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“Great with a large party” 4 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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“Great with a large party”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Waitstaff was excellent with a large group. Food was very good, seafood was fresh. While I didn't get steak, others in my party has great things to say. We've been here 2x and will return.

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june39, Owner at Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe, responded to this review, August 29, 2014
We thank you for dining with us! Please join us again soon.
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Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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“Just can't Beat Fresh Fish & a Corner Table with Water View”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Enjoyed a wonderful early evening meal our last night in the Outer Banks. Arrived at 5pm and were immediately seated. Hostess was taking us to an inner table but we asked for a water view...she did re-check and seated us at a corner table in the furthest dining room from the entrance. It was perfect! A little crazy walking back there but once seated, we were treated so well. We all had seafood and really enjoyed it. My blackened tilefish was outstanding! The crab dip appetizer could have used more crab but was tasty nonetheless. The place was PACKED when we left...clearly one of the most popular in the area.

  • 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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june39, Owner at Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe, responded to this review, August 29, 2014
Thank you for spending part of your vacation with us. We are delighted you enjoyed our seafood, especially the blackened tilefish. We look forward to serving you again!
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“Great service & awesome fresh food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 via mobile

Just ate at Bassnights Lone Cedar Cafe! Food was fresh and delicious! Be sure to ask for Cody as your server. As someone who has worked in the service industry for over 10 years I can truly appreciate and take the time to recognize an awesome server!

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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june39, Owner at Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe, responded to this review, August 29, 2014
Thank you for dining with us. So glad you liked our fresh local seafood, and we are happy to know Cody served you well!
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Basnight's Always Great”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We have visited Basnight's every time we have come to the beach. This is our go to restaurant when we get to Nagshead. We look forward to a seafood meal that is always fresh. The local fish and seafood is featured on the menu. The menu mentions the fishermen who caught the specials of the day. It is a great place for families and large groups. The staff is very accommodating to families with children. The children in our group love checking out the sound, the gardens and the dolphin swimming by.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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june39, Owner at Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe, responded to this review, August 29, 2014
We are delighted to be your "go to" restaurant in Nags Head. Thank you! We look forward to seeing you again soon.
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New York City, New York
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“great find in outerbanks”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed a terrific meal at Lone Cedar. It was recommended by a woman at Outer Banks Taco Bar (which is also delicious) and I am so glad we followed her advice. We tried Blue Moon Beach Grill first but the wait was an hour and 45 minutes, so we made our way down a bit and crossed the bridge to Basnight's. They seated us quickly (15 minutes) and while we waited we meandered through their beautiful herb gardens. The food was very good and fresh. The trout and blackened tilefish specials were both terrific (especially the vegetable succotash that came with the dishes), as was the broiled seafood platter. Key lime pie was outstanding. Compared to other seafood spots in OBX it is more expensive, but portions are extremely generous and the atmosphere is a notch more upscale. The view onto the water is equally lovely. Servers were super friendly. It's a big place that can accommodate large groups and families. Would definitely recommend for a nicer meal out in the Outer Banks.

Visited August 2014
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june39, Owner at Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe, responded to this review, August 29, 2014
Thank you for a five-star review! We are so glad you enjoyed our fresh local seafood. Looking forward to seeing you again!
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