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Tale of The Whale

7575 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9162
252-441-7332
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Ranked #15 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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English first
Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Our group of twelve was overall very satisfied, several stated they had never had better seafood. Lots of seating and able to accommodate larger groups. Apparently the Pina Colada was great. I had perfectly cooked fish. Simple but well prepared and matched sides. Excellent She-Crab Soup.

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Montreal, Canada
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

After reading all the nice reviews about this place, we decide to drive an hour to try this fantastic restaurant! When we arrived at 8h30, the girl at the front desk said that its close....The parking was almost full, we was only two, its 8h30 in the high season?! Thats a shame....i cant understand!!! Its the third time we came... More

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York, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Always a great dinner at Tale of the Whale. Sometimes a wait for large parties, but there's a great gazebo for photos and often live music to enjoy while you wait. Lovely jewelry shopping also available in the lobby. We enjoy the dining room seating, but often sit in the large party room due to the size of our group.... More

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Middletown, Delaware
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We were a large party (8 adults, 6 kids, 1 toddler.) We called earlier to determine if we could get reservations for a large party. They advised us that they didn't take reservations but we could do call ahead and that they should be able to accommodate us between 5 and 5:30. We arrived at around 445 and were seated... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

Excellent food, service, and atmosphere. Enjoyed our drinks and entertainment in the Gazebo. When seated in the dining room, Tyler did a fabulous job of keeping us well served and happy! Highly recommend for a great experience! Ask for Tyler!!

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

We loved having music in the gazebo after dinner. The waiter was one of the best we have ever had. He was very pleasant and enthusiastic.

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Richmond, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Went to the Tale of the Whale July 10, 2014. The location is great - our table was right by the window looking out on the water. The food was yummy. My husband had the combination platter - very tasty. I had the chef special - 3 kinds of seafood with crab meat on top and covered with a lobster... More

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

We were greeted kindly by hostesses and seated promptly. We had, Fara, and our service was excellent! Food was amazing. View was beautiful. Live music outside was great, too! We used the early bird special which saved 20%. Will definitely be going back!

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Moneta, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

My Wife and I enjoyed an excellent meal from Tale of the Whale last night. She had the Crabcakes, that were gluten free, and she said they were great. I had the Fish Duo with a combination of Tuna and Monkfish. Both were cooked perfectly. We both had green beans and garlic mashed potatoes. The green beans were really fresh... More

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Lake Station, Indiana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The ambience of this restaurant was so warm and inviting. The view of the water was so pretty even though it was raining that night. Our server Bailey was walking back and forth non-stop always checking to see if we needed anything. Lovely young lady. The food selection was stellar. Our dinner meals were simply divine. Sarah from Roanoke Island... More

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