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Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe

7623 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head-Manteo Causeway, Nags Head, NC 27959-9164
+1 252-441-5405
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good20%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“seafood” (317 reviews)
“flounder” (118 reviews)
“cornbread” (87 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
7623 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head-Manteo Causeway, Nags Head, NC 27959-9164
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Reviewed 2 days ago

My wife's comment on leaving was that the only thing good was the wine and bottled water. Service was friendly but inept. It was not crowded but service was slow and lack of followup frustrating. Portions were huge but we decided to leave the leftovers...More

Thank 50Stater
Reviewed 28 December 2017

Went for dinner. Mozzarella sticks were very good - especially loved the red sauce - thick and flavorful. Broiled scallops were delicious and loved the mix of veggies with them- carrots, turnips, parsnips?? really nice change to broccoli or zucchini offered at a lot of...More

Thank BeachinIt28512
Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

Absolutely AMAZING!! The food is all locally fresh and wonderfully delicious! Vicki, the owner, was so friendly and the staff went above and beyond to make our evening special! If you are in the outer banks, coming here is a must!!!!

Thank Valerie679845
Reviewed 2 December 2017 via mobile

We go here every Summer when we have family in town. Great fresh fish caught daily. Great service and everyone there is so friendly

Thank Russ F
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Reviewed 1 December 2017 via mobile

We made dinner reservations for the Thanksgiving Buffet. Even with reservations, though, we waited 40 minutes. It was odd to overhear two couples check in without reservations but get seated immediately in the lounge while we waited. That was perplexing. I even went to the...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 29 November 2017

I attended a wedding a month or so ago and as many are I was excited for the dinner and appetizers. When we finally received our food, the portion size was extremely small, the food was cold and tasteless. The service was OK but nothing...More

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Reviewed 24 November 2017

One of my favorite spots in season, however not so much for Thanksgiving dinner. The food was good and the staff was responsive, but, in way over their heads. When I make reservations at a restaurant I like to be seated within a reasonable time....More

Thank Thomas W
Reviewed 16 November 2017

This is a really beautiful place and the seafood was amazing! My family had a variety of fish including flounder and mahi mahi. Each dish was wonderfully presented and the quality of the seafood was exceptional. We visited in November so cooler temperatures but there...More

Thank 00Treasure
Reviewed 15 November 2017 via mobile

We have visited this restaurant for many years when we lived on the OBX. Our grandson is now part of the well trained staff. We miss not being able to see our friend Mark, as we did when we ate there in the past. We...More

Thank Thomas E
Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

Always our favorite spot to eat dinner at the OBX. Ate dinner there twice in our week visit. Enjoyed local caught seafood.

Thank sharonrobertb
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Jennifer H
1 August 2017|
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Response from june39 | Property representative |
Thank you so much for being a loyal guest! We hold our staff and ourselves to the highest standard, and we appreciate your vote of confidence.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$28
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Romantic, View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
4:30 PM - 8:30 PM
4:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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
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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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