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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
12524415405
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4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sun - Sat 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Chardon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Went for cocktails and an appetizer. Pleasantly surprised. Fish tacos were best ever. Good service.y

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Newark, Delaware
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We've been vacationing in the Outer Banks for quite a few years now and never miss the opportunity to eat at Lone Cedar at least once. Seafood is always fresh and well prepared and they will even cook up your catch if you bring it! The servers are friendly and efficient and kids and large groups are always welcome. Design... More 

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Canal winchester, ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Wow! Massive place had no problem getting seated mid September. Farm to table is right! Sooooo good! They grow their produce around this newly built establishment. Great views. Food was excellent and they even have the name of the person who caught your fish! Don't worry that it makes the price go up it didn't. typical $$ amount for the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This time I had the Wahoo special, really great. Other people in my group had shrimp and grits and grilled tuna. Never had less than a outstanding meal here and that includes twice going to their Thanksgiving Buffet!

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

Thank you so much for dining with us! We hope to see you this Thanksgiving! More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first time eating here. The service was excellent. Our waitress Megan was wonderful & extremely helpful. We had the prosciutto wrapped scallops as an appetizer & they were delicious. Both my husband & I had the flounder stuffed with crabmeat, cornbread & green & yellow squash. The veggies were delicious & perfectly cooked & seasoned. Cornbread was... More 

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

Many thanks for making us a part of your Outer Banks vacation! Our seafood is fresh and local, and our vegetables are fresh from North Carolina farms. We hope you will return to try some of our other great seafood dishes! More 

South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this restaurant on a Sunday evening. It is a huge restaurant. They weren't busy and thankfully, seated us close to a window. We ordered a shrimp, scallops, and catch of the day platter to share, and then we each ordered a salad. Entree and salads ordered separate. It always leaves a bad taste in my mouth when they... More 

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

We thank you for dining with us! We do understand wanting to share meals so as not to have leftovers. That is one of the reasons we offer medium-sized entrees, and we have many appetizers which are plentiful enough to be a small meal. Our seafood is fresh and local, and our chefs tend to under-season to allow the fresh... More 

North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent food and great service. Plenty of parking, not far from the beach. The food is all local and very healthy. I highly recommend Basnight's if you are in the area. Our waiter was Leah, and she done a wonderful job I would request her on our next trip there ;)

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

We are so delighted that you enjoyed dining with us! We look forward to serving you again soon! More 

Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This has been my favorite restaurant, bar none, for years! The she-crab soup is TO DIE FOR!! They use all local catches and local, fresh ingredients.

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

We are so pleased to be your favorite restaurant! Thank you! More 

Statesville NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had dinner on a Sunday evening. Our waitress was very charming and efficient. I had the green-tailed shrimp, which came with a grits cake. I substituted vegetables for slaw, and our waitress was kind enough to see that I got no green peppers in mine. The shrimp were possibly the best I've ever had, and the grits cake was... More 

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

Many thanks for dining with us! We are delighted that you enjoyed our fresh local seafood. The green-tail shrimp you enjoyed so much were caught in eastern North Carolina waters, and, I agree with you, they are delicious! Please visit us again soon! More 

Asheville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Really Really good seafood. Worth both the wait and the expense. Our poor waitress was way over worked. She was thoughtful and brought the menu back when she found out they were out of what I wanted. This is one of those places that brings you all the goodies including REAL butter. Not so typical, some unusual spices and ideas.... More 

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

Many thanks for dining with us! We are delighted that you enjoyed our fresh and local seafood, and we do use the best of everything! Please visit us again soon. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$8 - $28
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Soups
Meals
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
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
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
Description
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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