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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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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good17%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“fish duo” (13 reviews)
“seafood” (130 reviews)
“steak” (64 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
7575 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9162
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11 - 20 of 860 reviews

Reviewed 8 November 2017

We chose to dine at Tale of The Whale our last night and it was well worth it. The restaurant was clean, the service was prompt and the food was absolutely wonderful. If you can get a table next to the window, the view of...More

Thank roberths
Reviewed 4 November 2017

Ask for Jen. We ate at the bar to avoid the long line. GREAT move. Fast service, no rush. The filets were out of this world tender and flavorful. Jen talked us into the seared tuna appetizer. Neither of us have ever tried this before...More

Thank leetl319
Reviewed 29 October 2017

We recently ate at this restaurant for dinner. The sunset and the setting were absolutely amazing. Also, the service was perfect, and the food was delicious. I would recommend this place. Our waitress was attentive and helpful.

Thank Linda S
Reviewed 26 October 2017

We came in for dinner the last night of our trip, and left unbelievably full and happy. First and foremost, they close soon for the season, but watch their website for details on the early bird special. This past weekend it was 20% off the...More

Thank ckassotis
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

We visited here on a recommendation from our hotel staff. Got there right after they opened and still had to wait about 30mins for a table. The food was worth the wait. Everything was prepared fresh and was perfectly cooked. Seafood was super fresh. Excellent...More

Thank Mark S
Reviewed 17 October 2017

We started going to this restaurant in the 1980's; we liked it then, and we liked it just as much a few weeks ago. The food is excellent with a large selection. The service was excellent and we didn't feel rushed although there were a...More

Thank V142KJjohn
Reviewed 15 October 2017

Expect long lines, but they are worth the wait. Don't forget the coupon in the visitor's guide. A full-course menu of fresh seafood and good looking steaks and Italian specialties. Our flounder was too much to eat, but it was delicious. Tale of the Whale...More

Thank larryrneal2016
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

We called to ask about the wait time and was told there was none for our small party of 3. We did not wait and were seated promptly. Our service was excellent the entire evening. The lobster was about 1 and a third pounds and...More

Thank WireWrapGems2
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

Didn’t realize this was such a popular place at 6pm on a rainy October Friday evening. Flounder, crabcake, shrimp and oysters were all good. So was the coffee. Service was acceptable.

Reviewed 13 October 2017

Tale of the Whale has been around a long time and i have been going there for years. They quality of the food seems to have actually gotten even better as of this year compared to past years. Service was excellent. They have moved up...More

Thank dhensley
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January 16, 2018|
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Response from MarciaBryant | Reviewed this property |
The restaurant is currently closed for the season and reopens in April. It's a great Restaurant with excellent staff, and outstanding food and view. It will be one of your favorites if you ever go once.
Joan O
August 15, 2017|
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Response from Sheri102 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Check out their menu online.
Dawn B
August 29, 2016|
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Response from Robin T | Reviewed this property |
Typically they're open thru late September.
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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
Groups, Romantic, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, View, Child-friendly
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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