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Tale of The Whale

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7575 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9162
+1 252-441-7332
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Richboro, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

Beautiful views! Loved the she-crab soup! Enjoyed broiled seafood combo! Very fresh! Loved the Steak Oscar!

2 Thank AnneO926
Amelia Court House, Virginia
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77 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

Once again, my wife and I had dinner at the Tale of the Whale while in Nags Head. This restaurant gets a four thumbs up every time we dine there. The food is always delicious, perfectly cooked and served by excellent wait staff. The restaurant had just reopened the night before after the hurricane had left it without power for... More 

2 Thank howlin12013
North Carolina
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

This resturaunt is pricey, but totally worth it! The food is delicious, I have never had a bad meal! This is the best choice in the Nags Head area if you want to splurge on an amazing fancy dinner!

2 Thank OuterBanksLover
Temecula, California
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016

This is a great place to go if you want to splurge (pricey) on a very nice dinner. Everything we had was delicious, and the service was great. Unfortunately, it was not open for breakfast or lunch.

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Culpeper, Virginia
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32 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Went here with family. Typically come here once a year. Unfortunately after many great experiences, this visit wasn't so good. Overcooked my lobster special and wife's broiled combination. It wouldn't be such a big deal except there shouldn't be any chef mishaps at $30 a plate.

Thank maschipps
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016

Started with drinks at the bar and loved their signature drink. Once we were sat we were able to take in the beautiful view of the bay. Food was amazing (try the seafood trio and crab bisque!) Staff was friendly and view was priceless!

Thank Cortney P
Culpeper, Virginia
2 reviews
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

The best place to eat at the Outer Banks! Food is delicious, service is great, atmosphere is wonderful. Love the 20% early bird discount too. Have eaten there many, many times and can't wait to go back next summer for another dinner!

Thank Debbie F
Richmond, Virginia
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Celebrated an anniversary with my husband tonight with dinner at Tale of the Whale in OBX. Had a window seat with a view of the water with candlelight/low light setting inside. It's always good but this time of year it's quieter - the kids are in school so less vacationers! - so it's easier to have a relaxing dinner. I... More 

Thank Nancy T
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Took family to Tale of the Whale for a dinner out while spending a week in OBX. We wanted some place that offered fresh local seafood, which they do. Food was good, service was fine - waitress was kind of pushy when it came to asking us to order appetizers and add on side dishes - I was a bit... More 

Thank PP8292017
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73 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

This consistently has some of the best food on the Outer Banks. Service is very good, food outstanding, and a great view. On nice evenings you can sit outside over the water and listen to music.

Thank OBX

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$18 - US$40
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, 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
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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