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She Crab Bisque
Full of crabmeat with a hint of sherry
Scallops Rumaki
Plump local scallops wrapped in bacon, topped with a teriyaki ginger sauce
Coconut Shrimp
Large shrimp, breaded in shredded coconut and lightly fried, served with an orange mustard sauce
Grilled Shrimp
Large local shrimp grilled and topped with our delightful tropical salsa
Hot Crab Dip
A delicate combination of local crabmeat in a light cheese sauce (Great to share)
Tartines Provencales
Goat cheese, tapenade, roasted tomatoes and pesto served with crispy croustades
Crabcake Sampler
A single crabcake served over mixed greens and a horseradish caper sauce
Salade Composee
Pears, blue cheese and candied pecans over mesclun greens drizzled with a balsamic vinaigrette
Brie Cheese
Warm brie cheese served with French bread, chutney and fresh fruit
Mixed Green Salad
Choice of homemade honey dijon, blue cheese, or raspberry vinaigrette
Fish Dujour
Always the freshest available. Ask your server about today’s selection
Mixed Grille
Changes daily
Grilled Shrimp, Fried Shrimp or Sautéed Shrimp
(choice of one) Lightly marinated and grilled, lightly fried or sautéed in lemon butter
Shrimp Scampi
Large shrimp sautéed with butter, fresh garlic, tomatoes, lemon and white wine
Shrimp and Scallop Napoleon
A wonderful combination of both fresh shrimp and scallops in a sherry cream sauce
Shrimp and Scallop Tropicale
A combination of shrimp and scallops grilled to perfection topped with our tropical fruit salsa
Lump Crabcakes
Crispy fried crabcakes served with a creamy horseradish caper sauce
Fried Shrimp and Crabcake Combo
Crispy fried panko crusted shrimp and lump crabcake served with a remoulade
Fried scallops $+4.00
Pasta Primavera
Sautéed seasonal vegetables with tomatoes and pesto topped with fresh parmesan cheese
Grilled shrimp $+4.00
Chicken and Fettuccine Alfredo
Grilled chicken breasts over fettuccine and broccoli in an alfredo sauce
Seafood Pasta
Penne pasta tossed with sautéed shrimp, scallops and smoked salmon in a light cream sauce
Filet Mignon
An 8 oz. filet mignon grilled over an open flame, served with béarnaise
8 oz. $25.95
6 oz. $22.95
Filet Coquille
A petite filet mignon sautéed with fresh sea scallops, sweet peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions and garlic in a marsala wine sauce
Filet De Mer
A petite filet mignon sautéed with large shrimp in a sherry demi-glaze cream sauce
Filet and Crabmeat
A grilled 6 oz. filet mignon topped with fresh lump crabmeat and béarnaise sauce
Filet Dijon
Sautéed medallions of beef tenderloin and mushrooms in a rich dijon black peppercorn sauce
Filet and Crabcake
Grilled filet mignon with béarnaise and a crabcake with horseradish caper sauce
Le Grand Trio
A combination of grilled filet mignon, grilled shrimp and jumbo lump crabmeat served with béarnaise
Beef Brochette and Fried Shrimp
A wonderful combination of grilled teriyaki glazed beef brochette and crispy fried panko crusted shrimp, with a spicy orange dipping sauce
Chicken Normandy
Sautéed chicken breasts and apples in an apple brandy cream sauce, garnished with toasted almonds
Grilled Chicken
Boneless breasts of chicken marinated and grilled, finished with a raspberry mustard sauce
BBQ'd Chicken and Shrimp
Grilled BBQ‏ glazed chicken breasts topped with grilled shrimp and béarnaise sauce
Pork Au Sherry
Medallions of pork tenderloin sautéed with mushrooms in a light sherry cream sauce
Pork and Shrimp Tarragon
Sautéed pork medallions and shrimp in a dijon tarragon cream sauce
Pork Tenderloin
Grilled medallions of pork tenderloin topped with a raspberry mustard sauce
All entrees served with chef's choice of accompaniments
Our Wonderful Selection of Desserts
3.95 Cappuccino
All children's menu items served with French fries
Fish of the Day
Chicken Tenders
Parmesan Noodles
Fried Shrimp
Grilled Steak
4 oz. Filet mignon
Nestled off the beaten path in a Victorian house surrounded by 400 year-old oak trees, we are a local's favorite. Our seafood is brought in fresh daily, and we use locally grown ingredients.All the locals love our filet dishes as well as our large menu.All desserts are homemade. We are a family run restaurant with most of our staff having been with us for over 15 years.We do everything to make sure all of our customers leave happy.
$15 - $25
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed January 1, 2020

I just ate arguably the best meal of my life. My husband and I have had some amazing date nights at some amazing places, but Colington Cafe just single handedly cooked us the best filet and lobster we have ever tasted. Like the manager coined,...More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed November 17, 2019 via mobile

We were in for dinner Thursday 11/14. As always a great meal which includes grilled tuna and a really great pumpkin tiramisu. Ronnie served our table and did an exceptional job! Thank you

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed November 13, 2019

Charming atmosphere. Great choices on the menu. Really good service.Best She Crab soup ever. Feel this restaurant is the best fine dining on the Outer Banks.

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed November 4, 2019 via mobile

Just ate there last night and the excellent reviews are all true! Great food and service. Beautiful place. Had Seafood pasta and my wife had chicken alfredo, both very good. Also the desserts were spot on, chocolate cake with raspberry sauce and cheesecake. Service attentive...More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed October 31, 2019 via mobile

Very good dinner, everything was very good. Would definitely go back. Old house setting was kind of cozy, the waitress was very knowledgeable and helpful. Good experience.

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed October 10, 2019

Four adults, two 10-year olds. There was nothing more one could ask for and in a lovely setting. We've been coming to the OBX for years and never found this place. A beautifully maintained, private house and garden. A few table is each room is...More

Date of visit: September 2019
Colington C, Owner at The Colington Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded October 11, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience on the cafe. We are so happy that you enjoyed everything. That means so much to all of us, from the front manager, waitstaff to our chefs who have been there for almost...More

Reviewed October 8, 2019 via mobile

Always enjoy; the best restaurant at OBX; 3d visit this year; a bit pricey but you will not be disappointed!!!

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 8, 2019 via mobile

Found this place last fall and looked forward to returning this year. It was just as good as the first trip. OBX hidden treasure.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Colington C, Owner at The Colington Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2019

We really appreciate you taking out the time to share your experience at The Colington Cafe. As the owners of 31 years it means so much to have out guests happy. The chefs and "front of the house" all work hard to make everything special...More

Reviewed September 30, 2019

Everything we have ever had here has been delicious. Seafood, Steaks, Desserts with homemade breads. If you are on a diet, don't go or you will torture yourself. Dining rooms are set up in various rooms in a converted old home. Dinner by candlelight with...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Colington C, Owner at The Colington Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded October 2, 2019

Thank you so much for taking out the time to share your experience about the Colington Cafe. As I watched our baker finish up her cheesecakes, peanut butter/choc warm bread pudding, creme brulees, fruit cobblers yesterday I told her, " I wish you could see...More

Reviewed September 25, 2019

Charmingly nestled amid live oaks, this eatery sports a small gift shop and some of the most creative parking anywhere (which just adds to the fun). We’ve dined here many times over many years and have found everything consistently excellent. After a sun-blasted day on...More

Date of visit: September 2019
Colington C, Owner at The Colington Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded September 28, 2019

We can't thank you enough for taking out the time to share your experience of The Colington Cafe.. It really means so much to all of us, especially to me having owned it for 31 years. It is like my 3rd child and we all...More

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Dawn B
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Response from kenpearl | Property representative |
So sorry , just saw this , we reopen for the 2019 season on Friday March 29 and be open 7 days a week thanks
August 6, 2017|
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Response from melodiet269 | Reviewed this property |
I wouldn't wear denim to Colington Cafe, but smart-casual works. My husband wears a button-down cotton shirt or polo with his khaki 'dress' shorts. It's not overly stuffy, but there is a formality to the place. Victorian... More
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