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3948 S Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27949
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Tue - Sun 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Lynchburg, Virginia
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Food and service was great! We passed by several times and finally stopped in for breakfast! One of the best breakfast meals We had and reasonably priced.

Thank Steph24572
Pine Hall, North Carolina
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We ate lunch at the cafe as we just just happened to stop by the place. I had the crab cake sandwich and it was fresh and delicious. Service was good.

Thank Barbara E
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Stayed in kill devil hills for a,few mites and found this gem a,few miles south in Nags Head. Lunch wa so good we came back the next night for dinner. Crab cake sandwich was one of the best I'd ever had. Fried chicken was fabulous. Service is davoon!!!

Thank Lori C
Rustburg, Virginia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had amazing service and amazing food every time we went. We highly recommend it. There isn't a lot of room for big parties over 12 people, but the atmosphere is great and the seating is comfortable. Everything from barbeque to amazing chowder on the menu.

Thank methuselah87
Washington DC
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96 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here after our 8am surf lesson at Farmdog up the road. Had an excellent breakfast and they are roasting their own coffee which was so good we bought a bag. Also had the tour de france on, so extra bonus. Later in the week came here for a late dinner--huge burger, and shrimp fettuccine, nothing fancy but very well... More 

Thank travel-crab
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a nice quiet dinner! They weren't busy on the Saturday night that we went but the food was very good. My husband had the fish & chips and it was very good but was cod so wasn't local seafood. I had broiled crabmeat and shrimp and it was very good! Great flavor and fresh tasting! Would go back... More 

Thank Nancy J
Fairfax, Virginia
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79 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were lucky enough to stumble upon the Old Nag's Head Cafe on a Saturday night when other eateries were jam packed with customers. The Old Nag's Head Cafe had a table for us, and served us a fantastic meal. The coconut shrimp ($20) was fresh-made: nine huge shrimp, rolled in a house-made batter and fried to crispy perfection. The... More 

Thank 2CountryWalkers
Richmond, Virginia
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small, old fashioned cafe, good wait staff, great meal. My friends raved about the Fish and Chips, while I had the Huge Angus burger! Portions were large and tasted great. Will come back next year on our annual Beach Week😎

Thank KateElvis
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the crab cake sandwich, Wasabi mayo, Caesar salad with homemade croutons, and an amazing shrimp skewer.

Thank Kara H
Smithfield, VA
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204 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had not dined at the ONHC in a couple of years, maybe longer. That was for dinner. Decided to give their breakfast a try. Let's start here. We were pleasantly surprised. The place is not very big. So I guess parking was adequate all things considered. The restaurant sits across the street from some of the Old Nags Head... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$4 - $25
American, Cajun & Creole, Seafood, Barbecue
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Television, Highchairs Available
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3948 S Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27949
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Nags Head
  • Phone Number: 12524411141
Old Nags Head Cafe continues the Roderer family tradition of the great food and Outer Banks North Carolina hospitality we've been offering Nags Head restaurant diners since 1985. Housed in the historic Harris Grocery store on the beach road that served vacationers up until the late 70s, our café's easy-going, beachy atmosphere provides the perfect setting for a gathering of friends or a quiet evening. We like how one of our guests described us, "The restaurant/bar has a very neighborhood feel but is classier than your standard beach seafood shack. Lots of wood paneling and a tasteful amount of local flavor make it a great place for a low key night or casual date." We do strive to make you feel like you're a long-time local, even if it's your first visit, with our friendly servers and easy-going style. That's the way a Nags Head restaurant should be! Complementing our surroundings is a menu that's setting a standard for Nags Head restaurants. Enjoy traditional and contemporary Southern dishes as well as the best in fresh local seafood, chicken, chops, hand-cut Angus beef, pasta, soups, salads, sandwiches, daily specials and homemade desserts. We've been told you can't come to this place without experiencing fried green tomatoes or shrimp and grits! While you're dining, your view is of Nags Head's row of unpainted aristocratic cottages, summer homes that were the first to establish the Outer Banks of North Carolina as a vacation destination. You're also across from the iconic Jockey's Ridge. Old Nags Head Cafe also has a full-service bar with an extensive beer and wine list, and we're happy to accommodate your take-out order.

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