Taiko Restaurant in Nags Head, NC
Just about the best sushi you’ll find on the Outer Banks!
If you're on the Outer Banks and in the mood for sushi or hibachi, look no further than Taiko in Nags Head. Situated right beside the very popular eatery Grits Grill, this restaurant stays busy no matter what month of the year it is.
The wait staff looks like they could all be related, and they just might be. I haven't asked yet, but that's not pertinent information. What is important to know is that they're friendly, speak English fluently, and are very tentative to guests’ needs. Simply put, they're great at their jobs.
You can eat in or takeout, but I'd suggest eating there. The dining rooms consist of about ten tables, and there is also room at the bar if you're interested in some friendly banter with the chefs as you watch them prepare your food. Something important to mention: groups of eight to ten are no problem for the restaurant and wait staff. There are fewer restaurants on the Outer Banks than you may think that can cater to a large party of six or more guests. Taiko is one of them that can and does on a regular basis.
Vegetable hibachi is spot on, and if you decide to add some meat, you're sure to not regret your choice. As far as sushi goes, pretty much everything is exceptional, and there are plenty of choices to ensure that will keep you coming back time and time again to try something new. I really like the shrimp tempura and California rolls, but you might prefer something else off the expansive menu. Don't be afraid to try something you've never had before at a Japanese restaurant because it's likely that you'll enjoy it if the talented chefs at Taiko prepare it.
Prices are pretty reasonable and certainly aren't inflated like many other surrounding restaurants that to a certain extent, take advantage of out of town visitors with deep pockets. Most everyone will enjoy a Japanese feast for dinner for about $15 or less. Lunch is probably the best deal, and their special menu for the afternoon both is light on the wallet and filling for the stomach. An ideal combination for any restaurant. That's probably why so many people are regulars here. The price is good, the service is exceptional, and the food is always tasty.
Locally owned and operated and open for lunch and dinner every day, year-round. Try something different than your typical seafood restaurant on the Outer Banks, and it's likely you'll return to Taiko time and time again.
Taiko is located in the Outer Banks Mall in Nags Head, NC, and is a restaurant you’ll absolutely want to try.
Some restaurants on the OBX have not so great food and charge a hefty price. This is not the case at this eatery that’s very popular with residents – especially during lunchtime.
The best deal at Taiko are their lunch boxes.
These value packed menu items come with an egg roll, sushi, ginger, salad and rice. The Hollywood Box is a personal favorite. It’s seriously good, and will make you feel like a movie star.
If sushi isn’t your thing, the hibachi is too good to share. What do they put in that creamy sauce?
Wash your meal down with some hot tea, or some saki if you’re not on your lunch break!
The staff is always super friendly and polite. Cooks are always on point and very consistent with what comes out of the kitchen.
No matter what you order from the menu, you’re sure to enjoy it.
Open daily year-round for lunch and dinner!
Consider giving Taiko a try if you want something different than your typical OBX seafood restaurant.
Locals eat here and you should too!
5000 S Croatan Higway
Nags Head, NC 27959