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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
+1 252-441-5405
Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Thu 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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west alexander pa
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We chose this place because of reviews. And given the other excellent choices in the area we were very disappointed. It was pricey which isn't a problem if the food is exceptional but it wasn't. Not even very good. Nothing was seasoned- at all, and that's a shame when you have fresh catch. I had the red drum, my husband... More 

Thank Lisa B
june39, Owner at Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for dining with us. We appreciate your feedback on our preparation of fresh seafood. All of our seafood is fresh and local, and our chefs go the extra mile to enhance that fresh flavor. More 

Williamsburg, Virginia
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very good food, beautiful views and half orders on most entrees, nice for smaller appetites. Great ambiance for all ages. Be sure to go out back and check out the awesome herb gardens. You know everything is fresh in this restaurant.

Thank elizabethf431
The Villages, Florida
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

During our annual stays in the Outer Banks, Basnight's is one of our regular stops. The menu is excellent and somewhat unique, and the prices are fair and reasonable. The food and service is top-notch. You won't be disappointed.

Thank wlfpckrs
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017

We ate here on the suggestion of our hotel staff and it has become the main reason we go to the outer banks! Seriously EVERYTHING on the menu is fantastic, the staff is so friendly and helpful and the atmosphere is great. My husband and I plan day trips to the beach just to eat at this place. If I... More 

Thank Erin S
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017

We traveled to the outer banks to scout out our beach wedding surroundings, which included a tasting at the Lone Cedar Cafe. What an great experience! Even though Victoria (the lady in charge of catering our wedding) was away for the holidays, we were well taken care of. The staff was very attentive, friendly and extremely helpful in choosing the... More 

Thank Adamstr7
Poquoson, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2016 via mobile

Had a wonderful time. Food was great. Service was wonderful. The she crab soup is always outstanding loaded with crab meat. The Shrimp n Grits while on the spicy side which I like was cooked to perfection. To topped off the evening, desert was key lime pie, just what the taste buds was calling for. All in all a great... More 

Thank Sharleen57
Poquoson, Virginia
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2016 via mobile

We had a party of 6 and we were all extremely satisfied with our food as well as our service. She Crab is to die for, all homemade desserts and only the freshest of seafood.

Thank Islander1958
Kernersville, North Carolina
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48 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2016

After our innkeeper recommended this place, and since we've driven by it for years, we decided to give it a try. The cafe was nicely decorated for the holidays. Upon arrival at 6:15, we were told we'd have a 10-15 minute wait. No problem, we weren't in a rush. Took about 25 mins to get seated. Then a wait for... More 

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Gloucester, Virginia
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76 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016

We ate there tonight and the experience was wonderful as is the norm. We both got the Flounder, veg. medley and mashed sweet potatoes. She also had the crab soup and I had a small house salad. All was cooked perfectly and served hot. Our server, Antron, was courteous and efficient.

Thank flipper13357771
Richmond, Virginia
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2016

This is another must visit for dinner when vacationing at the Outer Banks. Loved the fried shrimp, lighted breaded, and the grits cake that came with the entree.

Thank carolinamemories

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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, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Brunch, 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, Scenic view, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
4:30 pm - 8:30 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: +1 252-441-5405
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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