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The Lifesaving Station - Sanderling Resort, Duck, NC
The Lifesaving Station - Sanderling Resort, Duck, NC
The Lifesaving Station - Sanderling Resort, Duck, NC
The Lifesaving Station - Sanderling Resort, Duck, NC
The Lifesaving Station - Sanderling Resort, Duck, NC

The Lifesaving Station - Sanderling Resort

4.4
4.4
731 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Located in the original Caffey’s Inlet Life Saving Station No. 5, the Lifesaving Station is Sanderling’s casual, three-meal-a-day restaurant celebrating southern coastal cuisine. After the winter renovations, the second level now offers sweeping views of the Currituck Sound and available for large parties with an expansive kid’s menu.

The menu changes seasonally, and specials feature the freshest of the day’s catch. This season’s highlights are Shrimp and Grits, Crab Stuffed Flounder or Pan Seared Duck Breast. Since the restaurant's inception in 1985, the Sanderling Blue Crab Chowder has been a favorite.

The Lifesaving Station maintains an impressive wine list. At the newly renovated No 5 Bar now located on the first level, local North Carolina breweries are featured on tap while specialty cocktails include “Keeper’s Watch” . A new No 5 bar food menu is available all day.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary Southern, Comfort Food
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:30 am Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–4:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (252) 449-6654
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    We offer private event space for up to 24 guests. Please contact info@sanderling-resort.com for more info!
  • Private party contact
    Coleen Holcomb: (252) 449-6654
  • Neighborhood
    Duck
  • Parking details
    None
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 731 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Great for brunch

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Great for scenic views

  • Outer Banks

    Most Booked

731 Reviews
  1. DonnaW

    New York City

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    For lunch, we revisited The Sanderling Resort, where we stayed 15 years ago for another family reunion. Lunch was al fresco at the Lifesaving Station. It was a warm, sunny afternoon and we set on the deck enjoying a light breeze while viewing the sound. My husband had the wedge salad made with iceberg lettuce, cherrywood smoked bacon, lardon, heirloom tomato, blue cheese dressing and grilled chicken. I selected the blackened tuna sandwich that included lettuce tomato, smoked bacon and a spicy Wasabi Aioli…delicious!

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  2. Mayoplan

    Greater Boston

    152 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    152 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you’re staying at the Sanderling, you must go to the Life Saving Station, the restaurant for the property. The service at the bar was great. The wine list is good and the menu is good and interesting. The “Brick Chicken” was good. The bartender is diligent and serves a great drink. See what you think of the “perfect margarita”, I thought too sour, but the concept of “perfect” is subjective. Breakfast was good with the Sanderling Crab Benedict

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cute restaurant- restored lifesaving station. Lots of antique nautical items and old photographs displayed throughout the building. Server was excellent- prompt, knowledgeable, and friendly. Everything you want from wait staff. Food was incredible- fresh bread and real butter provided, appetizers of squash soup and clam chowder and entrees of beet salad and fish of the day (swordfish). Highly recommend

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is about our 10th time at the Lifesaving Station. It is quaint and lovely and the staff are very attentive. We enjoyed the BBQ salmon and the filet mignon. Both were excellent. Each was cooked perfectly. My only (slight) complaint is that the wine list is restricted.

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  5. TaraA

    New York City

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful sunset views. We started with the crab cake which was good. Burger never disappoints - juicy with a nice crisp on the outside.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The place was lovely, service was great. The only thing that was off was the filet mignon was way too salty on the outside. It just about ruined a great cut of meat. I had to trim off the outer layer. Everything else was most enjoyable.

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  7. JeanC

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Open table let me reserve a table at a restaurant that wasn't open, even though the restaurant's website said it was. Not a great part of our get-away day treat!

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  8. Kristine

    Richmond

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been to Life Saving Station many times, the food is always good and you can watch the sunset if you are there at the right time.

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  9. EdwardC

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Limited winter menu, but all delicious. Service was high tip worthy.

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  10. Anne

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took my mother there for her 83rd Birthday, yesterday for the 1st time. She loved it! We had the whole place to ourselves, shared a meal and had wine. It was great!

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  11. LaurenW

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Unfortunately our experience this visit wasn’t as good as previous ones. Service was slow and requests for glasses of wine and pitas for the crab day were left unfulfilled. Most meals were bland and the side of mac and cheese we ordered was down right rancid and inedible. We left disappointed.

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  12. BillW

    Wilmington

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Lunch was good. Service is very nice as well. The history related to the building is nature is also nice.

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  13. Sudi

    Richmond

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great place to ave a meal. Great seaside ambiance and a very pleasant staff! Even working on Christmas holidays, they were great!

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  14. PattyD

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Off-season, so we were the only ones there for the first hour or so, but the food and service was at the same level of quality as if it were a normal night.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was wonderful. As for noise level, we were there mid-morning, in the off-season. Not many people so definitely not loud but can’t comment on peak times.

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  16. MaryP

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    This seems like it would be a lively breakfast place, but was too bright and almost sterile in the dining room for dinner. A dimmer and table candles would help. Also need to soften the finishes so the sound isn’t bouncing all over the place. The servers seemed very friendly but a little overwhelmed even with only four or five tables (one was 9 people) when we were there at 7:30. The food was fine but not special - a crispy tofu plate with kimchi, a radish and a couple of baby bok choi was $37 and a small filet with mashed potatoes and broccolini was $65! Options are limited around Duck but we’ll pass on this one. There are better more comfortable choices close by.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was very good service was great! Have been there many times and never disappointed!!

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  18. TimC

    New York City

    43 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Just ok. Not many items in the menu. Service was slow due to one server working. Food was ok but could have been better

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  19. Lovely

    Greensboro

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food served professionally in a lovely setting.

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  20. GaryL

    Wilmington

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Not only did we wait 45 min for our food, the restaurant’s credit card terminal broke down and I had to leave and go home to get cash since the last thing I was going to do was leave my credit card information on paper to this disorganized group. The problem in my view originated in a non professional kitchen. Our burgers were cold but the fries were quite hot, so they didn’t even keep the sandwiches under a heat lamp. And, they were really thrown off (kitchen and wait staff) by a large party of about 20.

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  21. SteveM

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was outstanding. They were a little understaffed for the meal. Really nice place for dinner.

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  22. Happyhusband

    Atlanta Metro

    76 reviews

    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate breakfast & dinner at The Lifesaving Station. Both the food & service were excellent. We sat outside for both meals & watched the sunset.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best onion rings I have ever had. Very good service!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Overpriced - under performing food and service disappointing.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The food is great. Where the restaurant fails is service. The wait staff is not trained on differences in wine. No one greets you at reception. I had to twice go and look for someone to be seated.

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  26. JimM

    Greensboro

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was excellent. We always enjoy eating there.

    1 person found this helpful

  27. JohnZ

    New York City

    75 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fabian, our server was great. His recommendations were very helpful, but I think the kitchen let him down. the Burnt Ends were basically fat, not much meat.

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  28. OTFan

    New York City

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very nice restaurant to have a quiet dinner on the Outer Banks. Attentive service was provided by a polite and pleasant server. The history of the building is interesting. And, the dinner was excellent.

    1 person found this helpful

  29. SarahW

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was just so so and very expensive. We ordered the filet and it was a very tough/chewy cut of meat and $65

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was perfect! Drinks, food and ambience outside was 100% Service was amazing.

    1 person found this helpful

  31. VadimK

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Hot in restaurant, food is ok, but expensive for this offer

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  32. LarryP

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was overpriced and mediocre at best. A few dishes were good while others were just even edible.

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  33. Shaker242

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and everything was fine, nothing exceptional. The crab hush (over cooked or reheated) puppies and (frozen/thawed) strawberry (Sara Lee) shortcake (pound cake slice) were big disappointments. Not excited to return.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing and the service was great.  we are excited to go back for breakfast tomorrow. 

    1 person found this helpful

  35. MQDuck

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Food is very expensive - $65 filet - and mediocre.

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  36. ArthurC

    Wilmington

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    As the beautiful sunset was filtering through the nasty uncleaned glass windows, my skinny behind was painfully adjusting to the hardwood seating as we waited for our waiter to return after we consumed the appetizers. ...long story short the food was good but it surely was not the quality of a 5 Star Restaurant as the prices would indicate that they should be!!

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  37. MollieB

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Very unfriendly and poor service. Waiter failed to bring sugar and lemon and refill ice tea glasses when requested. When a grilled fish sandwich was ordered , he brought one of us a fried fish sandwich and when we called on this mistake, he smiled and denied the error and acted annoyed at us for saying anything! Gave us a very bad impression of the resort!

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  38. Mom2Bella

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We lucked out and we got a last minute outside seating reservation with Resy. We had a very enjoyable dining experience on a Friday evening, along with live music. We ordered 2 appetizers- crab dip & hush puppies, which were excellent. Dinner, although it took over 45 minutes to receive, was exceptional. I had the seared tuna with vegetables, which I thought was delicious. My husband enjoyed his pork chop and veggies. We were assured that the wait time for our food was an exception. Food was excellent, although a bit pricey.

    1 person found this helpful

  39. AngelaM

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We were told the catch of the day was flounder and ordered 2 of the catch of the day (flounder) and was brought salmon. When we asked the waiter said he didn't realize the catch of the day had changed to salmon then proceeded to take their plates and Sid he would come back with the flounder which was brought when everyone else was done with their food. he never once apologized. 2 people ordered bistro steak -- both ordered medium-- one was brought well that the other was brought almost raw. also went ahead and gambled and ordered desert the strawy short cake was terrible!!! the shortcake was a pice of old, dry, stale piece of shortcake that had been grilled to burnt. with almost no strawberries or whipped cream on it no one in the restaurant tried to apologize or make any of this right. Will never go back to that restaurant again.

    1 person found this helpful

  40. RobertK

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Sat outside and the atmosphere was great--- live music was a bit loud, even sitting a good distance. Food was UNBELIEVABLE! Our server was super talented and well suited for this upscale venue. Go, bring you wallet, and spoil yourself!!

    1 person found this helpful

FAQs

The Lifesaving Station - Sanderling Resort offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (252) 449-6654.

The Lifesaving Station - Sanderling Resort is rated 4.4 stars by 731 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Lifesaving Station - Sanderling Resort

1461 Duck Rd, Duck, NC 27949

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Duck
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:30 am Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–4:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary Southern, Comfort Food
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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