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Owens' Restaurant

Milepost 16 1/2, Beach Rd, 7114 South Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959-9126
+1 252-441-7309
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good17%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“cheese spread” (15 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Milepost 16 1/2, Beach Rd, 7114 South Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959-9126
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Reviewed yesterday

Just had one of the best restaurant meals I've had in a long time. Wife and I shared an escargot app and it was delicious, with just the right blend of garlic and melted butter. I had the full rack of dry rubbed slow roasted...More

Thank Frank P
Reviewed 3 days ago

We spent two weeks on Nags head and ate at Owens Restaurant three times due to the quality, service and attention to detail. This is a family run business with great atmosphere and fantastic food. I tasted their steaks, seafood and other dishes and the...More

Thank DoctorJRW
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Let’s start by saying WOW!!! The restaurant is in a very historical looking building. Very charming! Once seated we had what I would consider to be the best waiter ever, he is exactly what every waiter should be ( Standford ). He was extremely helpful...More

Thank toniawelsh311
Reviewed 6 days ago

The food and the service has always been outstanding, as are the bartenders...and don't even get me started on Keith, their piano player in their bar...it's worth eating in their upstairs bar just to hear him play...highly recommend their Carolina Shrimp & Grits w/VA Surry...More

Thank Lynnae1993
Reviewed 6 days ago

Love the cheese crock and the service and the kids love the dessert tray. This place is comfy yet so nice!

Thank Nicksboo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great ambiance, excellent service and of course gourmet seafood!!!The menu was extensive including a nice variety of wines!A fine dining experience!!!

Thank Cherie D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family has been eating here for 30 years. This is the one place we do not miss on vacation. Just one time and you will be hooked.

Thank croyce11
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Extraordinary center cut steak for me and scallops for my wife. Service was top drawer. Arrived at 7:45 pm and we were seated immediately. The coconut cream pie was out of this world. I give this restaurant my personal 5/5 Steve rating. We have eaten...More

Thank elkhartin867
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good, not great but definitely a good meal in Nag's Head! It was a bit pricey but the food is tasty and we both ordered a mixed grill, that includes a filet, tuna, and shrimp w/ veggies. The portion was generous and service was attentive...More

Thank econotraveller41
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a family-owned restaurant established in 1946. The food was amazing and the atmosphere was as well. Ask for Peaches who is the original owners' granddaughter who works at the restaurant. Her mother cooks in the kitchen. You feel the love this family has...More

Thank tinasH2747GT
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October 14, 2017|
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Response from owensnagshead | Property representative |
Casual is fine and we are open seven nights a week in season from 5-9 pm and starting Monday, October 16 we will be closed on Mondays until our last night of the season on New Years Eve.
September 13, 2017|
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Response from owensnagshead | Property representative |
Yes we will be having our 33rd annual Thanksgiving Buffet on Thanksgiving Day. Call us at 1-252-441-7309 for more details. Thank you for inquiring!
May 18, 2017|
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Response from owensnagshead | Property representative |
Yes our menu is the same upstairs as downstairs with plenty of appetizers and small plates to choose from. Thank you for inquiring and we hope to see you soon!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$15 - $40
Drinks, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Private Dining, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Families with children, Business meetings, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Milepost 16 1/2, Beach Rd, 7114 South Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959-9126
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Nags Head
  • Phone Number: +1 252-441-7309
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Since 1946, four generations of locals and visitors have experienced the famous food and hospitality of the Owens and Shannon families.We are celebrating 69 years in business, in the same location, making us the oldest restaurant in the state of North Carolina! Owens Restaurant serves classic Southern coastal cuisine. We specialize in fresh and local seafood from North Carolina waters, exceptional Prime Western beef, and flavorful pastas. Our customers marvel at our collection of museum quality artifacts dedicated to the maritime history of the Outer Banks. Come see us for delicious food, exceptional service and warm Southern hospitality!
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