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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%
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“fish duo” (14 reviews)
“seafood” (143 reviews)
“steak” (68 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
7575 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9162
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We were a bit disappointed in this restaurant. The dining room is quite attractive and we were seated at a booth overlooking the sound. Our server, however, was a bit too effusive and her description of a menu item as "addictive" was quite an exaggeration....More

Thank loveswater
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Elegant surrounding with amazing view. Large frozen drinks were outstanding and decadent! Service, presentation and meal perfect in every way! Stuffed lobster had a generous portion of delicious, fresh crab with our any fillers !

Thank PerfectionPreferred
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Complete Perfection! We have Twenty + years of Dining Pleasure at our Favorite Tale Of The Whale. The Food is always perfect! Locally owned, Excellent Service, Attention to Detail, making dining here an Experience with a view of the sound...and...everybody knows your name...we aren't finished...More

Thank 181dianah
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited here for our wedding anniversary 9/6 and had a fantastic time. We were quoted 45 mins to an hour so we grabbed a drink at the bar. The bartenders were wonderful so we decided to just eat dinner there. Our drinks and meals...More

Thank kiki0406
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A local recommended the Tale of the Whale, and it surpassed my expectations. We didn't make before 5 in order to get the 20% off, but the whole experience was still worth every penny spent. The wait time was about 1 1/2 hours, yet there...More

Thank marisarisa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stumbled on this restaurant by accident as it was Labor day and the restaurant we went to was closed. Boy am I glad we did! My friend and I ordered Cajun pasta with steak, chicken & shrimp. It had just enough spice FANTASTIC! My...More

Thank LDatHSV
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome food and great service from Tyler. The flounder with crab meat was great. Thanks tale of the whale!

Thank Voyager791618
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The entrees are around $25-30 average. However, the portions are generous and I thought that the prices were more than fair. The food was amazing. I didn’t taste a single things at our table of 15 people that was bad or even average. Steaks were...More

Thank Sydney C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I ate here tonight. I had the Cajun Special with Flounder and she had the Duo Fish with Flounder and Swordfish. Both were absolutely delicious. This was the best seafood dinner we've eaten in memory. On top of that the portions were...More

Thank Trekster123
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a large restaurant with an extensive menu and is family friendly. We were a large party of 9 and were served promptly and well. We had an assortment of appetizers and entrees. Folks varied with their reactions but basically we all enjoyed with...More

Thank barbara m
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Hank M
4 August 2018|
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16 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.
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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, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, View, Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
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 38 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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