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All 72 Nags Head Restaurants

Tale of The Whale

7575 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9162
252-441-7332
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Ranked #11 of 72 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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English first
2 reviews
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
13 helpful votes 13 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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146 reviews 146 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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99 reviews 99 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 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
15 helpful votes 15 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
1 review
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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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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Cordele, Georgia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Everywhere we went in the area was packed this night, but we opted for Tale. We were told a 30 minute wait, but were seated in 15. I saw lots of people coming, going, and being served - all very efficiently, but not rushed. Our server was knowledgeable and helpful. Our food was some of the best we've had in... 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

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