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“2nd time! ” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe

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
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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“2nd time! ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This was my second time coming here with a huge group. This time we had twenty people in our party and Jeff and Ryan did a fabulous job getting all the orders correct and very fast! Food was also wonderful!

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English first
Laurel, MD
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“So good we went twice in 5 days!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

After a short wait made pleasant by the lovely outdoor deck overlooking the sound, we first had the fabulous crab dip. I'm a Marylander and particular about anything crab, but this was so tasty with a mild horseradish flavor. The fried flounder had a beer batter which was light and not at all greasy.
The highlight of my meal was the creamy she- crab soup with a touch of sherry. Best I've ever had. Will definitely go back next time we're there. O and don't miss the key lime pie.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Manteo, North Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Great Service, Great Food, & Great Views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We went to dinner last night at Lone Cedar. We are regulars at this Local's favorite on the OBX. For the first time, we had a waitress named Carolyn. She was absolutely the best server that I have ever had at Lone Cedar. She was prompt on refilling drinks without having to ask and just a cheerful person. We frequent Lone Cedar several times a month, and this is the first time we have ever had her. I made a point to go up to management and let them know what a great asset she was to their restaurant. If you go to Lone Cedar you must try their She Crab Soup...nothing else compares to it and it's my absolute favorite!

  • Visited August 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Tampa, Florida
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Our most enjoyable meal in the area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The Lone Cedar Cafe was our most enjoyable meal in the area. Very good food, good service and great views made for a delightful evening.

Visited August 2014
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Prince George, Virginia
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“A Great Night at Basnight's”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We visited the Lone Cedar Cafe for the third time and once again, we came away with pleased palates. My wife had the crab cakes and indicated that they were "to die for". Not sure I would do that for a good meal, but she thoroughly enjoyed it! I sampled the mixed grill this time, a culinary treat of fresh tuna, filet mignon, and chicken. The tuna and filet were terrific, but the chicken was a bit stringy and tough. Nevertheless, the awesome sides more than made up for it. Try the stuffed figs. We were a little skeptical, but our bravery was rewarded. Cody was a great server and took care of us with great efficiency and care. If you are able to, ask for window or outside seating you can watch the mother osprey feed and watch over her young. There were three in the nest last week. See you next year, Mama Osprey!

  • Visited August 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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