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Owens' Restaurant

Milepost 16 1/2, Beach Rd, 7114 South Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959-9126
+1 252-441-7309
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good18%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“crackers” (81 reviews)
“hush puppies” (96 reviews)
“seafood” (142 reviews)
Open Now
17:00 - 21:00All hours
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Milepost 16 1/2, Beach Rd, 7114 South Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959-9126
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Wife had Striped Bass (Rockfish), I had beef tips and my daughter had coconut shrimp. None of us really liked our meal. We sampled each other's food and were in agreement that none of it was anything special. Our waitress disappeared after she brought our...More

Thank T2440PSroberth
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been coming to the Outer Bank since 1984 and have owned a cottage here for over 10 years. Our recent anniversary was our first visit to Owens, and we had a delightful dinner. We especially enjoyed seeing an amazing collection of oyster plates...More

Thank Linda T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The prime rib was very good! I was only there a few minutes when they say a very large family group behind me. I seemed to be ignored after that. I don't know if that was because I was by myself or maybe the screaming...More

Thank hellams26
Reviewed 1 week ago

My family is very particular about their food and very impatient when they are hungry. The staff at Owens' Restaurant gave them nothing to complain about. The food was amazing! The waitress was attentive! The Host and Hostess made us feel like we being welcomed...More

Thank johnathan03
Reviewed 1 week ago

Those older institutions that have weathered sun, rain, wind, storms and hurricanes are almost always the best in any small or large community. Owen's Restaurant was 1 of those gems near the beach. The food and service was very good with portions bigger than we...More

Thank Ellen V
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were seated quickly and our server Kody greeted us and took our drink order right away. My husband ordered the soup (huge) and was very pleased with the flavor and I started with a salad that was very fresh. At this point, our sever...More

Thank Allison R
owensnagshead, Manager at Owens' Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are so sorry to hear about your experience at Owens. We pride ourselves on our servers giving excellent service and attention to our customers. Cody has been with us for 15 years and has never had a complaint and we sincerely apologize. We are...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to Owens for dinner with my husband. I had the Hatteras combination and he had the boullaibaise. Both were excellent. Service was superb. Finished meal off with Bananas Foster bread pudding. Only minor complaint is the food is slightly overpriced. Otherwise, an excellent dinner...More

Thank whitepinehokie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Owen's has lasted for decades. It is also the most expensive restaurant on the south Outer Banks. We go to Nags Head every year for 1 week (21 years). Last year Owen's had Maine lobster for $42 and we ordered it. Next day we found...More

Thank Tom B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We just loved this place. It was our first time at The Outer Banks. We went to celebrate a birthday. Service was great and the food was amazing. I had soft shell crabs. The waiter said that it was the end of season, the best...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I tried Owen's for the first time. We were pleasantly surprised. When you walk through the door it's like going back in time... in a good way. There's plenty of interesting things to look at. The food we ordered came out quickly...More

Thank Kingfanforever
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Hi, Mary Jane. What would you like to know about this restaurant? Where can I find the menu for the bar upstairs?
18 May 2017|
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Response from owensnagshead | Property representative |
Yes our menu is the same upstairs as downstairs with plenty of appetizers and small plates to choose from. Thank you for inquiring and we hope to see you soon!
Bobbie H
Are you open on Easter
10 April 2017|
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Response from owensnagshead | Property representative |
Yes we are open on Easter. We have an Easter Brunch Buffet from 11am-2:30pm and serve dinner from our menu with specials. Thank you for inquiring!
We will be at the Outer Banks March 9-12. Will you be open?
20 February 2017|
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Response from owensnagshead | Property representative |
Hi Alan! We will reopen on Friday, March 10th for our 71st season! Please come see us then and we thank you!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$40
Drinks, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Private Dining, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Milepost 16 1/2, Beach Rd, 7114 South Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959-9126
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Nags Head
  • Phone Number: +1 252-441-7309
  • E-mail
Since 1946, four generations of locals and visitors have experienced the famous food and hospitality of the Owens and Shannon families.We are celebrating 69 years in business, in the same location, making us the oldest restaurant in the state of North Carolina! Owens Restaurant serves classic Southern coastal cuisine. We specialize in fresh and local seafood from North Carolina waters, exceptional Prime Western beef, and flavorful pastas. Our customers marvel at our collection of museum quality artifacts dedicated to the maritime history of the Outer Banks. Come see us for delicious food, exceptional service and warm Southern hospitality!
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