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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, Dessert, Dinner, 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
  • 40
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  • 19
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Right on the water

Delicious freshmseafood and steaks for our non seafood diners. Grset wine selection and microbrew options

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
Rebecca H
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Scenic view
  • Large groups
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English first
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54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Delicious freshmseafood and steaks for our non seafood diners. Grset wine selection and microbrew options

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Frederick, Maryland
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Love this restaurant, have been here many times for dinner. Beautiful views and the seafood is always fresh. They usually have pretty good early bird specials as well, which is something we usually go for as we are early to rise and early to bed type folks. The staff is very nice and professional, have never had an issue! Usually... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Every time we go the people are so friendly when we walk in they make us feel like they remember us every time. Service is wonderful and the waiters are great. Love the atmosphere.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is our third year vacationing in obx. We love the mellow beach style of the area but always complain about the "everything fried all the time" food. This place is the exception. Our waiter, a really friendly young man (originally from va) made the incredibly delicious food and drink even better. Had the blackened fish bites served with a... More 

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Stuarts Draft, Virginia, United States
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

My sister and I had decided to treat our mom to a nice seafood meal for her birthday while we were on vacation.On the morning of June17 ,we had our minds set on another restaurant only to find out it was closed for renovations so here we are searching for a second option when I came across Tale of the... More 

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Milford, NJ
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We went to The Tale of the Whale with a group of 15. We opted for the 4pm early bird seating. It is a great savings and worth getting ready early to go. First let me say that the food from beginning to end was absolutely delicious. I personally opted for the choose your own seafood combo. That is a... More 

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GLEN ALLEN
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

went there for our anniversary, while in nags head on vacation, and the food, service,wine, was all wonderful. could not ask for better, highly recommend.

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Bloomsbury, NJ
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

The location, outside seating and bar make this place a must go. Then you have the food! We had a party of 15, every meal was outstanding and the server Claire was fantastic! Plates were removed when done and drinks were tended to. She had great knowledge of the menu including the specials and offered her ideas. The only negative... More 

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Centerburg, Ohio
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

1st timers to The Tale of the Whale. What a great experience I can't say enough about this place. Had a couple drinks at the outdoor bar and listened to live music in the gazebo with a great view of the water while we waited for our table inside. Inside we had a great view of the water from our... More 

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Hodgenville, Kentucky
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

We were looking for a place to eat on our last night and what a perfect place to find! Tale of the Whale was an amazing experience with absolutely delicious food and a beautiful view. My husband had the Cajun special with swordfish and loved every bit. Definitely do yourself a favor and order something with the grit cakes! I... 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: Local cuisine, Families with children, Entertaining clients, Romantic, Scenic view, Large groups

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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