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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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English first
Stafford
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Nice atmosphere and accommodating staff. Food was good and the restaurant has great nick nacks to buy.

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Apex, NC
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The food was very fresh and cooked perfectly. We enjoyed dinner here one night and breakfast here the next morning.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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79 reviews 79 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We have eaten here before and the service is good and food reasonable... this trip had the breakfast buffet for $10.99 was a decent value - scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, sausage gravy and biscuits, hash browns, a few other things and fruit... my wife had an omelet with grits and pancakes that was too big for her, but I would... More

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Richmond, Virginia, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

My husband and I went to dinner with our friends last night. We went because of the All You Can Eat (AUCE) Crab legs. We had seen an airplane with a sign over the beach earlier that day. We ended up getting the AUCE crab legs & AUCE steamed shrimp. They were the BEST steamed seafood we've had at the... More

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Charles Town, West Virginia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We are really glad that the Dunes came back after the fire last year. We missed it last year. The updated interior is very nice. This is very good simple food. It is also a nice respite for non-seafood entrees when you are tired of the same old fried fish. The meatloaf and the fried chicken are stand-outs from that... More

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Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Back in the late 1990's, early 2000's my family and I used to frequent this restaurant often for a variety of meals. It's convenient and easy. The food was always okay and the service was good. After a little break we decided to make the drive up from Waves for dinner this year only to discover that the restaurant had... More

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Lorton, Virginia
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Ordered; Fried Oysters, Crab Cake & Salad. My Wife ordered; Clams & Fried Flounder. Salad never came. The oysters were raw & would have probably put me in the hospital if I ate them. Crab Cake was fried garbage from a box. Flounder was rubbery & inedible. I sent my entire meal back & asked for the salad that never... More

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York, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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