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Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe

7623 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head-Manteo Causeway, Nags Head, NC 27959-9164
+1 252-441-5405
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good20%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“seafood” (302 reviews)
“flounder” (108 reviews)
“cornbread” (77 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
7623 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head-Manteo Causeway, Nags Head, NC 27959-9164
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Would not visit the Outer Banks without dining here. Local family owned and operated. Fresh seafood prepared nightly. The seafood is caught by local fishermen. We stay in Duck and drive to Nags Head to dine here. The Best!

Thank Leslie376260
Reviewed 3 days ago

After driving past here for years, we finally got dinner last week. Seating was quick and service was friendly. Clams appetizer was very good and even my kids liked them. My kids ordered hot dogs and were happy. I ordered soft shell crabs. A bit...More

Thank Grawburg
Reviewed 5 days ago

We made reservations at the is restaurant for a party of 15. We had to change the time and they were very accommodating. Everyone was helpful from the front desk to our waiters. The food was delicious, as were they drinks. Everyone enjoyed their meal...More

Thank Fallows323
Reviewed 6 days ago

We had dinner here yesterday. Food was excellent & service from Seth was outstanding! He gets 10 out of 5 stars!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank Herdman68
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We often stop for dinner in Whalebone on the way to our house in Hatteras. We stopped here because the restaurant we normally go to was closed. I had crab cakes which were very disappointing; they had no flavor. The accompanying grit cake was great...More

Thank bettebluemoon
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family has a tradition of eating at Basnight's for many years. ThIs visit the service was excellent. The food was good, but pricey. This would be a great place for a large group since it seems they can easily accommodate large groups like families.

Thank Laurie M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our second visit to this restaurant, which is on the Nags Head- Causeway, located right on the water. The restaurant is huge, with many rooms, many with water views. We walked in and were seated almost immediately, but we got to the restaurant...More

Thank Pat E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The best ever! The wine selection, the service the beef and fresh catch tuna were excellent! The owner came by our table to chat and make sure everything was just right!!! Thank you Caroline Basnight and staff for a great meal!

Thank travelgirl063
june39, Owner at Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for dining with us and taking time to write a five-star review! We are looking forward to your next visit!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lone Cedar Cafe was recommended by our resort hostess. She said it is where all the locals go and comes highly recommended because of the fresh seafood it serves which the chefs specializes on. We were greeted with kindness. Our waitress was fantastic and so...More

Thank J H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been vacationing in the Outer Banks for 25 years and Basnight's is a regular part of our Beach Week. For the first time, we were very disappointed this year. The Wahoo Fish was dry and had no flavor. They ran out of the...More

2  Thank mjskls
june39, Owner at Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We thank you for your years of dining with us, and we apologize for a dining experience that did not meet expectations. You know, from years as a guest, we have very high standards when it comes to fresh local food, and we hold our...More

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Response from june39 | Property representative |
Thank you so much for being a loyal guest! We hold our staff and ourselves to the highest standard, and we appreciate your vote of confidence.
Sarah T
23 February 2017|
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Response from june39 | Property representative |
No reservations are needed for dining at the Lone Cedar Cafe. We do not take reservations for any time other than our Thanksgiving, Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day and Holiday Buffets. We look forward to serving you!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$28
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, View, Bar Scene, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7623 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head-Manteo Causeway, Nags Head, NC 27959-9164
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Nags Head
  • Phone Number: +1 252-441-5405
  • E-mail
At Lone Cedar Cafe, we specialize in fresh and local seafood. If you're craving the freshest fish, clams, crab, shrimp and oysters from local North Carolina waters, you'll find them at the Lone Cedar Cafe. For generations, Outer Banks families made their livings - and their daily meals - from the bounty of local waters, caught fresh every day. Our family, the Basnights, were part of that history, and we continue the tradition today by serving only the freshest Outer Banks seafood, caught in local waters and brought to our docks daily by local fishermen, then cleaned and prepared right here at the Lone Cedar Cafe. Our vegetables are "just picked" from North Carolina farms, we serve only all-natural beef and poultry and even our herbs and greens are grown in our own chemical-free garden on-site. Come enjoy delicious food, gorgeous sunsets and panoramic water views, the antics of our resident ospreys and our warm Southern hospitality.
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