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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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Raleigh, North Carolina
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Staying at Sanderling Resort my partner and I wanted to have dinner close by and we'd already eaten at the fantastic Kimball's Kitchen across the street. We were lucky enough to find a second great restaurant with excellent food at a more mid-range price. Wendy, our server was the perfect person for my girlfriend and I: outgoing, attentive, funny and... More 

Thank efhalter
VA Beach
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104 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Haven't been to this place in years although we live 5 miles away. It is part of the Sanderling Resort which is wonderful, pricey but for a special occasion somewhere to consider. This restaurant is not in the main building. If you go there go into the main building and see the genuine Audubon prints and amazing porcelain bird collection.... More 

Thank alphotodoc
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95 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016 via mobile

This immaculate restored Coast Guard station is a cool place to dine! We went in for breakfast and waited and waited for service. Our server apologized gave us water and we waited and waited for her to return and take our order. Our food was good but slow lackadaisical service detracted from the experience. It was not inexpensive. The whole... More 

Thank Mayo G
Richmond, Virginia
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016 via mobile

Consistent, reliable, accessible and good quality! Servers were always smiling... We ate breakfast there as part of the Sanderlings package.... Never a concern with food.... If you love breakfast, eat here...

Thank Rodney G S
Burlington VT
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

We had a large group and were seated quickly. It wasn't too crowded, we went for a late brunch. They made simple substitutions for us and I had the eggs benedict with crabmeat. Amazing! Everyone else was happy with their food. The building is beautiful, the service is excellent, the atmosphere overall is very nice and the prices are reasonable.... More 

Thank vthiker89
Atlanta, Georgia
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97 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016 via mobile

We had dinner on a Sunday evening and while the food was pretty good, the service was definitely lacking. It seemed that one tired waitress was responsible for 5 tables, including a large party. We waited 10-15 for water and to order drinks. Then waited another 20-25 for our meals. The restaurant was not that crowded. We experienced the same... More 

Thank gww3
sanderlingresort, Manager at The Lifesaving Station, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We appreciate your comments and apologize for the long wait. We hope next time your experience will be quicker. More 

Williamsburg, Virginia
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53 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

Visited this restaurant twice during a one-week stay at Pine Island in Corolla. Really good food! For dinner, most of us had seafood with a beurre blanc sauce (French white butter sauce). Really special! I would have liked another scallop or two with my entrée, but that was probably because I had to share one with others at the table.... More 

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

Thank you for dining with us at the Lifesaving Station. We apologize for the wait that delayed getting you on your way. We hope you will visit again and not experience that. More 

Cary, North Carolina
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43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

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

Thank you for dining with us and sharing your experience with others. We are glad you enjoyed the ambiance and fresh seafood. More 

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22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 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
sanderlingresort, Manager at The Lifesaving Station, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us and making the last night such a special memory. We appreciate the review and feedback and hope you will be back for oysters and tenderloin next year. More 

London, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016 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
sanderlingresort, Manager at The Lifesaving Station, responded to this review

Thank you for the review and providing us good feedback. We want to continue to enhance the service and culinary experience. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $40
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Private Dining, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Families with children, Scenic view, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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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