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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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Midlothian, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Rundown is one of our favorite restaurants in the OBX. We had the Mahi special and it was cooked perfectly. The staff is always friendly and the drinks are always cold.

Thank tim4hand
Keller, Texas
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place was a real find! Delicious food with great flavor. Cheese fries were tiny but oriental noodles with coconut chicken breast, out of this world. Large portions so get to take some with.

Thank Kkarkos
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant is a family favorite which we return to over and over again. My husband loves their "Big Wave Dave" which is a wonderful chicken sandwich with a slice of pineapple on it. Their salads are large and very tasty. This is a casual restaurant so wear your flip flops and shorts. They have a great rooftop deck where... More 

Thank CyndyJoPo
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped by for a drink and stayed for a late lunch. Grilled fresh Mahi sandwich, excellent. Very attentive wait staff with excellent recommendations for food and drinks.

Thank william w
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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 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 23 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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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 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 16 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

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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, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Groups
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?