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Tale of the Whale Restaurant in Nags Head, NC

Tale of The Whale Restaurant in Nags Head, NC


Simply put, Tale of the Whale is an upscale dinner-only steak and seafood restaurant offers live music and overlooks the scenic Roanoke Sound. How good is the waterfront view? One of the best on the Outer Banks!

Almost every seat in the dining room has a view of the water.

According to the restaurant’s website, the Tale of the Whale is the legacy of one gentleman by the name of Don Bibey.

Don spent his entire professional career in the food industry, and traveled the world during his tenure with the United States Air Force. During his time abroad and in the states, he accumulated many exceptional recipes and ideas that are all on display at the Tale of the Whale, a restaurant him and his wife Carole opened in 1980.

What is the restaurant’s  mission statement? “To serve good food in ample portions with superior service in a comfortable setting.” We’d say they’ve succeeded!

The restaurant opens at 4:00 p.m. daily for dinner, seven nights a week during the late spring, summer and early fall months. Like many locally-owned restaurants on the Outer Banks, Tale of the Whale is closed during the area’s off season.

Menu at Tale of the Whale

Appetizers from the menu include dishes like stuffed mushrooms, hot crab dip, fried oysters and fresh tomato basil brochette. Daily specials are available, and the restaurant’s main courses include a number of decadent seafood plates like coconut shrimp, fiesta grilled fish, and our favorite, shrimp & grits. Many restaurants on the barrier island prepare this southern delicacy quite like the chefs at Tale of the Whale. Trust us, it’s good!

You can choose to have your seafood fried, broiled or steamed, which is not something you typically see at other restaurants on the Outer Banks. When you’re eating fresh crabs, fish and shellfish, sometimes the best choice isn’t fried.

In addition to the plethora of seafood options, diners can also enjoy an entree with chicken, steak, or ribs. They also have about a half dozen or so pasta entrees.

There is a sizable bar section that’s separate from the dining room and a great spot to enjoy a cold beer or cocktail while waiting for your table to be ready. Oh, you might have to wait if you go during the summer, but it’s typically less than 30 minutes.

Instead of waiting by the bar, you may prefer to go enjoy your beverage outside, as there is a really nice wooden walkway that wraps around the restaurant, along with a gazebo that’s just a few feet above the Roanoke Sound. Yes, you can take your alcoholic beverage outside.

When you combine the restaurant’s carefully crafted menu, well-prepared dishes, friendly service and unbelievable sound front views, you have one truly amazing place to enjoy dinner with close friends and family.

Ask any local and they’ll tell you, Tale of the Whale is one of the very best restaurants in the area!

Tale of the Whale
7575 S Virginia Dare Trail
Nags Head, NC 27959
(252) 441-7332