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Owens' Restaurant

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Milepost 16 1/2, Beach Rd, 7114 South Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959-9126
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Owens' again provided us with the best dining experience in the Outer Banks. Surf and Turf, although expensive, is incredible. The 10oz. Fillet melts in your mouth. The crackers and cheese are a great idea and welcome alternative to the simple bread basket.

Thank bearfan6262
Chantilly, Virginia
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Family owned and operated since 1946, Owens is a must meal in Nags Head. It's not inexpensive but fine food places are like that. Seafood is what they are know for and you can get what you want broiled or fried. If you can get "The Porch" table for 4, do it, it's quiet and quaint.

Thank Pondele
United States
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58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

As four 'local senior citizens', we've been meaning to come to Owens' for years because of its good reputation here on the Outer Banks. Though it's the height of the tourist season and we went on a Friday nite no less, we were VERY lucky. Since Owens' does NOT take reservations, NOR allows a party to go up to the... More 

Thank Still-Enjoying-Life
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The food and service were very good. There was a bit of sticker shock when I got the menu. The night I went it was about 15% occupied so there's probably a better more normal atmosphere than I experienced.

Thank Dick H
Dallas, Texas
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Let me start by saying that a friend in Philadelphia referred me(I live in Dallas) This was one of the best recommendations that I have had in a while! The food, service and romantic atmosphere was excellent. From what I hear this is one of the few family owned restaurants that still has fresh fish delivered to the back door... More 

Thank reeftopflyer
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great service and wonderful staff!! Highly recommend this restaurant!! The prime rib and seafood was awesome!!! Don't forget the dessert!! They don't disappoint!! I will be visiting this restaurant again!!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We took our family reunion group of 16 on a Saturday night for a wonderful meal. Both service and friendliness were a 10! Food was an 11! Would highly recommend this local institution to anyone of any age!

Thank Kate M
Eastern Shore Va
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54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a wonderful dinner here. Hubby had prime rib and I had barbque sirloin tips. Both were done just right and flavorful. I like Owens over the other well known restaurant in town because there is plenty of seating, wonderful ambiance and waitstaff. Cody was attentive without be intrusive. Would definitely come back.

Thank Joyce F
owensnagshead, Manager at Owens' Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your five-star review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the Prime Rib and Barbeque Beef Tips with Blue Cheese Grits. They are two of our most popular dishes! We think the world of Cody and are thrilled you enjoyed your evening with him! We appreciate your support of Owens over the years very... More 

Columbus, Ohio
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33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Owens is such a classy, beautiful restaurant. We visited with 3 small children and I cannot speak highly of this OBX institution. Our meal was wonderful, the service is fantastic. This restaurant is a total must do when you are in town!

Thank Beckyjo606
owensnagshead, Manager at Owens' Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your very kind review...your comments mean so much to us! We are humbled by your support and encouragement. Thank you for helping to make our 70th season such a special milestone! More 

Suffolk, Virginia
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91 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Owens is an icon of the Outer Banks. The food is excellent, especially the local seafood. It gets crowded on summer weekends and we go early and during the week. Service is excellent. Family owned and operated, Owens is THE place for a great meal.

Thank oldhokie702016

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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
$15 - $40
American, Seafood, Steakhouse
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
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Families with children
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: 12524417309
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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