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Owens' Restaurant


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options

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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!
$15 - $40
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Drinks, Dinner, Late Night
American, Seafood
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
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Reviewed January 10, 2019

On a recent trip to the Outer Banks (for the first time) my husband and I ate at Owens based on Trip Advisor recommendations. It didn't disappoint. The atmosphere was so warm and inviting. It is an old Inn and was beautiful. Very romantic and...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank joedog101
Reviewed December 2, 2018 via mobile

First visit to Owen’s Restaurant but won’t be the last. Friendly staff and delicious meal. Had so much food we took a box home. Food was hot and had a private alcove. Decorated nicely for Christmas.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank lndillon1223
Reviewed November 26, 2018 via mobile

We ate Thanksgiving dinner here. If that feast is similar to the regular menu - it is a delicious place! The restaurant is a quaint building and the service was wonderful! Easily accessible for wheelchairs is a plus!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Madonna E
Reviewed November 23, 2018

I've been a fan of this restaurant for 25 years. Always the best of the best, until this time. An off night? Perhaps. And I'm truly hoping that is the case. I called ahead, as the web site suggests, to let them know our party...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank GoNow s
Reviewed November 22, 2018 via mobile

Just had Thanksging dinner at Owen's Restaurant (Est 1946) in Nags Head and it was exceptional. It is buffet style after they serve you soup and salad. The buffet items available are way too numerous to mention. The restaurant is like a very large house...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank reddoggy
Reviewed November 6, 2018

My first dinner at Owens's was in 1981 and over the intervening years I've had perhaps two dozen dinners at Owens's. The most recent was three weeks ago when my husband and I were here for a late autumn, off-season beach break. I'm very happy...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Westcountrytraveler
Reviewed October 30, 2018

Lots of Great Food (Not Cheap) and Friendly Staff! We went back at night to hang out up stair listening to the piano and great talks with the staff and locals! It was a great time! We were celebrating our anniversary and it was a...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed October 29, 2018 via mobile

First and foremost, after the food, of course, our server, Kara, was welcoming and accommodating. When she delivered those delicious hush puppies (with cinnamon butter I might add), she had us at "Hello"!! I ordered the she crab soup (yummy), my husband had the barbeque...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 954judyr
Reviewed October 28, 2018

It was Restaurant Week during our visit. Owens was participating and offered a great selection of three-course dinners. We recommend Owens to anyone traveling to the Outer Banks.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Ninax5
Reviewed October 27, 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed everything we had for dinner here. Friendly service. Wonderful prime rib. The lobster bisque was amazing. The crab cakes were excellent. Definitely a place to go for dinner.

Date of visit: October 2018
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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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