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“Good upscale family restaurant - harkens back to days gone by”
Review of Owens' Restaurant

Owens' Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 85 Restaurants in Nags Head
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $40
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Since 1946, four generations of locals and visitors have experienced the famous food and hospitality of the Owens and Shannon families.We are celebrating 69 years in business, in the same location, making us the oldest restaurant in the state of North Carolina! Owens Restaurant serves classic Southern coastal cuisine. We specialize in fresh and local seafood from North Carolina waters, exceptional Prime Western beef, and flavorful pastas. Our customers marvel at our collection of museum quality artifacts dedicated to the maritime history of the Outer Banks. Come see us for delicious food, exceptional service and warm Southern hospitality!
Issaquah, Washington
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Good upscale family restaurant - harkens back to days gone by”
Reviewed June 29, 2010

We were looking for a good option for dinner for four adults and two kids and an infant. This nicely fit the bill.

The decor is over the top nautical victorian ( don't ask me)

Great amazing service, nice cheese crock and crackers, and insane hush puppies. Entrees were all good ( nothing gourmet or fabulous, but definitely very good)

Nice place for large group with multiple interests

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Reynoldsburg, Ohio
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“Awesome, Awesome, Awesome”
Reviewed June 16, 2010

We got into Nags Head late on a Sunday night so pulled into the first restaurant we came to. Although we weren't very hungry and just wanted something light, we were amazed at the selection and quality of the food at Owen's. My daughter and I each had a spinach salad with the most AWESOME Poppy Seed Vinagarette! Bought a pint to bring home with us and now wish we had bought a quart as it is almost gone! Alex took wonderful care of us. We will be back next year. Now I just need to figure out how to get more of the Poppy Seed Vinagarette!

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Robesonia, Pennsylvania
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“Fabulously delicious!”
Reviewed June 5, 2010

I'd been to Owens with my husband 2 times before and everytime time the food got better. My sister had never been there so on May 28th we stop for the night on the OBX and I took her for dinner. She couldn't stop raving about the fabulous food, outstanding service, and charming atmosphere. I told her she'd like it, but she LOVED it. We both had the seafood imperial - lip smacking good! Big chunks of crab meat, shrimp, and bay scallops in a perfect imperial sauce baked in a dish. The broccoli rabe was out of this world and the homemade dressing on the salad was heavenly. She made me promise to stop on the OBX on our way home from Florida so we could eat there again. Can't wait - should be there tomorrow!

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Elm City, North Carolina
2 reviews
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“Good restaurant choice”
Reviewed June 5, 2010

Delicious food, beautiful presentation, timely course delivery. Service was courteous and attentive. Entree portions are large enough for sharing. The "Hatteras Seafood" is very tasty, especially with the herb lemon butter.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
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“By Far THE BEST Restaurant in the Outer Banks”
Reviewed May 28, 2010

Visisted Owens on May 21. What a wonderful surprise. Gorgeous inside. Very friendly and attentive staff. Expensive, but worth every penny if you enjoy good food and a lovely atmosphere. Started off with the perfec hushpuppies. Tasted like fried cake. Yummilicious. Cute crock of cheese and basket of crackers also. Good cheese. Hard to put the knife down! I had coconut shrimp for appetizer. Big shrimps with just the right amount of coconut. Very lightly fried. With a side of orange marmalade dipping sauce. Just perfect. Hubby had clam chowder which he said was perfect as well. Also had salads -- order the poppy seed dressing. Out of this world. Ordered Filet Mignon that was very tender, perfectly cooked and perfectly seasoned. Mashed cheesy potatoes and brocoli rabe was also perfect. We are still talking about that meal. Will definitely make this a tradition and will definitely save up some money to go more than once!

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