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The Lifesaving Station

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1461 Duck Rd, Duck, NC 27949
(252) 449-6654
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7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
Description: Located in the original—and splendidly restored—Caffey’s Inlet Life Saving...
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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    Very good
  • 32
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  • 11
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Convenient Restaurant

The LifeSaving Station is convenient when staying at the Sanderling. It has good food and great service. Breakfast and lunch offer enough variety to eat there several days. Bright and airy.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 13, 2015
vickyg882015
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Nashville, North Carolina
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Windsor, North Carolina
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had four meals here over our three day stay. Food and drinks are both wonderful. The atmosphere is quiet with a fireplace. I am sorry that I did not get our waitress's name so I could compliment her. She was great. I believe she was from Nepal. The pork shrank and shrimp and grits were fabulous!

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Thank L0vet0travel433
sanderlingresort, Manager at The Lifesaving Station, responded to this review

Thank you for enjoying all your meals with us during your stay. Thank you for making recommendations to other diners of your favorites. We hope to see you again in the near future. More 

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122 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed at the Sanderling and didn't feel like going anywhere and the Lifesaving Station had good reviews. It has great ambience and fits the area (as most) and we decided to eat upstairs at the bar. I am not exaggerating when I say there were maybe four other tables there, it was off season so it certainly wasn't by... More 

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Thank Sarah M
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015 via mobile

We had a tremendous visit to the Life saving station at the Samderling Inn in North Duck. Service, food and wine list were special.

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

Thank you for joining us at the Lifesaving Station. We appreciate you sharing your experience with others. More 

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50 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

The Lifesaving Station has become our favorite breakfast spot, and during our October week, my sister in law & nephew wanted to come too. My nephew is 10, but ordered the eggs Sanderling, and cleaned his plate. My Mom loves the smoked salmon plate, and had that both times we went. I had the eggs Benedict, which is consistently delicious.... More 

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

Thank you for visiting us twice during your recent visit and the review! We look forward to your return! More 

Chesapeake, Virginia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

Great food at every meal. The cocktails were very nice as well. The staff was lovely and always had great suggestions

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Thank scorpiosting07
sanderlingresort, Manager at The Lifesaving Station, responded to this review

Thank you for joining us for every meal at the Lifesaving Station. We will share your compliments with our staff. More 

Nashville, North Carolina
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

The LifeSaving Station is convenient when staying at the Sanderling. It has good food and great service. Breakfast and lunch offer enough variety to eat there several days. Bright and airy.

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Thank vickyg882015
sanderlingresort, Manager at The Lifesaving Station, responded to this review

Thank you for being our guest and choosing to dine with us as well. We know there are other options. We also appreciate the review. We hope to have you back in the near future. More 

Athens, GA
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

My wife and I have been going to the Lifesaving Station off and on for over twenty years. It’s better now than it’s ever been. We first discovered in the ‘90s when we used to stay at the Sanderling Inn (now the Sanderling Resort). Our latest visit was for dinner three nights. The restaurant is on two levels, and we’ve... More 

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

Thank you for the review and choosing to spend three nights dining with us. We have passed the compliments to the culinary and service team. Thank you for your honest opinion on the pumpkin creme brulee. We do hope your travels bring you back to the area and the Lifesaving Station. More 

Angola, Indiana
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157 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

We had a spectacular visit to the Lifesaving Station. From the hostess, to the interior, to our server Barbara and the dinner, it was totally awesome. We started off with their excellent pomagranite martini, then butternut squash soup, lobster bisque, tuna, roasted beet salad, three cheese mac, mushroom risotto. The presentation was beautiful, the food delicious and service amazing. A... More 

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

Thank you for dining with us and taking the time to share with other diners. We hope to welcome you back again for a memorable evening. More 

Brickell, Florida
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

We stopped at the restaurant in the old lifesaving station. From the moment we entered the building we were treated like royalty. The food was excellent as was everything else about the visit.

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

Thank you for joining us at the Lifesaving Station. We are glad you enjoyed your experience and hope to see you again soon. More 

Williamsburg, Virginia
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

By far, one of the best restaurants I've visited in the past year. Terrific food, varied menu, and attentive staff, all inside an historic life saving station. Highly recommend

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

Thank you for dining with us and for writing a review. We look forward to welcoming you back. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1461 Duck Rd, Duck, NC 27949
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Duck
  • Phone Number: (252) 449-6654

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?