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Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe

7623 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head-Manteo Causeway, Nags Head, NC 27959-9164
+1 252-441-5405
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good20%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (62 reviews)
“seafood” (317 reviews)
“flounder” (119 reviews)
Open Now
4:30 pm - 8:00 pm Hours
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
7623 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head-Manteo Causeway, Nags Head, NC 27959-9164
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Reviewed yesterday

This is a large restaurant with a wonderful view if you get the right seating, on the bay side. The food is good, but pricey as all destination-area restaurants are. We've eaten there twice, so within those criteria you'll be well fed. One thing: thhey...More

Thank David G
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I have a dairy allergy and the waitress took very good care of me. She made sure that the cooks knew and that no dairy was used. She also let me know if dairy was in any of the dishes, breads and condiments that she...More

Thank Alan B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Easily one of the best, if not the very best place we have ever eaten seafood! Unbelievably fresh food with their very own garden. Fertilized with fish scraps, no pesticides used, and watered by rain water kept in their own cistern. Each fish on the...More

Thank Scott S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Lone Cedar is an amazing restaurant. It has views of the water from all windows and great food. A good choice for seafood and families/large groups. Lone Cedar is locally owned and operated by kind, hard-working people.

Thank wwh_iv
Reviewed 1 week ago

Like many people checking into a motel, I asked the folks behind the desk for their favorite seafood restaurant in the area. Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe was mentioned. We stopped there and very glad we did. On the "soundside" in Nag's Head (technically on the...More

Thank Mark H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent and very fresh seafood. Food was prepared very well. A little pricey but plenty of food. Excellent service and staff. Will be back when in the area. Was recommended by a local. Fish grill was marvelous!!

Thank Kurt C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Have been coming to Nags Head for years and did not know about this place. My moms dentist told us to try. No disappointed at all. They grow their veggies there on the restaurant grounds. You get a lot ,so go hungry. A little on...More

Thank Tammy B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our dinner. The place was packed. The servers hustled but because of the crowd service was a little slow.... but not terrible. This is a solid restaurant pick for this area.

Thank lesliekjack
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stay in Whalehead each summer. Needless to say, Basnights Lone Cedar Cafe is quite a drive but the food quality and service make it worth the drive. See you next summer!

Thank Thomas S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The raw oysters are my starter always cold, salty, juicy and local. My most recent visit I enjoyed blackened fish with a double order of asparagus. I usually enjoy sitting at the bar and the service is always spot on.

Thank Bill R
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Jennifer H
1 August 2017|
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Peggy L
21 April 2017|
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Response from june39 | Property representative |
Thank you so much for being a loyal guest! We hold our staff and ourselves to the highest standard, and we appreciate your vote of confidence.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 28
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, View, Kids, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7623 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head-Manteo Causeway, Nags Head, NC 27959-9164
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Nags Head
  • Phone Number: +1 252-441-5405
  • E-mail
At Lone Cedar Cafe, we specialize in fresh and local seafood. If you're craving the freshest fish, clams, crab, shrimp and oysters from local North Carolina waters, you'll find them at the Lone Cedar Cafe. For generations, Outer Banks families made their livings - and their daily meals - from the bounty of local waters, caught fresh every day. Our family, the Basnights, were part of that history, and we continue the tradition today by serving only the freshest Outer Banks seafood, caught in local waters and brought to our docks daily by local fishermen, then cleaned and prepared right here at the Lone Cedar Cafe. Our vegetables are "just picked" from North Carolina farms, we serve only all-natural beef and poultry and even our herbs and greens are grown in our own chemical-free garden on-site. Come enjoy delicious food, gorgeous sunsets and panoramic water views, the antics of our resident ospreys and our warm Southern hospitality.
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