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Tale of The Whale

7575 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9162
+1 252-441-7332
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good17%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“fish duo” (13 reviews)
“seafood” (131 reviews)
“steak” (65 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
7575 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9162
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Reviewed July 26, 2016

7/26/2016 In law called and talked to chef about peanut and tree nut allergies. Was assured it would not be an issue. Told hostess that we had two with tree nut and peanut allergies. Told waitress that we had two with allergies. Told waitress that...More

3  Thank dangoodwin35
Reviewed July 26, 2016 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.

Thank Diane R
Reviewed July 26, 2016 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

Thank Sarah C
Reviewed July 25, 2016

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....More

Thank Sharon F
Reviewed July 25, 2016

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...More

Thank Lisa G
Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

My wife, son and I ate here last Tuesday night and had another wonderful meal. I wasn't real happy with our seating in the bar but the quality of the meal was enough to make me forget about where we sat. Do yourself a favor...More

Thank Corey S
Reviewed July 23, 2016

While on vacation in July, 2016, my wife and I elected to dine at Tail of the Whale. There was a short wait of 15 minutes, but were pleasantly surprised to be seated at a large window overlooking the water. This was only the beginning...More

Thank Lenny S
Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I went here while we were on vacation in Duck, NC in the OBX. About a 45 minute drive and had to wait an hour to get seated.....but it was all worth it! Nice ambience, sits right on the water. Large spacious...More

Thank PBPhilly
Reviewed July 22, 2016

We have been eating here and celebrating my daughter and daughter in law s birthdays since 1984. We are a party of 14 so we majke sure to eat between 4-5pm to get the 20% off early special. Our favorite meal is the lump crab...More

Thank Anne A
Reviewed July 19, 2016

We were tired after a day at the beach and just wanted take out. We called and they accommodated us. Had a delicious meal. It was fresh and both filet mignon and seafood were excellent! We plan to eat there next time.

Thank LoriinGA
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January 16, 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.
Joan O
August 15, 2017|
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Response from Sheri102 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Check out their menu online.
Dawn B
August 29, 2016|
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Response from Robin T | Reviewed this property |
Typically they're open thru late September.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$18 - $40
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Scenic view, Kids, Families with children
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: +1 252-441-7332
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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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