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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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Raleigh, North Carolina
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went to this restaurant at the recommendation of a friend. Enjoyed the food and location right on the water. I got the coconut shrimp appetizer, a salad and a bowl of she-crab soup, my daughter a chicken-pasta dish, along with two beverages. Our bill was about $70! I live in Raleigh, so I'm "used" to high prices ......... but I... More 

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New Market, Maryland
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58 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been coming down to OBX for 20 years every couple of years now in the summers from MD. I always thought this would be one of those nice view, mediocre food, overpriced kind of places. But we tried it on a weekday and what a very pleasant surprise. Yes, we had a 20-30 minute wait but you can... More 

Thank Dorian D
New Jersey
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Large, family type restaurant with a beautiful location on the sound. They don't take reservations, but the deck/gazebo and bar on the water makes any wait pleasant. Dined as a family group of 6, and all enjoyed the experience... even our fussy 16-year old granddaughter. Prices are reasonable and the service was attentive without being overbearing. Food was excellent with... More 

Thank whgrant
Fairport, New York
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Tale of the Whale is an all around outstanding restaurant, with a picturesque location (window seats overlook the sound towards Bodie lighthouse), great food (personal favorite is the broiled scallops and the hushpuppies), and an attentive staff. The Early Bird deal saves you money while also increasing the chance of a window seat. If you go in prime time... More 

Thank Pixi M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My family and I went there on a Friday night for dinner and we had an hour wait. We had the option of going upstairs for drinks and live music and a beautiful view. We had a 5 year old with us and the upstairs was just a little to loud for him. The view from up there was great.... More 

Thank Ali R
Sterling, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We arrived at 4:30 p.m. 20% off between 4:00 and 5:00. Place was jumping..we only had to wait 15 minutes...the staff was very, very friendly, knowledgeable (Josh), easy to talk to...beverages and entrees brought in a reasonable amt of time.....good breads..clean clothed tables, impressive dinner.....our entrees were of the best quality and quantity. Prices very, very reasonable...staff attentive to children...a... More 

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Norfolk, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We had to get to The Lost Colony show early for the VIP tour. Shocked to find an immediate table and fast service at the 430pm hour. And 20% off our meal! When we finished at 6pm, the lines of people waiting were unbelievable. Seafood was superb! Stuffed lobster with crabmeat for him. Angel hair pasta with sun-dried tomato cream... More 

Thank Missy S
Yorktown, Virginia
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is another of our favorites and even our 25 year old son. The view is breathtaking mainly at sunset. Food is fabulous! And I even get some great jewelry at the gift shop! One of our go to eateries for over 30 years!!!!

Thank cabb103
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The combination of the ambience (perfect lighting coupled with water views while sitting on carved wooden booth seats) coupled with the delicious fish, Tale of the Whale was THE BEST restaurant we visited during during our trip. Large menu and wide variety of items from which to choose will satiate anyone. The price is a little high, but this is... More 

Thank Robert O
Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Very good meal. Prices are a little above average but you get what you pay for. Very good food and good service. Our waitress forgot a few things but not enough to downgrade the overall experience.

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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
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view, Romantic
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 have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?