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Atlantic Coast Cafe. Great sandwiches, reubens, wraps, burgers, seafood, salads, smoothies, coffees . . . and the best breakfast for miles around! Family friendly. Free WiFi. Full menu available for take out. Catering menu available. Open 7 am daily, 7 days/wk, Mar-Oct. Handicapped accessible. NC Hwy 12, Waves (across from the KOA).
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
American, Cafe, Seafood
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
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Reviewed October 16, 2020

We decided not to eat there due to no indoor seating- we turned and in the process of getting in the car the Worker came out on the deck and gave all 4 of us the middle finger for turning around to leave. What business...does this? We were very shocked so I called to talk to the manager ant it was him that did this based on the conversation.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed October 7, 2020

Nothing fresh about this seafood. Small frozen shrimp, not sure what the fish was, but it was unseasoned and thrown on a tortilla for a “fish taco.” For $60 I would expect much more. Very disappointed.

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed September 22, 2020 via mobile

Waited an hour for ice cold take out. Clearly we were forgotten about. Wife went up to enquire about our food. We were told 30-35 minutes. After an hour of waiting she went up and asked. 2 minutes later we got our ice cold food....I understand it's covid yadda yadda yadda, but $30 for a meal to go directly into the trash is a disappointment to say the least.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed September 17, 2020

While in Rodanthe during August 2020, we were only taking out food and not eating in restaurants. This cafe was only doing take out. Also, they brought it out to your car ( I liked that! ) and would not let you go inside the...building. We had the blackened mahi dinner and the blackened mahi sandwich. Food was nothing fancy but good and pick up was super easy.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed August 16, 2020 via mobile

Atlantic Coasf Cafe is a staple for our visits and we are here approximately every other weekend. This year, due to Covid, you pay when you order and they deliver to your vehicle. Their prices are rather high, but all restaurants in this area are....We always get the fish and shrimp baskets. The fish is typically Mahi and is delicious, as is the shrimp. Be sure you don’t pass up the fries.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed July 13, 2020

We ordered the broiled shrimp meal, kids grilled cheese, and a burger. All were great and as expected. They have good picnic tables outside to eat and they will deliver to your vehicle due to COVID. Recommended for a quick dinner.

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed June 20, 2020

We ordered seafood baskets and have no idea what the fish was. Definitely not cod or anything I’ve ever had before. Dry, tough...just strange. The fries however were the best. Was expensive.

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed June 14, 2020 via mobile

The “signature” fish tacos were the worst we have ever eaten. The “fresh” catch of the day was completely tasteless. Will not eat here again.

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed June 4, 2020

We ordered take-out during the COVID-19 time, and we got burgers and shrimp baskets. The burgers were flat-out bad. How do you mess up a cheeseburger? The shrimp was okay, but didn't taste fresh. Overall, we threw out about $50 worth of food because no...one wanted it. Maybe it is better when the restaurant is open, but this was just bad.More

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed October 23, 2019 via mobile

The food was cooked well, the portions were generous, but under seasoned and pricey. We had a fish basket and seafood basket with water and it was almost $40. Basically a fast food place. Order/pay at the counter type place.

Date of visit: October 2019
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