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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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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good17%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“fish duo” (12 reviews)
“seafood” (127 reviews)
“steak” (61 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
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 thought Lone Cedar was going to be the best I had all week until I tried Tale of the Whale. The view is awesome, drink selection was great, and the Cajun steak and fish had to be the best I've had ever. The grit...More

Thank Sean P
Reviewed 4 days ago

Went here on a recommendation from a local and were not disappointed. All the food was amazing and the service was top knotch - I cannot say enough about how wonderful our waitress was. She was super informative, friendly, upbeat and efficient. The primary side...More

Thank bubadangel
Reviewed 4 days ago

Large quantity of delicious food with great service, thank you Josh.. I had the two-fish dinner and my wife had the bbq pork ribs. Others had the she-crab soup, seafood trio and stuffed-shrimp dinner. All great. If you are a light eater, smaller portions are...More

1  Thank Sal D
Reviewed 5 days ago

Food here is good, nice portion size. If you want a quiet area they have a room for smaller parties, be sure to ask. The owner is almost always there. Numerous tables have a view of the Pamlico sound. There is a nice deck with...More

1  Thank SandTrippers
Reviewed 6 days ago

Our family of 5 ate dinner at this upscale($$-$$$) (dinner only) location in early June, on our first visit to the Outer Banks for vacation. This location has a beautiful view from the main dining room of Roanoke sound. There is a small gift shop...More

Thank PhiladelphiaMary
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Standard seafood in OBX. Ambience was lacking because of no music and uncomfortable benches. View is really nice though. Our server Kyle was very personable but lacked knowledge of the menu. Steak Oscar was good, but had no crab on it. Pasta primavera was good....More

Thank Amanda b
Reviewed 1 week ago

A well known restaurant . . go between 5pm and 6pm to get the early bird discount of 20%! Drink menu diverse, standby favorites and more exotic drinks to try; portions are generous, don't over-order!

Thank NNKVirginia
Reviewed 1 week ago

Restaurant we look forward to going to everytime we are in the outer banks.. Not a cheap restaurant but after labor day 5-6 they offer an early bird special and alway have a 10% senior discount.. during season the early bird special is 4-5pm... Great...More

Thank Zelda911
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great service. Crowded place but server still made us feel like he cared. Food is always good! Truly the best desserts of any restaurant on the OBX. The view was awesome and I can't wait to go back.

Thank wandaannetteb
Reviewed 1 week ago

We chose to eat at this restaurant for our splurge meal. the ratings online were excellent. The food was much better than the reviews. We visited at 5 pm for the early bird special. We arrived 15 minutes before opening and put our name on...More

Thank hawaiiansurf8
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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.
5 July 2016|
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Response from Jonathan J | Reviewed this property |
I do not know, we did not ask and we did not have any peanuts in what we ordered. As others have suggested I would call the restaurant and ask. They were nice and I am sure they would be glad to answer your question.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 18 - USD 40
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, View, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
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
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Family owned and operated for 33 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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