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7013 S. Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959
+1 252-441-1600
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4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 6:30 am - 12:00 pm
Sat - Sun 6:30 am - 12:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, 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
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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    Very good
  • 68
    Average
  • 27
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  • 34
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Bigest breakfast in Nags Head!

We went to Dunes for breakfast and not only was it good but the size of the plate and the portions were huge. Would definitely recommend!

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
janleslie
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Salisbury, MD
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

We've been vacationing in the Outer Banks for 16 years and had never been to the The Dunes Restaurant. We found it by chance looking for a Breakfast Buffet since our old breakfast standby from the beginning, Western Sizzlin, closed its' doors during the past year. Great find! Service and selection were excellent. Was very impressed that our waitress advised... More 

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Pennsylvania
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50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We stop by The Dunes every time we enter and leave OBX. It has become a family tradition. The breakfast buffet has a little bit of everything and the other meals are perfect too. We love everything that we have tried so far. The staff is always very friendly, even though this place is always packed!

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Allport, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Wanted all-you could eat crab legs. We did even look at the menu, because we knew what we wanted. The waitress came back and asked what two sides we wanted. I said I din't know we got sides, she named a few off. I said is a salad a side - she said yes, NEVER mentioned it was 3.00 more.... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We went to Dunes for breakfast and not only was it good but the size of the plate and the portions were huge. Would definitely recommend!

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Nags Head, North Carolina
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Dunes breakfast buffet had a variety of food that was hot and delicious, this was my first time in Nags Head eating at the buffet kept me full for hours. I will be back next year and my stop for breakfast will be Dunes.

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richmond
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

My family has eaten here each time we visit OBX. By far the best breakfast in town and their little gift shop carries unique gifts and jewelry too.

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Rochester, New York
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We should have turned around when the hostess said they were short four servers and weren't seating as many groups to maintain the quality of their service. Because it only got worse from there. My sirloin steak was triangle shaped like a piece of thick pie and tough. Not sure what kind of cut that was. $19.99 down the drain.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We LOVE, LOVE this place. We sat in the bar so we wouldn't have to wait for a table. Our bartender/server was so awesome. We got some bloody mary's and split an omelette plate. Western omelette is HIGHLY recommended and delicious.

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Howell, New Jersey
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Stopped here on our last day at the Outer Banks (Labor Day week 2014) for breakfast and as soon as we got our food we realized we should have come here everyday. Both our choices were excellent, delish and plentiful! Great service too. Get here early or be prepared to wait (like we did), worth the wait though. Never made... More 

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Northern Virginia, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Absolutely the best breakfast bar in Nags Head. Friendly staff, fast service/seating, just a wonderful atmosphere. At dinner time, there is a magician that walks around and entertains while you wait on your food.

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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
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 12:30 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 12:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 12:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 12:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 12:00 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 12:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?