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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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Cleveland, Ohio
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Perhaps one of the best kept secrets in the Outerbanks is Owens Restaurant. They are a little hard to find, but their food and service are incredible. I would highly recommend this restaurant!

Thank Ed P
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Heard good things about this place and since we were staying at the motel we decided to try it. Excellent dining experience, the staff was very professional and attentive, the food was unsurpassed, and the servings so large we could not eat even close to all of it! The seafood was fresh and plentiful. We will definitely return!

Thank Ned N
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This has been our favorite Nags Head restaurant sine our first trip in 2009. We usually visit the OBX twice a year and eat at Owen's at least once. We ate there twice on two visits, timed one visit to coincide with our anniversary so we could eat at Owen's, and even went there for Thanksgiving wee last year just... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very nice restaurant with quite a long history. Charming decor. We wore dressy-casual, no shorts. White linen tablecloths. My husband ordered a brandy old-fashioned muddled, and it was made to his satisfaction. Nice wine list.Cracker basket and cheese spread are brought out right after you sit down. Many steaks and seafood items. The Seafood Mariner and the Filet Mignon were... More 

Thank LoriMilwaukee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Wow...visiting OBX from Cali and gotta say the experience and food was amazing! Our server Carolyn was delightful...loved all of her help and service. The Jambalaya rivals any in New Orleans. Best meal in OBX.

Thank sadcmorris
Shelby, North Carolina
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6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very nice. Lots of ocean/sea related items on display. Good food, good service. Not many places where your table has a real table cloth. Good place.

Thank bweaver649
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent meal. Great service. Fairly expensive but we'll worth it. Seafood was cooked to perfection. Cheese spread was a tasty touch to go with crackers & bread.

Thank Kirk G
Newark, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been vacationing at the outer banks for quite a few years now and never miss a chance to have at least one dinner at Owens. I can honestly say that we've never been disappointed. All of the staff, from the host/hostess to the servers, to the bus staff have always shown that fine southern hospitality and friendliness. The food... More 

Thank Tiki-Bobby
Sayreville, NJ
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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Every year for the last 6 years, we go to OBX with family for a week. While there we always go to Owen's. The food is superb service outstanding. A great experience for dining in the middle of a beach resort. It is a little pricey but worth every penny. My husband and I would expect to spend money for... More 

Thank Linda1018
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was one of the best meals I've ever had, and the portions were tremendous! The thick cut, 10 oz prime rib was delicious, perfectly prepared. (I recommend skipping lunch, so you can have room to fully enjoy your dinner here!) The cheese crock, hush puppies, and bread were fantastic. The Godiva chocolate mousse was almost sinful. Our server, Desmond,... 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
$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
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic
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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