Red Sky Cafe

4.4
43 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 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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 43 people are saying
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LisaC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great shrimp and grits!

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vipVickiH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I had a reservation for 2 people at 7:00 and they were closed. There was another couple that showed up with a reservation only to find out they closed

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

When we got to the restaurant, it was closed!!!

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PaulZ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Open table to our reservation but the restaurant was closed!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! We ordered the fried chicken with biscuit snd sausage sausage gravy. Would order again!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Enjoyed the outdoor entertainment and good food!

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foodie
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience1

High quality entrées appetizers and side dishes! Creative flair , attention to detail & portions are probably the best in the outer banks (not too much or too little). The staff appeared to enjoy what they do and seem to have good interactions with each other and making the atmosphere pleasant. Our waitress was extremely attentive.. The owner was present to ensure everything is being delivered as it should be. Everything seemed to clean and sanitized . Unfortunately we have to leave the restaurant to go to the shared bathroom in the shopping center which was cold and felt ugly.

If you want any sense of intimacy I would suggest asking to sit in back right corner of the restaurant where better lighting and coziness can somewhat be found. Unfortunately with a packed house we had to sit in the front where lighting was VERY bright, tables and chairs were noisy and wobbly and it felt somewhat like a dining hall. Covid has not helped the situation though and maybe when things get “back to normal” this will change. However, the lighting , acoustics and aesthetics (at least in the front part) need a complete overhaul to match the unmatched & superior quality of the cuisine it deserves.

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JosephW
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first time there and was pleasantly surprised. Friendly service and good food. Would definitely give them another shot!

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vipAwesome
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were phenomenal!!

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vipGherk
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome , staff is friendly and on top of everything , great place

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MistyD
Wilmington
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was excellent as always!

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DeliaE
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a lovely brunch and delicious brunch cocktails. The kitchen did a superb job!

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MistyD
Wilmington
5 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wine recommendations! Our food was outstanding. Everyone was super friendly and made our special night perfect!

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vipLeanne
Richmond
63 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

As always, the ambiance was lovely. Fresh food, great service.

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vipLeanne
Richmond
63 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious! And the wine choices were good. An attentive waiter with a good sense of humor!

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vipepicureanexchanges
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food was great! Benets yummy. Steak salad and biscuits tasty too. Only disappointment was weak coffee and a waiter who seemed putout by our presence. He was in a rush for us to order and then brought the check without asking if we wanted dessert so we skipped it and left.
I’d give it a second chance for the food.

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DonnaA
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was very knowledgeable about the menu and how the food was prepared. Great suggestions! The food was delicious and the atmosphere was very comfortable and relaxing.

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vipschautzie1013
Richmond
47 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and not overly crowded with Covid-19 escapees. Our waiter Taylor was well versed in wine selections and food. Looking forward to coming back again. Love Duck, our yearly vacay from Williamsburg, Va.

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vipiluv2eat
Washington DC
84 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very nice meal at Red Sky. Good food and we could eat outside. Nice selection of appetizers and entrees. Had the special scallops oscar. Was looking for a bit more of the asparagus-seemed to be in very tiny pieces. Anyway, all else was just fine. When back in OBX,will most likely return.

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Dave
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular, as always! Best fried oysters on the East Coast!

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Wouldhe
Raleigh
49 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food great, drinks great, and service excellent. Look forward to our next visit.

MR
vipMikeR
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food was disappointing and average at best. Server was ok, he was nice, but in terms of service it was subpar. Ambiance was ok.

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alextrenton
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
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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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
6 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!!!

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JCMLMF
Washington DC
50 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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DominiqueM
Washington DC
7 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.

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vipDebinDC
Washington DC
18 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.

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vipKaitlynD
Washington DC
3 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
3 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

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CherylN
San Francisco
2 reviews
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.

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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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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were surprised by the changes in the atmosphere, but that's not necessarily a negative. Most importantly, the food is still delicious!

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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
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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
9 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
5 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
220 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.

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 4.4 stars by 43 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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