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Rundown Cafe

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5218 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-5900
+1 252-255-0026
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Food is consistently good. Must try the Run Down soup, fish tacos and noodle bowls. The view from upstairs is GREAT, you can sit in or outside on rooftop deck.

Thank 027deniser69
Floyd, Va
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

The food here was off the charts good. The hummus was spiced to perfection.There was a ginger slaw side that was absolutely wonderful. Great prices and amazing staff. My only complaint was that they were closed one of the days we were in town so we couldnt eat here every day!

Thank Laura P
Herndon, Virginia
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

A few days vacation in the outer banks is now complete without eating at Rundown. They always have great burgers and this time the chowder was marvelous with a little bit of bacon seasoning. Be careful to check the opening time as they change according to the season. For a great ocean view while eating head upstairs

Thank Rob V
Glen Allen, Virginia
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

Highly recommend Rundown Cafe! Food was fantastic, spices were perfect. Portion sizes were very generous. Can't wait to visit in the summer and eat on the Hula Deck. Good for families, couples, etc. Large parties should be able to be accommodated by pulling tables together.

Thank claeys4
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

What a great little restaurant. Off the beaten path and cattycorner from the Hilton Garden Inn. The food was excellent and the service unbeatable. Had the fish tacos and it was way too much food, you could split with your other half. The atmosphere was nice and the music very eclectic and enjoyable. Made me have a second beer or... More 

Thank Colorado_G-Dawg
Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
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52 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Good food, nice atmosphere too. big menu, plenty of choices for everyone. Good for large parties too. My fav is the coco loco chicken.

Thank tammy o
Keyser, West Virginia
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66 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

We usually eat here twice when we come in Nov. Once for the regular menu (wonderful coconut shrimp and fantastic specials) and once on Fried Chicken Monday. Some of the best fried chicken ever and at a great price. Great collards, garlic mashed potatoes and corn bread. But get there early on Fried chicken night. It gets super busy! Waitresses... More 

Thank Rav4Mom55
Collegeville, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Never have a bad meal here. In the off season we go there for Monday night local's fried chicken night. Excellent. The Rundown soup is unique and so tasty. Love sitting on the upstairs deck and looking at the ocean. Friendly owner and bartenders. Love the coco-loco chicken. Key lime pie is yummy. One of the places we always hit... More 

Thank mrsd10s
Sandston, Virginia
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50 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

My favorite meal at Rundown is the coconut crusted shrimp tsunami dinner salad along with the Rundown soup. The Journey's End salad dressing is awesome. The night we visited, the fried chicken special was just starting up for the season. The place was packed. Take out orders were booming. People were lined up to eat inside and outside at the... More 

Thank Claudia L
Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Friendly service. Great fish tacos. We love this place. Check out the deck; live music; life is good!

Thank v m

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Jamaican, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5218 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-5900
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Kitty Hawk
  • Phone Number: +1 252-255-0026

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?