The Lifesaving Station - Sanderling Resort
The Lifesaving Station - Sanderling Resort

The Lifesaving Station - Sanderling Resort

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sanderling-resort.com/restaurants-and-bars/life-saving-station
  • Phone: 2524496654
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast Daily: 7:00am - 11:30am; Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Lunch Monday-Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner Sunday-Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday 5:00-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Contemporary Southern
  • Executive Chef: Jeffrey Russell
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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A word from The Lifesaving Station - Sanderling Resort
Located in the original—and splendidly restored—Caffey’s Inlet Life Saving Station No. 5, the Lifesaving Station is a casual, three-meal-a-day restaurant celebrating southern coastal cuisine and regional, organic products. New with the renovations is a spacious outside seating deck and large fireplace.

Known for its “best breakfast on the Outer Banks” and a-la-carte Sunday brunch, the Lifesaving Station is a favorite Duck, N.C. restaurant choice for both locals and vacationers. And be sure the try the Lifesaving Station’s famous Carolina BBQ Sampler and Spring Mountain Farms Buttermilk Fried Chicken, always on the menu.

The Lifesaving Station maintains an impressive wine list. Local breweries are featured while specialty cocktails feature coastal “house cocktails” and bourbons. Upstairs, the renovated No. 5 offers sweeping views of the Currituck Sound. The relaxed atmosphere is conducive to catching the game and enjoying quality cuisine.
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The Lifesaving Station - Sanderling Resort reviews from OpenTable diners
70 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (29)great for outdoor dining (29)special occasion (25)fit for foodies (25)kid-friendly (22)great for lunch (20)romantic (19)great for brunch (19)good for groups (18)neighborhood gem (17)notable wine list (8)hot spot (3)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Warm Reception
    JackMac
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    The staff was very attentive and considerate of the two young guests with our party as well as the adults. It is a good start to feel welcomed and the hostess and wait staff did a very fine job. We were there a when there were several open tables so that might have been good for us. The decor is an understated nautical theme that is what one would expect based on the name of the restaurant. I was especially pleased with my entree which was their classic shrimp and grits. The combination of the shrimp with andouilie sausage with grits and vegetables was tantalizing and satisfying.
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    neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining at the Life Saving Station
    eatingout
    Dined on 6/27/2013
    We are frequent diners at this establishment for the past 20 or so years. Always was a special place to eat, quiet, upscale. Since the remodel it is a much more casual atmosphere -- not as classy -- and much noisier. Food is still outstanding -- but the new style is not nearly as special as the old.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We went back the next night too!
    Tman
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    Food was amazing. Think traditional southern dishes done in an upscale fashion and without being greasy. The fish was very fresh and not overpowered by the sides. I've been coming to the Outer Banks since the late '80's and can say this is one of the best restaurants there. Far better than the tourist traps. This restaurant would hold its own on the foodie scene in NY. The only thing I would change is the music, which is a bit cheesy. My wife and I went one night and came back the next night with our extended family. Our server was very accommodating for our 1 year old. Service was attentive and friendly on both nights. We'd recommend the grouper, fired chicken, flounder, and the BBQ mixed grill. Can't wait to return next year.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will not be back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/12/2013
    Good food but very slow service and it wasn't even half full
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • True country fried steak
    obxdiner03
    Dined on 5/17/2013
    My wife had the country fried steak entrée and it was an actual steak smothered in some type of local sauce and onion straws which was not even close to being a true southern styled country fried steak dinner. The menu should have depicted this "local flare" on their version of a country fried steak to make guests aware of what they were actually ordering. Service was given by a bar tender so it wasn't at its best. Will not be returning to this restaurant. Also very over priced.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful breakfasts!
    brkfstfan
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Despite the changes to the décor, I was happy to see that the delicious and bountiful breakfast menu hadn't changed. Servicers wonderful as always. Other meals also excellent here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Used to be one of our favorites
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    We live in Corolla and have been going to the Lifesaving Station for years. We had high hopes for dinner on 5/11. Sadly,it was a major disappointment, due to misses on the food, but more importantly because the front of house was a disaster. Out waiter, who has worked at the restaurant for years, was incredibly rude the entire evening, didn't seem to care about some of the food misses -burnt cannelloni being the most glaring example. The kitchen was clearly in the weeds, even though only about 40% of the tables were occupied. It took 1.5 hours from the time we sat down, and at least 30 minutes after we finished our apps, to receive entrees. A manager, nor our cheeky waiter, never addressed the long waits. We won't be back,
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Was disappointed because I
    Love2eatVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2012
    Was disappointed because I chose the restaurant for their fried chicken dinner, which was off the menu due to the fact that they were closing for a few months for rennovation. My soup and my steak entree tasted great and the wine was good as well. Our server Mark was very nice. My husband and I were glad we braved the stormy night to drive to Duck for dinner. It was worth it.
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  • Save yourself
    Lisa
    Dined on 10/11/2012
    This place served the 4 worst meals our family has ever had at a restaurant. The restaurant has a bad unusual smell. The service was slow. The food was over cooked, flavorless, and cold.
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  • For a restaurant on the property
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/14/2012
    For a restaurant on the property of a 4 star resort we really expected better.
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  • Like the ambiance and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/21/2012
    Like the ambiance and the food. Good menus choices & very nicely prepared food. However, service is a little slow at times. I like it very much and continue to come back, but do think it's slow service (PS I am a New Yorker).
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The service and the food were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2012
    The service and the food were outstanding. Our waiter was extremely attentive and a perfect gentleman. We were never rushed through our meal. The food was local to the area and we enjoy that aspect of dining out when we travel. My only issue was the odor. I think it might be the wood because it was a historic building but my children had a hard time with it and when you first walk in it is a little overpowering.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • There is just nothing special
    wendyo
    Dined on 7/3/2012
    There is just nothing special about the Lifesaving Station. The food is ok but not particularly imaginative, the atmosphere reminds me of a country club, and the last few times we've been there it has been almost empty. I have heard that it will be updated over the next year or so - I hope it is less stuffy and predictable.
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  • Fine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/12/2012
    Not flexible on substitutions. "the chef doesn't like it". Please! Good service keeps the customer in mind FIRST.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The flounder was good--the
    Food
    Dined on 5/26/2012
    The flounder was good--the rest of the meal (scallops, lobster mac n cheese, goat cheese hush pippies, mussels)left MUCH to be desired. The waiter was not helpful--did not know anything about the wine nor did he offer to find someone who did. We were a group of late 30's and early 40's--seemed like the older set would enjoy the place. Its was empty for our 8 pm Saturday reservation. By contrast, we could not get in to Blue Point.
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  • I thought the duck fries were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/13/2012
    I thought the duck fries were quite good. Overall, enjoyed the evening greatly.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/13/2012
    We enjoyed the service and surroundings at The Lifesaving Station right away. My wife ordered the fried chicken and I got the rockfish. Both were remarkable. We also enjoyed an off-menu appetizer. Good beer selection and the server was very personable and knowledgeable. Overall, great food, great service, great place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Historic buildings are notoriously
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/2/2012
    Historic buildings are notoriously overrated as good places to dine but this one rocks! We were not disappointed when the huge plates of rockfish arrived - wow!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a steady neighborhood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/31/2012
    This is a steady neighborhood favorite when you are up for just a good dinner at a very nice place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Duck Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/24/2012
    The Lifesaving Station became a favorite of ours several years ago. The food is always consistently delicious, well-prepared, and very fresh. I had the most wonderful grilled Rockfish, tender, moist, and flaky served with a rich lobster sauce. My husband had fried chicken which was succulent. It's become his personal favorite. My only regret is that we haven't had room for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We were there for Sunday brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/4/2012
    We were there for Sunday brunch and two members of our party found the shrimp and grits to be AMAZING. Others in our party, however, were not very happy with the food, finding it only average, at best. There were only two or three parties in the whole place, empty by the time we left, but our waitress did not seem very interested in attending to us. We did not get warm-ups on coffee and almost had to leave to get her to bring us the check at the end of the meal. I would go back, but others in the group had no interest in doig so. Interesting decor.
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  • We had our breakfasts there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/11/2012
    We had our breakfasts there the 2 days we stayed & the service/food were very good. Dinner was excellent! Each visit to Sanderling has not disappointed us! Our oceanview room in the Main Inn was spacious, clean, and comfortable. We appreciate the consistently great quality of the Sanderling Inn over the years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The restaurant was fine, but
    SnowflakeVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2012
    The restaurant was fine, but more along the lines of something you'd find in a town rather than in a beach resort. It's great to have spots a little nicer to enjoy on special occasions, but given the Lifesaving Station's "beachy" history, it might have been fun to see this played up a bit more in the decor. On the other hand, service was impeccable, and the food was delicious and well presented.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Dinner
    EmlsVIP
    Dined on 1/27/2012
    Food was great and service was outstanding. The scallops were delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/1/2012
    Poor service. We had a reservation. No one on staff even acknowledged our presence until after nearly 10 minutes of standing at the hostess table. Then we waited at our table for another 10 minutes before anyone came to even take the drink orders. Generally, the mood of the staff was that they were extremely busy and that we should be thankful that we were getting any service at all. Needless to say, I will not return.
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  • The Lifesaving Station was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/31/2011
    The Lifesaving Station was just right for a New Year's Eve dinner with friends. Although our table wasn't ready, we received complementary champagne at the bar while we waited. The server was friendly and efficient, and was attentive throughout the meal. We had a variety of the options on the prix fixe meal. The crab bisque was tasty and the dose of heat was perfect. The rack of lamb dish was perfectly cooked, but we could've used a fourth baby chop. Also, the brussels sprouts were scant, and a starch would've rounded out the main course. The filet was cooked well and a good portion. The scallops and duck confit starters were hits. The salad was dressed well. The chocolate dessert and lemon tart ended the meal well. We'd come back again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I thought the service was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/26/2011
    I thought the service was good and the main courses for the adults (fish) was very good too. In contrast the childrens menue (home made macaronis and cheese) was just not eatable. The cheesesauce was awful.
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  • Food was excellent, although
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/24/2011
    Food was excellent, although selection was limited - might have been due to Christmas Eve.
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  • I don't believe the restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/7/2011
    I don't believe the restaurant was up to it's usual standards on our visit. It had neen better in the past according to my partner. My scallops were under cooked and I noticed a nearby patron having to send his entre back. The server was very strange but did an ok job.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I had the roast duck and It
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/7/2011
    I had the roast duck and It was prepared perfectly.The Delicata Squash was a nice touch with this meal.Being this was the off season we and most places are slow we reveled in the solitude and attentive staff.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Great food and service! Oir
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/23/2011
    Great food and service! Oir first time there and will return!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was great and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/9/2011
    The food was great and the service was excellent! The entire staff, from the hostesses, to our waiter, to the manager made our group feel welcome, even with a 5 month old baby in tow. I would definitely go back next time I'm in town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but ...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/23/2011
    Food was good but not as good or interesting as you can get at Metropolis, Fin & Claw, Blue Point for same $. Most/all wine was from US west coast - suggest adding / replacing some from other countries (N Zealand, Austrailia, S Africa, S Amer) to improve quality / value.
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    romantic
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  • We had a wonderful dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2011
    We had a wonderful dinner recently at The Lifesaving Station. We have always liked its ocean-side casual yet beautiful decor and the nicely spaced tables that allow for a quiet dinner time conversation, and we have eaten there regularly over the years. The food in recent years, however, has consistently improved, and in our view now nearly matches that of our favorite Duck/Sanderling restaurant, The Blue Point Grille (high praise indeed). The ingredients are extremely fresh and local/seasonal. And the fish and meat are outstanding. Service remains very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • My second time to eat there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/18/2011
    My second time to eat there and well worth it. Food was great and the price is consistent with the quality of food and service. Highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • The food and restaurant were
    RussVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2011
    The food and restaurant were fine. It's a resort restaurant. Nothing special. There were empty tables when we arrived for our reservations and still had to wait about an hour. Hmm.
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  • Smelled like mildew--perhaps
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/23/2011
    Smelled like mildew--perhaps they need to change the carpet. The food did not match our expectations.
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  • The restaurant is located
    freqdinerVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2011
    The restaurant is located in one of the original life saving stations, and the building is beautiful. The service and food were both fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Memorable dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/7/2011
    We've eaten breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Lifesaving Station. Every entree or dish is prepared with care. The scallops at dinner were some of the best I have ever eaten. They were fresh, delicate, and perfectly prepared. The salad was lightly dressed, and a great starter. I also love the mini cornbread muffins that come in the bread basket. Mark, our server, was knowledgeable, and low key. He also remembered absolutely everthing we requested to make our dinner special. We returned for breakfast yesterday, and the food was scrumptious. My omelette was perfectly cooked, and the grits were prepared low-country style. They were creamy, and most likely prepared with heavy cream. Delectable! Another memorable meal with superb service.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Memorable dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/4/2011
    We had eaten at The Lifesaving Station 8 months ago at lunch and decided we needed to return for dinner. The server was knowledgeable about the dishes and was generous with his knowledge of the area. I had the fresh flounder and my husband had the trout. Both were excellent - beautiful presentation, delicious food, in a relaxing environment. The dessert was housemade ice cream which was not to be missed. We'll be back for another lovely dining experience - soon!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate