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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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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good20%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“seafood” (291 reviews)
“flounder” (106 reviews)
“crab cakes” (107 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
7623 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head-Manteo Causeway, Nags Head, NC 27959-9164
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Reviewed yesterday

If you decide that you want to make a weekend trip to the beach, but can't decide where to spend your limited amount of restaurant visits? I highly recommend that you burn one here! This is one of the best seafood joints on the east...More

Thank Amelia G
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Recommended by our b&b receptionist. Large facility with water views of the sound. Our server must have a following of patrons- so many were happy to be seated in her section. We loved her grandmotherly attention to the smallest details and her patience while answering...More

Thank Kathy L
Reviewed 3 days ago

Our food and service was so good on our first visit that we went a second time. They were certainly the most pricy meals of our trip, but worth it. My first trip, I had the green-tailed shrimp, grilled asparagus, and mashed sweet potatoes. Dessert...More

Thank 897jacquelynd
Reviewed 4 days ago

We live on the New Jersey shore and enjoy excellent flounder; while in Nags Head, we ordered flounder at Basnight's. Our waiter was just plain wonderful; friendly and he went out of his way to see that all of our wants were met. The decor...More

Thank Robert R
Reviewed 4 days ago

Our bus tour group of 37 people had dinner at Basnight's Lone Cedar Café. It was served family-style, with platters passed around the tables. BBQ Ribs .. friend shrimp .. grilled tuna bites .. patatoes .. vegetables. Dessert offered 2 choices: key lime pie or...More

Thank oldenewengland
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

No reservations. 30 minute wait. Service was good. Food was fresh. Food and wine were reasonably priced. Soft shell crabs were in season and they were excellent. We also ordered the blackened mahi and it was very good also.

Thank Shelley R
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I need to commend our server (I wish I remembered her name). She was very attentive and made a personal connection which made our evening. Favorite appetizer was the fried crab bites, absolutely amazing! Unfortunately, our steamed shrimp was over done and tasted funky. Our...More

Thank Jeff G
Reviewed 6 days ago

No trip to the Outer Banks is complete without making a trip to Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe. We have went with a group of friends & family and also just the two of us celebrating our anniversary. With a crowd or a few the dining...More

Thank Tina A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Seafood Crepes are fresh crisp and loaded with seafood. The sauce is delicious! We sat in the bar with the most amazing views! Our bartender Ryan Rhodes was fabulous, and gave us a little bit of history about the area.

Thank LauraCanCook
june39, Owner at Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe, responded to this review

We are delighted you joined us for our Sunday Brunch! Our seafood crepes are one of the favorites of all time! Thank you for dining with us, and please come back soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had dinner at Basnight's with several couples, family and friends. The food was very good, but the portions were small. I believe the seafood was fresh, caught by their own fishermen. But, it never ceases to amaze me why seafood is ridiculously expensive when...More

1  Thank Brian E
june39, Owner at Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for dining with us! As you mentioned, our seafood is fresh and local. In fact, we have our own fish-cleaning room, and we shed our own soft shell crabs. We have carefully crafted our menu to include meals for all budgets...More

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Are Soft shells in season?
23 May 2017|
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Response from Brian E | Reviewed this property |
Yes, and they're good too !
Peggy L
I feel like I must respond to the recent customer review from nr22 in April 2017. I have been going to Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe for over 7 years. My family, friends and I have always experienced the highest professionalism and delicious, fresh food. I also feel it is very important to comment that this restaurant has always achieved excellent sanitation ratings.
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.
Sarah T
Reservations needed during off season?
24 February 2017|
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Response from june39 | Property representative |
No reservations are needed for dining at the Lone Cedar Cafe. We do not take reservations for any time other than our Thanksgiving, Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day and Holiday Buffets. We look forward to serving you!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 28
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, 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
Good for
Romantic, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
16:30 - 20:00
16:30 - 20:00
16:30 - 20:00
16:30 - 20:00
16:30 - 20:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
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
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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.