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Tale of The Whale

7575 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9162
+1 252-441-7332
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good17%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“fish duo” (14 reviews)
“seafood” (130 reviews)
“steak” (65 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
7575 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9162
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Reviewed yesterday

We have been going to the Outer Banks for 20 years. Not sure why we have never been to The Tale of the Whale, but we will be going back! Everything about this place was perfect. Fresh fish was amazing. Service was incredible. And the...More

Thank BobWDE
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Best seafood we've had in OBX, and at a reasonable price. We will not miss it on our next visit. Right on the water with lovely views.

Thank Dan H
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

First time visiting with a large group, I strongly encourage calling ahead. The menu has something for everyone, and all of our dishes were amazing and plentiful! Drink specials were also unique and quite tasty, orange creamsicle martini...delicious. Our server, Missy was amazing. Tale of...More

Thank Jeff G
Reviewed 5 days ago

It is a tradition going back over 18 years to have a meal here when we visit the Outer Banks. We are never disappointed. The food is great and the service is excellent. The Early Bird discounts are great for a large group. We highly...More

Thank thumper17569
Reviewed 6 days ago

We called ahead because we have such a large family (15). We were seated overlooking the water. Restaurant is clean and lovely. We had 6 children (ages 8 and under) - no trouble at all getting highchairs and boosters for the kids. Service was great...More

Thank Pat B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great atmosphere, great fresh seafood, wife doesn't eat seafood, had wonderful spaghetti. Friendly service, loved sitting by the waterfront

Thank Jeanne S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Party of six for dinner. Had a variety of dishes, from fried combination platters to fish duos, from broiled combination platter, to steak & shrimp. Everything was excellent, as was the service. And the dessert was awesome as well. Plus a 20% discount for arriving...More

Thank Buddy B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Delicious dinner. Ate in the bar area as the restaurant was too crowded. Great shrimp and calamari. Also good coctails. Will definitely return.

Thank NCCUfootballmom
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant has become one of our top picks. The staff are very friendly and the service is timely and good. The food is amazing. The prices are upscale. Views of the sound are great.

Thank bkmriley
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wife and I have been traveling to outer banks every couples years and try to get to new places. We are so glad we made it to this one, the food was fantastic and the service was outstanding. They have a early bird special which...More

Thank Dayne F
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16 January 2018|
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Response from MarciaBryant | Reviewed this property |
The restaurant is currently closed for the season and reopens in April. It's a great Restaurant with excellent staff, and outstanding food and view. It will be one of your favorites if you ever go once.
Joan O
15 August 2017|
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Response from Sheri102 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Check out their menu online.
Dawn B
29 August 2016|
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Response from Robin T | Reviewed this property |
Typically they're open thru late September.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$18 - US$40
Restaurant features
Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
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16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7575 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9162
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Nags Head
  • Phone Number: +1 252-441-7332
  • E-mail
Family owned and operated for 38 years, we serve the finest and freshest local seafood, choice steaks, salads, pastas, chicken and more. We pay attention to every detail to ensure your meal is memorable and delicious! Enjoy casual dining overlooking the Roanoke Sound, and live music (in season) in our waterfront gazebo. Come early and enjoy your favorite cocktail outdoors overlooking the water, or in our indoor bar. We offer an extensive wine list, a lighter fare menu, childrens’ menu and more. We welcome children, families and parties of all sizes, and offer comfortable booths for a romantic dinner for two. We look forward to serving you!
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