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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
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Fresh Seafood with reasonable prices. With a view of the sound where you can sit either inside or out. A bar with live acoustic band playing. Server was friendly and helpful and I am still trying to figure out what this place is missing.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
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Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

Fresh Seafood with reasonable prices. With a view of the sound where you can sit either inside or out. A bar with live acoustic band playing. Server was friendly and helpful and I am still trying to figure out what this place is missing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

Words cannot describe how amazing Basnight's Lone Cedar catering team is! I cannot thank Victoria enough for everything she did. When I was first looking for a caterer, I had a lot of recommendations from friends so I took the time to call each one of the companies to get a feel for their service and what they could do.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW via mobile

The first thing that I noticed when I got there was the pile of reading glasses on the counter. It was a little puzzling at first but the I realized that it's for people that only need reading glasses and my have left theirs at home. Very considerate. The friendliness of the hostess was a plus but the view from... More 

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

Happy Anniversary, Kesh75! Thank you for celebrating with us! We are delighted you enjoyed your meals. We catch, shed and clean those soft shell crabs ourselves, then stuff them with fresh crabmeat...and we think they are yummy, too! The baby ospreys are so entertaining. Please visit us again before they are all grown up! More 

King William, Virginia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Oh, my friends, if you like she-crab soup, this is the place for you! First, I ascertained that they serve key lime pie and make it themselves. With that knowledge, I ordered a cup of the soup and a salad so I'd have room for the pie. This may be the best she-crab soup I've ever had - and believe... More 

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

It sounds like you had a perfect meal...our famous she crab soup, a salad made with fresh greens from our garden and our homemade key lime pie! We are so glad you enjoyed it all. We now have two baby ospreys in the nest right outside the windows, so the entertainment is even better. Please visit us again soon! More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

I will start by saying that Amanda our server really made this an enjoyable meal and is the reason it is a 4 instead of a 3 rating. The food and wine selection was very good as well. The only issue was my wife's chicken for the Caesar salad was a little dry and flavorless as for the rest of... More 

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

Thanks for mentioning Amanda...we think she is awesome....and she would have been happy to replace the chicken on your salad. We are so glad you enjoyed all the other food...the She Crab soup is a favorite and the flounder is fresh and local. It doesn't get much better than that! Thank you for dining with us, and please come back... More 

Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

If you like seafood, this is a great place to eat. The Lone Cedar combines: 1. Great food, 2. Great location It is located on the sound. 3 Great service. 4. Good prices

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

We appreciate the great review! Please visit us again soon! More 

Mooresville, North Carolina
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222 reviews 222 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
300 helpful votes 300 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

First visit in several years. Three of us enjoyed dinner before next day deep sea fishing trip. Very good service with beautiful views of the sound. I enjoyed blackened fresh fish (excellent), associate bragged on his ribeye. Good bar and friendly efficient service. Varied menu with seafood, steaks and bar menu. I strongly recommend. Located at the end of the... More 

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

Thank you for dining with the night before your fishing trip. We are delighted you enjoyed the blackened fresh fish and the steak, too! Hope your deep sea fishing trip was fun and successful...we will cook your fresh catch for you, too! We are looking forward to serving you again soon. More 

Richmond, Virginia
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

The dinner was the best food we had during our entire week-long visit on the OBX. The service is not as good as it has been in the past and I think this has worsened over the last couple of years. We were also there in Sept. 2014 and found that the service is very, very slow and the wait... More 

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

We appreciate you for making Lone Cedar Cafe a part of your Outer Banks vacation, and we are delighted you enjoyed our fresh local seafood. However, we want every guest to experience outstanding service as well as delicious food, so we are disappointed to read your comments about service. We will, of course, address this concern with our entire staff,... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

I went for brunch on Sunday expecting it to be a casual upscale restaurant. My server was very slow and it took food forever to come out. The app took 20mins and the entrée came out another twenty mins later. The food was upscale price but average tasting. I got "fresh vegetable spring rolls" for an app and they were... More 

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

We thank you for joining us for Sunday Brunch, and we are so sorry you were disappointed. Our fresh vegetable spring rolls are, indeed, filled with fresh vegetables from our own garden and local farms. We catch, shed and clean our soft shell crabs, and crisp the bacon on the sandwich so it will be easier to eat on a... More 

San Francisco, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Basnight's Lone Cedar Café was a solid stop on the way out of town after visiting Nags Head, NC. On the water, large restaurant. Place was very clean, served a lot of people and overall a positive experience. Food was good, but nothing we said," wow, can't wait to come back and have this again. But, for the prices and... More 

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

Thank you for dining with us when you visited Nags Head. We are sorry your steak and tuna were not cooked to your liking. We want every guest to be satisfied with our food, and your server should have offered to have your meal cooked as you requested. We do hope you will dine with 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: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Large groups, 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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