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Owens' Restaurant

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Milepost 16 1/2, Beach Rd, 7114 South Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959-9126
+1 252-441-7309
17:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 21:00
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Owens Restaurant has been part of the Outer Banks for over 70 years. Their menu celebrates fresh, local seafood - flounder, rockfish, oysters, shrimp, scallops. Plus, they have awesome steaks, lobster tails, crème brulee, cheesecake, strawberry shortcake, brownie sundaes, extensive wine list, cocktails. But if you're ever on the Outer Banks between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve, some of my... More 

Thank angiebd
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I went with some of my work mates last friday night 6 of us altogether. I had never been before but my mates always rave about it. IIt was fantastic. Super food. Really nice menu and served by exceptional and friendly staff. The best meal for long time. Many thanks Owens. Il be back soon. Xxxx

Thank Jess K
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This Outer Banks classic has outstanding food. To me this is a special occasion type place with fancy food and prices to match. Always delicious.

Thank 552bethanyh
Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We eat at Owens' every time we go to the OBX. The food and service are excellent. Definitely recommend!

Thank Kippersnaks
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited Owens Restaurant with three friends on New Years Eve. We went at 5:00, hoping to be home around 7:00 to watch football. We were allowed to set upstairs and could enjoy the beautiful decorations. Unfortunately, our dinner wasn't served until after 7:00 and my friends received cold steak, lobster, and potatoes. I, however, enjoyed the best Seafood Newburg... More 

Thank virginiasmiths
Newport News, Virginia
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ordered Appletinis in upstairs piano bar and they were exceptional. Ordered same at dinner table and got something totally different. Requested they go up and get correct drink - got the wrong drink 2nd time and was told that only the service bar downstairs serviced the dining room. I cant believe that common sense would prevail and waiter couldn't go... More 

Thank harleydaniels
Manteo, North Carolina
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14 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have had ribs from many places in this country including from supermarket. These are the worst. Even supermarket ones 100% better. The ones from Owen's were fatty at one end and thin and dry at other. This not the only bad meal I have had here Thanksgiving and Easter buffets also POOR

Thank marcdjung
Ridgetop, Tennessee, United States
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210 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I am not sure which is better. We are from out of town and came here for New Year's Eve dinner. Waited or a while as expected but they were very expedient on seating turnaround. This is obviously where ALL the locals go. The staff knew the customers and they all knew each other. We were definitely the outsiders but... More 

Thank Robby F
Bradley, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had wonderful seafood, and exceptionally good service! This is a high class restaurant and evening dinner meals start at about $25 and go up. the desert tray had excellent choices, but once again the deserts started at about $6.00 and went up. If you are concerned about what your meal is going to cost, you can not afford to... More 

Thank Allen_M_54
Chatsworth, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The lighting for Christmas was still out do we had a treat that way, but the food was the real star! I had a fresh flounder and shrimp combination. It was lovely. A must try for sure. Service was excellent.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 40
American, Seafood
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
Groups, Child-friendly, Romantic, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?