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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

After the drive from DC to OBX, this is always off our first restaurant stop after we unpack. The food is consistently good and the service friendly. Sets the tone for our stay.

Thank Robert P
NW New Jersey
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Bright, relaxed and reasonable place for lunch, dinner or drinks after a day at the beach. Rundown is a combination of Asian fusion, fused with island flavors, coupled with fresh grilled fish on top of a beach atmosphere. Daily specials have to compete with lunch and dinner salads or noodle bowls that are gi-normous! You won't leave hungry and will... More 

Thank JoeyBagadonuts
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to hang out on the patio to get some food, I couldn't eat there because of my allergy but we enjoyed the view and the bartender was excellent!

Thank Tabby B
Youngstown, Ohio
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and two teens had lunch on 8/24. We had the buffalo chicken dip as an app, it was delicious and not too spicy. My wife had the coco loco chicken sandwich, I had the Big wave Dave sandwich, they were both excellent! The kids had burgers, which they both loved, awesome service as well. They have a pond... More 

Thank Robbio28
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved this place! The variety and type of food was different and delicious! I got the sesame noodles with coconut chicken. It was very tasty and a large portion.

Thank temerson72
Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First time at the rundown cafe. Had the baja fish tacos and they were great. Food came out quick and everyone in my party was pleased with what they ordered. Prices weren't too bad either! Waitress was very nice and attentive. Would definitely come back.

Thank katiewiz
Bergen County New Jersey
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been having our first meal on the OBX at Rundown Cafe for years. Really great fresh food and great service. When we sit down at our table we know vacation has begun!

Thank bquack
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5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed within walking distance and enjoyed this casual spot twice in our week. We had an above average dinner - sesame noodles with shrimp and soft shell crabs. The Hula Deck is a great casual spot to relax with a summer beverage with live music - the deck serves apps as well.

Thank Nancy H
Lutherville, Maryland
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206 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Another great time at Rundown! We arrived around 5:45 for dinner and were immediately seated upstairs. Nice view of the ocean! We started things off with a pound of steamed shrimp. There was an option offering jerk seasoning but we opted for "regular". Nice. The ladies ordered Vietnamese Pho with grilled chicken. Looked great and they loved it. My sons... More 

Thank CandyMan627
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome! !! Never a bad meal!!! The hostess is very professional, would love to me her!!!! And very hot! !

1 Thank Chris P

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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
Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Bar scene, Families with children
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?