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Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe

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7623 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head-Manteo Causeway, Nags Head, NC 27959-9164
+1 252-441-5405
Sun 11:00 - 15:00
16:30 - 20:30
Thu 16:30 - 20:30
Fri - Sat 16:30 - 21:00
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We traveled to the outer banks to scout out our beach wedding surroundings, which included a tasting at the Lone Cedar Cafe. What an great experience! Even though Victoria (the lady in charge of catering our wedding) was away for the holidays, we were well taken care of. The staff was very attentive, friendly and extremely helpful in choosing the... More 

Thank Adamstr7
Poquoson, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a wonderful time. Food was great. Service was wonderful. The she crab soup is always outstanding loaded with crab meat. The Shrimp n Grits while on the spicy side which I like was cooked to perfection. To topped off the evening, desert was key lime pie, just what the taste buds was calling for. All in all a great... More 

Thank Sharleen57
Poquoson, Virginia
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a party of 6 and we were all extremely satisfied with our food as well as our service. She Crab is to die for, all homemade desserts and only the freshest of seafood.

Thank Islander1958
Kernersville, North Carolina
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48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After our innkeeper recommended this place, and since we've driven by it for years, we decided to give it a try. The cafe was nicely decorated for the holidays. Upon arrival at 6:15, we were told we'd have a 10-15 minute wait. No problem, we weren't in a rush. Took about 25 mins to get seated. Then a wait for... More 

Thank trishannie
Gloucester, Virginia
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76 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate there tonight and the experience was wonderful as is the norm. We both got the Flounder, veg. medley and mashed sweet potatoes. She also had the crab soup and I had a small house salad. All was cooked perfectly and served hot. Our server, Antron, was courteous and efficient.

Thank flipper13357771
Richmond, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is another must visit for dinner when vacationing at the Outer Banks. Loved the fried shrimp, lighted breaded, and the grits cake that came with the entree.

Thank carolinamemories
South Windsor, Connecticut
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Located on the ocean, this restaurant has a very warm and charming atmosphere with water views from every table. It was all decked out for the holidays with an enormous Christmas tree and seaside decorations. The waitress was friendly, helpful and efficient and our meals were scrumptious. I ordered an omelette that was made with fresh broccoli spears and my... More 

Thank Leslie R
Winterville, North Carolina
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

One of our OBX faves! Not only is the food good, but the staff is friendly and knowledgable, and if you dine regularly, you become like family! Always feel welcome here!

Thank kjrsinganewsong
Greensboro NC
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333 reviews
236 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 515 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

This restaurant is simply superb, which is why we never miss a chance to eat here when in the area. Recently for an early dinner we got a mixed plate (filet, chicken, and blackened red drum) and seafood platter (crab cake, shrimp, and scallops), finished off with a split of dreamy key lime pie that is a house specialty. We... More 

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Sugar Land, Texas
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Two friends and I dined here on a Saturday evening. I had the broiled seafood (shrimp, scallops, and flounder). One friend had the fried seafood combo and the other had shrimp and trout. My dinner was very good, especially the scallops. My friends were also very complimentary of their meals. Nice restaurant with a nautical theme. One suggestion: Add Hush... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 28
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, 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
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
16:30 - 20:30
16:30 - 20:30
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
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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