We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Tale of The Whale

7575 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9162
+1 252-441-7332
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good17%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“fish duo” (12 reviews)
“seafood” (126 reviews)
“steak” (58 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
7575 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9162
All Details
Write a Review
Reviews (802)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 801 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We liked it so much we are here twice! We came during the "happy hour" time from 4-5pm for the 20% discount. Even then, it can get pricey, but you get what you pay for. Both visits featured outstanding wait staff, some of the best...More

Thank blargoe
Reviewed 3 days ago

An excellent place to eat on the Outer Banks! Food was delicious, the service is superb, and the location and atmosphere is wonderful. The Waterfront view was amazing! We can't wait to go back next summer for another fabulous dinner! The fresh Mahi Mahi Oscar...More

Thank Greg L
Reviewed 4 days ago

Nice restaurant with water view. Good sitting areas while waiting doe a table. Good menu with variety.

Thank linwright8138
Reviewed 5 days ago

I have lived 7 summers so close to this restaurant and have never gone. What a screw up on my part! I assumed... it's a long wait with a fried cookie-cutter menu on a tourist island like many waterfront restaurants can be. So first my...More

2  Thank cbwbird
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were a party of 14 and there was definitely something for everyone! I thought the service was fantastic and everybody loved their food. It is obvious that this is a well run restaurant and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. It would be nice...More

1  Thank simplyelegantsusan
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First off, this is a nice restaurant that has a more laid back dress policy. With that being said, it does not mean that the quality of food is lacking. I ordered the blackened pineapple salsa entree with the fish of the day, which was...More

2  Thank Scott M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First time eating here. We dressed up a little not formal but nice ( glad we did ). Beautiful place to eat right on the water. Wait isn't bad because they have an outside bar and music. Once seated our waiter ( Matt H )...More

2  Thank toniawelsh311
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great broiled scallops, lump crabmeat, shrimp, hush puppies, hot bread, and more... Beautiful view of the bay, friendly service, highly recommended Mango daiquiri special was a big hit...

Thank Chris C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Been going here for the last 7 years and we love the view of the sound and the food. Also bartender has some local favorite mixed drinks that we enjoy.

Thank Todd R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family has been going to Tale of the Whale for many years, and our most recent trip reminds me of why we keep coming back. The food is always fantastic and there are rarely any issues. The restaurant is quiet so it makes for...More

Thank dakin_bacon
Nearby Restaurants
Miller's Waterfront Restaurant
1,890 reviews
1.57 km away
Owens' Restaurant
979 reviews
1.47 km away
Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe
1,441 reviews
.27 km away
Nearby Attractions
Jennette's Pier
1,147 reviews
1.51 km away
Tanger Outlets Nags Head
175 reviews
1.32 km away
Grog's Watersports
13 reviews
.44 km away
Outer Banks Kayak Adventures
117 reviews
.09 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Joan O
15 August 2017|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from Sheri102 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Check out their menu online.
Dawn B
29 August 2016|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Robin T | Reviewed this property |
Typically they're open thru late September.
5 July 2016|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
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.
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$18 - US$40
Restaurant features
Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Kids, View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
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
  • E-mail
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!
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing