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Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe

7623 S Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head-Manteo Causeway, Nags Head, NC 27959
(252) 441-5405
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Ranked #7 of 72 Restaurants in Nags Head
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $28
Cuisines: American, Dessert, Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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 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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Chesapeake, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Our week at Outer Banks was wonderful. We ate at eight different restaurants. Basnight's was wonderful. There were four of us and we all agreed the soup was the best we have ever had. Three had She Crab and one had French Onion. Amazing! The Seafood Platter was wonderful. I had so much food I took over half of it... More 

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Augusta, Georgia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

I am a fried shrimp connesieur and Lone Cedar Cafe does them to perfection. Tender, not too much batter, melt in the mouth scrumptious. It was a lovely New Year's Eve experience. The restaurant is a little "off the beaten track" but well worth the trip. In the warmer months, they use fresh produce out of their garden and I... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We ate here a few years ago and it was delicious. That was before I was dealing with dietary restrictions. Since few restaurants offer a dessert that I can eat (other than sorbet), I don't hold out hope for anything sweet. We will be dining here tonight and anticipate another pleasant evening of delicious food!

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

Thank you for dining with us! We hope everything was delicious! More 

Chester, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

We spent our second Thanksgiving meal with the Basnight's. The food and service were excellent both times. They do a tremendous job with the amount of people they serve for the holiday dinner. We love the variety of a traditional Thanksgiving meal with other seafood selections to choose from. Overall, an excellent experience. The Lone Cedar Café remains our favorite... More 

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

Thank you so much for spending your Thanksgiving with us! We appreciate your review. We are delighted you enjoyed our buffet of fresh local food, both traditional Thanksgiving fare and seafood. We look forward to serving you again soon! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Thank you for an AWESOME Thanksgiving dinner!!! That was unbelievable. The food was absolutely amazing and the fact that you served that many people, as smoothly as you appeared to, is something to be proud of. Great Team Effort!!!

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

Thank you for celebrating your Thanksgiving with us. We are delighted you enjoyed our buffet! More 

Norfolk, Virginia, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I ordered the fried oysters which were not an appetizer, just to have fried oysters. The she crab soup, stuffed flounder with crabmeat and green beans were delicious. The fried oysters were light and tasted delicious. The corn muffins are extremely good too, we did not even try the roll. This restaurant is busy and it is because the food... More 

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

We serve only local North Carolina oysters, and we are so glad you liked them! Thank you for dining with us. More 

Nags Head NC
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Everything was wonderful! Staff was very attentive and friendly. Everything from traditional Thanksgiving food and to the freshest seafood. Highly recommend this restaurant during the holidays or just a night out.

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

Thank you for spending part of your Thanksgiving with us. We are so glad you enjoyed our fresh seafood and traditional Thanksgiving fare. More 

Nags Head, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Great food and great views of sound. What else can you ask for? Prices are pretty good for the amount you get! Enjoyed my visit here!

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

Thank you for taking time to review Lone Cedar Cafe. We are so glad you enjoyed our fresh local food and our fantastic views. We look forward to serving you again soon! More 

Newport News, VA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

I loved the broiled crab cake. Tons of lump crabmeat and very little filler. Delicious! The only down side would be the condiments that were brought to the table in in squeeze bottles. The restaurant is pretty nice and this took away from the feel a little.

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

Thank you so much for dining with us. Our crab cakes are made with fresh local jumbo crabmeat and very little else! We are always open to suggestions, and we thank you for yours about the condiments. We are looking forward to serving you again soon. More 

Mooresville, North Carolina
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
211 helpful votes 211 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Eddie Z here again. Let's start with the good. My wife ordered the sea scallop dinner with mashed potatoes and vegetables which was very good.On the other hand , I was going to order the yellowfin tuna but at the last minute ordered 2 crab cakes.what a mistake that was!! I've had crab cakes from Maryland to New England to... More 

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

We are delighted your wife enjoyed her dinner, but are disappointed the crab cakes were not what you expected. We are very proud to serve only fresh local seafood, and that includes our crabmeat. We believe the natural fresh flavor is the main feature of seafood, and our chefs use seasonings only to enhance the natural flavor of the seafood.... More 

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Additional Information about Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe

Address: 7623 S Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head-Manteo Causeway, Nags Head, NC 27959
Phone Number: (252) 441-5405
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Nags Head
Average Prices: USD 8 - 28
Cuisine: American, Dessert, Seafood

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