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Red Drum Taphouse

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2412 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9246
252 480 1095
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Watertown, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Husband and I both had their seafood special of night: crab cakes and a blackened rockfish with guac and crab. Both were amazingly good!!! Fish and chips are great and made with whatever catch of day is as well. Family friendly but small so pretty loud.

Thank Wendy O
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

One of our favs and it didn't dissapoint this year. Took the grandkids and we're delighted with the service. Seated quickly. The rockfish special was delicious. Grandkids enjoyed playing pool while waiting for the adults to finish our meals. Will be back next year

Thank JerseyRN12
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped here for lunch on the way to checking in to our rental. The food was ok. Service was good. There was a fair number of beer and ales to choose from. But there was nothing during our visit that made this place stand out as somewhere we would return

Thank Erin C
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I probably eat more meals at Red Drum than any other restaurant in OBX. I have never had a bad meal or be disappointed. Best fried seafood in the outer banks. Tavern bar has 18 beers on tap and a full bar. Love the tuna Reuben for lunch or fish & chips. Great nightly steak and seafood specials

Thank rodney e
Hamilton, NJ
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We eat here frequently because the food and service are both so consistently good and pleasant. I am fussy about salmon, and this place cooks its salmon perfectly every single time I order the grilled salmon caesar, which is every time we go there. Fish and chips are delicious, too. Staff knows us, and is always accommodating and pleasant. Can't... More 

1 Thank Gremki
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went around 7:30 on a Monday night, originally wait was around 45 mins but we were seated within 20. Staff was great about taking apart larger tables to accommodate smaller parties! The shrimp con queso was beyond amazing!! One of the best appetizers we've had since being down here. Chicken sandwich was good, mahi special was the best either... More 

1 Thank Jessica H
Dendron, Virginia, United States
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39 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I ordered Spiced Steamed Shrimp and my husband got his favorite, Lobster Mac and Cheese. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and were definitely stuff when we left.

Thank Laura R
Arlington, Virginia, United States
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My friend and I had dinner at Red Drum while on vacation in OBX. The food was great, the staff was so nice, and it was a fun atmosphere. I will definitely eat here again when in OBX.

Thank Karen K
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Year after year we come and find consistent, quality food and great service. Love this place! We had fish and chips tonight, washing them down with Guinness and Sam Adams Summer Ale.

Charlottesville, Virginia
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62 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came in for a family dinner I'm July so we expected to wait. No problem kids played a little foosball and we went to the bar. After waiting for 7 minutes we had still not received so much as a glance from anyone. And for the record I will not beg to pay $10 for a cocktail - so... 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 of 5 stars
American, Bar, Seafood, Steakhouse, Vietnamese
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2412 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9246
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Nags Head
  • Phone Number: 252 480 1095

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?