Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe

Categories: Waterfront Dining, Family Dining (Upscale), Steakhouse, Seafood, Fine Dining, Family Restaurant

Contact Information

7623 S. VA Dare Trail
Nags Head, NC 27959

Phone: 252-441-5405

Fax: 252-441-5503


Hours of Operation

Open 7 Days a Week

Lunch   Thursday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:30pm

Dinner  Sunday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm

Meals served: Lunch, Dinner

Basnight’s Lone Cedar Café, a family-owned-and-operated restaurant, is committed to serving the freshest Outer Banks seafood caught only in North Carolina waters.  At Basnight’s Lone Cedar Café, you won’t find any frozen, imported, or farm-raised seafood of any kind.  Nor will you find any frozen meats or canned vegetables stored in chemical preservatives or mass-produced desserts.  We take great pride in serving fresh, local food, and in being a certified ‘Green’ restaurant.  By keeping our environment clean and focusing on fresh, locally grown organic foods, the Lone Cedar ensures that diners have a healthful, natural and above all, a delicious dining experience.



  • Live Entertainment:  Call for Schedule
  • Gift Shop:  Located in Lobby
  • Share Meal Policy:  $2.00 Extra Plate Charge at Dinner
  • Credit Cards:  Visa, MC, Discover
  • Reservations:  Call ahead seating
  • Attire:  Casual
  • Handicap Accessible:  Restaurant & Restrooms
  • On Site Parking:  Yes
  • Serve Safe Certification:  Yes
  • Green Initiative:  Yes
  • Table Side Service:  Yes
  • Take Out:  Yes
  • Fisherman's Catch:  Yes
  • Kids Entertainment:  Yes
  • Good for Groups:  Yes
  • Samples:  Sample


For generations, Outer Banks families made their living and their daily meals from the bounty of local waters, caught fresh every day.  The Basnight family continues this tradition 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 Café.  Our vegetables are ‘just picked’ from North Carolina farms.  We serve only all-natural beef and poultry, and even our herbs are grown in our own chemical-free garden on-site.  Come enjoy delicious food, gorgeous sunsets, panoramic water views, the antics of our resident ospreys, and our warm southern hospitality.

Owner Biography

Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe

The tradition of fresh and delicious seafood dates back to the early days of the Outer Banks.  Like other Outer Banks families, the Midgetts, the Basnights and the Tilletts made their living by harvesting the fresh catch-of-the-day.  To continue the family tradition, Marc and Sandy Basnight, and their daughters, Vicki and Caroline, opened Basnight’s Lone Cedar Café in 1996.  Drawing on the rich Outer Banks heritage of their ancestors, they developed a menu which enhances the freshest seafood and ingredients, using many authentic Outer Banks recipes.  Caroline and Vicki now helm the restaurant daily, ensuring the highest-quality meals, and making every guest feel welcome.

Specialties & Additional Menu Options

  • Organic Menu: 

    All Herbs and Vegetables are grown on site in our Green House.

  • Regional Produce: 

    Produce grown on site.

  • Menu Seafood: 

    Local Seafood cleaned and prepared in fish house on site.

  • Beverage Specials: 

    Check out our daily bar specials.

  • Course Specialties: 

    Try our Fried Green Tomatoes, Crab Dip & our Homemade She Crab Soup.


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