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The Lifesaving Station

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1461 Duck Rd, Duck, NC 27949-4635
+1 252-449-6654
07:00 - 21:00
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Fri - Sat 07:00 - 22:00
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Richmond, Virginia
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The food was delicious and the staff made us feel like a million bucks. We had the duck, filet, crab chowder soup, and scallops. They were all very good. The cocktails were strong but delicious which is a good thing cause you are getting what you pay for. Not a glass of water/juice. Plus, we stayed at the resort so... More 

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Henderson, North Carolina
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a fabulous anniversary. Dinner that was delicious. Everything was just perfect. We enjoyed it so much that we decided to have breakfast the next morning. It was equally as delightful. The service was exceptional both meals. We would definitely return.

Thank SFalkner
Vienna, VA
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66 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in on a whim and enjoyed a nice lunch during the off season. Very good crab and corn chowder. Huge helping of steamed mussels in a nice broth. Fried chicken cobb was huge, and the chicken was crisp on the outside and moist on the inside. Crab cakes had just a little too much filler. Head chef Brian even... More 

Thank mikeandterri
sanderlingresort, Manager at The Lifesaving Station, responded to this review

We are glad you decided to join us for lunch and appreciate your review. We hope you enjoyed the view as well. Please join us again when you are in the area. More 

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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Since it was off-season, many of the restaurants were closed, but they had one restaurant opened - its called the Life Saving Station (during on-season, its Kimballs). We had breakfast there one morning and I had the eggs Benedict ($15). Service was friendly, but slow. I saw many meals sitting at the pass waiting under heat lamps for a long... More 

Thank Mellowdrama
sanderlingresort, Manager at The Lifesaving Station, responded to this review

Thank you for having breakfast with us. We apologize for the slow service you received and use this feedback to continue to improve. Please join us again. More 

Horsham, Pennsylvania
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185 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

We dined here from Christmas dinner and had a lovely evening. The restaurant is actually under renovation and operating out Kimball's Kitchen which across the street but right on the water. We timed our reservation perfectly and watched the sunset over the water while we enjoyed our dinner. The Christmas menu was prefix but offered 3 to 4 options for... More 

Thank evansvuk
sanderlingresort, Manager at The Lifesaving Station, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us and glad you enjoyed the ambiance and meal. We hope you will join us again. In the case of this holiday meal, our all day menu was available for children if they did not want to participate in the pre-fixed. More 

Potomac, Maryland
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

We went for dinner on Thanksgiving. The service was friendly, the atmosphere was good, the food was good except for some completely burned root vegetables that should not have been plated. The problem? We were seated at 3, bread arrived just before 4, each course took almost an hour to deliver and we left at 6 without having had dessert-... More 

sanderlingresort, Manager at The Lifesaving Station, responded to this review

We are sorry that we were not able to meet your expectations. Our goal is always friendly, efficient service and culinary excellence. More 

Annandale, Virginia, United States
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287 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

We were here this time in the summer but this palce is open every day!! For the winte visitors to the OBX you know that is worth is weight in gold. the food here is always good, tasty amd cooked right.

1 Thank Richard H
sanderlingresort, Manager at The Lifesaving Station, responded to this review

Yes Lifesaving Station is open year round every day for all meal periods. Thank you for joining us. More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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73 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

We eat here on our annual family vacation to the Outer Banks. They're able to accommodate our larger extended family group. This restaurant has good atmosphere in neat restored building with nautical memorabilia. Food quality is consistent and is good. Quality of service varies by year, but we will head back

Thank Christine H
sanderlingresort, Manager at The Lifesaving Station, responded to this review

Thank you for making us part of your Outer Banks tradition. Next year you will see the results of the renovations we are doing this off season to the Lifesaving Station. We are excited to share. More 

Estes Park, Colorado
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29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

From the moment they came out of the kitchen, I knew they were not fresh. I ate a few in the order and sent them back. The restsurant took off some money and appologized. Wont go back.

Thank 13JudyLou13
sanderlingresort, Manager at The Lifesaving Station, responded to this review

We are sorry you did not find your experience satisfactory. We do source our seafood locally. More 

Salem, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Great restaurant.! I was disappointed that the bar did not have a view. I chose to eat at the bar being by myself. Mark the bartenders was very knowledgeable, professional and provide good service. Food was very good and I felt fairly priced. Found the menu to be limited.

Thank mlt1949
sanderlingresort, Manager at The Lifesaving Station, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us. We are actually planning a renovation this off season that will correct your disappointment in the bar's location and views. We hope you will come back to see what we do. More 

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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$31 - US$40
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Groups
Open Hours
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1461 Duck Rd, Duck, NC 27949-4635
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Duck
  • Phone Number: +1 252-449-6654
Located in the original—and splendidly restored—Caffey’s Inlet Life Saving Station No. 5, the Lifesaving Station is a casual, three-meal-a-day restaurant celebrating southern coastal cuisine and regional, organic products. New with the renovations is a spacious outside seating deck and large fireplace. Known for its “best breakfast on the Outer Banks” and a-la-carte Sunday brunch, the Lifesaving Station is a favorite Duck, N.C. restaurant choice for both locals and vacationers. And be sure the try the Lifesaving Station’s famous Carolina BBQ Sampler and Spring Mountain Farms Buttermilk Fried Chicken, always on the menu. The Lifesaving Station maintains an impressive wine list. Local breweries are featured while specialty cocktails feature coastal “house cocktails” and bourbons. Upstairs, the renovated No. 5 offers sweeping views of the Currituck Sound. The relaxed atmosphere is conducive to catching the game and enjoying quality cuisine.

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