Unfortunately, they weren't sufficiently distracting from over-priced, low quality food and terrible service. The server alternated between being curt and... More

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Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Just here the last Friday in August. Celebrating 4 year anniversary and our fist time OBX. Everything was great. My husband ordered the tile fish blacked with hits. First time either of us had Tile fish. OMG it was so flavorful ad flaky. His dish was better than mine. I had the Tale of the whale pasta it was missing... More

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Wassenberg, Germany
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

This is another one we always stop at. My fried shrimp was good. My husband had sweet teriyaki shrimp, yellowfin tuna and scallop kabobs, and absolutely raved about them.!

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Sparta, New Jersey
Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We visited in August with friends and family - 6 of us total in our party. We all got different dishes and most of us though that the food was average - no one was like wow this is great - which I have to say was a disappointment, especially for the cost. I got chicken, fish and steak -... More

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Arlington, Virginia
17 reviews 17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We ate here after several families renting our beach house indicated it was their favorite meal. We got there very late and did not have to wait for a seat. The Bay side of the restaurant is nearly all windows which provides a beautiful view. The decor is lovely. The food was even better. The loaf of bread and butter... More

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Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Husband and I recently visited during our vacation and had a wonderful experience. We were seated immediately (8pm) and our view of the water was absolutely stunning. Our server, Clara was warm and friendly. Ordered the house salad as an app and it had to be one of the best salads I've had in a long time. My main meal... More

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Richmond, Virginia, Usa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 via mobile

Visited with my wife, I got a special with blackened tuna and a small steak with grit cakes (they taste GREAT)! She got a crab cake dinner. We split a chocolate desert with a pecan crust on the bottom. Her crab cakes were to be broiled, but they had a dark brown crust on them. Other than that, everything was... More

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Chestertown, Maryland
4 reviews 4 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We arrived on a Saturday night and our wait time was less than 20 minutes. The waitress was wonderful and so was the food. We got the crab dip as an appetizer. Wonderful and local crabmeat....not foreign! I got the fish 3 ways with tile fish and it was delicious. My husband got a filet and tuna special and he... More

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