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The Lifesaving Station

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Thu, 1/24
8:00 PM

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Sanderling Blue Crab Chowder
bacon and potato
Local Greens
picked onion, sliced strawberry, candied pecan, goat cheese, frozen lemon & balsamic drizzle
shaved parmesan, garlic croutons, fried capers, white anchovies
Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail
jumbo shrimp and lobster tail, house made cocktail sauce
NC Lump Crab Cakes
picked vegetables, braised red cabbage, lemon caper mayo
Fried Oysters & Calamari
green onions, bacon dust, aioli drizzle, sweet chili sauce
Pimento Cheese
house sours, grilled baguette
Loaded Duck Waffle Fries
truffle oil, duck fat powder, duck sausage crumble, spring onion, diced tomato, gorgonzola cream
Steamed Mussel
garlic, bacon, tomatoes, white wine, lemon zest with grilled baguette
Seared Sea Scallops
colonial corn pudding, roasted tomato, carmaelized brussels sprouts
Shrimp & Grits
anson mills grits, surry sausage, smoked gouda, honey, 6 minute egg
Gulfstream Yellowfin Tuna
seared rare on a red of warm nicoise salad
Pan Fried Local Flounder
grilled baguette, arugula, heirloom tomato relish, lemon caper mayo, mushroom risotto
Fried Chicken and Biscuits
country fried boneless breast, goat cheese, scallion, pickled okra, sweet pepper mustard, warm potato salad
Pan Seared NC Duck
red wine & wild mushroom pan gravy on shaved brussels sprouts, fingerling sweet potato salad
Prosiutto Crusted Pork Loin
dijon cream, charred peppers, grilled polenta cake
Southern Braised Short Ribs
red wine braising jus, mirepoix vegetables, whipped potato
Portabella Angel Hair
marinated portabella, spinach, roasted tomato, parmesan
Grilled Filet OBX
house whipped horseradish potatoes, baby carrots, grilled asparagus, local shrimp and lump crab, boursin cream
Lamb Shank Osso Bucco
preserved lemon & thyme, anson mills polenta, shaved brussels sprouts
Grilled Asparagus
Green Beans
Collard Greens
Mac & Cheese
Mushroom Risotto
Whipped Horseradish Potates
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
$31 - $40
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
American, Seafood
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was here on a quiet weeknight in January, a total of 7 guests dining. Upon arrival I had to wait to be seated, as both servers were busy. Throughout the evening the server asked "how are we doing", "do we like the fish", "are...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank MoscouT
sanderlingresort, Manager at The Lifesaving Station, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for dining with us. We do find the off season to be quieter throughout the Outer Banks with no waits for dining.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything we had was excellent and the service was all we could expect. It’s a nice casual atmosphere with interesting lifesaving station stuff displayed. The standouts, for us, were the “local greens” salad, the shrimp cocktail and the scallops.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank ColleenB324
sanderlingresort, Manager at The Lifesaving Station, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for dining with us and taking the time to review your experience. We hope to welcome you back in the future.

Reviewed November 29, 2018

Great atmosphere, good service, good food and drink. Sat by the fireplace. Staff was friendly and responded with knowledge to our questions. We got a very helpful response when my wife asked about duck on the menu.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Bob B
Reviewed November 14, 2018

Everything here was top notch! Started with the very friendly and bubbly greeter, didn’t get her name, but she has her reddish hair pulled tight up on her head. She was great! Then the waitress was excellent. We liked the atmosphere. Finally, the food was...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Shirley W
Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

Located in a resort complex but open to the public. Went for breakfast today: French toast (looked like a half a loaf of bread was used!); hotcakes that were probably 10 inch diameter and a bit thinner than we expected but still very tasty; and...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank douglaslS8161YJ
Reviewed November 7, 2018

Open for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. I did all three. The restaurant is in a Life Saving Station that was at Caffey's Inlet. I highly recommend. Great place to view the sunset.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Tom M
Reviewed October 18, 2018

We ate here 3 times during our long weekend and every meal was wonderful. Thank you for your excellent service and beautiful, delicious meals.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank grn2gld
sanderlingresort, Manager at The Lifesaving Station, responded to this reviewResponded October 28, 2018

Thank you for the compliment to dine with us each day. We are glad you enjoyed the culinary experience.

Reviewed October 13, 2018

On a Friday evening we came here for dinner, as a couple. We were quickly greeted and seated in a beautifully decorated dining room. The sun light coming in really does a nice job of lighting up the vibrant blue and white colors on the...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank je1058
sanderlingresort, Manager at The Lifesaving Station, responded to this reviewResponded October 28, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to visit the Lifesaving Station and to share your experience. We definitely do not want any patrons to feel rushed. We have had a number of reviews talking about the speed of service being too slow and we have...More

Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

Ate here for a business retreat, and the food and service were super! The chowder was amazing; just a great flavor! Should’ve gotten more. The waitress recommended the flounder, and she was spot on! It was cooked to perfection. Eat out of the deck if...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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sanderlingresort, Manager at The Lifesaving Station, responded to this reviewResponded October 28, 2018

Thank you for the kind words. The chowder recipe is the original from 1985 when the restaurant opened. We always have it so please do stop in for more.

Reviewed October 2, 2018

We always have at least one dinner at the Lifesaving Station when staying at the Sanderling. The food is satisfying whether a quick bite or a bigger dinner. Mussels, fried chicken and seafood specials are particularly good. Casual atmosphere is great after a day at...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Mike1295
sanderlingresort, Manager at The Lifesaving Station, responded to this reviewResponded October 5, 2018

Thank you for dining with us when staying with us. We are glad you enjoyed your options.

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