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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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Clayton, North Carolina
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Owens is my all time favorite restaurant in Nags Head! I love the cheese crock, pasta dishes and fresh seafood options. The atmosphere is unique and appealing. Service is always great!

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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49 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The food was pretty good, nothing really out of this world. Limited options, if you are allergic to shellfish. The service was very good, nice atmosphere. Good place for a date night.

Thank M N
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Carolina shrimp and grits was something grandma might have thrown together on a cold winter night, a crazy expensive bland stew served over grits. At $28 each plus tip, I would have expected more than a small pot of cheese wiz, salad bar crackers, 3 hushpuppies, and ONE tough 3 " long piece of bread for TWO PEOPLE. I thought... More 

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

We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your shrimp and grits. Our shrimp and grits include surrey sausage, fresh shrimp, along a combination of herbs and spices. We typically receive great reviews for the dish but we are sorry you did not think the same. As for the complimentary cheese, crackers, and hush puppies, if you would have... More 

Wanchese, North Carolina
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I had family visiting and we went to Owens for dinner. We were left standing and ignored for 10 minutes. A couple of the servers looked at us as though they decided we could not afford it and didn't want to waste their time with us, but no one spoke to us. After 10 minutes, we left. All 8 of... More 

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Willow Street, Pennsylvania
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139 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We have been coming back here on Outer Bank vacations for over forty years. After a decade hiatus, we were thrilled to see that Owens' is still a great restaurant--probably the best on the Outer Banks. Servers are especially friendly and considerate--obviously well trained. The food is superb--lobster bisque, clam chowder, salads, seafood combo dishes, fresh fish (especially grouper), fried... More 

Thank EdwardBonekemper
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Excellent food and take out the nicest staff , piano bar and beautiful upstairs, great sea food and excellent side dishes. You can not ask for more!

Thank bleakreport
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

On Mother's Day weekend, more than a dozen of us showed up at Owens early on a Saturday evening. We were seated quickly and greeted by a very nice man who took our drink orders, brought cheese and crackers, offered descriptions of menu items. He was a professional who was very sweet to our kids. The menu items are varied... More 

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Racine, Wisconsin
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57 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We are having our last night in the outer banks and heard how great Owen's Restaurant is. Well it is!! We had excellent food and service. I had shrimp and my husband had the ribs. Both excellent. Very fine service. We were very happy to top of our vacation with this fine establishment.

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owensmanager, Manager at Owens' Restaurant, responded to this review

We are so happy to hear you enjoyed dining with us at Owens! We are grateful to have Steve working with us for many years...he is outstanding! Thank you for recognizing him and also for your very kind review. We hope you will come see us again soon! More 

Tallmadge, Ohio
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Simply put, when we go to outer banks we always go to Owens. The best seafood I've had, and an awesome dinning experience every time. Keep up serving the best food around!!!

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owensmanager, Manager at Owens' Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for making Owens part of your Outer Banks vacations over the years. We appreciate your support and very kind review!! Best wishes and we hope you have a great summer! More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Last minute change of plans and wanted something special for dinner. Two 10oz filets , potatoes and veges , perfectly cooked! Can't wait to go back next vacation!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$40
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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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