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3948 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9278
+1 252-441-1141
08:00 - 14:00
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Fri - Sun 17:00 - 21:00
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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146 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2016

My son and daughter in law ate here while they visited the outer banks and suggested we stop for breakfast. So glad we did! Food was delicious and the staff was friendly and attentive. Great location. Will be back.

Thank Tami P
Levittown, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2016

Absolutely amazing! My husband and I stumbled upon this island treasure. There is ample onsite parking. Upon entering we were immediately greeted by employees and seated. Menu has a great variety of items to offer. They were gracious and accommodated my husbands dietary request and our food was served in a reasonable amount of time and was absolutely delicious. Old... More 

Thank Deejer84
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31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

The nene is relatively narrow featuring mostly shrimp. But the food is excellent. The gumbo is excellent as are the fish and chips. Portion sizes are good.

Thank David H
M R, Owner at Old Nags Head Cafe', responded to this review

Thanks for the feedback, we appreciate your patronage. More 

Delaware, Ohio
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81 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016

Clean, bright and well appointed, this restaurant is quiet and pleasant with a nice menu and above all good food. Whether breakfast or dinner, you enjoy your time here.

Thank OldDog618
M R, Owner at Old Nags Head Cafe', responded to this review

Thank you so much for business and feedback, it means a lot to us. More 

1 review
Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Took our son on a quick vacation to Nags Head, NC before returning to college. We happened upon this restaurant and glad we did. We ate there for breakfast one day, lunch another and dinner on another. All meals were of very high quality and taste. We normally vacation in Myrtle Beach but next visit to OBX, we will definitely... More 

Thank KMW57
M R, Owner at Old Nags Head Cafe', responded to this review

Thank you very much for dining with us. We are happy we could help make your day a special one... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 26 August 2016

We happened upon this quant restaurant on a Thursday in August while we were out looking for a place to get breakfast. We had a small wait at the bar while our table was being cleaned were we were immediately asked if we would like coffee / juice while we waited. The coffee was some of the best we have... More 

Thank beachbum22032
M R, Owner at Old Nags Head Cafe', responded to this review

Thanks for the positive feedback and we're so glad you enjoyed the food along with the coffee. Like all of our items our coffee is prepared and roasted fresh by us on a daily basis. We strive to provide the best food and service possible. More 

Alexandria, Virginia
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

The menu had a variety of items to choose from, we wanted Seafood, our son who is 5 didn't and it catered to all of us. The beer was great, the portions plentiful and the taste on point. We would definitely return. We arrived at 5pm exactly when the opened and good thing we did because within 15 mins. it... More 

Thank shellvanderwal
M R, Owner at Old Nags Head Cafe', responded to this review

Thanks for dining with us, we appreciate your business and feedback. More 

Colonial Heights, Virginia
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119 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016

Breakfast, Friday, Aug 19, 2016. Loved the quaint, old Nags Head feel of this place. Especially loved the view from seats at the large front windows. Gave us the feeling we were in an OBX of years ago. Our server was very friendly and attentive. Breakfast was good, but nothing to write home about. They do roast their own coffee,... More 

Thank leftypicker
M R, Owner at Old Nags Head Cafe', responded to this review

I would like to thank you for dining with us. As for your review or should I say your opinion it is yours to have and is not in the majority. I'm not sure exactly what all was eaten in your party but all of our food is prepared to order and made fresh daily with the best ingredients and... More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

Great seafood (small portion tho), horrible cole slaw & they ran out of cocktail sauce. What seafood restaurant runs out of cocktail? Good food family said overall tho.

Thank paoutdoorguy
M R, Owner at Old Nags Head Cafe', responded to this review

Hello and thanks for dining with us.. I Can't really comment on your opinion because I'm not exactly sure what you actually ordered. As for our coleslaw we get compliments about it all the time and sell pounds of it. I cannot be sure who told you we ran out of our homemade cocktail sauce because we make gallons of... More 

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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Cute decor was this place had going for it. Paid $5.99 for one of those refrigerated canned biscuits and about two cups if gravy from a mix. I ordered a $2.75 side of bacon; the menu talked it up as thick sliced, Applewood smoked, but it was thin enough to read the newspaper through and tasteless as a newspaper too.... More 

Thank J M
M R, Owner at Old Nags Head Cafe', responded to this review

Well Jim, thanks for stopping in to see us but you are wrong on two accounts. Our biscuits are made fresh everyday by us and our bacon is thick sliced applewood smoked. If you weren't satisfied with the food you should have immediately said something to your server. Also the majority of other reviews would seem to contradict your experience.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 4 - US$ 25
American, Cajun & Creole, Seafood
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 14:00
08:00 - 14:00
08:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3948 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9278
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Nags Head
  • Phone Number: +1 252-441-1141
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.

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