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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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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good29%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Cajun & Creole, Seafood
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3948 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9278
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Good food. Excellent service. Easy spot for cold beer and a good crab cake sandwich. We had fried pickles, crab cake sandwich and mahi sandwich. All pretty good nothing out of this world. Servers were all very nice.

Thank Lindsy S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My son had raved about the grits so our family went for breakfast. They are stone ground grits and delicious! The coffee is roasted by the owner and also very good. Our party had sausage, toast, home made biscuits, pancakes, and eggs. Naturally we also...More

Thank mws504
Reviewed 21 April 2017

Small restaurant close to the beach. I ordered a "world famous" hamburg and my wife ordered a pulled pork sandwich. The 8oz hamburg was extremely overcooked. I asked for medium and got very, very well done! They were nice enough to take the burger off...More

Thank teebear8933
Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

My wife and I stopped here for breakfast. The staff were friendly and efficient. The food was very good was prepared quickly. The portions are generous. The orange juice is squeezed when you order it. The breakfast sandwich on a biscuit was very tasty. This...More

Thank Thomas M
Reviewed 19 October 2016

We stopped by the Café this weekend for lunch and had a wonderful experience. The Cheeseburger was cooked to perfection and made with fresh ground meat! The crab cake sandwich was out of this world and the service was outstanding! I will continue to visit...More

Thank beachbum22032
Reviewed 19 October 2016

This is the fifth time we have stopped by The Old Nags Head Café this summer for breakfast. I can't say how much we have enjoyed all meals that we have had! The breakfast is freshly prepared and the coffee is freshly roasted. I can't...More

Thank janeyt46
Reviewed 7 October 2016

Because I work in the neighborhood, I have eaten breakfast here many times. Not once have I had a breakfast that was not outstanding. The orange juice is fresh-squeezed, the food is fresh and hot, and the coffee is flavorful. I love this place! And,...More

Thank Michael W
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Overall a pleasant experience. Our sever was very nice. Would have been 5 stars but the food was VERY slow coming out. I know we arrived during a small rush, but it shouldn't take 30 minutes for an appetizer and an hour for our meal...More

Thank TheTrueHobokenFoodie
M R, Owner at Old Nags Head Cafe', responded to this review

Hello and thank you for dining with us... I'm sorry if you had a "slow experience"with your meal... I'm not sure which appetizer you ordered but all of our items are prepared fresh and made to order. We pre-make nothing and our food does take...More

Reviewed 26 September 2016

Stopped one night late and got a very good hamburger. Then we returned one morning for breakfast and it was also very good.

Thank Linda C
Reviewed 26 September 2016

So we got a recommendation from a local and headed over for lunch. The burgers were fantastic and we enjoyed cold beers plus fries. I loved that there was a variety of sides to choose from. I had the squash and zucchini side. Went back...More

Thank Katatak
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$25
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
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
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
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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.