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

The Lifesaving Station - Sanderling Resort Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sanderling-resort.com/restaurants-and-bars/life-saving-station
  • Phone: (252) 449-6654
  • 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, Contemporary Southern, Comfort Food
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "Wonderful outdoor dining with beautiful sunset views. This is part of the Sanderling resort so while we were across from the sound, we were still able to catch breathtaking views of the sunset. The service was on the slow side but we were in no rush. We shared the crab soup which was delicious. I had the porkchop which was extremely tasty and moist. My husband had the steak which was done perfectly. As the sunset the outside patio was lit with beautiful lights. My only complaint was that the lights drew the bugs but this was a minor inconvenience. All in all it was a fabulous dinner in a wonderful setting."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "This lovely establishment is our favorite place for breakfast or brunch on the banks. Inside seating creates a cozy, nautical ambiance. You also have the option of outdoor seating weather permitting, which is our favorite. Partial views of the sound from the outside dining deck along with the beautiful landscaping lend to the natural ambiance. You are served fresh biscuits and jellies while waiting for your breakfast. We both had the Farmer's Omelette which is packed full of wonderful veggies and goat cheese. Hubby substituted goat for cheddar cheese. Their breakfast potatoes are amazing! You can also substitute fresh fruit for the potatoes. For coffee lovers, you will not be disappointed. Also, excellent service provided!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Great Service, great cocktails, great food for dinner- and great breakfast! We will certainly be back!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "This was a noisy, understaffed restaurant with average food and high prices. The haddock was prepared without imagination and the tenderloin medallions tasted like overcooked pork chops. For a small space, it was incredibly loud due to all the hard surfaces. The general lighting was provided by recessed ceiling lights, like an office space. No ambiance whatsoever!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "If you are staying at the sanderling resort or close to it take advantage of the life saving station. Menu has great variety, food is very good, mixed drinks are also very good. Atmosphere is bright, clean with a resort beach look. If you don't have kids make reservations after 830pm. Very kid friendly."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Shrimp and Grits is superb with lots of flavor. Spicy lobster spaghetti is a treat also. We always enjoy our meals at this restaurant and highlight during our vacation to the Outer Banks."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We picked this at the last minute, and loved everything about it. Food was Fantastic, and they make great cocktails! Kids loved it too, and the hostess went out of her way to help them have fun and feel special too."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "On the outer banks there are few better places to stop for lunch than here. Great service, limited but varied menu, and food top class. You can sit inside or out, depending on the weather. Great place to chill from the beach."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "We have been to the Lifesaving Station twice now since discovering it. The building is a historic Lifesaving Station (hence the name) so there is a very cool historic atmosphere and a lot of interesting things to learn about OBX history. The food is amazing and I characterize it as the kind of food that your southern grandma would make if she went to culinary school. You cannot go wrong with anything on their menu, especially anything fried. They also had a TON of gluten free options, which was important to my family."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We've been coming here for the last three years, and we always like the food, the service is excellent and they always take good care of the kids.despite the sanderlings change of hand, this restaurant, unlike the Kimble, it has not changed! We well comeback next year for sure!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Been here twice -- now and two years ago. While better than prior, average at best. Would expect better quality and better wine list from a restaurant at a facility such as the Sanderling."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "As alway food was creative, high quality, fresh, and yummy. This time, though, our service was poor. Looked like 2 servers in the main dining room. Didn't get water refills, or other requests met. Also made 2 reservations for 4 each and when asked to possibly be seated together as a party of 8, request was denied after 3 levels of management pondered. That would have been ok but for the fact that an 8-top stood empty all night long right next to us. Finally, our request to the server to split the check was mishandled. So.......if you can handle the inconsistency in service but enjoy the great food, go for it."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We found this great spot one night and ended going back later in week as it was 5 star all the way around!!!!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Great service & exquisite food. Made our evening memorable. Looking forward to coming again!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We have been here several times and now consider this our most favorite place for breakfast. You can sit outside and enjoy the view toward the sound and the food is always consistently great. They make incredible omelets, home fried potatoes and the coffee is wonderful. We want to come back for their dinners; however, we have not had a chance to do it thus far. This will be our next visit."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Went on a whim and was so pleasantly surprised! Everything was absolutely wonderful! The food was outstanding and our server was fabulous! Will be back next summer!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The service was faster than most restaurants I've ever been to in North Carolina. Staff was fast and polite. We had a reservation later in the evening. The place wasn't packed, but was reasonable busy. I thoroughly enjoyed the food and it came out fast. It's the only restaraunt we've eaten at in the Outer Banks, so can't compare to anywhere else, but it's definitely on our list when we come back."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "This place is unbelievable. I only had the breakfast there but on my week vacation I stopped in four times due to the food and staff! They were amazing as were the meals. Only complaint is that it is a little pricey, but for the quality of the food the huge portions you get and the service something that is easily forgotten. Especially on vacation. I will be back there on many vacations to come."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We stayed at the Sanderling Resort and looked at our options for fine dining in the area. Kimball's offers fantastic options of why you have no reason to go anywhere else. Set aside the great view, beautiful restaurant, etc., the food was fantastic. Ours started off with a great salad that we split that included spiced apricots (would not have guessed how good that was). We had both seafood and steak that were equally worth it. The wine paired with our meal was extremely well matched."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Dinner overall was nice. A pleasant evening out. Portions could have been larger particularly given the price."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Easy to make reservations, service was just right. Crab chowder was very tasty, mussels were some of the best I've had. Very clean, bright, comfortable atmosphere. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We were celebrating a birthday and when making reservations I mentioned this. Our party of 6 was seated in a private room which was a very nice surprise. The mussels and calamari were delicious. Everyone enjoyed their meals and we were all pleased with the service. I believe we will be back at the Lifesaving Station on our next visit to Duck. Make a reservation and enjoy."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The menu sounds great, but the actual food misses the mark. The Mac and cheese was bland. The fried chicken still had undercooked skin under the crispy coating. The tuna and tenderloin were both overcooked. The grouper and the fried pickles were good. Wine list was good. Service was good and attentive."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We dined indoors with a party of six extended family members. Our waitress was very pleasant and attentive. Cocktails and bread took too long coming out, but the appetizers and entrees came out just fine. The wine list was more than adequate. I had the sea scallops with the sweet corn and bacon succotash. Nice combination! My wife had the flounder and enjoyed it. I heard no complaints from the others on the food. The restaurant was 1/2 to 2/3 full but the acoustics left a lot to be desired."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I am sorry to report that the food at this facility was poor. The prices were high for the quality of food. Our dinners were served at room temperature and cannot compare to our dinner at colington cafe. I requested a table with a view but we were not given one even though the place was mostly empty. Our server was friendly but not very knowledgeable or attentive."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Really enjoyed our meal, and one of the servers provided other good options for our stay. Must get the mussels for an appetizer - only $9 and a huge portion."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We finally had a family vacation so I made my reservation here a few weeks before we arrived. We wanted to give a special treat to everyone instead of always eating in during the week. We had two toddlers and 6 adults and when we arrived, they greeted us cheerfully and gave us a private dining room with high chairs at each end of the table; exactly as we requested. They also made a special effort to get the children's food to the table asap and didn't seem to mind when mac and cheese and other toddler finds decorated the floor around the high chairs. I now children can be trying when eating out, but the folks at TLS accomodate our every need- a great nite for the family!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Great beach place. Simply one of the best on the Outer Banks. Don't miss!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food was extremely tasty and well prepared. My husband and I both had a crab cake appetizer. It was a large cake served in a sizzling skillet with corn, green onions and remoulade. Delicious. I had shrimp and grits for the entree. Smoky sausage, grilled shrimp, rich, slightly spicy sauce- amazing. Plenty for leftovers. The only negative is the noise level. It wasn't helped by a number of young children at another table. If that isn't a problem for you, the food is well worth it. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We absolutely love this place! We visit at least twice each week we are in OBX! The food is local and fresh. The menu has something for everyone. A staple is the Shrimp and Grits. Also special this trip was the Fried chicken and Waffles appetizer. They easily accommodated for a shellfish allergy substituting another side for someone in our party. The ambiance of the building with it being an old coast watcher's station of the Lifesaving Service just adds to the experience. Beautiful views of the bay from the upstairs dining room make it a perfect place to view the sunset while sipping a cocktail and enjoying dinner. Great place to celebrate a special occasion. Service is top notch. Ask for Mark he will take great care of you. Must visit."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "The service was impeccable. Our server knew his menu and offered suggestions that worked for us. He facilitated some substitutions due to dietary restrictions without issue. Wine was awesome. A laid back atmosphere that definitely contributes to the experience. Will go back!!!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "My teenage daughters and I had a fabulous breakfast at The Lifesaving Station on a recent Saturday during a quick weekend get-away. I had the Eggs Sanderling which was unbelievably good - the two poached eggs were covered with a mustard based sauce that's made on the premise, and the crab meat was real, lump carolina crab meat that was simply delicious. I savored every bit of it, it was that good. My daughters ordered the yogurt granola with fruits and the Outer Banks Breakfast, both were delicious. The portions were very generous, we had to skip lunch. The wait staff were very friendly, and the restaurant is resort casual with great views."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "If you're looking for something beyond bagels and donuts (Duck has delicious both), look no further than this place. We came for breakfast on our last morning here, and I wish we would've come sooner. We had a beach house closer to everything where you can walk, so the only "complaint" about this place is that unless you're staying here or you rented a bike, you have to drive. But it's worth it. Great food, outstanding service."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "The Easter meal was very good, huge piece of fish and nice and warm when served!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We enjoyed a great family birthday dinner celebration at the Life Saving station at the sanderling Resort!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Went here to meet friends for lunch. The "duck fries with blue cheese" were ok. We thought they were going to be fried in duck fat. Our bad for not asking. I got the tempura shrimp. No. Not tempura at all. Good sized shrimp coated in a pasty flour, fried about 2 minutes TOO LONG and the batter, unlike tempura, was thick fish n chips style. On a thick piece of cod yes. Not on shrimp. Would never go back."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We have gone here many times when in Duck. Food is very good, but there are some better restaurants in the area. Everyone was pleased with their meals. Shrimp and grits very good as was the rock fish and the seared scallops. Mixed berry tart for dessert was warm and delicious."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "This is the first time we have been back to this restaurant since they reopened. Everyone in my party found it to be a most pleasurable experience. The food was very tasteful and the presentation was very nice. The wait staff were pleasant and somewhat short handed but it wasn't to the point that anyone was annoyed. It helped with the relaxing enjoyment of friends, and food. The libations were good pours. We will definitely go back here again."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "5 best friends went to here for a Birthday. Wanda was wonderful taking care of us (She makes a mean Bloody Mary). Food was great! Day was cold and rainy so the burning fireplace was great! When the party was over she took our picture so we would remember a very nice time!! Thank you Wanda"
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Food was excellent. Liked the fireplace on a cold night."
    Dined on 1/25/2014