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Tale of The Whale

7575 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9162
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Ranked #11 of 71 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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80% Recommend
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English first
Wassenberg, Germany
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

This is another one we always stop at. My fried shrimp was good. My husband had sweet teriyaki shrimp, yellowfin tuna and scallop kabobs, and absolutely raved about them.!

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Sparta, New Jersey
Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We visited in August with friends and family - 6 of us total in our party. We all got different dishes and most of us though that the food was average - no one was like wow this is great - which I have to say was a disappointment, especially for the cost. I got chicken, fish and steak -... More

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Arlington, Virginia
17 reviews 17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We ate here after several families renting our beach house indicated it was their favorite meal. We got there very late and did not have to wait for a seat. The Bay side of the restaurant is nearly all windows which provides a beautiful view. The decor is lovely. The food was even better. The loaf of bread and butter... More

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Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Husband and I recently visited during our vacation and had a wonderful experience. We were seated immediately (8pm) and our view of the water was absolutely stunning. Our server, Clara was warm and friendly. Ordered the house salad as an app and it had to be one of the best salads I've had in a long time. My main meal... More

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Richmond, Virginia, Usa
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

Visited with my wife, I got a special with blackened tuna and a small steak with grit cakes (they taste GREAT)! She got a crab cake dinner. We split a chocolate desert with a pecan crust on the bottom. Her crab cakes were to be broiled, but they had a dark brown crust on them. Other than that, everything was... More

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Chestertown, Maryland
4 reviews 4 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We arrived on a Saturday night and our wait time was less than 20 minutes. The waitress was wonderful and so was the food. We got the crab dip as an appetizer. Wonderful and local crabmeat....not foreign! I got the fish 3 ways with tile fish and it was delicious. My husband got a filet and tuna special and he... More

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Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Best shrimp on the beach, HUGE Portions, but you can order a "lite" portion and be fully satisfied. Everything was so fresh and so tasty! Very good service, food comes out really quickly.

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Reading, Pennsylvania
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I've been coming to the Outer Banks for 22 years now and I can't remember a year where we didn't go to the Tale of the Whale. Great atmosphere, great food, and the jewelry is nice to look at while you're waiting (at least for the women). We love the food here - especially the shrimp and grits! The Killer... More

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Seaford, Delaware
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We came here before family pictures. The broiled seafood was excellent; especially the scallops. Our waitress gave us great service. The view was so beautiful.

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Seagrove, NC
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We had three very good meals at the Tale of the Whale during our 4 day stay in Manteo. The portions are large and the fish was fresh. The duo, two choices of fish topped with crab was excellent. My husband had the fried oysters and loved them. Snow, our waitress was very friendly, attentive and gave great service. The... More

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