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Tale of The Whale

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7575 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9162
252-441-7332
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Family owned and operated for 33 years, we serve the finest and freshest...
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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    Very good
  • 44
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  • 20
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  • 16
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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
Eat early

The best prices are for diners who want to eat before 6pm. A family owned restaurant that's sure to please. Fresh seafood with daily specials. The servers are very knowledgeable about the menu, good recommendations.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
BethMorrison6
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Dalton, Georgia
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Scenic view
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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Dalton, Georgia
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The best prices are for diners who want to eat before 6pm. A family owned restaurant that's sure to please. Fresh seafood with daily specials. The servers are very knowledgeable about the menu, good recommendations.

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Sewell, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Our family (of 10) visited the restaurant for dinner, and the meals were very good. Everything came out hot, and very tasty and cooked perfectly. It is a little pricey, but you get what you pay for --- big portions of seafood that is very good. The only negative I'd say is our family felt like we were being rushed,... More 

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Greenville, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Great food, scenery, service, bread, etc. get the watermelon cooler specialty drink. Well worth the visit and your time, but is not for those looking for a cheap night out

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virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I have eaten here a handful of times over the last couple years and have always had a good meal (love the sauces they use for the fish). However, it is way too expensive for what you are getting. I was there in July 2015 and had a dinner that would feed 2+ people, staying at a hotel so I... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

This is one of the finest restaurants in Nags Head. It is a little pricey, but you definitely get what you pay for--go for the early bird special and get 20% off of the bill. My husband and I have been going to the restaurant at least once if not twice every Nags Head vacation for the past 20 years.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

If you have a coupon give it to the server before you check out. Save you a little time and the server wasn't happy we waited until the end to tell her. Other than that the meal was delicious, Cajun special with the grit cakes was amazing! All 13 of us agreed that it was the best meal of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We came early as we've learned to do in Nags Head at 530 the wait for three people was 45 minutes, and we waited every minute of it. They have a beautiful deck area for waiting but I do suggest entertainment if you have kids. Once seated we waited a bit for service but the waiter was knowledgeable and friendly.... More 

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Benwood, WV
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

My wife and I went here for a nice dinner on July 23rd. She had the grilled chicken breast and I had the lobster stuffed with crab meat. Both meals were amazing and the staff was wonderful. Everyone who goes to OBX should try this restaurant. You won't be disappointed !!!

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Royal Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Great view, excellent food from appetizers through entrees. Nice outdoor area to wait for seating and have a drink. All staff was friendly. Worth the wait for sure. Had a much better experience than friends who went to a different restaurant same night. Would go back!

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Midlothian, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Get 20% off your bill when you for the early bird special and beat the rush. Although if you do have to wait, there's tons of outdoor seating and a pier with a gazebo on the Roanoke Sound. Bodie Lighthouse is off in the distance and you can see its light if you dine at night. We've always enjoyed our... More 

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Additional Information about Tale of The Whale

Address: 7575 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9162
Phone Number: 252-441-7332
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Nags Head
Average Prices: USD 18 - 40
Cuisine: Seafood, Pub

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7575 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9162
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Nags Head
  • Phone Number: 252-441-7332

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 18 - 40
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Scenic view, Doing business, Romantic

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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