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Tale of The Whale

7575 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9162
+1 252-441-7332
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good18%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“fish duo” (11 reviews)
“seafood” (117 reviews)
“steak” (56 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
7575 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9162
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We have never tried this restaurant before, but upon a recommendation of a friend, we tried it and loved it. Very good food, great service and atmosphere.

Thank brian1bjp
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This place was worth the wait! The seafood was amazing and the view was beautiful. The restaurant sits on the sound so there are plenty on views of the water as you eat or wait. Once seated the food came quickly and was perfectly cooked....More

Thank Traveller20011983
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Tale of the Whale is a must visit seafood restaurant in OBX! It is our family favorite. Portions are large, excellent food, and the early bird special is worth it. Delicious homemade bread comes with the meal.

Thank Kelly Z
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My husband and I went here our first night in Nags Head. We waited in the bar with a couple of drinks and ordered the crab dip. This was more crab than dip and was very good. Our table came up quickly and I don't...More

Thank K-M_LoveTraveling
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Get there at 4pm for their 20% of every meal deal (excludes alcohol) until 5pm. Farrah was the best!! She gave great recommendations, gave us time to order and kept our drinks coming without asking. Definitely want to get her when we return. Food...wow! Had...More

Thank kandj01
Reviewed 6 days ago

Finally made it here after have been told by friends over the years that this place was amazing. Went for a nice family meal. Was seated promptly and had a beautiful view of the water. That was so nice. The waitress was fantastic (except for...More

Thank Daisygrl3
Reviewed 1 week ago

Tale of the Whale, on the Causeway, is a beautifully situated restaurant with tremendous views and a terrific 20% discount if you visit between 4:00 and 5:00 pm. This discount was the incentive our family needed to visit on an overcast weekday, and we weren't...More

Thank Carol N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We tried tale of the whale after seeing reviews on trip advisor and we were not disappointed! We had a party of 10 and our waiter was wonderful. The food came out quick and hot. We had a variety of dishes and appetizers and there...More

Thank DebbieH260
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We'd never been here before but decided to give it a shot late one evening. Lots of people still there even though it was relatively late so we figured that was a good sing. After a short wait we were seated and waited on beautifully....More

Thank UncleJessie66
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our favorite restaurant on OBX. Table cloths, great views, quality food, good service, reasonable prices. 4 to 5 get 20% off .can't beat it...

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Dawn B
When do you close for the season?
29 August 2016|
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Response from Robin T | Reviewed this property |
Typically they're open thru late September.
Do you serve or use peanut products?
5 July 2016|
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Response from Jonathan J | Reviewed this property |
I do not know, we did not ask and we did not have any peanuts in what we ordered. As others have suggested I would call the restaurant and ask. They were nice and I am sure they would be glad to answer your question.
Do you cater ?
3 May 2016|
Response from Lesa B | Reviewed this property |
I do not know
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$18 - US$40
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7575 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9162
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Nags Head
  • Phone Number: +1 252-441-7332
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Family owned and operated for 33 years, we serve the finest and freshest local seafood, choice steaks, salads, pastas, chicken and more. We pay attention to every detail to ensure your meal is memorable and delicious! Enjoy casual dining overlooking the Roanoke Sound, and live music (in season) in our waterfront gazebo. Come early and enjoy your favorite cocktail outdoors overlooking the water, or in our indoor bar. We offer an extensive wine list, a lighter fare menu, childrens’ menu and more. We welcome children, families and parties of all sizes, and offer comfortable booths for a romantic dinner for two. We look forward to serving you!
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