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Rundown Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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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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Collegeville, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Never have a bad meal here. In the off season we go there for Monday night local's fried chicken night. Excellent. The Rundown soup is unique and so tasty. Love sitting on the upstairs deck and looking at the ocean. Friendly owner and bartenders. Love the coco-loco chicken. Key lime pie is yummy. One of the places we always hit... More 

Thank mrsd10s
Sandston, Virginia
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24 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My favorite meal at Rundown is the coconut crusted shrimp tsunami dinner salad along with the Rundown soup. The Journey's End salad dressing is awesome. The night we visited, the fried chicken special was just starting up for the season. The place was packed. Take out orders were booming. People were lined up to eat inside and outside at the... More 

Thank Claudia L
Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Friendly service. Great fish tacos. We love this place. Check out the deck; live music; life is good!

Thank v m
Butler, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a very nice waitress. Four of us and everyone liked their food. Prices very reasonable. Chicken Pot Pie was fabulous. We ate upstairs out on the deck with view of the ocean.

Thank cupcakelynn
Penndel, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks 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 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016 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 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 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 

2 Thank Isaac M
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Seafood, Jamaican, Caribbean
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Special occasions
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?