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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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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good27%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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Opens in 27 min
American, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
3948 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9278
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We stopped here for late breakfast and we really enjoyed our meal. I ordered the BLT with Fried Green Tomato and wife ordered the crab omelette . Our waiter Jeff was great!

Thank Trueeasterner
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I ate here years ago for breakfast, and it was great. Years later, we came for lunch. They were closing soon, but happily accommodated us. The waitress fished out some crayons and coloring books for our 3y.o., and even brought some fries...More

Thank Barbara J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In all my years coming here how could I have missed this place? Luckily we spotted the sign and stopped in for dinner. I was in the mood for a crab cake so I had the cc sandwich. It was all crab, no filler- well...More

Thank pugmug1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing corn and crab chowder! Absolutely THE BEST Crab cakes EVER!!! Definitely the best kept secret in Nags Head!!!! Will absolutely be going back again and again

Thank Grindaman
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved breakfast at this cafe. Their stoneground grits were absolutely amazing, and my husband loved his biscuits and gravy. I had some pancakes which had way too sweet of a topping, but the pancakes were delicious. We will definitely be back next time we...More

Thank Vanessa L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came for breakfast a few times. Every time the food was great and very affordable. No complaints about anything.

Thank mrsalty1223
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a friendly spot for breakfast! Our waitress was so nice and attentive. The banana foster pancakes were just delicious!

Thank Ahootywho
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

The food was not bad however someone wanted toast and was told they took her toast so here's a biscuit...really. the wait staff were rude, rolled eyes at requests for more water and soda, and we're slow to get anything. Place wasn't busy so the...More

Thank Stacey H
Michael R, Owner at Old Nags Head Cafe', responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

We do appreciate your business... If you had a problem with the service then why didn't you speak up during your visit? Nothing can be accomplished after the fact. Also if you were there during breakfast hours "which is always super busy by the way"...More

Reviewed 19 August 2018

Stopped here for lunch a few times while on vacation. We liked the salads and the sandwiches. Didn’t have any trouble getting waited on as we were here in mid May.

Thank Judy H
Reviewed 18 August 2018

We had a hard time finding a restaurant on a Friday night. After trying three places, we stumbled upon this one which had good reviews. We were curious why they weren't terrible busy but were happy to have a quick meal after a long day...More

Thank MaryCG910
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
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
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
  • E-mail
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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