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Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe

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7623 S Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head-Manteo Causeway, Nags Head, NC 27959
(252) 441-5405
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Description: At Lone Cedar Cafe, we specialize in fresh and local seafood. If you're...
At Lone Cedar Cafe, we specialize in fresh and local seafood. If you're craving the freshest fish, clams, crab, shrimp and oysters from local North Carolina waters, you'll find them at the Lone Cedar Cafe. For generations, Outer Banks families made their livings - and their daily meals - from the bounty of local waters, caught fresh every day. Our family, the Basnights, were part of that history, and we continue the tradition today by serving only the freshest Outer Banks seafood, caught in local waters and brought to our docks daily by local fishermen, then cleaned and prepared right here at the Lone Cedar Cafe. Our vegetables are "just picked" from North Carolina farms, we serve only all-natural beef and poultry and even our herbs and greens are grown in our own chemical-free garden on-site. Come enjoy delicious food, gorgeous sunsets and panoramic water views, the antics of our resident ospreys and our warm Southern hospitality.
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Wonderful food and service!

We were a group of seven old friends going out for dinner while spending a weekend away. Basnights accommodated our group and the waitress was very helpful. She even took our group photo for us to have as a memento. The food was delicious and plentiful. I would recommend and go back again!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
Janet K
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Norfolk, Virginia
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
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Norfolk, Virginia
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

We were a group of seven old friends going out for dinner while spending a weekend away. Basnights accommodated our group and the waitress was very helpful. She even took our group photo for us to have as a memento. The food was delicious and plentiful. I would recommend and go back again!!

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Haymarket, Virginia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Lone Cedar is always on the agenda when we travel to the Outer Banks. As always, the food was excellent. I love that the menu lists the fisherman who caught that day's fresh catch. I found the wait staff pretty lackluster but effective. Unfortunately, we had to move from our soundfront table because there was a little ant issue (yes,... More 

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june39, Owner at Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us. We are truly sorry about your ant experience, and, as you indicated, we do inspect and treat on a regular schedule, but at this time of year, when our fresh herbs and vegetables start to grow, those little creatures are attracted. We do hope you will return to enjoy more of our fresh local... More 

Southport, North Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is on the water. We were next to the window so we could watch the birds in their nest. The food was good. Service was okay. We enjoyed ourselves and would go back again.

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june39, Owner at Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for dining with us! We look forward to serving you again soon. More 

Longmeadow, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
125 reviews 125 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

The Lone Cedar Cafe is in a great location and we were able to sit waterside. And what was there but an osprey nest with "Lucy" sitting in the nest and "Desi" sitting nearby. The staff and customers have quite a show each year as the osprey return to the same nest; customers even get to name the babies once... More 

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june39, Owner at Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe, responded to this review

We are delighted you enjoyed our evening entertainment...our resident ospreys! We are so glad, too, that you enjoyed our fresh local food! Please visit us again soon! More 

Hanover, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

We had a group of 10 and there were 2 buses outside so I'm sure that was a factor but we waited nearly an hour for our food. Big place but would avoid if you see a bus(s) outside.Food was really good but not cheap either.

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june39, Owner at Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe, responded to this review

We are so glad you enjoyed our fresh local food. Please accept our apology for your wait. Our chefs and kitchen staff are dedicated to preparing each dish as expertly and quickly as possible. We do hope you will visit us again. More 

Raleigh, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

With a beautiful view of the sound and an osprey nest, this restaurant blew us away with its delicious, fresh seafood entrees, excellent staff, and eclectic decor! We absolutely loved this restaurant and plan on visiting again next time we are in Nags Head!

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june39, Owner at Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe, responded to this review

We are delighted you have us on your "return visit" list, and we are so glad you enjoyed our fresh local seafood coupled with our amazing views! We look forward to serving you again soon. More 

Cleveland, Ohio
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We got an amazing table near the window and watched the osprey nesting on the water, if we turned around we had a gorgeous sunset. Very good she crab bisque and the red drum was fantastic. Our service was super.

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june39, Owner at Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe, responded to this review

We appreciate your kind comments, and we are pleased you enjoyed both great food and service. Ricky and Lucy, our resident ospreys, are still putting on a show every night! Please come back soon! More 

Corolla, North Carolina
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Very large restaurant can handle big crowds. Typical seafood for the region fried. Consistently good.

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june39, Owner at Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us. We appreciate your comments and hope you will visit us again soon. More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

My husband and I had dinner at Basnight's for the first time. Our usual restaurant next door wasn't open yet so we thought we would give Basnight's a try. We were NOT disappointed! From the beautiful view of the ospreys nesting, to the casual and family friendly atmosphere to the fantastic food, let me tell you- this place is too... More 

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june39, Owner at Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for dining with us! We are delighted you enjoyed our fresh local seafood. Our she-crab soup is a favorite...the secret is that fresh jumbo lump crabmeat. Ricky and Lucy, our resident ospreys, are still entertaining our guests. Please come back soon to see them and to enjoy our fresh seafood! More 

2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Great selection on the Easter Buffet. Great wait friendly wait staff! Very good food! Will eat there again!

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june39, Owner at Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe, responded to this review

We are delighted you enjoyed our Easter buffet! Thank you for dining with us. Please join us again. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7623 S Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head-Manteo Causeway, Nags Head, NC 27959
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Nags Head
  • Phone Number: (252) 441-5405

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 28
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Dessert

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children

Description

At Lone Cedar Cafe, we specialize in fresh and local seafood. If you're craving the freshest fish, clams, crab, shrimp and oysters from local North Carolina waters, you'll find them at the Lone Cedar Cafe. For generations, Outer Banks families made their livings - and their daily meals - from the bounty of local waters, caught fresh every day. Our family, the Basnights, were part of that history, and we continue the tradition today by serving only the freshest Outer Banks seafood, caught in local waters and brought to our docks daily by local fishermen, then cleaned and prepared right here at the Lone Cedar Cafe. Our vegetables are "just picked" from North Carolina farms, we serve only all-natural beef and poultry and even our herbs and greens are grown in our own chemical-free garden on-site. Come enjoy delicious food, gorgeous sunsets and panoramic water views, the antics of our resident ospreys and our warm Southern hospitality.

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