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Rundown Cafe

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5218 Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
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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Upper Sandusky, Ohio
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very fun place by the water!! Food was good and the chilled noodles are terrific! Fish tacos were delicious also! Live music in the evening from Weds thru Sat.

Thank Alison W
Athens, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Really liked the Rundown Cafe Soup Appetizer over anything that I had eaten in my full dinner. Soup tasted as if the workers had put a lot of time into it and I wished I would have gotten more. I will for sure make another stop before leaving the OBX and get a bowl of the soup... Very very good!... More 

Thank Pennyyy21
Harrisburg, North Carolina
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This restaurant has such a great selection of food and beverages that it should be hard to pass up. Inside the place is extremely clean and the staff is excellent and friendly. Great place to catch a local music act as well. The only drawback is that it closes at 9 (Like most places around Kitty Hawk)

Thank Mischiefmusic
Huntington, West Virginia
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94 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Food Quality is good. Specialties include sesame noodles and their namesake soup. The owner's specialty dip is a must. Don't expect seafood as a mainstay. This is a niche restaurant that specializes in Island oriented dishes. Short walk from Hilton is a plus

Thank Mike K
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Rundown is always our first stop and last dinner when on vacation. The food is great and always well prepared. The owner is a tremendous person and absolutely dedicated to making sure everything is running smoothly. This is a can't miss stop when in the kitty hawk area.

Thank tmcaninch
Ventura, California
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were looking for a quick dinner and stopped in not knowing what to expect. There was a variety of dishes including soft shelled crab sandwiches and salads with many options for add ons. A speciality drink menu was available but the atmosphere was appropriate for families with children. The fish pond out front has large koi and there is... More 

Thank Kelli C
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great food, atmosphere, and staff. If they have it get the Fish Cioppino -it's fresh and it's got a great broth. Also - can never go wrong with Fish Bites! Nice top deck with ocean views and music.

Thank Harold P
Park City, Utah
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131 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were seated quickly. The drinks came really fast. We had fish bites as an appetizer which are amazing. We followed it up with fish tacos they were really good too. The music are the upper deck was fun. All in all a delightful evening.

Thank CS124578
Richmond, Virginia
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We made several trips to the cafe while visiting the OBX. A couple of the visits were to the outside upper deck. It has a good view and great place to relax. While not being able to order off the regular menu on the deck, it did have a good selection to choose from. In addition, there was live music... More 

Thank edwar58
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100 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been coming here for years. Love this place and the best dish on the menu is definitely the fish bites! The sauce is to die for. The noodles are excellent as well! Love this restaurant.

Thank Elizabeth M

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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, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Dining on a budget
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 Trail, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
  • 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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?