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Tale of The Whale


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view, Large groups, Business meetings

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Family owned and operated for 38 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!
$18 - $40
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
American, Seafood
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Wine and Beer
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Reviewed January 30, 2019

How can they ruin a softshell crab...overcook it until it is dark brown and burnt! Food was mediocre in a lovely setting. We were disappointed.

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank 950edd
Reviewed December 12, 2018

I am never disappointed when I go here. Always great food. They get really busy so go early. Live music on the deck, good bar.

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Virginian472
Reviewed November 15, 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed a nice dinner with a variety of steaks and seafood. Overall a good place to dine, atmosphere is great and waiters and waitresses professional and very responsive to you.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank MJG606
Reviewed November 6, 2018

If you want fresh seafood dishes or beef or poultry, then this is the place for you. Try starting with the she crab soup. Probably the best you will ever have. Follow that with their fresh made pasta with the seafood white sauce or primivera....More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 1chzobxnc
Reviewed October 27, 2018

We came here again a year later, mid/late October, as things are winding down for the season. They do an early bird special this time of year, meaning you get 20% off your bill if you are seated between 5-6. We arrived at 5 and...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank cdkassotis
Reviewed October 27, 2018

This restaurant is amazing. The location provides a beautiful view of the sound. The owners personally visit each table to see if there is anything we need. The waitstaff is attentive, knowledgeable, and delightful. In all of the many times we have enjoyed dinner here,...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Brenda K
Reviewed October 23, 2018 via mobile

We are lucky to spend four weeks in Nags Head and during that time we have eaten at Tale of the Whale three times. Every time was a pleasant experience with delicious food, gorgeous views and excellent service. We have had excellent fried clams, popcorn...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank monavine
Reviewed October 22, 2018 via mobile

While on a weekend getaway my family & I ate here. It's a hot spot and fairly busy. We waited about 25-30 mins to be seated. Our waitress was pleasant, personal and friendly and our order was prepared as ordered. They offer quite a large...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Shane G
Reviewed October 20, 2018 via mobile

We arrived early and were able to take advantage of the early bird special. Unlike some restaurants that have a limited menu for early bird, they take 20% off the entire bill. Nice! We started with the hot crab dip and Caesar salad, which both...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 13SallyD
Reviewed October 13, 2018

We were at this restaurant 15 years ago. Just returned to the area and went back to the restaurant. It is on the water with a great view and the seafood is outstanding.

Date of visit: October 2018
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Hank M
August 4, 2018|
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Response from MarciaBryant | Reviewed this property |
The restaurant is currently closed for the season and reopens in April. It's a great Restaurant with excellent staff, and outstanding food and view. It will be one of your favorites if you ever go once.
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August 15, 2017|
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Yes. Check out their menu online.
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