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Tale of The Whale

7575 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9162
+1 252-441-7332
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good17%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“fish duo” (13 reviews)
“seafood” (130 reviews)
“steak” (64 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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7575 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9162
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I have waited years to go to this restaurant. I ordered a ribeye steak with a shrimp skewer with green beans and paid extra for the side salad. The steak is brought out under cooked in case you would like it cooked further. The wait...More

Thank hmtppd
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

It’s obvious, that when you walk inside, you are in a locals place. I don’t think that they have been open for the season long, but you could tell that everyone was happy to see one another. We went to the bar, as there was...More

Thank Xeuropn
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was seasoned perfectly. The views were good. We had the local favorites which were wonderful. Way too much food-so we had leftovers!!! Definitely worth going again.

Thank George H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ive been coming to Tale of the Whale for my whole life and it is the best restaurant ever! Everything is amazing and everyone is sooooo nice...Dan and Kathy, the owners, are two of the nicest people ive ever had the pleasure of meeting, two...More

Thank danielryman52
Reviewed 24 November 2017 via mobile

We eat here every time we come to OBX at least twice on our trips. Fresh local seafood, excellent service and delicious desserts!

Thank seamansj82
Reviewed 8 November 2017

We chose to dine at Tale of The Whale our last night and it was well worth it. The restaurant was clean, the service was prompt and the food was absolutely wonderful. If you can get a table next to the window, the view of...More

Thank roberths
Reviewed 5 November 2017

Ask for Jen. We ate at the bar to avoid the long line. GREAT move. Fast service, no rush. The filets were out of this world tender and flavorful. Jen talked us into the seared tuna appetizer. Neither of us have ever tried this before...More

Thank leetl319
Reviewed 29 October 2017

We recently ate at this restaurant for dinner. The sunset and the setting were absolutely amazing. Also, the service was perfect, and the food was delicious. I would recommend this place. Our waitress was attentive and helpful.

Thank Linda S
Reviewed 27 October 2017

We came in for dinner the last night of our trip, and left unbelievably full and happy. First and foremost, they close soon for the season, but watch their website for details on the early bird special. This past weekend it was 20% off the...More

Thank ckassotis
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

We visited here on a recommendation from our hotel staff. Got there right after they opened and still had to wait about 30mins for a table. The food was worth the wait. Everything was prepared fresh and was perfectly cooked. Seafood was super fresh. Excellent...More

Thank Mark S
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17 January 2018|
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Response from MarciaBryant | Reviewed this property |
The restaurant is currently closed for the season and reopens in April. It's a great Restaurant with excellent staff, and outstanding food and view. It will be one of your favorites if you ever go once.
Joan O
15 August 2017|
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Response from Sheri102 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Check out their menu online.
Dawn B
29 August 2016|
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Response from Robin T | Reviewed this property |
Typically they're open thru late September.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 18 - US$ 40
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7575 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9162
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Nags Head
  • Phone Number: +1 252-441-7332
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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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