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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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Manakin Sabot, Virginia
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165 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2015

We went to dinner here for one reason - to get good seafood and they delivered. The Crab Imperial was exceptional. The lump crab meat was tender and plentiful. Could not eat it all. Our waitress was wonderful. She was very familiar with the menu and attentive. We never had to ask for refills. Long wait to get a table... More 

Thank dond7
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147 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2015

Went to Tale of Whale for dinner and once again enjoyed ourselves... They do not accept reservations but also have a nice waiting area outside with benches , railings and gazebo with a view of the bay... We got there a few minutes before 5pm for there early bird special 5-6 at this time of yr 4-5 during the summer... More 

Thank Zelda911
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84 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2015

We had to wait a little to get a table with friends because this place does not take reservations. It was definitely worth the 15 minute wait (they said 45 minutes, but it did not take near that long). The lump crab was wonderful, the crab cake had no filler (perhaps a little egg to hold it together) and the... More 

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Winchester, Virginia
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2015

We have been going to this family owned restaurant for many years and it is on the top of our list in every category. The wait staff always greets you with a smile and goes the extra mile to make your visit enjoyable. Regardless of where you sit you have a view of the water. The menu is very extensive... More 

Thank schemjg
Falls Church, Virginia
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2015

I always try to visit this restaurant when I go to the Outer Banks. It is family owned and has been in business since 1980. Through the years, I have never had a bad meal. It is located on the Roanoke Sound and most tables have great views. Food portions (even lighter fares) are generous. If you decide to get... More 

Thank traveling4us_2013
Richmond, Virginia
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2015

I was with a family group of twelve. There was only one duplicate order in the group that I know of, and every single dish was perfection! Wonderful seafood, prepared exactly right, and sides that were tasty as well. How often do you get undercooked green beans in even the best restaurants? The Tale of the Whale has it down... More 

Thank DKPinVA
Davidson, North Carolina
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112 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2015

The first time I came to this restaurant, it was one of the few restaurants on The Outer Banks (OBX) where you could get a decent meal. That was 1978. Things have changed. Now there are restaurants all over the place. The view here is still spectacular. The prices are a tad high and drinks are expensive but this is,... More 

Thank Frank S
Arlington, Texas
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2015

The food was wonderful, the service & then the view while you dine. It was a top notch and highly recommend! The crab soup, omg.....bliss!

Thank sterling04
Hurst, Texas
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69 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2015

I really try to find something to pick on with a restaurant, but with this one, I have nothing. Friendly greeting, prompt seating when the opened at 5PM, great water view, comfortable booth, waiter was both prompt and friendly. Then there is the food, which was outstanding. I had wedge salad (which was half the garden) and broiled scallops that... More 

Thank Kreigh V
Youngstown, Ohio
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34 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015

I had the best meal of my vacation at Tale of the Whale. I had one of the specials which was Mahi Oscar. The mahi was grilled to perfection and topped with crabmeat, asparagus and hollandaise sauce. My sides were garlic mashed potatoes and fresh green beans. The portions were more than I could eat. Everything tasted great.

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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
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings, View, Kids, 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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?