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The Colington Cafe


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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She Crab Bisque
full of crabmeat with a hint of sherry
Crabcake Sampler
a single crabcake served over mixed greens and a horseradish caper sauce
Scallops Rumaki
plump local scallops wrapped in bacon, topped with a teriyaki ginger sauce
Salade Composee
pears, blue cheese and candied pecans over mixed greens drizzled with a balsamic vinaigrette
Coconut Shrimp
large shrimp, breaded in shredded coconut and lightly fried, served with an orange mustard sauce
Brie Cheese
warm brie cheese served with french bread, chutney and fresh fruit
Grilled Shrimp
large local shrimp grilled and topped with our delightful tropical salsa
Mixed Green Salad
choice of homemade honey dijon, blue cheese, or raspberry vinaigrette
Hot Crab Dip
a delicate combination of local crabmeat in a light cheese sauce (great to share)
Caesar Salad
one of the best on the outer banks
All Entrees Served With Chefs Choice Of Accompaniments
Fish Dujour
always the freshest available. ask your server about todays selection
Mixed Grille
changes daily
Grilled Shrimp, Fried Shrimp, Sauteed Shrimp (choice Of One)
lightly marinated and grilled, lightly fried or sauteed in lemon butter
Shrimp Scampi
large shrimp sauteed with butter, fresh garlic, tomatoes, lemon and white wine
Shrimp And Scallop Napoleon
a wonderful combination of both fresh shrimp and scallops in a sherry cream sauce
Shrimp And Scallop Tropicale
a combination of shrimp and scallops grilled to perfection topped with our tropical fruit salsa
Lump Crabcakes
crispy fried crabcakes served with a creamy horseradish caper sauce
Add Fried Scallops $4.0
Fried Shrimp & Crabcake Combo
crispy fried panko crusted shrimp and lump crabcake served with a remoulade
All Entrees Served With Chefs Choice Of Accompaniments
Topped With Grilled Shrimp $22.95
Pasta Primavera
sauteed seasonal vegetables with tomatoes and pesto topped with fresh parmesan cheese
Chicken And Fettuccine Alfredo
grilled chicken breasts over fettuccine and broccoli in an alfredo sauce
Seafood Pasta
penne pasta tossed with sauteed shrimp, scallops and smoked salmon in a light cream sauce
All Entrees Served With Chefs Choice Of Accompaniments
6 Oz Filet Mignon $22.95
Filet Mignon
an 8 oz. filet mignon grilled over an open flame, served with bearnaise
Filet Coquille
a petite filet mignon sauteed with fresh sea scallops, sweet peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions and garlic in a marsala wine sauce
Filet De Mer
a petite filet mignon sauteed with large shrimp in a sherry demi-glaze cream sauce
Filet & Crabmeat
a grilled 6 oz. filet mignon topped with fresh lump crabmeat and bearnaise sauce
Filet Dijon
sauteed medallions of beef tenderloin and mushrooms in a rich dijon black peppercorn sauce
Filet & Crabcake
grilled filet mignon with bearnaise and a crabcake with horseradish caper sauce
Le Grand Trio
a combination of grilled filet mignon, grilled shrimp and jumbo lump crabmeat served with bearnaise
Beef Brochette & Fried Shrimp
a wonderful combination of grilled teriyaki glazed beef brochette and crispy fried panko crusted shrimp, with a spicy orange dipping sauce
Chicken Normandy
sauteed chicken breasts and apples in an apple brandy cream sauce, garnished with toasted almonds
Grilled Chicken
boneless breasts of chicken marinated and grilled, finished with a raspberry mustard sauce
Bbqd Chicken & Shrimp
grilled bbq glazed chicken breast topped with grilled shrimp and bearnaise sauce
Pork Au Sherry
medallions of pork tenderloin sauteed with mushrooms in a light sherry cream sauce
Pork & Shrimp Tarragon
sauteed pork medallions and shrimp in a dijon tarragon cream sauce
Pork Tenderloin
grilled medallions of pork tenderloin topped with a raspberry mustard sauce
Selection Of House-made Desserts
Nestled off the beaten path in a Victorian house surrounded by 400 year-old oak trees, we are a local's favorite. Our seafood is brought in fresh daily, and we use locally grown ingredients.All the locals love our filet dishes as well as our large menu.All desserts are homemade. We are a family run restaurant with most of our staff having been with us for over 15 years.We do everything to make sure all of our customers leave happy.
USD 15 - USD 25
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Been co.ing here for years with family and/or husband. Food is always beautifully plated and service is quite attentive. Just wish they would swith up the menu a bit, dont think it has changed in the 10 years we have been visiting

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank margaretk483
Reviewed 30 December 2018 via mobile

We had a wonderful dinner here. The menu offers lots of choices, and the service was perfect- not too much, not too little. The shrimp & crab cake were terrific, and the she-crab soup was top-notch. Creme brûlée was the best I’ve had in the...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank domurray03
Reviewed 12 December 2018 via mobile

We visited this place a couple months ago. The food was great. Location is great. Everyone is friendly. I like the way the restaurant looks and how clean it is. I definitely recommend it! We had a great time here.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Francesca Beatr... M
Reviewed 9 November 2018 via mobile

We visited the cafe with friends. It was delicious as we expected. We have not been in years. Our server Cindy was incredible. The dessert was amazing.

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed 5 November 2018

This was my first trip to the Colington Cafe. The food, the atmosphere and the staff made it an extremely pleasant experience and I cannot wait to go back! I live 3 hours away, but I would make the trip just to have dinner there...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank AnniePie2013
Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

This is my absolute favorite restaurant in the Outer Banks and I’ve been coming here since I was a kid. The service and hospitality is superb and the food is out of this world delicious. You must get the she crab soup!! I had the...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Ashley B
Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

My friend came here as a child and was eager to come back. What an amazing experience! Not only was their food high quality and delicious (I highly recommend the she crab soup and chocolate cake), but the owner was so delightful and pleasant! We...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Ashleigh A
Reviewed 20 October 2018 via mobile

I like my filet mignon well-done. It’s very hard to get it well-done while also moist and flavorful. This one was to die for. My husband ordered Chicken Normandy, telling me that he had had enough seafood this past week and wanted a change. The...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Carlen P, Manager at The Colington Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2018

I feel soooo bad that your husband got the wrong dish and didn't say anything.. And then you took the time to write such a nice review on us.. Thank you so much and I am so glad you enjoyed it all, but again I...More

Reviewed 18 October 2018 via mobile

Dinner destination for my wife’s birthday and my only regret is that in all the years we’ve been coming to the Outer Banks, this is the first time we have eaten here, a converted private residence. The four of us shared the delicious seafood appetizer...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Carlen P, Owner at The Colington Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2018

We are so glad you enjoyed your dinner at The Colington Cafe and thank you so much for taking out the time to share it. It means so much to each of us to have our customers enjoy themselves. Since I was little I dreamed...More

Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

We recently had the pleasure of dining at The Colington Cafe with several other close couples. We have dined here before and had a great experience then. The restaurant is located off the main tourist areas and is in a very charming building surrounded be...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Carlen P, Owner at The Colington Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2018

Thank you so much, Tom, for taking out the time to share your experience at The Colington Cafe. After 30 years, I love nothing more than having our customers leave happy. Our chefs and staff have the same ideals and truly put their hearts and...More

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Dawn B
13 September 2018|
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Response from kenpearl | Property representative |
So sorry , just saw this , we reopen for the 2019 season on Friday March 29 and be open 7 days a week thanks
7 August 2017|
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Response from melodiet269 | Reviewed this property |
I wouldn't wear denim to Colington Cafe, but smart-casual works. My husband wears a button-down cotton shirt or polo with his khaki 'dress' shorts. It's not overly stuffy, but there is a formality to the place. Victorian... More
4 August 2017|
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