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Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
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Caribbean, Bar
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Free off-street parking, Live Music, Waterfront, Beach
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Bloody Mary Sundays, don't miss them! It's fun to see what toppings they're going to make. Very nicely decorated and spacious inside, with an upstairs dining as well.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped here for lunch while waiting for our rental house to open up at 4pm. Service was top notch. Extremely friendly. When my wife's side dish of beans were cold, the waitress kindly took the cost of her lunch off the check.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My burger was cooked till crispy and very salty. My wife's meal was also overcooked. Food was flavorless. First and Last visit.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Food was the worst. We read a few recent reviews before arriving and thought it couldn’t be so bad. The food took over 45 minutes to be ready, and the reviews were right, how can awesome ingredients taste so wrong! The kids meals was also...terrible. Kids couldn’t eat it we couldn’t eat it either. This was our first time we cannot talk about if anything has changed , but we are not going back for sure.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 1, 2022 via mobile

I ate here with my husband and his parents. We got the grilled chicken sandwich, steak tacos, a poke bowl, and shrimp. They were very accommodating to my mother in law who needs to eat softer foods due to a condition. Our waitress was very...friendly and our food was served quickly. We will definitely come back again!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 4, 2022 via mobile

This was my favorite dinner on our vacation. It was also the least expensive. Enjoyed Hawaiian Poke Bowl, Sesame noodle bowl and key lime pie. The server was too notch. Fixed a mistake quickly.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 29, 2022 via mobile

I had dinner one evening on the Hula Deck. Simple setting to enjoy lovely weather and in person singer/guitarist. I truly enjoyed the seared scallops special with corn cream, grits and grilled asparagus. I would go back.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 29, 2022

Delicious. Was there one time last week and the noodle bowl was terrific. Wish we could have stayed down there longer.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 25, 2022 via mobile

We’ve eaten at the rundown for over 20 years, and ownership and staff has come and gone as expected. But the hostess, who said it was her first day there, was just plain gross. Her hair was filthy grungy, she had dirty nails over an...inch long and was wearing dirty sneakers. Not a great first impression, even with staff shortages. Two in our party got the sesame noodles. They’ve always been spicy hot, but these were inedible because of the heat. To be fair, the waiter brought my adult daughter another meal and didn’t charge her for the noodles, but by then everyone else (except my husband who was struggling to eat his own spicy noodles) was finished. We’ve gotten these for years…but these aren’t even close to the same heat level. The coconut chicken was the only good thing we had. We were really disappointed with the meal, but the place was busy, so we may be in the minority. We won’t be going back.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 20, 2022 via mobile

Delicious mahi-mahi and coconut shrimp! There were three of us, we started with the coconut shrimp. The dipping sauce was just the right level of spicy. For our entrees each ordered a different dish; spicy noodles with mahi-mahi on top, mahi-mahi tacos and grilled mahi-mahi...with a slice of pineapple topped with a delightfully light yet creamy sauce. The service was good both times we went there and the dining room is very clean. The restaurant is not fancy; bare tables, silverware wrapped in a napkin, plain clear glasses and white stoneware dishes, but it is nice. There is a huge mural of an octopus on the wall above the kitchen and other paintings of fish by Harry Fish, decorate the other three walls. It is the very pleasant and friendly staff who create the warm atmosphere.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 15, 2022

Because we were staying at The Hilton, we decided to take the short walk to The Rundown Cafe because the menu sounded interesting as did the restaurant name! It was a good decision! The staff was all so very friendly—Claire was the bartender and took...such good care of us as she also helped choose our food! Claire greeted us with a big smile, warm heart and was so absolutely NICE!! We will definitely come back! Thanks Claire and the rest of the staff!!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 7, 2022

We come often and have never had a bad experience. The food is always very good. The specials are delicious and unique and of course there is Bloody Mary Sundays featuring a small meal on top of a Bloody Mary. Monday night chicken is always...a hit. Very fair prices and large servings!More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 20, 2022

We are local and love to support our local restaurants! This experience, however was terrible! I was hoping for sooo much more! Four of us came to the Grand Opening and understood they were still working out the kinks. So we tried again and this...time we had a table of 8. We watched, half of, our tables food sit up at the counter for 15 minutes, obviously it was all cold when it arrived. Soo after arrival everyone was done eating, however, my husband and I still had not received our dinner. We are 2 hours in by now, yall. We got there at 3pm, so not at lunch or dinner hour rush. I know everyone is short staffed and i am sensitive to that as a customer. However the owner, who was watching our table once she realized we had been there so long, never once came and apologized for the service we received. Unfortunately, I don't think we will be going back.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed December 27, 2021 via mobile

I’ve been coming here for years and I don’t understand the hype about this place. First, it Needs better lunch choices. Most of the options consists of a taco or it’s a fried item of some sort. I got the fish tacos—very underwhelmed. Fried tuna...with not good slaw and a sauce that overtook the flavor. Hubby got the fried mahi po boy and if was fried, pre purchased fish pieces. I know this because they were all uniform in size and shape, and they were the exact same ones that another local eatery uses. Not a coincidence. Service was great. No complaints.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed October 4, 2021

We thought this place sounded fun but quickly realized we were not going to be able to have a conversation. Tbe acoustics are so bad in the restaurant and you had to yell in order to hear. The food was excellent but if you are...looking for a place to enjoy each others company, its not here. Take out might be the best bet.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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No, they do not take reservations and your whole party needs to be on site in order to put your name in for a table.
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RUNDOWN CAFE, Kitty Hawk - Restaurant Reviews, Photos & Phone Number - Tripadvisor

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Yes, Rundown Cafe offers takeout services.

Rundown Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4