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The Dunes Restaurant

7013 S. Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959
+1 252-441-1600
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Ranked #30 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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Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Ate breakfast there with my family. The restaurant was very crowded and we had to wait but only about 20 minutes and we figured that the food must be good. The breakfast was the best I ate on OBX. The pancakes were delicious and the eggs done properly...runny yolks not hard boiled and the link sausage was very tasty! The... More

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Henderson, North Carolina
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

The Dunes Restaurant located across from Tanger outlet mall is hands down the best place to eat breakfast in the OBX. The Pritchard family has done a fantastic job with this restaurant and I have seen the owner Rufus Pritchard mingling with guests and providing great leadership for his team. He makes you feel like family when you walk in... More

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Smithfield, Virginia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Told 20 min wait... 45 min later sat down. There were many empty tables that were the size we needed too! Service was horrible...she mixed up 3 out of 6 drinks. Got 2 orders wrong and Never brought our salads we ordered. She said she would take them off our bill, but didn't. Never got any hush puppies, everyone around... More

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Colerain, North Carolina, United States
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

We ate breakfast, got the special for the day which was sausage and egg omlet with hash browns and toast for us. $5.99 per plate It was great and quite filling. We also decided to go back for dinner. We had a combination platter. I had two choices, fish and shrimp with baked potato and slaw. My husband had three... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Breakfast was good. We had the buffet which was clean & well displayed. Had the basics bacon, sausage, gravies, biscuits and a large variety of fruit. Also good options on the menu. Service friendly & attentive. Good breakfast choice.

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Windsor, Canada
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152 reviews 152 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The Dunes has been a fixture on the Outer Banks for maybe 30 years. After a management change within the family it kind of lost its way for a while. Well, its not exactly the same as it was but its back as a great place to eat. We had the specials, 14 oz prime rib and broiled flounder. Both... More

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Hanover, Maryland
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This restaurant was recommeded by one of the locals when we inquired about where to get a "real breakfast". We arrived closer to noon and wasn't sure if breakfast was still being served, but it was. Apparently they offer a breakfast buffet which was no longer being served at that hour so we ordered from the a-la-carte menu. My husband... More

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Bluffton, South Carolina
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

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
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

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
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

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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