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Owens' Restaurant

Milepost 16 1/2, Beach Rd, 7114 South Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959-9126
+1 252-441-7309
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good18%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“crackers” (81 reviews)
“hush puppies” (97 reviews)
“seafood” (144 reviews)
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Milepost 16 1/2, Beach Rd, 7114 South Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959-9126
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We come to Nagshead every summer and Owen's Family restaurant is part of our trip every year. Last year we reserved the upstairs for a dinner after our beach wedding. We live on the Eastern shore of Maryland and are used to good seafood. This...More

Thank Tracy C
Reviewed 4 days ago

Had a another great meal at Owens. We've been dining there with family for years during our vacation in the OBX. We've been with adults only, young toddlers and grown children. Meals have always been good, service excellent, and really consistent. It's a nicer restaurant...More

Thank jenaye
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The rockfish was outstanding, my husband loved the prime rib ends, and the cheese and crackers and hush puppies kept the granddaughter happy! We love coming here.

Thank Ellen C
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We went to Owens last night...never again. We went there because of the reviews. We cant understand why this was rated so high. The food was overpriced and overcooked. We usually eat in the finer restaurants. We have no problem spending money on quality food....More

Thank S C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great food and service last night. The broiled scallops were the best I have ever had. The other three meals were excellent also. Incredible deserts !! Will return.

Thank PatandGeorge K
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been coming to Owen's for over 20 years. Each summer is as consistent as the last. It's like coming home to an old friend. We had a table of 8 and we were seated quickly, and efficiently throughout the evening. My favorite part...More

Thank Cathy0710
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have come here for many years and enjoy the atmosphere of this family run business now into its 71st year. we started with a glass of wind and calamari, both of which were quite good. We were in the mood for fish and the...More

1  Thank oldhokie702016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Owens never fails!! This is always my most favorite dining experience and meal while on vacation. The atmosphere is really neat and the staff are so nice and professional. The crock of cheese, hush puppies, cocktail menu and broiled seafood entrees are my favs!! The...More

Thank Dianna K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been going here for last 10 years. Every time is an excellent time. The service is top notch and the menu has some great seafood dishes. Cannot go wrong with the crab remic appetizer.

Thank Todd R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a family owned restaurant that has been in business for generations. It is absolutely charming and quaint with heavily wood paneled walls and a nautical theme. They have an extensive wine list that is reasonably priced, and a good menu. I had the...More

Thank DeborahFL
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Questions & Answers
18 May 2017|
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Response from owensnagshead | Property representative |
Yes our menu is the same upstairs as downstairs with plenty of appetizers and small plates to choose from. Thank you for inquiring and we hope to see you soon!
Bobbie H
10 April 2017|
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Response from owensnagshead | Property representative |
Yes we are open on Easter. We have an Easter Brunch Buffet from 11am-2:30pm and serve dinner from our menu with specials. Thank you for inquiring!
20 February 2017|
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Response from owensnagshead | Property representative |
Hi Alan! We will reopen on Friday, March 10th for our 71st season! Please come see us then and we thank you!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$40
Drinks, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Private Dining, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings
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
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Milepost 16 1/2, Beach Rd, 7114 South Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959-9126
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Nags Head
  • Phone Number: +1 252-441-7309
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Since 1946, four generations of locals and visitors have experienced the famous food and hospitality of the Owens and Shannon families.We are celebrating 69 years in business, in the same location, making us the oldest restaurant in the state of North Carolina! Owens Restaurant serves classic Southern coastal cuisine. We specialize in fresh and local seafood from North Carolina waters, exceptional Prime Western beef, and flavorful pastas. Our customers marvel at our collection of museum quality artifacts dedicated to the maritime history of the Outer Banks. Come see us for delicious food, exceptional service and warm Southern hospitality!
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