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Red Sky Cafe

4.3
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20 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

Red Sky Café features fresh local foods, inspired by Outer Banks cuisine. A casual atmosphere will make you feel like you're enjoying a meal in the comforts of your own home and the unique flavors will leave you with an unforgettable dining experience.

Chefs at Red Sky Café prepare each meal fresh from scratch and take time to create meals that are visually pleasing as well as flavorful. Signature entrées on the menu include the chef's vegetable pasta, crab cakes and southern fried NC shrimp. You can also enjoy a New York strip with tobacco fried North Carolina shrimp. To go along with your meal, Red Sky Café also offers an assortment of wines you can order by the glass, as well as by the bottle.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 20 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.3
service
3.9
ambience
4.1
value
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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alextrenton
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding choice for casual dining, service was excellent.

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PaigeS
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and craft cocktails were delightful! The staff was lovely and attentive! And get the Oreo cake!!! One of our favorite dining experiences in the Outer Banks.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as usual! Taylor makes the best cocktails and pays extra attention to our needs with every visit!!!

JC
JCMLMF
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to Red Sky every year; this year because of social distancing there were fewer diners inside and that actually improved the ambiance - a bit less frantic and noisy. Always excellent food, very good service and very easy reservations - when so many restaurants in Duck and the rest of OBX have abandoned online reservations, we appreciate the option to plan ahead.

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vipDominiqueM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

The waiter took our food order. Delivered our apps, skipped our salad, my son had no fork for his entree, then charged us double entrees for 3 out of 4 meals. Super uncool and super disappointed. We were really looking forward to revisiting Red Skye.

DD
vipDebinDC
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It was nice. We initially were seated inside but it was freezing and the music loud. We were able to move outside and it was much better. The food was very good but service was compromised due to COVID and the small staff. They tried hard.

KD
vipKaitlynD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I thought the food was delicious. I had the tuna and my boyfriend had the duck. We also enjoyed the scallops as an appetizer. The only thing we did not enjoy was the side order of "southern style" grits. They were very congealed. Otherwise, it was a great meal and we will be back the next time we're in Duck.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience5

Waiters did not keep masks on and musicians outside were worse. Understand not wearing a mask when singing but cane over to our table without mask several times.
Very un comfortable

CN
CherylN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Enjoyed a great dinner here with friends. Made reservations a week in advance. Table was waiting. Delicious tuna bites and scallops casino appetizers. Enjoyed fried seafood platters and the duck. Service and food top notch!!

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DawnS
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great. Only gave 4 stars for ambiance because it was really chilly in the restaurant. Overall, everything was outstanding. Best weekend brunch in Duck. The libations were top notch, as was the Crab Cake Benedict. We will definitely go back, but I'll bring a cardigan next time.

JT
JanelleT
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We usually eat here every year. The service this year was rude, the food was unacceptable. When we complained about two of the dinners (ribs were so rubbery and touch we could not cut them with a steak knife), management was also rude. We will never return after years of eating there.

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vipobx3
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great service, great food, dedicated staff! Impressed as before!

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Smudge26
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Always part of our beach trip to obx.

DS
DavidS
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truffle Fries! Food was delicious. My daughter loved her seafood tacos, my crab cake sandwich was mostly crab and a little cake. Perfect seasoning. And the siracha Bloody Mary was probably the best I've ever had. Great service, and well done despite COVID-19 restrictions.

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vipLori
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Red Sky has become my favorite spot in Duck. Consistently good food and service, and they have some very creative dishes that change over time along with old standby's like shrimp and grits. Having been there several times over the past couple years, it seems the food quality is slightly better when it's less crowded, which is understandable and probably true of most restaurants. The artichoke asiago dip they serve before the meal, which is on the house, is fantastic! Prices are reasonable given the quality, imho. I hope they continue to serve up great food for a long time to come!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Red Sky is a long time favorite that never disappoints. The staff is awesome. Our server, Jack was fantastic. (And quite a funny guy) The open kitchen allowed us to see and hear the magic happening. The high quality ingredients show through on every plate. We will continue to return every time we are in the area.

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vipchiefmadman
Denver
210 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Fried green tomatoes and sauce are southern culinary art. Salmon, chicken and shrimp and grits are impeccably prepared and tasty. Wine selections, (Prosecco, Chardonnay and Cabs) are excellent and affordable by the glass. Desserts were excellent. Room was a little warm and table a little cramped. You’ll forget that once you start eating. This a favorite place now.

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KS01
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great meal. Top notch food. Shrimp and grits was delicious. Complementary appetizer of artichoke dip was flavorful and much appreciated. We came early hoping to sit outside but had to sit inside. Inside wasn’t bad but outdoors is a much nicer dining experience with live music and a breezier, more comfortable setting. Great food and good service but feel like we missed out a little by having to sit inside.

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HelenM
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Not sure how reservations are being staggered but too many people arriving at the same time made for longer waits for you meals. Food was delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner! The drink menu was really nice with lots of unique options. We had the tuna and filet and both were perfectly cooked and delicious. The carrot cheese cake is so good. Will definitely be back.

FAQs

Red Sky Cafe does offer delivery in partnership with Toast. Red Sky Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (252) 261-8646.

Red Sky Cafe is rated 4.3 stars by 20 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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