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Owens' Restaurant

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Milepost 16 1/2, Beach Rd, 7114 South Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959-9126
+1 252-441-7309
17:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 21:00
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King George, Virginia
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was a little disappointed, the decor is really dated and the menu was fair but expensive. They had a good selection of seafood and a beef menu as well. The service was good and the food was of good quality.

Thank KingGeorgeJoe
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Delicious 5-star dinner; friendly, knowledgeable, courteous staff. Highly recommend this establishment for a fine dining experience.

Thank Debbie D
Hampton, Virginia
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24 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife & myself went to dinner at Owens a few weeks ago, we have not been there this century. Food & service was as good or better than I remember. We started going to Owens about 50 years ago, we sold our home in Nags Head in the late 90's. Wife had crabmeat Norfolk & I had broiled seafood... More 

Thank stevieforsure
Forest, VA, United States
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One word--outstanding. Attended their annual Thanksgiving buffet which we have made an annual tradition. I have been going to this restaurant for over 60 years. I have compared Owen's to most other restaurants on the Outer Banks over the years and it consistently is among the top.

Thank Earl F
Durango, Colorado
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Yes out of town and went against all my rules for eating out on holidays. This was buffet style meal classic traditional thanksgiving meal. A bit expensive but good for a holiday. Good selection, good service for end of the day.

Thank gigity2015
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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57 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I spent a long weekend last week in Nags Head. We were referred to Owens by a friend. However, some of the reviews had me concerned about the decor and food. We decided to try Owens and were very pleased we did! We had a nice, cozy booth and were served by Ernest, a very professional and... More 

Thank vafoodie62
North Kingstown, Rhode Island
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45 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First visit to Owens after many recommendations, very happy with the experience. Staff was very friendly and helpful, food was delicious and atmosphere was delightful. I highly recommend the veal. My wife and I cannot wait to return. Also a fantastic display of historic Coast Guard items at the entrance.

Thank Jeff G
Millville, Delaware
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The atmosphere and the service by Cody was very pleasant. The background music lightly played and even though conversations from various tables it was most enjoyable. The food was delicious and again the service was the best we have had had in a long time.

Thank cdroney
Avon, North Carolina, United States
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92 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As a local I have to say that I search long and hard for a restaurant who's menu doesn't copy the restaurant next door. It is a shame that with the abundance of fresh local seafood we seem to have a difficult time progressing past the ease of frying everything. Therefore when I find a restaurant worth re-visiting it is... More 

Thank Pete G
Raleigh, North Carolina
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everyone was recommending this place because it has been in business by the same family since 1947,very nice,VERY EXPENSIVE,food not so much but I guess you are paying for the experience of linen tablecloths & napkins,wait staff in black & white,beautifully decorated,I ordered shrimp,which was delicious,my baked potato was dry,the coleslaw was too vinegary,the "fresh baked" bread was cold &... More 

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owensnagshead, Owner at Owens' Restaurant, responded to this review

Nancy, we are very sorry you did not enjoy your dinner with us. We saw you ordered our fried shrimp and requested to have oysters served with your shrimp, which we were more than happy to do. It was surprising because we cannot ever recall a complaint about our shrimp or oysters. Our shrimp are hand delivered to us from... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$40
American, Seafood
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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?