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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
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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  • 328
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    Very good
  • 45
    Average
  • 21
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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
Great Value, Great Food

My husband and I ate here a few weeks ago for our anniversary. Surf and turf was the special for the day, a large steak, an entire lobster stuffed with jumbo lump crab meat, garlic mashed potatoes, fresh green beans, salad and fresh bread. Arrived in time for the 20% early bird special which was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
Sherry M
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Scenic view
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

My husband and I ate here a few weeks ago for our anniversary. Surf and turf was the special for the day, a large steak, an entire lobster stuffed with jumbo lump crab meat, garlic mashed potatoes, fresh green beans, salad and fresh bread. Arrived in time for the 20% early bird special which was even applied to the surf... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We came here over 10 years and still discuss our meal here- we had the prime rib and we have yet to find another as succulent and delicious. Wish I could visit here all the time!

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Chesapeake, Virginia, United States
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Absolutely awesome dinner tonight. Got seated in like five minutes, server was at the tablet as soon as we sat down. We got the crab dip for an appetizer and was really good. The wife got crab cakes that had no filler in them at all, nothing but crab meat and got the seafood platter that was so big one... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed 2 very nice bartenders while we waiting for our table and the wait was definitely worth it! Food was amazing along with the impeccable service!

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Blacksburg, Virginia
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

My girlfriend and I came to the Tale for her birthday. The server was great, very attentive and had some recommendations. We both orderd the broiled seafood platter which conisted of scallops, shrimp, flounder, and a crab cake. Everything was cooked perfectly and tasted great. My only complaint was that the crab legs for the appetizer were pretty terrible, they... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We went to Tale of the Whale our first night in Nags Head before heading for The Lost Colony. The food was very good and large portions. We had to take some home. Nice atmosphere with Gazebo outside and a musician playing. Would definitely recommend.

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Fairfax, Virginia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We were a group of 10...8 adults, 2 under 10...Seated in a room to accommodate large groups...There were 3 such groups already seated and they were loud...two more such groups came in...60 people in this large room...loud voices bounced about the walls unabated....terrible acoustics. Food was delivered to our table without error...and ample portions. Most of our food was only... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Came with a group of 9 and we were seated immediately. Our server was excellent, very friendly and always made sure we had everything. Everyone had seafood dishes and the seafood pasta, all of which were outstanding. Will definitely be back!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We had a group of 8 and were sat almost immediately which was great, but it didn't get much better after that. The waiter was slow and paid little attention to our table which was quite disappointing considering we had a great experience last year. The food was alright and the restaurant was too noisy to talk to the group... More 

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Huron, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Great food, especially good service for large groups. Need to go early if you don't want to wait long!

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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, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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