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The Colington Cafe

1029 Colington Rd, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948-8020
+1 252-480-1123
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  • Excellent82%
  • Very good13%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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1029 Colington Rd, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948-8020
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful service and delicious food!! So glad that they were open off season. My husband checked out restaurant options and decided to make reservations at Colington Cafe. Great choice! We had a secluded table ,as requested , and the service couldn't have been better. Our...More

Thank Marianne B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I thoroughly enjoyed my dining experience at the Colington café. I got the filet and crab meat and everything was cooked to perfection. The service by our waitress, Holly, was fantastic. I would highly recommend this hidden gem to anyone looking for an upscale meal...More

Thank timmiley
Carlen P, Owner at The Colington Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write on The Colington Cafe.. We love our customers and it means so much to have you leave happy. I do feel bad because I think the brussel sprouts were undercooked that night, but glad all...More

Reviewed 8 December 2017 via mobile

Nice lil cafe.. Great place to stop in if your on this side of the island...Clean and quiant little cafe.

Thank johnnyquest111
Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

Read reviews and was excited to try it out. Turned out the food was uninspired. It was okay but did not live up to the reviews I read. The crab cake appetizer was dull ... it needed more crab meat , chunks of blue crab......More

Thank zerogal
Carlen P, Owner at The Colington Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2017

I am sincerely sorry you didn't enjoy your dinners at the cafe. We use fresh crabmeat in our crab cakes and very little filler. The Filet Coquille is made to order so I am sorry you thought the sauces were the same. One was a...More

Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

This place is great. So glad we finally came. Charming house converted to a restaurant. Very accommodating with seating and menu. Good was some of the best, while dining out, we've ever had. Service was so nice and attentive but not pushy. Great for date...More

Thank ChristinaM41_12
Carlen P, Owner at The Colington Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2017

Thank you so much for writing about the Colington Cafe. We love for our customers to enjoy themselves. With this being one of our last nights of our 29th season, it still warms my heart to have our customers enjoy the service and the fresh...More

Reviewed 19 November 2017

Quaint,casual and not pretentious at all. Excellent food at a fair price,service is efficient and friendly.We try to dine there whenever we are on OBX.More

Thank waltb48
Carlen P, Owner at The Colington Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2017

Thank you so much for your review on The Colington Cafe. We sure do appreciate you taking out the time, but thank you for mentioning we are not pretentious. We were described as that and it broke my heart. We all love our customers so...More

Reviewed 15 November 2017

Wonderful return visit to The Colington Café for my parents wedding anniversary. Once again exceptional service and food and such a beautiful location. This really is a special place and my family & I highly recommend it. Please check out this Outer Banks treasure.More

Thank 00Treasure
Carlen P, Owner at The Colington Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2017

Thank you so much for sharing your experience and it makes me especially happy to know you all celebrated your parent's wedding anniversary. Our staff loves to add to special memories. We try hard to make it special for each and every customer so thank...More

Reviewed 15 November 2017 via mobile

Seems like the place to go for a gourmet meal. Southern service. Ambiance is an old house. Go check it out.

Thank Upnorthtransplant1
Carlen P, Owner at The Colington Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 18 November 2017

I am so glad you enjoyed your time at The Colington Cafe. We really appreciate you taking out the time to share with others. Happy Holidays.

Reviewed 14 November 2017

I took college friends there recently while gathering for a reunion. We hadn't been there in probably over 10 years... each of us was very happy with our meal. The service was super and we will definitely return. We were also happy with the pricing......More

Thank Ginny M
Carlen P, Owner at The Colington Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 18 November 2017

Thank you so much for your review. It means so much to us, especially when we hear about reunions that make them even better. We really appreciate it.

Reviewed 13 November 2017

As others have stated the pretentiousness here is in fact real. This establishment seems to be making do on reputation and regulars. I can't rate the food because I've never tried it and I no longer wish to. If the service is any reflection of...More

Thank RVAFoodTourist
Carlen P, Owner at The Colington Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2017

Dear Sir, We are so sorry about your experience but to be honest with you, you are the most vindictive customer we have had in 30 years. You failed to mention your reservation was at 7:30 and you stormed out at 7:28. My gracious daughter...More

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Response from Melodie T | Reviewed this property |
I wouldn't wear denim to Colington Cafe, but smart-casual works. My husband wears a button-down cotton shirt or polo with his khaki 'dress' shorts. It's not overly stuffy, but there is a formality to the place. Victorian... More
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Response from Melodie T | Reviewed this property |
Yes, and it depends upon the kid. Ours was always well-behaved with a refined palette and a love of fresh seafood, and he has been going with us since he was 4 or 5. He's now 15 and the owners are always happy to see him... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$25
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1029 Colington Rd, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948-8020
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Kill Devil Hills
  • Phone Number: +1 252-480-1123
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Nestled off the beaten path in a Victorian house surrounded by 400 year-old oak trees, we are a local's favorite. Our seafood is brought in fresh daily, and we use locally grown ingredients.All the locals love our filet dishes as well as our large menu.All desserts are homemade. We are a family run restaurant with most of our staff having been with us for over 15 years.We do everything to make sure all of our customers leave happy.
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