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Rundown Cafe

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5218 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-5900
252- 255-0026
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Penndel, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had lunch here for the first time. We really enjoyed the food. The Spicy Thai Noodle Dish with Mahi Mahi is very good! Would recommend this place. Will return next year!

Thank bubby0904
Oakdale, Connecticut
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55 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

On the way to airport from a week in Corolla we stopped here to break up the ride. Great food, fun surroundings and music. Nice ending to a family vacation. We would return at the beginning or end of any trip in OBX. This restaurant gets you in the vacation mode.

Thank Diane062
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place had good reviews so thought I'd try it. I started out with their signature soup. It had NO fish in it. It was a small cup and only 3/4 full. Total waste. Their healthy salad consisted of very large pieces of romaine, 2 huge pieces of red pepper, 2 huge rings of onion and a couple of shreds... More 

Thank Lisa G
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a must-do when you're in Kitty Hawk. The food is mostly Caribbean inspired with lots of chicken and fish options. The salads are HUGE. Our adult family of 8 chose to eat outside, upstairs. With a view of the rising full moon over the beach it was amazing. Very prompt service! It's not fancy, just great food. Prices... More 

Thank ljoland
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When you picture the ideal beach-town restaurant -- like something plucked out of a movie -- this is it. Rundown Cafe has a beautiful location across the street from the water, and an outdoor seating area from which you can see the ocean. The servers are super friendly and willing to accommodate any request, and the food is absolutely delicious.... More 

1 Thank Isaac M
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The menu was very diverse and accommodating. The service was friendly and helpful. Prices good and very good portions. Deck view of the ocean, definitely a 2nd time!

Thank Colby S
Greenville, North Carolina
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274 reviews
229 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place has great food , prompt and efficient service and reasonable prices. The vegan specials were excellent, we had all the tapas apps along with a salad topped with Mahi Mahi and Coconut Shrimp with beans and rice ... Yumm

Thank Furlough
Virginia Beach, VA USA
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174 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The best thing about this place was the presentation of the food. That's pretty much it. Service was bordering on neglectful. The food itself tasted like it all came from a box. Very forgettable.

Thank jez09
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35 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a just OK place for dinner. We sat inside upstairs near the bar and really had no view of the ocean. I had a fish sandwich that was very fresh and well cooked. It was busy but everyone seemed to hustle. I saw some people eating outside on the deck after we started eating but we were not... More 

San Francisco, California
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23 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Rundown Cafe's name refers to a Jamaican phrase for good food and drink, NOT its condition :) The seafood is excellent and fresh and vegetarians will delight in the vege fare as well. The outdoor bar has truly excellent combos. The singer for SensiTrails is extraordinary. The staff at Rundown are from the local area and are genuine, helpful... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Jamaican, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Large groups
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5218 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-5900
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Kitty Hawk
  • Phone Number: 252- 255-0026

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?