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Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe

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7623 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head-Manteo Causeway, Nags Head, NC 27959-9164
+1 252-441-5405
16:30 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 15:00
Sun - Thu 16:30 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 16:30 - 21:00
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Chillicothe, Ohio
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our food and service was so good on our first visit that we went a second time. They were certainly the most pricy meals of our trip, but worth it. My first trip, I had the green-tailed shrimp, grilled asparagus, and mashed sweet potatoes. Dessert was an absolutely fabulous flourless chocolate torte with raspberry topping. My friend had the flounder,... More 

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North Wildwood, New Jersey
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140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We live on the New Jersey shore and enjoy excellent flounder; while in Nags Head, we ordered flounder at Basnight's. Our waiter was just plain wonderful; friendly and he went out of his way to see that all of our wants were met. The decor is so interesting and it took me 30 minutes to exit the building after my... More 

Thank Robert R
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72 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our bus tour group of 37 people had dinner at Basnight's Lone Cedar Café. It was served family-style, with platters passed around the tables. BBQ Ribs .. friend shrimp .. grilled tuna bites .. patatoes .. vegetables. Dessert offered 2 choices: key lime pie or hershey chocolate bar cake, It was a very good meal. We were seated in a... More 

Thank oldenewengland
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

No reservations. 30 minute wait. Service was good. Food was fresh. Food and wine were reasonably priced. Soft shell crabs were in season and they were excellent. We also ordered the blackened mahi and it was very good also.

Thank Shelley R
North Kingstown, Rhode Island
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53 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I need to commend our server (I wish I remembered her name). She was very attentive and made a personal connection which made our evening. Favorite appetizer was the fried crab bites, absolutely amazing! Unfortunately, our steamed shrimp was over done and tasted funky. Our entrees were delicious, especially the shrimp and grits which is easily one of the best... More 

Thank Jeff G
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

No trip to the Outer Banks is complete without making a trip to Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe. We have went with a group of friends & family and also just the two of us celebrating our anniversary. With a crowd or a few the dining experience & food was great & delicious. We've not been disappointed in anything we've tried.... More 

Thank Tina A
Short Pump, Virginia
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The Seafood Crepes are fresh crisp and loaded with seafood. The sauce is delicious! We sat in the bar with the most amazing views! Our bartender Ryan Rhodes was fabulous, and gave us a little bit of history about the area.

Thank LauraCanCook
june39, Owner at Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe, responded to this review

We are delighted you joined us for our Sunday Brunch! Our seafood crepes are one of the favorites of all time! Thank you for dining with us, and please come back soon! More 

Hampton, Virginia
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135 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had dinner at Basnight's with several couples, family and friends. The food was very good, but the portions were small. I believe the seafood was fresh, caught by their own fishermen. But, it never ceases to amaze me why seafood is ridiculously expensive when you live or dine near the water. For my wife and myself, dinner was $80.... More 

Thank Brian E
june39, Owner at Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for dining with us! As you mentioned, our seafood is fresh and local. In fact, we have our own fish-cleaning room, and we shed our own soft shell crabs. We have carefully crafted our menu to include meals for all budgets by offering medium plates in the $20 range as well as many well-priced appetizers that... More 

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50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner while looking out over the Sound and watching an osprey in her nest ! I enjoyed the catch of the day and my hubby had the shrimp and grits...yummy and spicy ! Good service and fair prices, plus a wide selection of delicious meals gives this restaurant it's fine reputation !

1 Thank boomers05
june39, Owner at Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe, responded to this review

Many thanks for dining with us and for taking time to write a review! We hope to see you again soon! More 

Nags Head, North Carolina
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had dinner in the bar tonight here within view of the osprey nest. My husband had Wahoo and I had the dolphin. Excellent preparation. We always enjoy eating here. It is a local's favorite.

1 Thank Annette R
june39, Owner at Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe, responded to this review

We are delighted you spent an evening dining with us! The Osprey Lounge is a great place to enjoy the view and to watch our ospreys, Ricky and Lucy! Many thanks...and please come again soon! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$28
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
16:30 - 20:00
16:30 - 20:00
16:30 - 20:00
16:30 - 20:00
16:30 - 20:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7623 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head-Manteo Causeway, Nags Head, NC 27959-9164
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Nags Head
  • Phone Number: +1 252-441-5405
At Lone Cedar Cafe, we specialize in fresh and local seafood. If you're craving the freshest fish, clams, crab, shrimp and oysters from local North Carolina waters, you'll find them at the Lone Cedar Cafe. For generations, Outer Banks families made their livings - and their daily meals - from the bounty of local waters, caught fresh every day. Our family, the Basnights, were part of that history, and we continue the tradition today by serving only the freshest Outer Banks seafood, caught in local waters and brought to our docks daily by local fishermen, then cleaned and prepared right here at the Lone Cedar Cafe. Our vegetables are "just picked" from North Carolina farms, we serve only all-natural beef and poultry and even our herbs and greens are grown in our own chemical-free garden on-site. Come enjoy delicious food, gorgeous sunsets and panoramic water views, the antics of our resident ospreys and our warm Southern hospitality.

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