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Tale of The Whale

7575 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9162
+1 252-441-7332
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good17%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“fish duo” (14 reviews)
“seafood” (130 reviews)
“steak” (65 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
7575 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9162
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I have been vacationing in Nags Head for 25 years now and somehow had never been to Tale of The Whale until this past week. I’m so glad we went this year because I will be sure to make it a new tradition. Food is...More

Thank Emily V
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Two couples, four delicious meals. We arrived at 4:00 and took advantage of the early bird special of 20% off our check. What a deal! My bf has the fried seafood platter and I had the broiled/grilled-platter. The grilled mahi was amazing! Everything was amazing!...More

Thank Huge823
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I expected the prices to be high. Fresh seafood and steak if it is any good will cost! My steak was cooked well and tasted good. The other dishes including the 2 pounds of crab legs were also good. What could have been better...the severs...More

Thank BethABC12
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The portion sizes were huge and the food was very good. The restaurant is attractively situated and it would have been a beautiful view but we were there in dense fog. Service was very knowledgeable and attentive. We loved the lemon dessert ... yum! And...More

Thank Fiona m
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

On a busy Friday night in Early June our party of 7 had dinner after waiting approximately 35 minutes enjoying the outside seating overlooking the sound we were seated and promptly had wait staff take drink orders and bring out bread. Our party ordered a...More

Thank mswms5600
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great spot for a 50th birthday celebration. All of us had lunch the next day from our leftovers. Soooooo good.

Thank VTer676
Reviewed 6 days ago

I had Blackened Flounder and it was FABULOUS!! What a great meal!! And the view was superb! The servers were great! Also had the Key Lime Pie for dessert OH WOW!! I can't imagine a better experience!

Thank Michael C
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been going to the Outer Banks for 20 years. Not sure why we have never been to The Tale of the Whale, but we will be going back! Everything about this place was perfect. Fresh fish was amazing. Service was incredible. And the...More

Thank BobWDE
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best seafood we've had in OBX, and at a reasonable price. We will not miss it on our next visit. Right on the water with lovely views.

Thank Dan H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First time visiting with a large group, I strongly encourage calling ahead. The menu has something for everyone, and all of our dishes were amazing and plentiful! Drink specials were also unique and quite tasty, orange creamsicle martini...delicious. Our server, Missy was amazing. Tale of...More

Thank Jeff G
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17 January 2018|
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Response from MarciaBryant | Reviewed this property |
The restaurant is currently closed for the season and reopens in April. It's a great Restaurant with excellent staff, and outstanding food and view. It will be one of your favorites if you ever go once.
Joan O
16 August 2017|
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Response from Sheri102 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Check out their menu online.
Dawn B
30 August 2016|
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Response from Robin T | Reviewed this property |
Typically they're open thru late September.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 18 - USD 40
Restaurant features
Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, View, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7575 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959-9162
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Nags Head
  • Phone Number: +1 252-441-7332
  • E-mail
Family owned and operated for 38 years, we serve the finest and freshest local seafood, choice steaks, salads, pastas, chicken and more. We pay attention to every detail to ensure your meal is memorable and delicious! Enjoy casual dining overlooking the Roanoke Sound, and live music (in season) in our waterfront gazebo. Come early and enjoy your favorite cocktail outdoors overlooking the water, or in our indoor bar. We offer an extensive wine list, a lighter fare menu, childrens’ menu and more. We welcome children, families and parties of all sizes, and offer comfortable booths for a romantic dinner for two. We look forward to serving you!
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