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Tale of The Whale

7575 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9162
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Ranked #15 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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318 reviews from our community

79% Recommend
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English first
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Awesome birthday at this restaurant ! The food was amazing . I had leftovers and the next day the flavored had infused and tasted even better if it's possible. One negative we waited at least an hour after our appetizers arrived for our main entree. The waitress was very apologetic and courtesy and probably a little embarrassed by the wait.... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Teens got the kids steak. I asked the waitress if it was a good cut of steak with not much fat etc. She assured me it was. But both steaks had more fat than the kids liked, and they were disappointed. Adult meals were delicious, however. Would go again.

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West Virginia
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Karen our server was very friendly and efficient. Portions were large and tasty. We had steaks that were very good. The five ounce filet was closer to 10.

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Come here whenever we come to the beach and the food is always great! Best crab cake ever. All crab and no filler. Ate in the bar area this time so no water view but the service was great. If you love fresh, local seafood you can't do better than this place. And the key lime pie and hummingbird cake... More

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Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Our group of twelve was overall very satisfied, several stated they had never had better seafood. Lots of seating and able to accommodate larger groups. Apparently the Pina Colada was great. I had perfectly cooked fish. Simple but well prepared and matched sides. Excellent She-Crab Soup.

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Montreal, Canada
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

After reading all the nice reviews about this place, we decide to drive an hour to try this fantastic restaurant! When we arrived at 8h30, the girl at the front desk said that its close....The parking was almost full, we was only two, its 8h30 in the high season?! Thats a shame....i cant understand!!! Its the third time we came... More

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York, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Always a great dinner at Tale of the Whale. Sometimes a wait for large parties, but there's a great gazebo for photos and often live music to enjoy while you wait. Lovely jewelry shopping also available in the lobby. We enjoy the dining room seating, but often sit in the large party room due to the size of our group.... More

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Middletown, Delaware
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We were a large party (8 adults, 6 kids, 1 toddler.) We called earlier to determine if we could get reservations for a large party. They advised us that they didn't take reservations but we could do call ahead and that they should be able to accommodate us between 5 and 5:30. We arrived at around 445 and were seated... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

Excellent food, service, and atmosphere. Enjoyed our drinks and entertainment in the Gazebo. When seated in the dining room, Tyler did a fabulous job of keeping us well served and happy! Highly recommend for a great experience! Ask for Tyler!!

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We loved having music in the gazebo after dinner. The waiter was one of the best we have ever had. He was very pleasant and enthusiastic.

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