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Old Nags Head Cafe'

3948 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9278
+1 252-441-1141
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good27%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Cajun & Creole, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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3948 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9278
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Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

The nene is relatively narrow featuring mostly shrimp. But the food is excellent. The gumbo is excellent as are the fish and chips. Portion sizes are good.

Thank David H
M R, Owner at Old Nags Head Cafe', responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2016

Thanks for the feedback, we appreciate your patronage.

Reviewed 28 August 2016

Clean, bright and well appointed, this restaurant is quiet and pleasant with a nice menu and above all good food. Whether breakfast or dinner, you enjoy your time here.

Thank OldDog618
M R, Owner at Old Nags Head Cafe', responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2016

Thank you so much for business and feedback, it means a lot to us.

Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Took our son on a quick vacation to Nags Head, NC before returning to college. We happened upon this restaurant and glad we did. We ate there for breakfast one day, lunch another and dinner on another. All meals were of very high quality and...More

Thank KMW57
M R, Owner at Old Nags Head Cafe', responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2016

Thank you very much for dining with us. We are happy we could help make your day a special one...

Reviewed 26 August 2016

We happened upon this quant restaurant on a Thursday in August while we were out looking for a place to get breakfast. We had a small wait at the bar while our table was being cleaned were we were immediately asked if we would like...More

Thank beachbum22032
M R, Owner at Old Nags Head Cafe', responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2016

Thanks for the positive feedback and we're so glad you enjoyed the food along with the coffee. Like all of our items our coffee is prepared and roasted fresh by us on a daily basis. We strive to provide the best food and service possible.

Reviewed 23 August 2016

The menu had a variety of items to choose from, we wanted Seafood, our son who is 5 didn't and it catered to all of us. The beer was great, the portions plentiful and the taste on point. We would definitely return. We arrived at...More

Thank shellvanderwal
M R, Owner at Old Nags Head Cafe', responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2016

Thanks for dining with us, we appreciate your business and feedback.

Reviewed 21 August 2016

Breakfast, Friday, Aug 19, 2016. Loved the quaint, old Nags Head feel of this place. Especially loved the view from seats at the large front windows. Gave us the feeling we were in an OBX of years ago. Our server was very friendly and attentive....More

Thank leftypicker
M R, Owner at Old Nags Head Cafe', responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2016

I would like to thank you for dining with us. As for your review or should I say your opinion it is yours to have and is not in the majority. I'm not sure exactly what all was eaten in your party but all of...More

Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

Great seafood (small portion tho), horrible cole slaw & they ran out of cocktail sauce. What seafood restaurant runs out of cocktail? Good food family said overall tho.More

Thank paoutdoorguy
M R, Owner at Old Nags Head Cafe', responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2016

Hello and thanks for dining with us.. I Can't really comment on your opinion because I'm not exactly sure what you actually ordered. As for our coleslaw we get compliments about it all the time and sell pounds of it. I cannot be sure who...More

Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Cute decor was this place had going for it. Paid $5.99 for one of those refrigerated canned biscuits and about two cups if gravy from a mix. I ordered a $2.75 side of bacon; the menu talked it up as thick sliced, Applewood smoked, but...More

Thank J M
M R, Owner at Old Nags Head Cafe', responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2016

Well Jim, thanks for stopping in to see us but you are wrong on two accounts. Our biscuits are made fresh everyday by us and our bacon is thick sliced applewood smoked. If you weren't satisfied with the food you should have immediately said something...More

Reviewed 17 August 2016

We ate here our first night and the staff, service and food was outstanding! A very cozy spot for dinner with an exceptional menu with something for everyone! I got the coconut shrimp dinner and they were so delicious! My husband got the fried chicken...More

Thank heatheri25
M R, Owner at Old Nags Head Cafe', responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2016

Thanks so much! You can't go wrong with the coconut shrimp and fried chicken. A couple of our most popular items. Once again, thank you

Reviewed 13 August 2016

We stopped by this restaurant late in the evening and very hungry. We had excellent food - shrimp, crab, and more. Kandice, our waitress, was patient with us and had great suggestions. Because we had children and were eating late, she quickly brought out our...More

Thank AS1150
M R, Owner at Old Nags Head Cafe', responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2016

Thank you so much for dining with us. It's so nice to hear that we made your evening an enjoyable experience.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$25
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
08:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 14:00
08:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3948 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9278
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Nags Head
  • Phone Number: +1 252-441-1141
  • E-mail
Old Nags Head Cafe continues the Roderer family tradition of the great food and Outer Banks North Carolina hospitality we've been offering Nags Head restaurant diners since 1985. Housed in the historic Harris Grocery store on the beach road that served vacationers up until the late 70s, our café's easy-going, beachy atmosphere provides the perfect setting for a gathering of friends or a quiet evening. We like how one of our guests described us, "The restaurant/bar has a very neighborhood feel but is classier than your standard beach seafood shack. Lots of wood paneling and a tasteful amount of local flavor make it a great place for a low key night or casual date." We do strive to make you feel like you're a long-time local, even if it's your first visit, with our friendly servers and easy-going style. That's the way a Nags Head restaurant should be! Complementing our surroundings is a menu that's setting a standard for Nags Head restaurants. Enjoy traditional and contemporary Southern dishes as well as the best in fresh local seafood, chicken, chops, hand-cut Angus beef, pasta, soups, salads, sandwiches, daily specials and homemade desserts. We've been told you can't come to this place without experiencing fried green tomatoes or shrimp and grits! While you're dining, your view is of Nags Head's row of unpainted aristocratic cottages, summer homes that were the first to establish the Outer Banks of North Carolina as a vacation destination. You're also across from the iconic Jockey's Ridge. Old Nags Head Cafe also has a full-service bar with an extensive beer and wine list, and we're happy to accommodate your take-out order.
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