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The Dunes Restaurant

7013 S. Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959
+1 252-441-1600
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Ranked #30 of 71 restaurants in Nags Head
Price range: $10 - $20
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 32nd anniversary season. That's probably why it's called a 'Nags Head Tradition' by locals. Open for breakfast and dinner daily. 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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69% Recommend
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English first
York, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We always enjoy The Dunes and were glad they were able to reopen this year. Good choice for large or small parties. Nice selection on the menu and a full bar. Fantastic hush puppies with yummy butter. May have a wait depending on the size of your group, but we always have a good meal with friendly service.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

My husband and I went there for his birthday. We hadn't been there in awhile and enjoyed Dunes in the past. My blackened Mahi was burnt dry. The waiter fully agreed and went back for a new piece. He came back with one not too much better. My husband's tuna was raw on the inside but we decided not to... More

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Dallas, TX
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Don't visit the Dunes after Owen's, the difference is quality and choices is considerable but so is the check. Good food but loud.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

OMG where do I start....ok Staff was great and food was even better. I had the Crispy flounder, slaw and season veggies. Everyone at the table loved their meal even the kids. I hear they have an awesome breakfast as well. Too full from previous night meal to check it out. I will check it out next time.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This place is good. The decor is newly redone, very pretty, nice gift shop/ waiting area. To start you off right, they give you a basket of light, fluffy hush puppies. (If you choose an app, try the crab and shrimp dip!) Then you have a large selection of entrees to order. I recommend the fried oysters, shrimp, crab cakes*,... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

My mother-in-law, daughter and myself went and ate dinner at The Dunes. Brady, our server, was excellent. Very friendly, helpful and attentive. I am somewhat of a picky eater (hold this, add that). I ordered a salad with the vegetables of my choice and tuna. The salad came out and was the most beautiful and colorful salad I have ever... More

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13 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

Went there for breakfast with 7 people. Four of us got the Buffett. It was ok, nothing fantastic, just normal breakfast food. The sausage gravy and biscuits were pretty good. It had been a few years since we had eaten there and it won't be added to our list of favorites.

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Pembroke, New Hampshire
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82 reviews 82 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We enjoyed dinner here on our last night in Nags Head. We went early so we could use a discount coupon. We enjoyed our food. The staff were attentive and pleasant. The restaurant has high ceilings so seemed a bit loud. Good place to go with your kids because you won't have to worry about them being noisy.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Stopped after a morning sea shell hunting excursion. mark was our server and he was extremely pleasant. The food was plentiful and savory. It was reasonable priced our total bill with drinks was 13.22 dollars. This is a definite must do.

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Fredericksburg, VA
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Breakfast bar is awesome...friendly staff....wonderful food....went back few days later for the ALL YOU CAN EAT crab legs dinner.....another fine experience. Awesome waiter and he kept the crab legs coming! Love this place :)

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