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Old Nags Head Cafe'

3948 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9278
+1 252-441-1141
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good28%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Cajun & Creole, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3948 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9278
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Reviewed yesterday

We decided to drive from Kill Devil Hills to have breakfast here because of the TA reviews, and were so glad we did. What a great place! We were immediately and sincerely welcomed and asked which table we would prefer. After settling in next to...More

Thank M H
Reviewed 1 week ago

We came down last week and stopped for breakfast. The restaurant was located in the old historic area of Nags Head. We went in and was surprised of the nice interior and the history of Nags Head displayed throughout. our breakfast was superb and service...More

Thank janeyt46
Reviewed 1 week ago

I've heard not so great things about the lunch/dinner at this restaurant but wanted to stop in and try it out for myself. I figured breakfast is a pretty safe meal, so we went last weekend. The inside was much nicer than I had expected...More

Thank BeachBumBobOBX
Michael R, Owner at Old Nags Head Cafe', responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Well Bob I'm glad you dined with us, we have won Trip aAdvisor's Award of Excellence for the last two years running including 2018. This is based on our high quality of reviews on our food and service. I'm glad you enjoyed the food if...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have seen slow service before but this is something horrible. The server came to take our order, to save her time I wanted to give her drinks and food order together, she is like why don't we only do drinks, we were like ok....More

Thank RohanKamat
Michael R, Owner at Old Nags Head Cafe', responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

So sorry for any inconvenience you may have had. We had one of the busiest mornings we've ever experienced. We are a small 65 restaurant and we were totally overwhelmed with the restaurant filling up all at one time. I wish you would have mentioned...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner here and it was a great find. The waitress was super friendly, the food was all good—especially the fried green tomatoes. Older building, but very clean inside—very. We’ll go back again!

Thank Ellen P
Michael R, Owner at Old Nags Head Cafe', responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much Ellen...

Reviewed May 13, 2018

We stop in for breakfast on occasion since we are OBX monthly. Have always found their breakfasts to be very good. I particularly like the fried potatoes. One word of caution. They are already salted, and just right for me. The white toast appears to...More

Thank Big-Deeee
Michael R, Owner at Old Nags Head Cafe', responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you!

Reviewed April 28, 2018 via mobile

The Old Nags Head Cafe is on the Beach Road with a view of the traditional cedar shingle houses and the dunes across the street. The staff is friendly, the food is great and the prices are good. Come on in for a calm, comfortable...More

Thank tim0thymk
Reviewed April 25, 2018 via mobile

We stopped here for lunch today , after seeing a picture of this delicious looking pretzel on their facebook page , I got it ( new to the menu this year) by far the tastiest, most satisfying appetizer ( which could easily be a meal...More

Thank lkrull92
Michael R, Owner at Old Nags Head Cafe', responded to this reviewResponded April 26, 2018

Thank you so much for your patronage, we truly do appreciate it and also for the kind words and compliments. We look forward to seeing you and providing you with great food and service during all of your visits. Thank you once again from all...More

Reviewed April 22, 2018 via mobile

Very friendly staff. Our waitress has been there 23 years! In today’s world, that says something! Mahi-Mahi tacos were good. Small local place. Feels like a clean little beach restaurant!

Thank 50statetraveler
Reviewed November 12, 2017

What a wonderful place! Had a light dinner with the best onion soup I've ever had and a fantastic fresh salad. Friend had corn/fish chowder and was really pleased. Can't wait to go back next year and try something else. They had fresh local coffee...More

Thank Susan B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$25
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3948 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9278
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Nags Head
  • Phone Number: +1 252-441-1141
  • E-mail
Old Nags Head Cafe continues the Roderer family tradition of the great food and Outer Banks North Carolina hospitality we've been offering Nags Head restaurant diners since 1985. Housed in the historic Harris Grocery store on the beach road that served vacationers up until the late 70s, our café's easy-going, beachy atmosphere provides the perfect setting for a gathering of friends or a quiet evening. We like how one of our guests described us, "The restaurant/bar has a very neighborhood feel but is classier than your standard beach seafood shack. Lots of wood paneling and a tasteful amount of local flavor make it a great place for a low key night or casual date." We do strive to make you feel like you're a long-time local, even if it's your first visit, with our friendly servers and easy-going style. That's the way a Nags Head restaurant should be! Complementing our surroundings is a menu that's setting a standard for Nags Head restaurants. Enjoy traditional and contemporary Southern dishes as well as the best in fresh local seafood, chicken, chops, hand-cut Angus beef, pasta, soups, salads, sandwiches, daily specials and homemade desserts. We've been told you can't come to this place without experiencing fried green tomatoes or shrimp and grits! While you're dining, your view is of Nags Head's row of unpainted aristocratic cottages, summer homes that were the first to establish the Outer Banks of North Carolina as a vacation destination. You're also across from the iconic Jockey's Ridge. Old Nags Head Cafe also has a full-service bar with an extensive beer and wine list, and we're happy to accommodate your take-out order.
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