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Rundown Cafe

5218 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-5900
+1 252-255-0026
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good34%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“coconut shrimp” (44 reviews)
“rundown soup” (23 reviews)
“noodle bowl” (15 reviews)
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American, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
5218 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-5900
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We visit Rundown at least once everytime we visit Kitty Hawk. Great atmosphere with a caribbean island motif, it's a bright and happy location for superb food. The staff is friendly and responsive, making for a very comfortable experience. Sunday brunch with the available Bloody...More

Thank Raymond D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Many years of OBX visits watching rundown go from concrete block to moving and expanding, the menu has morphed into a truly international fusion done with a light touch and sophistication with food with beachy down to earth atmosphere. Yes they have their Monday local...More

Thank daderdoc
Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

We stopped here on our first night in the area for a quick bite. The kids food was OK - I know this because they did not finish their dinner. My fish sandwich was over cooked and dry. I expected more from a restaurant in...More

Thank 406DebS
WaveKiter2013, Owner at Rundown Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2018

Hello...... Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant although we have been closed for almost a month and a half (closed November 24) is it possible you could have dined at another establishment possibly with a similar name (Roadside Possibly) If not...More

Reviewed 2 December 2017

There really isn't much to add. The Rundown has my favorite vegetarian dishes, prepared and served by some of the friendliest people of all. I'm a local and usually stay away from the crowded restaurants. But there a handful of restaurants that tempt me, no...More

Thank Cathy K
Reviewed 15 November 2017

We always have a good meal at Rundown. They have some eclectic seafood dishes. Service is good and the beer is cold.

Thank VAFamilyof5
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

Had their signature dish, the noodles with island spices. I added coconut chicken to mine. It was by far the best noodle dish I have ever tasted.

Thank Lynn B
Reviewed 8 November 2017

Rundown Cafe has great Polynesian/Asian/Carribean food. If you're looking for special type of local food, this is the place to be.

Thank Ron K
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

As usual we went twice this trip, last night for fish burritos and my favorite the coconut shrimp. Burrito was filled to the brim. Both were Excellent. Came back tonight for the fried chicken dinner (monday nights only in the fall). They do have the...More

Thank Rav4Mom55
Reviewed 5 November 2017

All four of us our foodies and love cooking. You will not find better food at a better price at the OBX. We visited and were able to sit outside and enjoy the great view and cooling November air. Our waiters, Scott and Maggie were...More

Thank roadwarrior1161
Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

While in the OBX, based on TripAdvisor, we stopped for dinner at Rundown Cafe. The food was delicious!! The staff were very friendly and helpful! The fish tacos had a huge piece of tuna in each taco. I'd definitely recommend it!!

Thank mlowder500
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29 May 2017|
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Response from CyndyJoPo | Reviewed this property |
No, they do not take reservations and your whole party needs to be on site in order to put your name in for a table.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5218 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-5900
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Kitty Hawk
  • Phone Number: +1 252-255-0026
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