Old Nags Head Cafe where local flavor and history combine.. restaurants .

Tuesday - Sunday 

Breakfast & Lunch 

8 a.m.  2 p.m.


Thursday - Sunday

5 p.m  9 p.m.

About Us

33 Years of family history and great food!

Old Nags Head Café -  Where History and Flavor Combine in the Nags Head Restaurants Tradition.   Old Nags Head Cafe continues the Roderer family tradition of the great food and Outer Banks North Carolina hospitality we’ve been offering Nags Head restaurant diners since 1985.   Housed in the Historic Harris Grocery Store on the beach road that served vacationers up until the late 70s and situated within the Historic Unpainted Aristocratic cottage row, our Café’s easy-going, beachy atmosphere provides the perfect setting for a gathering of friends or a quiet evening.  We like how one of our guests described us, “The restaurant/bar has a very neighborhood feel but is classier than your standard beach seafood shack. Lots of wood paneling and a tasteful amount of local flavor make it a great place for a low key night or casual date.”  We do strive to make you feel like you’re a long-time local, even if it’s your first visit, with our friendly servers and easy-going style. That’s the way a Nags Head restaurant should be!  Complementing our surroundings is a menu that’s setting a standard for Nags Head restaurants. Enjoy traditional and contemporary Southern dishes as well as the best in fresh local and regional seafood, chicken, chops, hand-cut Angus beef, pasta, soups, salads, sandwiches, daily specials and homemade desserts. We’ve been told you can’t come to this place without experiencing fried green tomatoes or shrimp and grits! While you’re dining, your view is of Nags Head’s row of unpainted aristocratic cottages, summer homes that were the first to establish the Outer Banks of North Carolina as a vacation destination. You’re also across from the iconic Jockey’s Ridge. Old Nags Head Cafe also has a full-service bar with an extensive beer and wine list, and we’re happy to accommodate your take-out order.  



“Nice relaxing breakfast.”

My wife and I stopped here for breakfast. The staff were friendly and efficient. The food was very good was prepared quickly. The portions are generous. The orange juice is squeezed when you order it. The breakfast sandwich on a biscuit was very tasty. This is not a huge place . .  A cozy atmosphere. All in all it was a pleasant breakfast without the craziness of the 'pancake house' everyone goes to.


"Best kept secret on the OBX!"

We stopped by the Café this weekend for lunch and had a wonderful experience. The Cheeseburger was cooked to perfection and made with fresh ground meat! The crab cake sandwich was out of this world and the service was outstanding! I will continue to visit this establishment every time I come to the OBX!

"We stumbled on this island treasure!"

Absolutely amazing! My husband and I stumbled upon this island treasure. There is ample onsite parking. Upon entering we were immediately greeted by employees and seated. Menu has a great variety of items to offer. They were gracious and accommodated my husbands dietary request and our food was served in a reasonable amount of time and was absolutely delicious. Old Nags Head Cafe is a wonderfully inviting café providing exemplary service and great food.

Only the freshest will do...

Our restaurant offers the freshest available food possible and we have been doing so for over 30 years. Everything we serve is made fresh to order "no heat lamps here!" even our fries are prepared individually for each order.

From our fresh squeezed orange juice, choice seafood and hand pattied hamburgers with fresh ground Hereford beef, to our own in house roasted Tarheel Roasting Company coffee, we strive to provide the best service restaurants and freshest food for our customers..