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Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe

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7623 S Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head-Manteo Causeway, Nags Head, NC 27959
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sun - Sat 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Strongsville, Ohio
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was a nicer restaurant than most and it was a little more expensive. However, the food was excellent quality and great presentation. Service was also excellent.

Thank CherylinOhio
Saint Leonard, Maryland
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My family makes it a point to visit Lone Cedar each year on our outer banks vacation week. We have never yet been disappointed! The food is plentiful and delicious. The service is always wonderful and friendly. I highly recommend Basnights Lone Cedar Cafe.

Thank julieandus
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I had the single crab cake dinner and loved it. As the waiter said, it was about 90% crab meat and just enough filler to hold it together. I loved that it was simple and delicious! Also must note that the sweet potatoes with a jalapeño glaze were tasty. My husband and son loved the she crab soup - the... More 

Thank shastadayz
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food and atmosphere. We went back twice, all entrees are large enough I to split. Definitely recommend.

Thank Randall F
Ashland, Ohio
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was the first restaurant we visited during our week long stay. It was by far the best meal and experience we had all week. Fantastic locally caught fish and seafood! Everyone was thrilled with service, food quality & quantity. Price was mid range and not much more than other meals we had during the week. Can accommodate large groups.... More 

Thank mmbrooks67
Abingdon, Va
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

For all you seafood lovers - I really thought about not reviewing this restaurant and keeping it as my secret! But why not share the happiness of Lone Cedar. This is my favorite seafood restaurant on OBX. Great food - always, great service and great views.

Thank iopgal
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate here since recommended by hotel manager. Fried green tomatoes, bean medley, and whole flounder good. The special infused drinks need some improvement though. Drinks did not have much flavor.

Thank Lelia G
Charleston, West Virginia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The best She Crab soup I have ever eaten. Everyone in my party, even our turf eating friend, loved their meals. Nice atmosphere in a location with a great view!

Thank SuzieDDS
Manteo, North Carolina
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This family owned restaurant is awesome------fresh, local seafood, outstanding service and a beautiful location. Perfect for 2 or bring the family. Definitely will be coming back.

Thank PantoonMan
Washington DC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Not all the places in OBX serve locally caught seafood but this place does AND they tell you the name of the fisherman who caught it right on the menu. I had blackened trout with jalapeno glazed sweet potatoes and it was delicious; generous portions so go hungry.

Thank travel-crab

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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
$8 - $28
American, Soups, Gluten Free, Seafood
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Television
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Scenic view, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7623 S Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head-Manteo Causeway, Nags Head, NC 27959
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Nags Head
  • Phone Number: 12524415405
At Lone Cedar Cafe, we specialize in fresh and local seafood. If you're craving the freshest fish, clams, crab, shrimp and oysters from local North Carolina waters, you'll find them at the Lone Cedar Cafe. For generations, Outer Banks families made their livings - and their daily meals - from the bounty of local waters, caught fresh every day. Our family, the Basnights, were part of that history, and we continue the tradition today by serving only the freshest Outer Banks seafood, caught in local waters and brought to our docks daily by local fishermen, then cleaned and prepared right here at the Lone Cedar Cafe. Our vegetables are "just picked" from North Carolina farms, we serve only all-natural beef and poultry and even our herbs and greens are grown in our own chemical-free garden on-site. Come enjoy delicious food, gorgeous sunsets and panoramic water views, the antics of our resident ospreys and our warm Southern hospitality.

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