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Tale of The Whale

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7575 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9162
252-441-7332
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very quaint family owned and run business. Candle lit tables with white table cloths. 20% off your bill if order is placed prior to 5:00 pm. This provided the opportunity for some to try whole steamed lobster & crab legs. Girls day out-Six of us ranged in age from 8-70. We all enjoyed the sound view and delicious food.

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Terre Haute, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place gets crowded with the tourists, but it is worth the wait. They provide music some nights for entertainment.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Went here for a 50th wedding anniversary dinner. We are all from out of town and relied on reviews to make out choice. The location is very nice with very pleasant views of Roanoke Sound (at least I think it was). These views were what made our hour plus wait tolerable, even though we had called ahead, a service they... More 

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Manteo, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I love this restaurant. This is the place we go for the special occasions. There is a large variety of food, from fancy to plain. I've never been disappointed. I love the she crab soup, and I've had several entrees that have all been fantastic. Seafood is very fresh, and the salads are very green and yummy! My husband always... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Went for dinner here after high reviews. The service was excellent but the food was ok. We had blackened tuna and the flounder with with crab. The crab dip was good but not great and the she crab had a lot of sherry. Overall expected more from the food ...

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Mebane, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We ate out every night in the Outerbanks and this was the best meal we had the whole week! The scenery is gorgeous the food is delicious and served promptly. Definitely put this on your to do list!

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Buffalo, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Got here at 8PM, no wait for a table. Service was great. Mixed reviews on the food, garlic mashed excellent, coconut shrimp good. Don't order a bottle of white wine. They just set it on the table and it does get warm.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The food is great, and the view of the sound at sunset is a amazing. Excellent serve staff, very relaxed. Perfect place for khakis and flip flops to meet as upscale casual dining

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Thank Sarah C
Detroit, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The restaurant was very nice and the staff was very good. We called for a reservation for a large party and we're informed that they do not take them but they still gave us a time to arrive and gave us the early bird special. We were visiting for the week and went to several spots eating lump crab dip,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Early bird 20% off! During the summer it's 4-5pm. No wait for a party of 6 when we got there around 4:15. Sat where we could see the water. the crab dip was awesome. the She Crab soup is THE BEST I've ever had. All of the seafood is excellent except the fried shrimp that my daughter got were very... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$18 - $40
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Soups
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view
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
Description
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?