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The Lifesaving Station - Sanderling Resort

4.2
4.2
609 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 17 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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 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

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What 609 people are saying

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Great for Lunch

  • Outer Banks

    Most Booked

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  1. P

    Pama9912

    London

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great food and wine menu! Waitresses are great but hostess no very polite!
  2. JS

    JoeS

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fast service and great atmosphere. Beautiful outdoor dining available. Food was all great.
  3. GG

    GolferGirl

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was expensive but quality was outstanding. Service was excellent .
  4. FA

    FrancesA

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Nice menu. Interesting venue.
  5. K

    Kevin

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Great food, plenty of help but service was very slow. 25 minutes bedore anyone greated our table!0
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    Ate outside the view of Duck road and traffic didn’t had to the experience
  7. DG

    DennisG

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    this restaurant has a very nice ambiance, and the staff are helpful and supportive. The food is good, but there is a limited menu and the food is overpriced.
  8. MC

    MauraC

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Angel was an amazing server. The oysters fresh, tuna cooked perfectly and ambiance was intimate.
  9. AS

    AnnS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Staff is absolutely wonderful! So is the food! Highly recommend!
  10. RM

    RichardM

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great services and food.
  11. F

    Foodie

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious dinner entrees and deserts. Prompt, efficient, friendly service.
  12. PC

    PriscillaC

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Service was our biggest issue. We ordered wine but it wasn't chilled. Brought it in an ice bucket but never came back to serve so we served ourselves. Apps were delivered but entrees were delivered on top of apps. Wasn't even room to put the plates on the table so I held the used plates until the server finished putting the new plates on the table. We spent $400 for 4 so I'd expect a bit more service and attention then we got. Not my first time eating here but definitely the worst experience to date.
  13. EB

    ErikaB

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Simple but delicious. Service a bit slow but good. Breakfast was great!
  14. TJ

    TJScott

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Dined on a busy Saturday night. Cocktails were good but disappointed by the pour size. Crab hush puppies were excellent. Entrees were ok. Service was very good. Would not visit the restaurant unless staying at the resort.
  15. l

    luvtruffles

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service ambiance and outstanding food!
  16. DL

    DavidL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    Average food at high prices, little ambience on a Friday night
  17. AB

    AnneB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Except for the issues with our reservation, the food, ambiance, and service were very good. I had to pay $20 to make a reservation for 3 through Open Table. I had choices of 7:15 and 7:45 and chose the latter. Then my husband wanted to go at 7:15. So I called back 5 minutes after I made the 7:45 reservation to shift it back to 7:15. The woman answering the phone refused to shift the reservation more than 5 minutes, even when I said I’d pay the GD fee again. For this reason, I WILL NOT be returning to the Life-Saving Station. SO discourteous!!
  18. TK

    ToriK

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We arrived early and decided to sit at the bar for service. We were the first people at the bar and greeted by the bartender wish pack of enthusiasm or any personable interaction. It was sad to me and really set the stage for our meal. I almost felt as if we were a bother to her by sitting at the bar for dinner service. It’s to bad.
  19. KC

    KimberlyC

    Greensboro

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience2
    Terrible service. Kitchen can’t keep up with guests and no one manages the flow so you can wait up to an hour for your meal and no one tells you why or comes by to refill drinks or offer something while your waiting an hour for food. It’s not like there’s another choice at the resort for breakfast so your impacted by this mismanagement and utter lack of communication.
  20. T

    Thor

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, great food and drinks - awesome service and staff!
  21. MH

    MarybethH

    Detroit

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vacation dining at its finest. We ate here prior to going on a ghost crab tour. Although the crowd seemed like it was mainly comprised of The Sanderling guests, it was worth visiting. We had the tuna, shrimp carbonara, and two wonderful desserts.
  22. S

    Sunny

    Richmond

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The hostess was not well trained or welcoming. However, our server was very good as were our dinners. The building and resort needs some refurbishing.
  23. S

    Spirit

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    We went there for an early dinner (5PM) after a long day of activities. History and ambience is great. The food was outstanding: starters, entrées and desert cakes; all of it. Service was ok - not great or even outstanding. You would expect a much better service in such a fine dining restaurant. It was rather of the level of a moderate / average fast food chain :-( And it was expensive; we are used to expensive restaurants in the area where we live but it was even more expensive. Bottom line: if you go there for the food - do it. Hard to beat. But don’t expect a great experience.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience3
    Very disappointed with this dining experience. Been dining here for over 30 years. This was by far the worst meal I’ve ever had here. $30 Fried chicken dish consisted of one small piece severed with cold mashed potatoes that was clearly in the shape of an ice cream scooper, along with “cooked” carrots that were not cooked. Really disappointed.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great
  26. JI

    JImmyC

    New York Area

    65 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was a bit salty. We have eaten here for several years, so a bit disappointed.
  27. H

    Hopkinslax

    New England

    49 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    The food was good. Hush puppies were the best appetizer but the calamari and crab cakes were wonderful as well. Crab soup was spicy and tasty. Entrees we’re good as well Shrimp carbonara and fresh grilled fish were very good . I believe they must have been understaffed. Service was erratic but polite The hostess though was our biggest issue We were only able to make reservations for a table of 4 or less. There were 6 of us so we reserved a table for 4 and 2 and requested a month in advance that they be next to each other. When we arrived the hostess told us that was not possible and separated our family The room had only 3 other tables occupied Fortunately the waiter was very understanding and apologized and put us together. It was very unusual service for an OBX restaurant. The food was wonderful but the service really tainted the experience
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience1
    We had requested over a month in advance to be seated next to my parents. Upon arrival, the hostess advised it probably possible. When I indicated we had requested the same over a month in advance, she responded with, “I wasn’t here a month ago, so I have no idea.” They seated us in a sparsely filled dining room, and we requested again that we be seated together. A waiter moved us adjacent to my family, but said we could not be seated together even though a table of 8 was empty inside, many other indoor tables were empty and the outside had only 2 seated tables. The hostess appeared in the dining room twice to stare at us because we had asked to be move closer together. Her rudeness throughout was obvious. The food, while good, was delivered randomly- entrees before appetizers, drinks half way through the meal. Overall, I would suggest that you try one of the other restaurants on the Outer Banks — this is too pricey to be treated so badly and have such uncoordinated service. It’s just not worth the experience you get.
  29. J

    Jeff

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Very nice wait staff, but overall, slow. Food was OK. Clams weren't open, no knife, but rectified. Draft was warm-ish.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Management was great, staff amazing! Food was SO yummy!
  31. K

    Klavierman

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very well prepared food and very friendly service
  32. JB

    JBAX

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    We have been to the Lifesaving Station for years. This year may be our last. The service was good and we were welcomed and sat promptly (with a credit card secured reservation - first time having to do that and I am not a fan). The food was meh. We ordered the weekly Mahi special and it was bland. The crab hushpuppies were very small and overly crispy (burned) to eat/enjoy and came with no sauce. The bread service was good so we filled up on that. Main courses were overpriced and a lot higher than in previous years which was shocking and unfortunate. We spent over $250 for a modest meal: 1 app, 1 salad, split a main course, kids each had a meal, 2 drinks, no dessert.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Date night on vacation. Not terribly busy but the waitress killed it for what’s expected with current times. Ordered steak medium rare and it was excellent. Wife enjoyed her salmon. Drinks were fancy and not lacking in the portions. Solid restaurant.
  34. LB

    LindaB

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meal, wonderful service from the time I made the reservation. When you go you must try the crab cake appetizer! Out of this world delicious. Thank you for a great dinner experience. Most important, Thank you for offering reservations.
  35. MK

    MattK

    Poconos

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My family enjoyed a very nice dinner last night. The food was excellent, wide selection and perfect portion size. The service is very friendly and the entire staff work hard to make the experience pleasurable. Matt Keisling
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great atmosphere. All the staff were extremely nice and made for an awesome experience. Highly recommend.
  37. S

    Susan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff recommended an entrée and wine pairing that was outstanding. The food tasted fresh and local. I enjoyed conversing with the bar tender and rounded out the evening with one of the best desserts I've ever had - lemon blueberry mascarpone cake. 10/10 would recommend.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous experience. Cocktails, wine, food, service and music.
  39. TK

    TeresaK

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and service was excellent
  40. TL

    TLRJ

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    We had an excellent server. Food was overpriced and just average. Scallop dinner included just four small scallops. We also ordered dinners to go for family who hadn’t joined us and they made mistakes in the order and left out the appetizer. Still working on getting reimbursed for that. Other restaurants with comparable prices are much better. Not likely to return.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 4.2 stars by 609 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 17 times today
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

  • 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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