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“Good food, great value”

Old Nags Head Cafe'
Ranked #29 of 85 Restaurants in Nags Head
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $25
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: Old Nags Head Cafe continues the Roderer family tradition of the great food and Outer Banks North Carolina hospitality we've been offering Nags Head restaurant diners since 1985. Housed in the historic Harris Grocery store on the beach road that served vacationers up until the late 70s, our café's easy-going, beachy atmosphere provides the perfect setting for a gathering of friends or a quiet evening. We like how one of our guests described us, "The restaurant/bar has a very neighborhood feel but is classier than your standard beach seafood shack. Lots of wood paneling and a tasteful amount of local flavor make it a great place for a low key night or casual date." We do strive to make you feel like you're a long-time local, even if it's your first visit, with our friendly servers and easy-going style. That's the way a Nags Head restaurant should be! Complementing our surroundings is a menu that's setting a standard for Nags Head restaurants. Enjoy traditional and contemporary Southern dishes as well as the best in fresh local seafood, chicken, chops, hand-cut Angus beef, pasta, soups, salads, sandwiches, daily specials and homemade desserts. We've been told you can't come to this place without experiencing fried green tomatoes or shrimp and grits! While you're dining, your view is of Nags Head's row of unpainted aristocratic cottages, summer homes that were the first to establish the Outer Banks of North Carolina as a vacation destination. You're also across from the iconic Jockey's Ridge. Old Nags Head Cafe also has a full-service bar with an extensive beer and wine list, and we're happy to accommodate your take-out order.
Reviewed June 25, 2012

Had the coconut shrimp, it was outstanding. All four of us had great meals. I will eat there again.

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Reviewed June 23, 2012

The Old Nags Head Cafe is a wonderful transformation of the old Jockey's Ribs. The cuisine is southern seafood with the dishes, especially the lump crabmeat fettucine as one of many star attractions. The food service is superior to much of the service on the beach and the bar is a great place to sit, relax and enjoy a cocktail and some conversation.
All in all, a great little restaurant where I will return frequently.,

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Thank walt46
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

On the beach road across from Jockey's Ridge in Nags Head, there is a little restaurant which used to be "Jockey's Ribbs". Just this season they changed the name to "Old Nags Head Cafe" and they have a new menu. The food is incredible!! I had crabmeat fettuccine with diablo pasta as my entre and creme brule for desert. It was the best meal I have had on the OBX hands down!! My husband had the pan fried jumbo lump crab cakes and said they were phenomenal. If you have a chance you have to check it out!! It's fine dining in a quaint, hometown atmosphere. We will be revisiting for sure!

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Thank Ashley H
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

Recently dined here upon their opening...have been back several times since!! This place has the best crabcakes on this beach!! I have tried crabcakes at many other locations for the past year and have always ended up highly disappointed!! This was not the case here...huge jumbo lumb crabmeat....no filler...and a great crispy panko crust!! Even though its lacking filler the crabcake has a wonderful flavor & is very filling!! The sandwich comes with a fried green tomato and aioli sauce that is to die for! The crabcake entree is just as good! I'm so happy to have found a restaurant that does not mash their crabcakes into patties where you can't even see chunks of crab due to being overworked! Have also tried many other items on the menu and have to say haven't found one thing to complain about. If you haven't been and will be in the area I say go check it out!!

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Reviewed June 20, 2012

Have had a couple of delicious meals for dinner in recent weeks. There shrimp and grits are by far the best on the beach. Had the fried chicken with homemade Mac and cheese that is to die for. And we loved the fried pickles to start our meal.
It is so cute inside and the staff are very friendly. Confidently located on the beach road next to Kitty Hawk Kites. It is open for dinner 7 days a week opening at 5pm. Being a local I highly suggest this new place for dinner!

Thank Babynurs
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