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Old Nags Head Cafe'

3948 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9278
+1 252-441-1141
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good28%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Cajun & Creole, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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3948 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9278
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Reviewed 30 August 2017

4 of us (two 'locals' & two part-time residents) stopped in for lunch on a gray & cool day this past June. The interior is quite attractive and obviously well kept. Service was prompt & friendly. Parking wasn't a problem at all, most likely due...More

Thank Still-Enjoying-Life
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

Been here 4 times this week! Delicious crab corn chowder and grilled Mahi. Amazing service by Cindy!

Thank Grace C
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

We had the best breakfast here! Wished we found it earlier. The best BLT, fried green tomato sandwich on whole wheat toast...the lemon garlic aioli pushed it right over the top! My husband's breakfast was done perfectly and he enjoyed every bite. Hash browns, which...More

Thank PinkCat14
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Best fried green tomato blt in the world for breakfast! Came with lemon aioli. Excellent coffee. They roast their coffee beans here. Cute little restaurant with great service. If you want the old beach ambience, come here.

Thank jrtav
Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

We had dinner here and breakfast on our obx trip. Great staff and good quality food! Would go back again!

Thank Lisa M
Reviewed 21 July 2017

Great service, the food was okay. We had far better food that was much less expensive, but no complaints.

Thank carlymu
Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

Food was good. Service was quick. Had the crab cake sandwich which was full of crab meat and little filler.

Thank user1219
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

If anyone ever comes to the Outer Banks, the Old Nags Head Cafe is awesome!!! I'm telling you that the Crabmeat Fettuccine Alfredo is THE BOMB!!! You can also have replacements for he Crabmeat if you don't like seafood! I got no meat, just pasta....More

Thank Dez D
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

My family and I visited this little restaurant for lunch. While the atmosphere is precious, the food was nothing to write home about and the service was terrible. I would not recommend this restaurant.

Thank sarahsP1299FR
Michael R, Owner at Old Nags Head Cafe', responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Well Sarah apparently you are willing to write something about it... maybe not home but still. Also the VAST majority of reviews seem to contradict your claimed experience. If everything was so bad, why didn't you voice your concern with the MANAGEMENT during your visit.

Reviewed 12 July 2017

Small, casual cafe stuffed to the gills with diners. So that tells you how good the food is! Loved our entrees of shrimp & grits and gumbo with the fixings. Entrees were around $20 each for us so that tells you something about the quality...More

Thank Robin M
Michael R, Owner at Old Nags Head Cafe', responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Thanks Robin, we truly appreciate your dining with us...

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$ 4 - US$ 25
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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
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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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