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The Lifesaving Station

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1461 Duck Rd, Duck, NC 27949-4635
(252) 449-6654
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Cary, North Carolina
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42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

When you enter the first thing you notice are the nautical memorabilia depicting the old Lifesaving Service, now the US Coast Guard The waitstaff are very friendly and helpful, and steered us to the special offering, a grilled sea bass. Very well done. The crab chowder was also very good. Entrees are expensive, but that is to be expected for... More 

Thank opihiman
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

After a week of doing the laid back OBX vacation we like to raise the bar for the last nights dinner. This place did not disappoint. We started with mussels, shrimp cocktail, and the oyster pot pie. For a family of mussel junkies, they rated tops of all time. Oyster pot pie, meh. For the main course, the beef tenderloin... More 

Thank Paul J
London, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Ok so you expect it to be fairly pricey in this resort and it did not disappoint. Food was very nice though so you kind of get what you pay for. Service was nice enough but very slow and they didn't seem that busy.

Thank Mark D
Charlotte, North Carolina
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268 reviews
219 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate brunch here after some time at the spa and had a great meal. Two of us got egg white omelets and two of us got the standard breakfast plate of eggs, meat, and a side. The food was fresh and nicely made, though nothing was memorable except for the tiny biscuits they serve before the meals come out--they... More 

Thank grace m
Philadelphia, PA
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We sort of stumbled on the restaurant here, called the Lifesaving Station, since nowhere on the outside signs indicated that although the "Lifesaving Station is Open", does it say this is an actual restaurant. It is open to the public although it is part of the larger resort. We enjoyed the gorgeous views, the excellent food and service, and the... More 

Thank nana3lov
Galena, Maryland, United States
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a wonderful meal here!!! Service was great as well!!! Really pleasant staff and food was exceptional. A little overpriced for the serving size, but overall great food. Local seafood was great. Nice cocktails as well.

Thank Christy P
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were looking for a quick nice breakfast before leaving for home. After trying another restaurant in the area that had about an hour wait, we found The Lifesaving Station. It definitely was a lifesaver! We were seated quickly and greeted by our server. Everyone was very friendly. After taking our drink order, the waitress brought out homemade mini biscuits.... More 

Thank Lea E
sanderlingresort, Manager at The Lifesaving Station, responded to this review

We are glad you found us and sorry it was not quite the experience you were hoping for but thank you for giving us another chance when you return. More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at the Sanderling Resort and ate most of our meals here. Lovely restaurant and historic building, was a former Life Saving Station. Employees were great, friendly...one in particular we loved, Eunice in the dining room and bartender Mark...he was a hoot and fun to chat with. Food was awesome and we were seated immediately, but reservations on the... More 

Thank babsCt
sanderlingresort, Manager at The Lifesaving Station, responded to this review

Thank you for being our guest as well as dining with us. We are glad you got to know some of our staff during your visits with us. More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This came recommended by a homeowner on the beach, but didn't live up to its recommendation. The food was ok, the service was great. We sat ousted, but we overtaken by ants by the end of the meal bc ap plates were not cleared. It was ok, but won't go back.

Thank Melanie H
sanderlingresort, Manager at The Lifesaving Station, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us. We are sorry we did not meet your expectations. The outside is such a pleasant experience most of the time and we try to control the elements as best we can. We do hope you might give us another chance- maybe inside next time. More 

Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had House Pancakes and Hot Cereal, what a way to cap off such a wonderful morning we had in Duck, N.C.

Thank 365Eating
sanderlingresort, Manager at The Lifesaving Station, responded to this review

We are so glad you joined us for breakfast. Start your vacation off with us next visit. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $40
American, Seafood
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1461 Duck Rd, Duck, NC 27949-4635
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Duck
  • Phone Number: (252) 449-6654
Located in the original—and splendidly restored—Caffey’s Inlet Life Saving Station No. 5, the Lifesaving Station is a casual, three-meal-a-day restaurant celebrating southern coastal cuisine and regional, organic products. New with the renovations is a spacious outside seating deck and large fireplace. Known for its “best breakfast on the Outer Banks” and a-la-carte Sunday brunch, the Lifesaving Station is a favorite Duck, N.C. restaurant choice for both locals and vacationers. And be sure the try the Lifesaving Station’s famous Carolina BBQ Sampler and Spring Mountain Farms Buttermilk Fried Chicken, always on the menu. The Lifesaving Station maintains an impressive wine list. Local breweries are featured while specialty cocktails feature coastal “house cocktails” and bourbons. Upstairs, the renovated No. 5 offers sweeping views of the Currituck Sound. The relaxed atmosphere is conducive to catching the game and enjoying quality cuisine.

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