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The Dunes Restaurant

7013 S. Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959
+1 252-441-1600
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Ranked #31 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, Reservations, 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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70% Recommend
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English first
Bluffton, South Carolina
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

we went here our first night - nothing special either way. acceptable food and service, would not hurry back

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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This restaurant is very pretty inside, but our meal for a family of five was just too expensive. The food was OK, but it simply wasn't worth the cost. I will say that they had very good hushpuppies as an appetizer!

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Hudson, NH
20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Family vacation in the Outer Banks. Dunes has a 20% off coupon good for all meals from 4-5:00 PM and I ordered the seafood fettucine alfredo which was wonderful. The sauce was creamy and garlicky, the fettucine was cooked perfectly in an ample portion but the seafood was the best. There were five good size sea scallops, sweet and tender,... More

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Montreal, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Good variety of choice in the menu, and as a Canadian, I'm not so keen on the big American breakfast plates. They had moderate portions which I appreciated a lot.

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Staunton, Virginia
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Stopped here for breakfast before starting our day. As soon as we stepped in we were greeted by friendly staff. We chose the breakfast buffet and had a lot of fresh choices. A large selection of fresh fruits and the a good selection of hot breakfast items . Waitress was super nice and was very welcoming. Prices were good. We... More

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Bangor, Maine
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

Fried shrimp and fried clams over-done. Granddaughter had chicken fingers which were cooked to perfection. Too bad they couldn't do the same with the seafood. Service was good. I probably would not come back here for seafood.

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This was our first visit to Outer Banks. The Dunes has a great breakfast with great specials...$5.99 for a cheese/bacon omelet with homefries or grits, hot cake or toast or biscuit. Absolutely delicious. Definitely would recommend!!!

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Providence, Rhode Island
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Great family run restaurant - looks great since they rebuilt. Their website does say the have a salad bar at dinner but it wasn't up and running when we were there, looks as though they may only have a breakfast buffet. Food was good, service was very friendly and efficient - even had what appeared to be the owner stop... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Food and atmosphere was great and our waitress Christie or Christine ?? was terrific and very friendly!! Hope to return to soon!

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We walked in, told the hostess we had 3 adults & 2 small toddlers. I think it took a little while to get our table set up, but that's the only negative thing I have to say. The waitress was very friendly and very knowledgable on the menu. The hush puppies were the best I've ever eaten, and I don't... More

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