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7013 S. Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959
+1 252-441-1600
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6:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Hours:
Wed 6:30 am - 12:30 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sun 6:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
Description: This local, Outer Banks restaurant is now in it's 32nd anniversary season....
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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  • 33
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great breakfast

We ate there on a Thursday so they don't have their breakfast buffet--however, the food was delicious/biscuits and gravy soooo good and service was much better than last year.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 9, 2015
lcl50
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Leesburg, Florida
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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49 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved the atmosphere here and the people were so friendly! I would definitely be back here next time I visit OBX!

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Thank GypsyHrtdChick
Moneta, Virginia
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44 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

We've only had breakfast, many times over the years, it's convenient for us and good when have large group but food is more cafeteria style food and pretty basic on selection, portion is OK compared to others nearby, coffee is OK. The restaurant fits a large number of people so it is loud and expect a wait on season and... More 

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Cordova, Maryland
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79 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

We've been going to the OBX for years and decided to give The Dunes a try for breakfast as there are not a lot of options during the off season. Now I know why we passed it by. Even though it wasn't busy, the service was slow. We passed on the breakfast buffet solely based on its dried-out appearance. Our... More 

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Thank RoadLessTraveledMD
Durham, North Carolina
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

Wonderful breakfast. I would definitely recommend the pancakes. On the weekends they have a great breakfast buffet, the staff was very friendly and the service was super.

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Thank yrrep48
Nags Head, North Carolina
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

The food was okay. Two of us chose to eat off the menu. Two of us chose the buffet. There was a gift shop that had a lot of nice items. The staff was very attentive and helpful.

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Thank Michelle D
Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, United States
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

My girlfriend & I went to The Dunes for a Late breakfast. The best part for me was the atmosphere. It had been a long time since I had been in the building but it really looked nice and had a classy beach atmosphere. Lots of wood tables, booths, & shutters combined with local artwork, how could you go wrong?... More 

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Thank Superfly870
Yorktown, Virginia
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39 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

My family of 8 met here on Saturday night at 6:00 pm for dinner. They had about 12 tables they were serving all the rest of this large place were in the dark , kinda creepy we were seated next to dark rooms. Menu had limited choices this restaurant is fine in the summer but TOTALLY different off season. I... More 

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Thank OBXEXIT
Leesburg, Florida
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

We ate there on a Thursday so they don't have their breakfast buffet--however, the food was delicious/biscuits and gravy soooo good and service was much better than last year.

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Thank lcl50
Ocean City, Maryland, United States
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

Close to our hotel, best breakfast south end of town. Good quick service. Food always fresh and hot.

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Thank Buddy D
Gettysburg, PA, United States
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015 via mobile

We ate dinner. Good food, not excellent. Reasonable prices. Average service. We would eat there again.

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Thank Kathryn W

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7013 S. Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Nags Head
  • Phone Number: +1 252-441-1600

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 12:30 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 12:30 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 12:30 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 12:30 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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