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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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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good18%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“seafood” (142 reviews)
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Milepost 16 1/2, Beach Rd, 7114 South Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959-9126
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went to Owens with a group of 8 adults and 12 kids and the service from our server Stephanie was absolutely excellent! She was so attentive and friendly to us, particularly all our kids. The food was excellent too - we loved the pina...More

Thank jerseygrl908
Reviewed 3 days ago

I was overall very disappointed with this place. We debated getting up to leave but the table of 6 had just done so. We were seated in a very dark corner in the very back next to the fire door. The decor was so dated...More

Thank amy l
Reviewed 4 days ago

First time visitors this past year. Don't know why we never tried this place in the past. We have been missing out on a very pleasant restaurant. The atmosphere and décor was very nice. The food was good starting with a nice cheese spread for...More

Thank PJWallyrock
Reviewed 6 days ago

The grilled shrimp were outstanding! I thoroughly enjoyed this restaurant and look forward to going back again. The only complaint I can offer--- only one free refill? After a hot day on the beach? Come on!

Thank rpowell18
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not a typical beach restaurant; a nice interior with a warm feeling. Friendly staff and good service. Our dinners were very good.

Thank bettebluemoon
Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant was in walking distance of our motel (Sea Foam). The food was delicious and the service was great. We will definitely go back.

Thank Courtney S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The good is very great. Fine Dining. Also very pricy. Staff was really nice/understanding. Great experience!

Thank livlivort
Reviewed 1 week ago

We probably first ate at Owens' forty years ago and have many times since. The food and atmosphere are excellent, as was the service. I do feel it has lost some of the family owned, small local business flavor it had, I guess we only...More

Thank wallygrant2016
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our service was awesome and the food was even better. I would definitely cone back another time. I had the broiled shrimp dinner and it was amazing.

Thank Brandy C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Top notch and enjoyably comfortable. This is fine dining!! Service and food excellent. This is the highlight of our yearly vacation to the outer banks. We eat out most every meal trying many different restaurants and venues. Consistent food quality and service for nine years...More

Thank 277wynnp
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Questions & Answers
19 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
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!
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
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Average prices
USD 15 - USD 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
Business meetings, Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
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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
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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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