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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
Not what I expected but good fresh food!

Service was great, food was fresh, atmosphere was so so. The she crab soup was delicious, lump crab dip was great, fresh baked rolls and corn bread was hot and fresh, a non seafood eater ate tuna and enjoyed it. Prices are a bit high, but portions are generous. Down side, the other non seafood... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
Tanya F
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Lexington, Kentucky, United States
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  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
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Lexington, Kentucky, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

Service was great, food was fresh, atmosphere was so so. The she crab soup was delicious, lump crab dip was great, fresh baked rolls and corn bread was hot and fresh, a non seafood eater ate tuna and enjoyed it. Prices are a bit high, but portions are generous. Down side, the other non seafood eaters ordered burgers and steak... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

We held my son's rehearsal dinner at this restaurant. The food was amazing, cooked to perfection and served to 60 people piping hot. The wait staff were excellent in getting food and drinks served. Their service was impeccable. I had many compliments regarding the dinner and one guest said it was the best food he's ever had at a rehearsal... More 

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Medina, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

We have been making trips to the Outer Banks for the last 20 years. About five years ago we found this great place to take our family for dinner. We came back to it this year and as always had a great experience and tremendous meals for all. It is right on the sound with great view and an osprey... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW via mobile

We ate our final meal at Basnights, as we were leaving OBX to start the long drive home. It was recommended to us by Captain Chum of Pirates Adventure in Manteo...and he did not lead us astray! Great fresh herbs and veggies from the garden, and the seafood was exceptional. We were there for brunch and enjoyed the broiled flounder... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Lone cedar is a must if you want to top off your vacation week. Everything was delicious and our waiter Chris S. was extremely helpful and efficient. From start to finish what a nice experience.

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

Thank you so much for making Lone Cedar Cafe a part of your Outer Banks vacation! We look forward to serving you again soon! More 

Fayetteville, North Carolina
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

The food was divine. Absolutely...well....Yummy! All locally caught or grown. Our server April (thank you so much April!!!) explained every part of the meal and her suggestions were spot-on. The place is decorated with fishery implements, and even has a returning pair of Ospreys who raise a family right next to the East-side window. We will come back our next... More 

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

David, we'll look forward to seeing you during your next trip to the Outer Banks! We appreciate your five-star review, and are delighted April took excellent care of you. More 

Whiteville, NC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Ate there last night. Everything was excellent. The service was a bit slow to start but when things warmed up our servicer was on top of everything. Shrimp and grits was good and flounder dishes were super. All the side items were tasty. We had 3 apps. Crab dip was perfect and fried green tomatoes were just Right. I found... More 

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

Thank you for dining with us! Our shrimp and grits is a favorite...so glad you liked it. We hope you'll visit us again soon! More 

Manteo, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Went on Sunday for brunch. Everything was great ! The turkey on Sunday is fantastic. They are known for their cornbread which is very good It was our dessert.

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

Thank you for joining us for Sunday Brunch! We look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This has become our meeting place when friends gather during vacation. Large seating capacity and waterfront vie ws available. Once, there was a wedding reception being held and the restaurant is so large, no one noticed the exceptionally large party! Food is absolutely fabulous and fresh.

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We are delighted to be your "meeting place" on the Outer Banks! Thank you! We look forward to serving you again soon. More 

Winchester, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I would not have gone here on my recent OBX trip because I was staying in Duck.However my son and daughter in law insisted (they went here twice for dinner during a 3 night stay) I loved the food , the cream of crab soup is the best I have ever had anywhere. The portions are huge no matter what... More 

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

Thank you for making the trip from Duck to dine with us! We are so glad you enjoyed your meal...especially the she crab soup. It's a favorite! We always want our guests to have a fabulous experience with us. We offer family dining as well as romantic dinners...and our atmosphere can be lively! Please come back to see us soon! 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, Seafood, Dessert

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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: Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, 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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