We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Tale of The Whale

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
7575 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9162
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

715 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Showing 714: English reviews
Culpeper, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The best place to eat at the Outer Banks! Food is delicious, service is great, atmosphere is wonderful. Love the 20% early bird discount too. Have eaten there many, many times and can't wait to go back next summer for another dinner!

Thank Debbie F
Richmond, Virginia
Level Contributor
24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Celebrated an anniversary with my husband tonight with dinner at Tale of the Whale in OBX. Had a window seat with a view of the water with candlelight/low light setting inside. It's always good but this time of year it's quieter - the kids are in school so less vacationers! - so it's easier to have a relaxing dinner. I... More 

Thank Nancy T
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Took family to Tale of the Whale for a dinner out while spending a week in OBX. We wanted some place that offered fresh local seafood, which they do. Food was good, service was fine - waitress was kind of pushy when it came to asking us to order appetizers and add on side dishes - I was a bit... More 

Thank PP8292017
Level Contributor
73 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This consistently has some of the best food on the Outer Banks. Service is very good, food outstanding, and a great view. On nice evenings you can sit outside over the water and listen to music.

Thank OBX
Glenwood, Iowa
Level Contributor
15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I spent a week in the Outer Banks and were looking for a nice place to celebrate our anniversary. We overheard a tour guide recommend Tale of the Whale to another couple. We drove by and decided to stop. The meals that we ordered were by far the best food that we ate the entire week in... More 

Thank jdcyclone
New York
Level Contributor
198 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very popular place for couples, groups and families. The early bird special (20% discount is a draw too!). Popular for destination wedding parties. This restaurant can handle a crowd! Shortly before opening a queue forms. Servers hand out numbered beepers so that you can find a bench and enjoy the view of the Sound. the staff can also efficiently handle... More 

Thank Rosslyn H
Wake Forest, North Carolina, United States
Level Contributor
16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food is fabulous! But when I left my jacket there and came back to look for it, the owner treated us like we were idiots! No food is good enough to overcome rudeness. There are way too many wonderful places to eat in the Nags Head area

Thank Janet S
Prospect Hill, North Carolina
Level Contributor
56 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went for the bisque and the crab dip. Really wonderful, nice view and the staff is always so friendly and efficient. Very expensive, but quality food.We go whenever we visit. Just be aware the close end of Oct for the season.

Thank ohplease40
Apex, North Carolina
Level Contributor
25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome view of sound, especially at sunset. Started with crab legs appetizer, salad, and she-crab soup; the she-crab soup was full of crab, creamy, delicious. Entrees included seafood combinations, broiled and fried, and shrimp and scallop au gratin. All were excellent, and service top notch and attentive. Menu offers great variety and they have 5 fish items that can be... More 

Thank ncaronna7
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been to Nags Head many times but never been to Tale of the Whale until this past weekend attending a rehearsal dinner. The food was remarkable. The tuna was delicious and the steak was cooked perfectly. We will definitlely go to Tale of the Whale during our trip next year.

Thank TIna D

Travelers who viewed Tale of The Whale also viewed


Been to Tale of The Whale? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$18 - $40
American, Seafood, Soups
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Scenic view, Kids, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, 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!

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Tale of The Whale and other visitors
6 questions
Ask a question
1 month ago
3 months ago
5 months ago
Akron, Ohio
over a year ago
Buffalo, New York
over a year ago

See all questions (6)

Questions? Get answers from Tale of The Whale staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?