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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A few years ago someone suggested we go to this restaurant for a bowl of she crab soup. We had never heard of it, but the rave reviews were so good that we decided to try it. WOW ! Fabulous creamy soup with large, plentiful chunks of tender sweet crab meat. It is sold by the cup or by the... More 

Thank travelerDanville_va
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Service is excellent. Food is the best in the OBX. Local fresh-grown produce. Local caught seafood. Wonderful family atmosphere.

Thank Adrian K
Williamsburg, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went based on the reviews and glad we went early (5pm) for appetizers/drinks before our meal because this place is so popular that it filled up very quickly and developed a long wait line by the time we finished our meal at 7pm. There is a reason why people are willing to wait for being served by an attentive... More 

Bethesda, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Located at the southern end of Nags Head, just before the bridge to Roanoke Island, this restaurant is situated right on the water. It serves great seafood caught in local waters. The place is spacious and feels like it has been there for many generations. And the menu lists the name of the fisherman who caught the fish that you... More 

Thank PettRuss8
Hampton, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Always fresh catches ! Never had a bad meal and without a long wait. Plenty of room for large parties. Great location with beautiful scenery on the water. Never disappointed.

Thank labgrl402016
North Carolina Coast, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My family loves to eat here. There are spectacular water views and the interior décor is fittingly perfect for the area. I have never gotten a bad meal here. Last time was for their Sunday brunch and I had some of the best fried shrimp ever. They were just the right size and breaded lightly just the way I like... More 

Thank poco211
Lynchburg, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a party of 8 and the service was excellent. Some of the freshest seafood you can get on the Outer Banks. The view of the causeway is fantastic. You won't be disappointed.

Thank Bob A
Gloucester, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of best restaurants on the Outer Banks. It has a lot of local art on it's walls with crab pots, fish nets and local water men's equipment. The staff is is on the top of their game. All the food is outstanding but the seafood is spectacular. If you go to the Outer Banks you have to... More 

Thank Michael K
New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are several good family/friend restaurants in Nags Head and this was my favorite. The crab soup was the best - it was served at a very hot temperature, well-seasoned with bits of roe. I had dinner twice with friends. There is a daily specials menu and a regular menu. I had local green tail shrimp one night 13 very... More 

Thank Rosslyn H
Greensboro, NC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Each year when we visit Nags Head, the first restaurant we head to is Lone Cedar. This year, after that first meal was yet again delightful in every way, we changed our plans so that we could return for dinner a second night. It was that good. Even though we enjoy many other restaurants in the area, we haven't found... More 

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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
$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, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
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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