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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 1 week ago

This was our first time dining here. Our realtor friend suggested we give this place a try. The food was excellent and so was the service and ambiance. Erin our server was friendly and efficient. I had shrimp and a crab cake, mashed potatoes and...a vegetable medley. My husband had filet with crab meat. It was a great dining experience.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dinner and experience was outstanding! This was our first time visiting. We were looking for a nice restaurant that took reservations in the OBX. That’s hard as no one hardly takes reservations- but I called and it was super easy. Our waitress Jani was superb!...Took the time to explain specials and the menu. She was quick, efficient and so friendly! We both had the She Crab Bisque and it was hands down the best we’d ever had. We split the mixed grill special of tuna and steak - OMG the tuna was fresh caught and like butter, absolutely phenomenal! They are off the beaten path a bit in a quaint old house. Wine and beer only - other than that absolutely stellar experience! Highly recommend!More

Date of visit: April 2021
carlen p, Owner at The Colington Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for taking time to write a review on The Colington Cafe. That means so much and I know it will make Jami happy.. She loves her customers like we all do.. We are so glad you enjoyed your soup. That was...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ate here on our last night in the OBX. It's a super-popular place and was getting filled --even at 5 pm on a Friday night. It was opening night for them, and the ambience is really lovely--an older home converted into a restaurant. French and...Southern decor--lovely and restful. Truly terrific and friendly service. And the food is amazing and well-cooked. My friend had the best pork chop of her life, and I had a great crab cake and shrimp. She-crab bisque was maybe a bit too rich for me, but my friend enjoyed hers. The scallops appetizer was perfect. We'll definitely be back next time we're in town. Recommend reservations. Signage into the parking lot could be better--hard to slow down when traffic on the road is going fast.More

Date of visit: April 2021
carlen p, Owner at The Colington Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for taking out the time to write on The Cafe. We are so happy you enjoyed your evening, especially on opening night when our staff can be a bit "rusty." But we all love and appreciate our customers so so much,...More

Reviewed January 2, 2021 via mobile

Went here tonight by the after finding it purely by accident while driving today. We have been coming to the Outerbanks for 25 years and this was the absolute best place. Staff was super friendly and food was excellent. May be their last night for...the season but had everything on menu except coconut shrimp. Definitely will be coming back in May!More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed January 1, 2021 via mobile

Our house is in Duck, and with some of our regular restaurants closed for the season & those that are open, only at 50% capacity, I thought it would be a good time to try something new. The Colington Cafe has always had good reviews,...and they were taking reservations, so we went for dinner tonight. It’s in a Victorian house, and tucked back off 158. The service was warm and friendly, the menu had plenty of variety, and there were some daily specials. Whitney was responsible for our table, and was knowledgeable and welcoming. We all enjoyed our selections, especially the tuna and the rockfish and scallops special. We were too full for dessert, but Whitney sent a serving of the bread pudding home with us anyway. We’re happy to have found a great addition to our list of restaurants! Thank you for a lovely start to 2021.More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed December 19, 2020

Hard to feel safe eating out during a pandemic but they did a good job of keeping diners apart. We had an excellent friendly server and the food arrived promptly and hot. We both ordered steak with lump crab on top - one med well-done...and the other med rare - they came at the same time and were perfectly cooked. Sides were excellent, bread was warm and soft. A perfect meal. For those that like a cocktail you will only find beer and wine served here. Please note - this is not the choice of the restaurant but the town of Colington is dry as far as hard liquor is concerned.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed November 12, 2020

Eating here was one of the nicest experiences we've had dining out in years! Super cute setting, well done in an older house with plenty of space between dining tables. All staff members we encountered were superb at their jobs, and our server Whitney probably...the best server we've had in decades of dining. She make our meal so enjoyable and relaxed. We ordered an appetizer platter and a salad for dinner, which didn't make her blink an eye. We knew that even with our drinks and dessert that we would be a lousy ticket for her, but she never missed a beat, smile or conversation opportunity with us. We tipped her more than generously, needless to say! The food? The scallops rumaki were superb, best scallop preparation I've ever had. Coconut shrimp and crab cakes? Also excellent. The crab dip was good, but not great. The hot bread? Excellent! The green salad - couldn't have been crisper and the blue cheese dressing was great. The dessert tray is spectacular and we chose chocolate raspberry cake and the black bottom coconut cream pie. Just believe me - you can't believe how good their pastry chef is! We will dream about returning until we can!More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed November 8, 2020

I can't say enough about this restaurant. Fine dining at it's best from the ambiance, the excellent food,and the wonderfully warm friendly service. Whitney was so accommodating. It was a perfect evening for my husband and I and our close friends to celebrate our 35th...wedding anniversary. It is a little gem! They hit all the marks here!More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed October 31, 2020

Dinner last night was lovely. It's a charming home setting, and the food was scrumptious. I had fried jumbo shrimp and crabcake, and my husband had the filet mignon with crabcake. Then we shared a creme brulee! The chef, and the pastry chef have it...dialed in! I think whatever you order here, you can't go wrong! Angelique was our server, and she was an absolute doll; she reminded me of Reese Witherspoon. Who doesn't love Reese?!More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed October 18, 2020 via mobile

My husband and I had a superb dinner From making the reservations with Angela to meeting our server Susanna We started off with soups which were so flavorful mine the she crab and his the cauliflower and corn tasty and delicious. We both ordered the...tuna special but mine was with a filet cooked to perfection Susanna was gracious and attentive Also the peanut butter cheesecake just melted in your mouth We will return again Thank you for the experienceMore

Date of visit: October 2020
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Dawn B
March 8, 2021|
Response from 117christys | Reviewed this property |
I believe they said March or April
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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
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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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    • Food: 5
    • Service: 5
    • Value: 4.5
    • Atmosphere: 4.5