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Tale of The Whale

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7575 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9162
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great place to dine if you like good food, a view of the ocean and great service. No reservations, but only waited 10 minutes to be seated. Excellent booth right by the window with an ocean view. If you have to wait there is a beautiful gazebo right on the water to have a drink and wait for your table.

Thank Lenore B
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My family and I traveled down to Nags Head from New England for me and my fiancé (now husband) to get married in Kill Devil Hills, the woman who married us recommended this restaurant because we were not familiar with the area. It was such a great experience from start to finish! We called the manager and gave them a... More 

Thank Marissa R
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76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We first tried this restaurant in Sept 2009 and I wrote a review on TA of our disappointing meal. We had not been back again until this fall because of that experience. The parking lot is always crowded, so we knew lots of people like this place. We had to wait about 20 minutes for a table during the 3rd... More 

Thank Pohickian
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9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The seafood was really good. Very busy place during warm months. I would go back. Everything we had was delicious. Staff is very accommodating and helpful. I would encourage reservations. Children may not be too happy with having to wait to get their food and a place to sit.

Thank Pam M
Beaverdam, Virginia
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We never leave the beach without going to Tale of The Whale, we were seated overlooking the water which is always a plus. Everyone in our party got a different meal but shared and we all agreed, we couldn't decide whose was the best! Their She crab soup is my favorite, full of tender crab, creamy and smooth. I had... More 

Thank jchFNP
Richmond, Virginia
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Celebrating My Birthday Was Nice To Be Dining Here Which Was A Special Treat. Nice Fresh Baked Bread Is Served Upon Ordering. The "Pick 2" Seafood Dinner Was My Favorite, Scallops, & Shrimp With "Their Pick" Of Garlic Mashed Potatoes, & String Beans, ( Not My Favorites) Wish I'd Asked To Sub. The Menu Selection Picks For You, Sides, In... More 

Thank East2West50
sylvania, ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had dinner with our family ,in all. The food was good . The service was average, they ran out of some dinner entrees. A little expensive , would probably not go back.

Thank wildcat2222
South Mills, North Carolina
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110 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just returned from another great weekend on the Outer Banks of NC. SO glad we only live about an hour and a half away and can take advantage of quick trips there all throughout the year. Dined again at Tale of the Whale. Was as crowded or moreso than during the summer which was really surprising but sitting outside on... More 

Thank Tina C
Kingston, Tennessee
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm all about environment and service and it is very ideal. They sat us right next to a line of windows over looking the ocean at sunset and it was gorgeous although a little cloudy. The service was superb. My only complaint is it is pricey and probably shouldn't be. The quality of food was on par with the red... More 

Thank Jeremy A
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The meal was great, the portions are large. The service was great and the bar area where we sat was a little noisy at times but was manageable. Try the crab cakes and the flounder.

Thank Susan H

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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
$18 - $40
American, Seafood, Soups
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Good for
Scenic view, Families with children, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7575 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9162
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Nags Head
  • Phone Number: 252-441-7332
Family owned and operated for 33 years, we serve the finest and freshest local seafood, choice steaks, salads, pastas, chicken and more. We pay attention to every detail to ensure your meal is memorable and delicious! Enjoy casual dining overlooking the Roanoke Sound, and live music (in season) in our waterfront gazebo. Come early and enjoy your favorite cocktail outdoors overlooking the water, or in our indoor bar. We offer an extensive wine list, a lighter fare menu, childrens’ menu and more. We welcome children, families and parties of all sizes, and offer comfortable booths for a romantic dinner for two. We look forward to serving you!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?