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“Very disappointing second visit” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Pamlico

Cafe Pamlico
49684 NC Highway 12, P.O. Box 737, The Inn on Pamlico Sound, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
+1 252-995-7030
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Ranked #2 of 20 Restaurants in Buxton
Price range: $35 - $50
Cuisines: Continental, Contemporary, International, Organic
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Cafe Pamlico provides a world class casual fine dining experience through exceptional food, outstanding detail oriented service, an inspired wine and cocktail program, and gracious attentive Southern hospitality. Our contemporary coastal cuisine is driven by locally sourced seafood, meats, and produce. Our menu changes frequently in accordance with the fresh ingredients our chefs discover on the island, most notably the fresh local seafood we feature. We are committed to supporting local farmers and artisan food producers first, sustainable resources second, and organic third. Reservations are highly recommended.
Glen Allen, Virginia
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“Very disappointing second visit”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

We were looking forward to a relaxed meal in this first class (for the Outer Banks) restaurant. On opening the door we were assailed by the excruciatingly loud noise of a local duo playing and singing in the tiny lobby/bar. The hostess could not hear us and we could not hear her. She indicated that the only available table was right in front of this live "music". At our request the musicians agreed to tone it down. Ready for a drink we waited and waited for service. Eventually we ordered two glasses of the house Reisling from the minimal wine list. It was almost the final straw when our server returned to tell us that they were out of that particular wine "tonight." We both ordered the wahoo entree ($27.00) and again we waited and waited. Our request for more bread was delayed, eventally arriving concurrent our food. The wahoo was dry, it needed a sauce, the pasta with tomato and onion concasse was abundant and also dry, the mixed vegetables were colorless and flavorless. It had all been "plonked on the plate" with no attempt at presentation. We had planned to treat ourselves to dinner in a quiet restaurant where we could carry on an adult conversation. The music became louder and the musicians began interacting in loud voices with two young men sitting at the bar whose language was offensive. We were looking forward to ordering dessert, but we decided to leave as atmosphere was declining even more. Quiet background music would be more appropriate for this venue. Reservations are almost mandatory. Surely service can be provided accordingly.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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OBX_Innkeeper, Owner at Cafe Pamlico, responded to this review, May 26, 2012
We wish to extend our apology to this guest. The night of their visit with us, May 18th, 2012, was an almost perfect storm of difficulties. The senior chef who was to be on had an emergency, leaving our kitchen badly short handed. Two popular local musicians were scheduled to play on our outdoor decks. Unexpected weather drove a last minute decision to move the musicians, and guests who came to see them, into our bar. Although the patron was a walk-in, we try very hard to accommodate return guests, and provided them with our only open table. The wiser decision under the circumstances would have been to suggest another restaurant for them.

We wish that the guests had verbalized their experience to any of our staff in any way, which unfortunately they did not. Our guest satisfaction policies remain in full effect. As we did not meet our service or quality standards under the difficult circumstances, trying to accommodate a walk in guest while short handed in poor weather with a full restaurant, their meal would have been with our compliments. They are welcome to contact us so that we may offer them dinner with our compliments on their next visit to make amends for the issues presented on that particularly challenging evening.
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“What a Gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

I originally reviewed the Bed & Breakfast and raved about this restaurant, but I thought that many would miss this if they are searching under restaurants. This is a 4 star restaurant tucked away in unassuming Buxton!

The weeknight evening we dined was like having a private chef. Our food was cooked to order with great care and detail. Their wine list is discriminate and reasonably priced. The view of the sound is beautiful!

If you are looking for an romantic place to dine, this is the place!

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Charleston, West Virginia
4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

Cafe Pamlico, located at the Inn on Pamlico Sound in Buxton is a wonderful place to dine. The food is superb. Everything is so fresh and prepared to perfection. The service is second to none. Warm and friendly, not at all pretentious, as one might expect this level of dining to be. The fillet mignon was tender and perfectly seasoned. My husband enjoyed his pan-seared tuna as well. Pricey, but delicious place to eat. Treat yourself.

Visited May 2012
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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“Wonderful Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

My fiance and I visited the Inn several months ago and felt it was the perfect location for our wedding. We were in Buxton last weekend and stopped by the Inn to take another look around and have dinner. What a fabulous meal! One of the best we've ever had. The appetizer, main course, dessert, wine - all of it was impeccable. And the wait staff - what a nice group of people. We are more excited than ever to share our great experience with our friends and family when we marry in September.

Visited May 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
4 reviews 4 reviews
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“Way to Go Chef Forrest!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

We recently had our wedding at the Inn for 70+ friends and family. From the moment we began planning, (last year), Chef Forrest was 100% engaged, attentive and caring about what we wanted for our big wedding weekend. And last weekend, he and the rest of the team really delivered. The food was fresh and impeccably prepared, the presentation just perfect. From the Fri nite welcome BBQ to the elegant sit down reception dinner the next nite - it was all pitch perfect. His staff knew exactly what they were doing and were professionals throughout the weekend. In fact, many of our gests were on a first name basis with Ian, Amy, Cheyenne and several others from the Cafe team. Whether your meal is planned for a large group or an intimate dinner for 2, its hard to imagine being disappointed at Cafe Pamlico. Thanks so much to the entire Inn staff. Jerone and Tina

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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