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The Dunes Restaurant

7013 S. Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959
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Ranked #38 of 67 restaurants in Nags Head
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Buffet, Late Night, Dessert
Description: This local, Outer Banks restaurant is now in it's 31st anniversary season. That's probably why it's called a 'Nags Head Tradition' by locals. Open for breakfast and dinner daily - with lunch being added in mid-May. Weekends - spring and fall - and daily in the summer season, there's a robust fruit and breakfast bar plus some whopping good breakfast platters. Specialties are real southern cooking - like fried chicken. Also a specialty - local, Outer Banks seafood - broiled, fried, and always good. Steaks and prime rib round out the dinner menu. The "R" Bar is great for a late night meal or a special drink. The entire restaurant was remodeled in 2009 for a more coastal-comfortable, casual feel. And if all this isn't enough, there's Roxie's Retail - great, flirty finds for your home or wardrobe.
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222 reviews from our community

66% Recommend
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English first
North Lawrence, Ohio
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

The ONLY place for breakfast in the Outer Banks ! Other places for Lunch and Dinner . Have not been there since the fire, maybe they offer a better lunch and dinner menu or maybe they do not offer anything but breakfast like the old days. A MUST for breakfast on The Outer Banks Experience .

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New Philadelphia, Ohio
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

As a family, we visit the Outer Banks once a year for a week. We love The Dunes for the food, service, price and atmosphere! Looking forward to seeing you all soon! Keep up the great work!

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Pawleys Island, SC
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

We ate here our First Night in Nags Head. It was a great choice. I had the crab cakes which were awesome. Great Place. Check it out.

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Freeman, Virginia
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

We have only stopped here for breakfast but are hooked! I get the same thing everytime....shrimp and grits. The breakfast bar looks great and I want to get it but can't stay away from the shrimp and grits. Try their homemade biscuits...they are sooo goood! Great service! We go every time we are in town!

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Billerica, Massachusetts
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

On the Friday evening that we went, there was a church group holding a "eat and preach" meeting. We could hear the preacher which was distracting. I suggest that Friday night is not the best night to hold such a meeting. I hope that during the busy time, the group does not meet there. The steaks were too fatty, the... More

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Bridgeville, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

the breakfast at the dunes are excellent....my favorite is the whaler.....service is quick and friendly...food quality is very good and portions are filling....I had the pleasure of meeting the owner and can see where the standards for the restaurant come from....give them a try

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Glen Allen, Virginia
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125 reviews 125 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

My review is probably colored by the fact we were shown to a table which felt as if it were in the middle of Grand Central Station. I know it is a popular restaurant, particularly for Sunday breakfast, but this table right at the intersection of the kitchen doors and the buffet line should be left empty when they are... More

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Sparrows6094, Public Relations Manager at The Dunes Restaurant, responded to this review

Well I read your review and thought . . . well, the good news is that we were busy. Being a seasonal restaurant, we only have a few months to BE busy. That said, we don't want anyone visiting the Dunes to have a bad experience - in any way. So if you decide to visit the Outer Banks again... More

Forest, Virginia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

I was a little nervous about going back after I read a recent review that said the hushpuppies were not as good as they had been. When we were there last October for our first time at the Dunes, I was amazed at how wonderful the hushpuppies were! I am NOT a fan of hushpuppies, normally. So I was very... More

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Hampton, Virginia
17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

We ate breakfast here and the portions were very generious! The prices were very good, and the restaurant was very clean. We asked for egg whites instead of the full eggs and they made the sub without charging extra. The gifts they sell out front were all very reasonably priced too.

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Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

Coming from the UK, we wanted to experience some true southern style cooking and weren't disappointed. We had fried green tomatoes and pork/egg rolls as appetisers - the fried cornbread [hushpuppies?] was a bit too much friend food for us in one go, but the rest was good. Followed by a crab, scallop and shrimp combo for me and meatloaf... More

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