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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)
“lobster bisque” (50 reviews)
“cheese spread” (15 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 5 days ago

My favorite restaurant in Nags Head. Great service and food. Friendly employees and good atmosphere. Will be back again next time in area.

Thank BBVacation2015
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been going to Owens for more than thirty years. The Outer Banks has a vast assortment of great restaurants. We love to eat out and try new things. Owens has remained one of our top choices throughout the years. They serve the best...More

Thank Don B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well, let's see. From the beginning, we had to wait fifty or so minutes just to be seated. While we understand that Easter Sunday is above average in terms of business, we had made a reservation a long time out. We then noticed a long...More

Thank TD6262
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Waited for 20 minutes to get to the buffet but the food was well worth waiting for. Disappoint on Desserts-the wait staff said we only had a choice of one ☝️ f 5 and THAT IS NOT what the flyer stated that was hand out...More

Thank Sue F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is the best food and selection on the beach. The service and the food were tasty and a large section of prime rib,lamb,salmon shrimp and vegetarian the sides were all fresh and tasty. The meal finished off with five different deserts. This is the...More

Thank Susan H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This annual event is amazing! Great food, value and service. The lobster dinner was superb, as well as the prime rib.

Thank tammy l
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This was a unique dining experience For me. This is my second trip to the OBX Area, but my first to Owens Restaurant. I had already been traveling in the Northwest prior to arriving in OBX and had had my fill of seafood. I was...More

Thank Beth W
Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

Stephanie and Earnest made our evening in the Piano Lounge, while listening to Keith play the piano, just perfect. Friendly, efficient service excellent seafood and great drinks.

1  Thank beachtravelingdude
Reviewed 10 March 2018

This restaurant is very charming, well decorated with nautical and seashore items. The menu is traditional, serving steaks, seafood and pasta. You are first served cheese and crackers, followed by bread and hushpuppies. Salad dressings are homemade.my 5 oz filet was tender and tasty and...More

1  Thank Skiddie73
Reviewed 4 March 2018

This is a very traditional restaurant with excellent bread and a cheese appetizer. The servings are generous and yummy. No calorie counting here! I love the lobster in season but the crab cakes & fish are excellent also. We live on OBX & this restaurant...More

1  Thank James S
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Questions & Answers
15 October 2017|
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Response from owensnagshead | Property representative |
Casual is fine and we are open seven nights a week in season from 5-9 pm and starting Monday, October 16 we will be closed on Mondays until our last night of the season on New Years Eve.
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!
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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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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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