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7013 S. Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959
+1 252-441-1600
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Today
6:30 am - 12:30 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Fri 6:30 am - 12:30 pm
Sun - Sat 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat 6:00 am - 12:30 pm
Dining options: Dessert, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
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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Visitor rating
  • 156
    Excellent
  • 105
    Very good
  • 56
    Average
  • 24
    Poor
  • 28
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Too Much Salt

I ordered a bowl of clam chowder but couldn't eat it because of the amount of salt in it. In fairness, I am on a "no salt added" diet, but this was over the edge.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
Gerald G
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Janesville
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
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369 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This was a nice restaurant and bar. We sat in the bar area with Patrick as our server. He was friendly and we appreciated his tips! Be sure to stop here for delicious seafood.

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Richmond, VA
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We had a waiter in training. He did very well. I had fried soft shelled crabs all 3 nights I was in town. These were rated #3. Tasted like they were fried in the french fry grease or something. Other than that it was a good meal.

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Mays Landing, New Jersey, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Went here with my family for breakfast and the buffet is AWESOME!!!!!!! $12.50 and you are not dissappointed!! Food is fresh and once the pans are low, they are quickly replenished!! My mother in law had the crab and shrimp omelette and that was WONDERFUL!!!!! Full of seafood!!

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We have dined at the Dunes a number of times over the years, The Dunes was one of our favorite restaurants. However, this recent visit changed that. The hostess/manager did not make us feel welcomed at all. In fact, we felt as if she didn't want us there. Our food was not what we expected of the Dunes compared to... More 

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Janesville
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

I ordered a bowl of clam chowder but couldn't eat it because of the amount of salt in it. In fairness, I am on a "no salt added" diet, but this was over the edge.

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CT
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Another landmark we have never tried before, but sure glad we did on this trip. The breakfast buffet was very good, service was spot on, and they have a litlte gift shop that is nice to wander around should you have to wait a few minutes for a table.

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Syracuse, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Very accommodating staff. Food was very good and moderately priced! Cute gift shop attached to the restaurant.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This restaurant has a wonderful breakfast buffet with fruit and many choices. It was recommended by our motel.

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grimesland, nc
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

My 10 year old daughter enjoyed the buffet but there wasn't enough variety for the rest of us. We ordered off the menu and everything we had was yummy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Excellent food, excellent service, excellent atmosphere. Breakfast was wonderful, and don't forget to stop by the gift shop.

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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 - 20
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?