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“Lovely view”
Review of Tale of The Whale

Tale of The Whale
Ranked #4 of 83 Restaurants in Nags Head
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $18 - $40
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children, Scenic view, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Family owned and operated for 33 years, we serve the finest and freshest local seafood, choice steaks, salads, pastas, chicken and more. We pay attention to every detail to ensure your meal is memorable and delicious! Enjoy casual dining overlooking the Roanoke Sound, and live music (in season) in our waterfront gazebo. Come early and enjoy your favorite cocktail outdoors overlooking the water, or in our indoor bar. We offer an extensive wine list, a lighter fare menu, childrens’ menu and more. We welcome children, families and parties of all sizes, and offer comfortable booths for a romantic dinner for two. We look forward to serving you!
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74 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Lovely view”
Reviewed June 17, 2013 via mobile

I gave this review four stars, based on the beautiful setting, right on the sound. It (almost) makes up for the hit or miss food. We eat here every year when we visit the Outer Banks, because my son loves it. I have had meals that were quite good, and others that missed the mark. They definitely have a tendency to overcook the seafood and don't seem to season things properly (as in, they basically don't). On the plus side, the servers are very friendly and helpful. This restaurant is very popular, so who knows, maybe it's just that the food isn't to my own, personal taste. It's definitely not bad, and it's priced comparably to other restaurants in the area. And as I noted, the view is AMAZIMG!

Visited June 2013
Thank JKfromPA
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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149 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Wonderful food, saucy waitress”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

Very nice established restaurant on the bay. Great view, wonderful food selections, and the waitress was very engaged with serving us and making sure we were happy. Fairly upscale environment but we were dressed very casual and they treated us well. Had Hummingbird Cake for dessert - like carrot cake but tasted like banana bread. Dense, moist, and sweet. The only bad thing was when we were leaving they had a small jewelry shop at the entrance. My wife stopped to look but the girl behind the desk apparently decided based on my wife's clothing she couldn't afford anything and completely ignored her. Lost sales there!

Visited June 2013
Thank Steve T
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Always Excellent”
Reviewed June 15, 2013

Our family looks forward to our visit to the Tale of the Whale each time we visit the OBX. There are both surf and turf choices to satisfy everyone's pallet! Crab cakes are delicious and have no fillers! The seafood pasta selections are tasty options too! The atmosphere is very relaxing with views of the Roanoke Sound. Be sure to visit the sound side gazebo!

Visited June 2013
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great Service, Food and Price”
Reviewed June 7, 2013

We checked this place out during a recent vacation to the Outer Banks. The restaurant is very nice, set in a great location and had very good food. Our service was very good and I would definitely recommend this place. Dress is vacation casual.

Visited June 2013
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Severn, Maryland
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51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Well known and deserves it's reputation”
Reviewed June 3, 2013 via mobile

Went here because of reviews we've seen and a personal recommendation. Great view. We got there early, and the restaurant seated many people while we were there. Great staff, lots of good food. The tuna was good, but not the best. Coconut shrimp was good but not the best either. Salads, bread, and desert were excellent. They also have smaller portions available. It was a little pricy, but good for a special occasion.

  • Visited June 2013
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