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Red Sky Cafe, Duck, NC

Red Sky Cafe

4.1
4.1
133 Reviews
$30 and under
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 pasta, crab cakes and southern fried NC seafood. To go along with your meal, Red Sky Café also offers an assortment of wines, beers, & cocktails.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Creole / Cajun / Southern, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Mon 12:00 pm–12:15 pm
  • Phone number
    (252) 261-8646
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Neighborhood
    Southern Shores
  • Parking details
    None
  • Additional
    Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 133 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

133 Reviews
  1. NANCYK

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding Christmas/New Year's week special menu and specialty cocktails. Everything was exceptional.

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  2. JennyVR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service!!! The chef was easily able to accommodate both a seafood and gluten allergy safely!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Did not have items on the menu and no desserts- zero. Very disappointing.

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  4. Datenight

    Philadelphia

    68 reviews

    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great time, great food, good people, always visit when we’re in town

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  5. TastefulLady

    Pittsburgh

    9 reviews

    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Our experience at Red Sky was very disappointing....the room was freezing when our party of six walked into the restaurant. They prepared our six-top table underneath some kind of air handling system that was blowing air and was excessively noisy, not to mention that it is never enjoyable to eat right next to the front door. We asked about making accommodations to move our party or adjust the temperature but were told that it was hot in the kitchen so they had the air-conditioning on high. We sat down for about two minutes and all six of us agreed that this was not going to be an enjoyable experience to eat here, so we left. We are generally a pretty flexible group, but we all agreed that we needed to find a different place to eat. Too be fair, we didn't order any food so I really have no review of the food. It was very disappointing to enter a restaurant that was so uncomfortable and unaccommodating. It might be why there were very few people dining there. We won't be going back.

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  6. MartyB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had an excellent dining experience at Red Sky. Both the Southern Fried seafood combo and Southern Chicken Parm were delicious, and our server Jack was friendly and attentive.

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  7. KIMW

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was wonderful and the food was BUT it was Way over-salty!!! We shared this with our waitress but no chef came out to speak to us. We will not return which is a shame as all was good but that darn salt.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Wife had shrimp and grits, bland and not good, she did not finish the dish. The glass of cabernet was not good either. I had the crab cake sandwich: It was breaded inside and out, more filler than crab and very deep fried brown crust - not good. The side greek salad was decent to good as was the beer. Service was acceptable . This is not the same place of 10 years ago. At $100 plus tip, not a good value at all. Also, we noticed a gentleman at the next table did not finish his steak. At used to be inventive but no not more than bar food .

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  9. Taryn

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and the staff were very kind and attentive!

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  10. MargoW

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Walked in and no one even tried to sit us, then we left. Very few people inside, a really bad vibe.

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  11. datman89

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, from the simplistic to more creative dishes. Fun spot with good service and value.

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  12. JimM

    Greensboro

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were outstanding. Do not be fooled by the outside appearance. Red Sky Cafe is a hidden gem.

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  13. JerseyGirl

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the vibe here. Reminded me of the original Blue Point from 25 years ago. Southern spin on the dishes so be prepared for buttery deliciousness. The appetizer scallops with the bacon jam were perfectly prepared. Shrimp and grits had an unusual preparation in the the grits were drier and the shrimp were piled on top so the dish was not soupy. It was really excellent. The steak of the day with blue cheese butter, the creamiest mashed potatoes, and crisp buttered green beans, will leave me with fond memories for years to come. Our server, Sam, was stretched a little thin, making cocktails, serving, and busing. She did it with grace. Be kind, the industry is still under staffed.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We have eaten here almost every year for over a decade and it was always our favorite. This year we had some friends who were also visiting OBX to join us. The place has definitely lost the elegant ambiance it once had. There were no real specials and the menu seemed much more limited. The food was good, but nothing special for a restaurant in this price range. Our server seemed more interested in telling us about another place she usually worked and chatting than she did about serving us. Chef Wes, I know you can do better

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  15. RachelC

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s a casual dining experience with fancy, delicious food!

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  16. KristenR

    Greensboro

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food with perfect seasoning. I had the seared scallops. Luke was an exceptional server.

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  17. Sanderling

    Baltimore

    86 reviews

    4.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    There were 7 in our group including 3 children ages 8 and under. The best thing is that they offer a kid’s menu including chicken tenders, fried shrimp, Mac and cheese, etc so the kids weren’t stuck with the usual buttered noodles that most places have as the kids alternative. The kids were so happy. The adult food was very tasty. We would definitely go back with the kids. Make a reservation, their space was limited the night we were there and it seemed only folks with reservations were being served.

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  18. DebS

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The waiter was pleasant and the found came out promptly.

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  19. SteveS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The place is kind of small, and the ambiance was "meh", but the food was outstanding. I would go back.

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  20. SML1978

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Was disappointed in this place. Just overall very lackluster. Food was not vegetarian friendly and they were not accommodating. Contrary to what website said. Service was meh, and bathrooms were disgusting.

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  21. DonnaC

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was very good ! We had fries green tomatoes The ribs was Excellent, fell off the bone & great favorite.

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  22. JasonJ

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Seated for reservation on time. Specials offered were great. Meals came out in a reasonable amount of time and were absolutely amazing. Flavor profile, freshness, and presentation excellent. Highly recommend.

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  23. Todd

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Perfect vacation date night location. Fried green tomato app was fantastic. Would definitely go again next time we’re in Duck.

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  24. SusanH

    Baltimore

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I have been to this restaurant many times, it’s one of my fave’s. I thought the food was a little off last night. The choices were very heavy, too much food also. Not sure why you would stuff salmon, but my husband loves salmon so that was his choice. Too much, especially with the cheese? Sauce. I got the chicken parmigiana, which I expected to be a bit much - it was too heavily breaded, the Mac and cheese it sat on was perfect. The crab dip wasn’t good at all- weird consistency, texture. Had not much flavor. Even the appearance was off. Dessert was excellent. Of course we will go back, love both Wes’ restaurants, just an off night for me. Service was great.

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  25. AlisonM

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was delicious. The menu is small, kitchen is fast and efficient. We were so full we took desserts home which were also amazing!

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  26. Brianccc

    New York City

    68 reviews

    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had visited the Red Sky Cafe a few times over the years and did not have that favorable of an opinion. But we heard that it had changed so we decided to give it a try. We are very glad we did. The food and service were both quite good. While everyone in the OBX is having issues finding enough staff Red Sky seems to have found a way. While they were very busy they handled the crowd well. We will certainly be back.

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  27. VictoriaC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great seafood food and fun atmosphere - highly recommend

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  28. MartinD

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great seafood dishes. Great service. Excellent drinks. Loved the place.

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  29. TomC

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Pics online give the impression there is seating w/ocean view. Service was superb. Food terrific but not the kind that makes you go "oh wow". Seated near kitchen - got to watch the staff in action (hmm). Wasn't offered outdoor seating - didn't know there was any until we saw staff carrying food outside.

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  30. obxgrl

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My brother (from VA) and I (a local) have been having dinner at Red Sky every August for years. We've had a few misses..but in general the food and service have been outstanding. Last year the restaurant was sadly closed and a few recent reviews made us nervous. Well, I can happily tell you that it was one of the top meals we have had at Red Sky...and that is saying something. The menu is smaller (as is the very short wine list), but what they offer is outstanding. We had the tuna bite app which was fresh and served with a sauce I wanted to lick out of the plate. We shared two main entrees, the scallops (cooked perfectly) that had some sort of heavenly blueberry sauce and sticky rice. Soooo good. We also went with the famous shrimp and grits - which were even better than normal if that is possible. Finally, our waitress was friendly and attentive...and went above and beyond in so many ways. I won't go on and on but am happy to say that I can't wait to get back up to Red Sky again soon!

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  31. Phil

    Wilmington

    49 reviews

    3.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was ok, food was ok, all around an average dining experience. So many other choices, will probably not return

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Made reservations a week ahead of time and were sitting in the parking lot by ourselves. Should have just left and gone somewhere else.

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  33. LaueatinLyon

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Too noisy but dois was good Service a bit light

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  34. MelissaF

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    the waghu burger was amazing the chicken was good but the mac and cheese was cold Grace was a fabulous server; very friendly and attentive the ambiance was great except for a very large/loud family near us

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  35. Mimi

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I had a reservation through open table and they said they had no record of it and I showed them the reservation on my phone. Hostess rudely said she could not find and could not seat us. She didn’t apologize and just said that open table was glitchy. Thirty minutes later, I got a notification that I had checked in to Red Sky cafe. I wouldn’t go here

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  36. Debs

    Cleveland

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Seated on time. Great service. Reasonable prices.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Flies everywhere…food was ok, and service was about average.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Ahi tuna slices on appetizers menu is the best one I have ever had. So fresh and the dressing is so delicious.

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  39. Liab

    Nashville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We have gotten takeout here before. The food was good, the wait staff was not very good. The waitstaff seemed overwhelmed with our party of 9, and was not knowledgeable about the menu.

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  40. KarenK

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience! Nice they take reservations in the summer!! Staff and food were excellent!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Red Sky Cafe using the Order Online button. Red Sky Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (252) 261-8646.

Red Sky Cafe is rated 4.1 stars by 133 OpenTable diners.

Not bookable

This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Red Sky Cafe

1197 Duck Rd, Duck, NC 27949-4560

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Southern Shores
  • Hours of operation
    Mon 12:00 pm–12:15 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Creole / Cajun / Southern, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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