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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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Overview
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good18%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“crackers” (81 reviews)
“hush puppies” (96 reviews)
“seafood” (144 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$$$
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Milepost 16 1/2, Beach Rd, 7114 South Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959-9126
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Reviewed August 20, 2015 via mobile

Great service and food. My wife and I went on a date night and had a wonderful time. Seems small but actually is a pretty big place. Has the feeling of a small, island hideaway restaurant. Great location and easy to get to. Staff was...More

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peachesowens, Manager at Owens' Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 27, 2015

Thank you for choosing Owens for your date night! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your evening with us and hope you will return soon!

Reviewed August 16, 2015

We think this is the nicest restaurant on the outer Banks. Have been going here for years, they have a nice waiting area upstairs with a bar and sometimes music. Very large and varied menu with something for everyone. Service and quality of the food...More

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peachesowens, Manager at Owens' Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 27, 2015

We appreciate your kind Tripadvisor review and your yearly visits to Owens! We are so happy to be a part of your family traditions and look forward to seeing you next year. Thank you for your support!

Reviewed August 15, 2015

We have been enjoying fresh seafood at Owens for many years. It is a traditional style restaurant, great fresh seafood, excellent service, and true Nags Head ambiance.

Thank Barbara T
peachesowens, Manager at Owens' Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 27, 2015

Hello Barbara and thank you for your support of Owens through the years! We hope you have had a nice summer and look forward to your return next season...which will be our 70th year in business!

Reviewed August 15, 2015

We love Owen's! It's always great food, lobster, steaks and lots to compliment each meal. Coconut shrimp are an all time favorite!

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peachesowens, Manager at Owens' Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2015

Thank you very much for the wonderful review on Tripadvisor. We always love to hear from our customers who have been eating at Owens for many years and are so pleased that you enjoyed your evening with us! Hope to see you soon!

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Reviewed August 14, 2015 via mobile

For our last meal in the ONX we wanted a special meal. And Owens was recommend to us. We had a great meal,the Crab Dip was awesome. The Rockfish and Swordfish specials were so fresh! Our server Cody did an outstanding job he made us...More

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peachesowens, Manager at Owens' Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2015

Thank you for choosing Owens for your special night out! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your dinners! Our Crab Dip is a very popular appetizer and we are glad you liked it. We have several fresh fish specials made to order each night...More

Reviewed August 14, 2015

Best meal we had in the Nags Head area. I understand why they have been around since the 40s. Great job. Atmospher was really cool.More

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peachesowens, Manager at Owens' Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2015

Thank you so much for choosing Owens for your special dinner out and for your kind review! This is our 69th year in business and we couldn't have done it without customers like you! Hope you will come see us again and we will do...More

Reviewed August 14, 2015

We went to Owens last night for dinner and remembered why it is a favorite of ours. The atmosphere is unique to the slicked out contemporary restaurants. Our waiter Desmond was attentive and knowledgeable. The dinner started with cheese and crackers. What fun! We had...More

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peachesowens, Manager at Owens' Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2015

Thank you so much! We are honored to be one of your favorite restaurants and appreciate your support of Owens through the years. We buy the very best quality seafood we can and feel that our customers appreciate it! We are glad your enjoyed our...More

Reviewed August 13, 2015

Nice 'old fashioned' good dining experience. The scallops in bacon were good. The Seafood Norfolk had four really good shrimps, a bit of rather tasteless lump crab and a very small piece of over-cooked lobster tail. Not bad, but would not compare with real quality...More

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peachesowens, Manager at Owens' Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2015

Thank you Worldwatcher for sending us feedback on Tripadvisor. We appreciate your Four Star Review and only wish you had mentioned your overlooked lobster when you were at Owens to your server or a manager. We would have been more than happy to recook your...More

Reviewed August 12, 2015

My husband and I ate at Owens' Restaurant on a recent Saturday for the first time in several years. We had not visited recently because the last time we were there, I felt it did not live up to previous visits. After our dinner recently,...More

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peachesowens, Manager at Owens' Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2015

Thank you so much Julia for returning to Owens and giving us feedback on Tripadvisor. We are happy you enjoyed your dinner and service and hope you will return next summer for our 70th year!!

Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

If you have not experienced Owens' Lobster Bisque than you haven't lived!! It is the greatest soup I have ever put in my mouth. The atmosphere for a date night was also great! It is definitely a local favorite with me and my boyfriend's family!More

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peachesowens, Manager at Owens' Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2015

Thank you LocalMadi for choosing Owens for your date night with your boyfriend! We appreciate your local support and thank you for taking the time to send us feedback on Tripadvisor! Our Lobster Bisque has been a favorite for many years and we are glad...More

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Questions & Answers
mjobSebring_FL
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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Bobbie H
April 9, 2017|
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Response from owensnagshead | Property representative |
Yes we are open on Easter. We have an Easter Brunch Buffet from 11am-2:30pm and serve dinner from our menu with specials. Thank you for inquiring!
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ALAN M
February 20, 2017|
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Response from owensnagshead | Property representative |
Hi Alan! We will reopen on Friday, March 10th for our 71st season! Please come see us then and we thank you!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$15 - $40
Meals
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
Romantic, Large groups, Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
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
  • E-mail
Description
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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