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
72 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (27)scenic view (27)fit for foodies (25)special occasion (25)good for groups (21)kid-friendly (20)great for lunch (20)romantic (20)great for brunch (17)neighborhood gem (16)notable wine list (5)late-night find (3)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Not enough servers, overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The evening started out fine however as the second floor became more occupied the sound was extremely loud and the service dropped off to non existent due to the fact there was only one server and she was trying to keep up with new dinners. I made a specific request regarding my entre which was not honored and the meal was sent back to the kitchen. When it arrived back on the table some of the utensils necessary were forgotten in the kitchen. It may have just been an off night but we would not return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hidden Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The Life Saving station is always wonderful for us, whether we are staying at the Sanderling or not. The service is impeccable, and the food incredible. We've had breakfast (our favorite), lunch and dinner there - all outstanding. I love the ambience of a redone old life station, but perhaps some people wouldn't care for it. The hard surfaces do contribute to a higher noise level when there is a large crowd, but there outside seating is always an option. Lovely!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable experience
    Quiltlady
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner at The Lifesaving Station on the last evening of our vacation, and it was memorable! We both had the Blue Crab Chowder which was the best ever, plus the crab cake and most amazing mussels. We loved the nautical theme throughout. Our server was the best - very attentive and polite. Of course, we should expect that, but rarely get it. This fellow is a professional! We highly recommend The Lifesaving Station and look forward to coming back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pricey for the quality
    TriciaT
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We felt that this restaurant was overpriced for the quality and were disappointed in our meals. For same price or slightly lower, go to the Blue Point Urban Kitchen... Strange ambiance - VERY bright for evening dining - not cozy at all - had a cafeteria feel.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another super visit!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We try to visit The Lifesaving Station for breakfast, lunch and dinner every visit to OBX since they opened years ago. Food & service were excellent as always. And, I want to note the hostess, who referred to our OpenTable note about seating preference - when we go to the trouble of writing our preference, we appreciate that the restaurant pays attention. She and our server were terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Find another restaurant
    obxjrobards
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The food was OK, but the service was terrible. I have enjoyed better food in Duck and Corolla. I strongly recommend that you find another restaurant
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Larry
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    One member of our party didn't like the fried chicken, however the others all enjoyed their meal. The noise level was above what I would like. This was primarily caused by a large number of small children in the same room and lack of parental restraint. Would return again, perhaps not during the tourist season.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outdoor dining
    blondeparrothead
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our favorite breakfast place!
    Kpaul
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fantastic!
    eodo3
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great Service, great cocktails, great food for dinner- and great breakfast! We will certainly be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This Lifesaving Station needs help!
    foodandspace
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    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!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice updates to the dining room
    Thymetotravel
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The food was delicious and we were really full but the service was messy. Our app was served to another table. Our server disappeared and never offered to get more drinks. No management was apparent but the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Life saving station
    Bigbear
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem in the Outer Banks
    ElisaVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our new favorite in The Outer Banks
    syredu
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't miss it......
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Historic Location, View
    rnpummell
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always consistently good food
    Wineanddine
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional food/So-so service
    64T2
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We found this great spot one night and ended going back later in week as it was 5 star all the way around!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Great service & exquisite food. Made our evening memorable. Looking forward to coming again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite breakfast spot
    Kpaul
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely a place to go back too!
    B1001
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service and food
    scubajoe
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing!!!
    joeynoodlesticks
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great reason to stay at the resort
    20thAnniversaryDinner
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A nice evening.
    Lee1125VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Dinner overall was nice. A pleasant evening out. Portions could have been larger particularly given the price.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    DuckRegulars
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable dinner
    PAvisitors
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sounds better than it tastes
    TaraVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    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.
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  • Tasty
    RichmondSpider
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sanderling- The Life Saving Station
    obxlove
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    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.
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  • Nice meal while at the resort
    gMoneyRecommends
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • An OBX Night Out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 37 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 122 reviews are from the The Lifesaving Station - Sanderling Resort reviews archive.
  • DrJohnVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Great beach place. Simply one of the best on the Outer Banks. Don't miss!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, a little noisy
    ReetyVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Keeps us coming back!
    Foodies
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner.
    happybelly
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Stellar breakfast
    lovewildhorses
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.