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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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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good17%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“crackers” (81 reviews)
“hush puppies” (99 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Milepost 16 1/2, Beach Rd, 7114 South Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959-9126
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Reviewed yesterday

Before leaving town after a beach wedding, a group of us decided to eat out our last night. Beautiful place, excellent service and rrific food but the price was a little on the heavy side otherwise would be a 4 or 5 rating - I'd...More

Thank Steven R
Reviewed 3 days ago

The food was excellent. Server was knowledgeable, friendly and attentive to our needs Between us we had the lobster tail and the end cut prime rib.This is our special occasion go to place. Have NEVER been disappointed,More

Thank dpf14
owensnagshead, Manager at Owens' Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your evening at Owens! We appreciate your support and thank you for choosing Owens as your go to place! The end cut prime rib is a favorite of ours and we are glad you were pleased. We...More

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We arrived for an early dinner and at first thought we may have not been dressed appropriately because it seemed to be upscale and the male staff had ties. We were immediately greeted by friendly staff who were engaged and asked questions if we were...More

Thank Ken A
owensnagshead, Manager at Owens' Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you very much Ken for dining with us and taking the time to review us on Tripadvisor! We appreciate your kind words and are so happy to hear you enjoyed your service and meals. We hope you will return to see us soon!

Reviewed 3 days ago

We went to Owens restaurant at the recommendation of the front desk staff at the Owens Motel. I was under dressed for this restaurant. But they let us in anyways. The food and the service was spot on excellent. I had the shrimp skewers. Tracy...More

Thank David S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sorry but I really didn't enjoy my meal but the ambience was great. I've heard great things about this restaurant. My opinion is that they are average at best.

Thank Tracey J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The husband took me here for my early birthday. The lobster bisque is delicious, and the main meal just fresh and wonderful. The seafood was well cooked and very fresh. Very professional staff and fancy dining experience.

Thank MandaKRN
owensnagshead, Manager at Owens' Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for your review and support! We appreciate your kindness!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Family run restaurant that has great food and great service. The building has a lot of nautical decor. It is a little more expensive than some but they serve you complimentary cheese and crackers when you are seated which is nice. They also have an...More

Thank AnneVa50
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Restaurant was sort of shoddy & worn looking. Very dark in the dining areas and extremely cold making the ambiance poor. Waiter was not knowledgeable about the menu & food was mediocre at best given the high prices. Coconut shrimp were cold & resembled fried...More

Thank SJCrum
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

wonderful food and wonderful service at this well-established restaurant in nag's head. the decor and the service is a flashback to the 70's, with flocked wall paper and piano bar. we enjoyed everything about our dinner there!

Thank fbokma
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My friends have been raving about Owen's and it did not disappoint. The cheese and crackers were fun, hush puppies were delicious and the food so amazonf I had to box up my left overs and get dessert to go. Lobster bisque is a must!!...More

Thank jumurphy
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Questions & Answers
13 September 2017|
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Response from owensnagshead | Property representative |
Yes we will be having our 33rd annual Thanksgiving Buffet on Thanksgiving Day. Call us at 1-252-441-7309 for more details. Thank you for inquiring!
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!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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
Groups, Kids, Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
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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