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Rating: Great food once again 8/26/2016
Reviewer: kenjo123

We stop by every time we are in the Outer Banks. This past July we had the nachos, big wave dave, jerk burger and the softshell crab sandwich. Everything was fresh tasting and delicious.

Rating: Rings the Superb Bell, every time! 1/27/2016
Reviewer: joefarrell

We never miss stopping here, the menu is varied, owner and staff are drawer is complete with a new Tee every year....keep jammin'!

Rating: Awesome new noodle bowls....!!!! 4/15/2015
Reviewer: beachlife4me

We recently dined at The Rundown and tried their new noodle bowls. They were delicious, very flavorful and chock full of crisp-tender veggies, chicken and won tons. The Crack dip and Rundown soup were also delicious. The wait staff was kind and courteous and the prices were the best surprise of all. Thank you for a great meal and we look forward to coming back soon !!!!!

Rating: busy place 11/7/2014
Reviewer: Beachy in the Valley

We were here for the fried chicken special on Monday. It was very good and filling. The place was very busy. It was hard to hear each other over the noise of everyone talking around you. We had been here in the spring and enjoyed the nachos and fish burritos.

Rating: ...still the best.... 1/20/2013
Reviewer: vanative

...soup on the down soup...try will like it......

Rating: ...great place!... 7/23/2012
Reviewer: vanative

...great service and great food...we ate there this past friday...i had the rundown soup and grilled flat bread...i highly recommend it...the soup was worth the trip.....

Rating: Excellent food! 4/18/2012
Reviewer: lovingobx

Excellent atmosphere and great food! I recommend it to everyone!

Rating: tha best!! 4/12/2011
Reviewer: Lynda Ellington

We eat at Rundown cafe every trip. Sometimes more than once. I love fried chicken night and their house dressing is to die for

Rating: VERY Satisfied Customer 4/1/2011
Reviewer: NJ Transplant

We've been eating at the Rundown Cafe for 3 years and it saddens us whenever they close for a few months in the Winter. The owner Michael and the staff (Mandy and CL)are always happy to see us ... as we are to see them. During offseason, their "Downhome Mondays" for the locals serve the best fried chicken, collards and cornbread I've ever had. I recommend this place to everyone! I pray that they don't get flood again like they did in Nov. '09 by Hurrican Nor-Ida (see Beverly Bruck's photos). I wish them many more years of success!

Rating: Good stuff, here! 12/29/2010
Reviewer: Susan

The namesake Rundown soup (or stew) is absolutely wonderful! I have been trying to find the recipe for years to make at home, but can't. I only get it when I visit the OBX.

Rating: Good food, good atmosphere 10/5/2010
Reviewer: Maslin

My favorite is the Coconut Chicken Salad with Journey's End Dressing. I don't understand why they include tomatoes, which don't quite fit in, but expect really good romaine lettuce with snow peas and crispy noodles, among other seasonal variations. There is a koi pond out front. When you go in, ask if there is room to sit on the porch upstairs. It's worth it!

Rating: eat every time im at OBX 5/18/2010
Reviewer: Anonymous

It is one of my all time favorite places to eat for lunch...i enjoy sittign out on the deck up top on a nice warm day!! And I always make sure to stop here every time i go to OBX

Rating: Worth trying 5/4/2010
Reviewer: Steve

Had lunch with a group on a sat afternoon; service was exceptional, food was interesting and good. While the place doesn;t ring the superb bell - only a couple do - it is definitely not to be missed.

Rating: Rundown 10/23/2009
Reviewer: Come Over

Good each and every time.
Love the sweet/spicy hot slaw, too

Rating: Warm and friendly with GREAT food 11/1/2007
Reviewer: Wendy

We've been eating at Rundown for YEARS. We went back this past August after a two year absence. The owner recognized us and talked with us for awhile to find out what we've been up to. After two years!!! Now that's a memory for a guy who probably sees thousands and thousands of people a year.

Rating: Food & service was good! 9/23/2007
Reviewer: Dee

I have heard rave reviews from locals about The Rundown Cafe so was excited to try this place for the first time during our trip (8/01/07) We arrived around 5pm and the parking lot was empty. It must have been a good time to arrive because there was no wait. We were promptly seated at a table. We ordered the nacho's and should have requested it w/o the black beans because it was covered in many beans imo. Husband and daughter ordered the Chicken Jett Fett which was so delicious and an enormous portion. Neither one could finish their meals. I ordered the coconut shrimp which was pretty good. I was not overly impressed with this place...not quite sure what all the hype is about however the food was not bad.

Rating: Good place for good food 7/27/2007
Reviewer: PJC

Address is:

5218 N. Virginia Dare Trail, Milepost 1, Beach Road -- across from the Kitty Hawk Pier

Have a somewhat limited beer selection, but the food has always been good when we've been there.

Rating: Very good choice 3/20/2007
Reviewer: Dave

This place is fun, food is terrific, and is a local's favorite. See menus at:

Rating: Awesome 10/13/2006
Reviewer: June

Just got back from OBX. We have been eating at the Rundown for probably 5 years. We have never had a bad meal. During offseason the have "Downhome Mondays" for the locals and serve the best fried chicken, collards and cornbread I have ever had and I'm a southerner and know fried chicken. The owner and waitstaff are the best. They make you feel like family.

Rating: Loved it! 7/24/2006
Reviewer: Sandy

Loved the coconut shrimp and the "Shark Attack"! Great atmosphere!

Rating: Great place.. 6/12/2006
Reviewer: Liz-WV

..and the food was wonderful. Good steak and the Jerk fish was excellent. Great atmosphere and beautiful pond with waterfall in front. The young folks that this is a definite favorite for them.

Rating: good spot 3/21/2006
Reviewer: El

My family and I always enjoy going to the Rundown. It's a fun, casual place that has good food with a Jamaican taste. Will be there in the summer!

Rating: Fried Chicken Night 3/23/2005
Reviewer: Tim

They have fried chicken night in the off season on Monday's. I was very impressed and will go back here more often. I am not a big fan of their lunch specials, but I did like the collards which I have never had in my life. I would give it 4 stars but I am not happy with the lunch sandwiches I have had there.
This is a local hangout and worth a try if you're in the Kitty Hawk area (mp2).

Rating: jamacan mon 1/17/2005
Reviewer: corey

they have a really vast array of jamcian type foods. I enjoy the jerk chicken.