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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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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 30
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Fresh Local Seafood, Good Atmosphere and Nice View

We went as a family at the recommendation of our hotel. Although some items are a little more pricey than I expected the food was very good. Even my picky children indulged in some seafood which is unusual! I like the fact that the seafood is caught locally and the fishermen are given credit for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
Jaxncrealtor
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Jacksonville NC
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Jacksonville NC
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

We went as a family at the recommendation of our hotel. Although some items are a little more pricey than I expected the food was very good. Even my picky children indulged in some seafood which is unusual! I like the fact that the seafood is caught locally and the fishermen are given credit for their catch on the menu.... More 

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Rockville, MD
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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe has become one of our favorite restaurants on the Outer Banks because of its fresh, locally sourced fish and produce. I have always enjoyed reading the daily specials menu and learning who caught the fish or grew the vegetables that are being served. We have enjoyed many delicious dinners and brunches here. It's sometimes nice to... More 

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South Mills, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

My Husband and I were celebrating our 29th wedding Anniversary at the Outer Banks when we decided to try Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe. We were NOT disappointed! It was wonderful from start to finish! We had a lovely view of the sound and were able to watch the sun set as we ate. The waitstaff was awesome, catering to our... More 

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Manahawkin, New Jersey
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Basnights is always consistent. Good service and good food. They handle larger groups very easily. I personally like to sit in the bar section in the late afternoon looking out over the water enjoying a beer and some oysters.

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Virginia
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78 reviews 78 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

In all the trips I've made to the OBX, somehow I never ate at Basnights. The setting is perfect, with many tables that overlook the water. The restaurant is huge. The service is excellent. The menu is varied and reasonable. My meal was a seafood combo that consisted of a large piece of fried flounder, 3 extra-large fried scallops, and... More 

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

Thank you so much for taking time to comment on your dining experience at Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe. We appreciate your five-star review! We are delighted you enjoyed plenty of our fresh seafood, and we look forward to serving you again soon. More 

Durham, North Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Off-season restaurant availability at the North Carolina Outer Banks can be hit and miss. How fortunate we were to have dined at Basknight's Lone Cedar Cafe during March '15. The setting and its nautical summer-themed decorations were a welcome delight to the cooler temps of the OBX at this time of year. Menu selections were varied and fresh, many of... More 

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

We are delighted you enjoyed dining with us! Our seafood and vegetables are North Carolina fresh. Ricky and Lucy, our resident ospreys, have just returned to their nest. We are anxiously waiting to see how many eggs Lucy will lay. Please come back to visit us...and we may have baby ospreys for you to see. We will definitely have fresh... More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
186 reviews 186 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We were a group of 7 people and it amazed us how well they handled our group. We were seated right away, our server was friendly and knew the menu well. All of our food came out at the same time. One small issue was the Broccoli & Cheddar soup was cold. Once they brought it back it was fine,... More 

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

We appreciate your kind comments, and we are delighted you enjoyed our fresh seafood. Please accept our apologies for less than piping hot soup. We are so glad your overall dining experience was five star! We look forward to serving you again soon! More 

Rocky Mount, North Carolina
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71 reviews 71 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

A favorite choice at the Outer Banks. They specialize in not only local caught seafood but also in locally grown vegetables, and everything we've had there has been delicious. Got there early this time and got a table by the big windows and got to see all the waterfowl - and LOVED seeing a tiny little bird (a normal sized... More 

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

Thank you so much for your five-star review! We are delighted you enjoyed our fresh local seafood and vegetables. Please come back to see us soon! Also, our resident ospreys usually return in late March. It's such fun to watch them building up their nest in preparation for their eggs. More 

Nags Head, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Always has excellent outer banks dishes that are served by a wait staff that anticipates all your needs and make suggestions to make your meal more enjoyable.

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

We are delighted you enjoy dining with us! Thank you, and please come to see us again soon! More 

Currituck, North Carolina
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

One of my absolute favorite Family friendly Restaurants. The food,service and view are always amazing as I dine there 4-5 times annually including Thanksgiving. Friendly Staff and nice little gift shop. Go and enjoy!

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

Thank you so much for your five-star review, and thank you for dining with us during the year! We look forward to serving you again soon. 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: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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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