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Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe

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7623 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head-Manteo Causeway, Nags Head, NC 27959-9164
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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Richmond, Virginia, Usa
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62 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We visited here last year and it was so good we had to come back! This year we started with a scallop wrapped in prosciutto and some local clam chowder. For our meal, we had crab cakes and local shrimp with a grit cake. The shrimp were so fresh and delicious they required no sauce whatsoever. The crab cake was... More 

Thank GW370
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very plain view from the road belies the refined interior. Staff is warm and friendly. Mr Basnight was a fisherman apparently before he founded the restaurant. The seafood on the menu lists the fishermen who caught the fish, very nice touch. We had crabcakes which were super, best I've had, no filler that we could see. I don't know how... More 

Thank Howard P
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32 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was recommended to us and oh how glad we listened! It started with a great waitress Carolyn, she was very friendly and very attentive. We saw a dolphin from our table and she was as delighted as we were. We had the blackened speckled trout and stuffed flounder. Both were great! Oh yeah she crab soup is awesome! Plus... More 

Thank Rosie D
Hamilton, New Jersey
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were just married at Basnight's on August 18th. Unfortunately for us there was a huge storm right when we were to use the beautiful outdoor area. We relocated to the covered patio and had a time to remember. The staff was very accommodating. The manager (we never did get his name in all the action) was great and said... More 

Thank Jillbobx
Jamestown, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Basnight's Lone Cedar Café catered my sister's wedding at Jennette's Pier. They were incredibly helpful as they have catered at this venue many times and I was planning the wedding from out of town. Their staff was professional, their food was delicious and they were so kind to all of our guests. I would use them again and again!

Thank bstraughn40
Watertown, New York, United States
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing food. All food comes from local area. They have gardens on sight and what they do not grow they have out sources to local farms. Seafood comes directly from OBX coast. Beautiful landscaping!

Thank Wendy O
New Jersey
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We used Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe to cater a dinner for 8 adults at our rental home in OBX. Jason (our personal chef) was wonderful. Everyone is still talking about how amazing the food was!

Thank Nutzyme6
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This year the three couples in our group ate our anniversary dinner at Basnight's. We have been here many times in the past and have never had a bad meal. The cornbread basket was a yummy start to the dinner. Two of our group had the crab bisque with sherry and it was delicious! The strawberry viniagrette is the main... More 

Thank Angie H
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great variety of food for dinner and the presentation was beautiful! Everything was absolutely delicious and the view was awesome. Definitely the place to be! Can't wait to visit again in September!

Thank CCochran7675
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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123 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There are dozens of seafood restaurants on Nags Head but we were lucky to pick Basnight's. A huge place with seating for large groups but we were seated in a smaller , quieter room that we preferred. The mixed grill was enough shrimp, scallops and fish for two. Lots of daily fresh specials. Ask for the cornbread it's delicious. Service... More 

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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, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, 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
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Large groups, Scenic view, Families with children
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 Trl, Nags Head-Manteo Causeway, Nags Head, NC 27959-9164
  • 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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