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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: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
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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Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Large groups
Local cuisine
Scenic view
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 250
    Excellent
  • 59
    Very good
  • 39
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best seafood on the outer banks

Have the best local seafood on the outer banks. Well prepared and served. The atmosphere is outstanding with good views of the sound from most tables.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Nags Head, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Scenic view
  • Entertaining clients
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Nags Head, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Have the best local seafood on the outer banks. Well prepared and served. The atmosphere is outstanding with good views of the sound from most tables.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Excellent place to eat have been there many many times. The staff if friendly. Best crab cakes I've ever had, more crab then breading :)

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miami, fl
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34 reviews 34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Normally not open when I travel to the outer banks, but for most travelers would be. It was my mother in laws 85th birthday and the first night we were in town. Decided to try it and were more than pleasantly surprized. The atmosphere is lovely, overlooking the sound. We arrived just before sunset and had spectacular views. Just by... More 

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Greenville, North Carolina
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173 reviews 173 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Have visited the Tale of the Whale over the last 20 years and it continues to provide a good meal with great service . Cannot wait for next summer to visit

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Charlotte, NC
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116 reviews 116 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Every time we've been here we have had a great experience. The atmosphere is lovely (waterfront dining). The service is outstanding. The food is fantastic. I highly recommend Tale of the Whale to anyone visiting Nags Head or the surrounding area. It is a much-anticipated family tradition for us to eat here when we are in Nags Head.

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Amelia Court House, Virginia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We enjoyed dinner here on October 11, 2014, while visiting Nags Head. We have eaten here several times before. Menu has a something for everyone. We have always had great food and great service. You won't be disappointed!

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Tampa, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

The staff was friendly, however, one of the special was a whole boiled lobster. The lobster was served and when I cut into the tale, it smelled like ammonia. It had a caustic taste as well. After telling the server over and over again that there was something wrong with the lobster, she got the manager. The manager immediately took... More 

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Clearwater Beach,FL
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

This restaurant owner is very particular about the food delviered to him and will refuse it if it does not meet his standards. Our four entrees were delicious and the service was just great. I will go back to this place whenever I am back in the area for sure.

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South Haven, Michigan, United States
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60 reviews 60 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

We ordered two soups, one shrimp and grits, one wedge salad and one stuffed lobster. The wedge salad a little bit more blue cheese dressing then it should. The shrimp and grits was great but not the best I had earlier in the week. My companion's stuffed lobster was chewy. The She Crab soup and Lobster bisque was outstanding. Our... More 

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GLEN ALLEN
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is one of the most outstanding seafood dining experiences we have had from the she crab soup and iceberg lettuce (wedge salad with bleu cheese) appetizers to the entrees. Excellent service and quiet atmosphere with water view.

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Restaurant Details

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Entertaining clients

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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