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The Lifesaving Station - Sanderling Resort

4.5
4.5
631 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

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 631 people are saying

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Great for outdoor dining

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  1. R

    Rick

    Richmond

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have eaten here before and have always had a good experience. The staff are always friendly. The menu is very unique for a small restaurant. All the food was excellently prepared. Love the fire in the fireplace and the views out the window in the evening.
  2. HH

    HerbH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Food was good. Service a bit chaotic. Not enough staff for the number of tables being serviced. Hostess and bar tender were helping with table service in addition to their primary jobs. Service a bit unorganized and inconsistent.
  3. LB

    LoisB

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, excellent food. Tuna was delicious and so was the green salad. Wonderful atmosphere
  4. TH

    TrishH

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Food was good not fabulous. Great ambience. So-so service
  5. BB

    BusterB

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We have eaten Thanksgiving dinner here several times in the past. This time there was no Thanksgiving menu (appetizer, entree, dessert). In the past there was a special menu with choices in each category. This was all al la carte. They did have a turkey dinner (entree only) special and the portion was considerably smaller than in the past. The dressing was good, the turkey was good. The potatoes were terrible--didn't taste like potatoes at all. The dessert choices were limited. Service was mixed. No cranberry sauce served although part of entree menu. Had to ask for it. Rolls were plunked down after we were midway through the plates.
  6. PC

    PattyC

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Thanksgiving dinner - food was amazing and the staff did a nice job. You could tell they were working extra hard with all the additional people. We are grateful to all for a lovely thanksgiving experience.
  7. SW

    StephenW

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nicole was great
  8. DJ

    DonaldJ

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Tuna dinner was excellent; scallop dinner was a salty poor; vegetables overcooked. Wine was limited and pricey for the offering
  9. CD

    CarolD

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A quiet evening with delicious food and wonderful service.
  10. GP

    GaryP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a very nice anniversary dinner and a great breakfast. They were very Accommodating for gluten-free
  11. BW

    BrittanyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and fantastic ambience. We enjoyed our dinner at The Lifesaving Station.
  12. LF

    LoisF

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Excellent food and impeccable service on our latest visit.
  13. k

    kathyp

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ordered specials of the day. Both were delicious!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Lovely, delicious bistro steak.
  15. WR

    WayneR

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Outstanding in every regard. Very expensive, but worth it.
  16. AM

    AlbertoM

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food, drinks and service were awesome..
  17. AZ

    AnnZ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Shrimp Carbonara was good. Everything was very pricey. Diet Coke tasted very odd and a small glass cost $5.00. The service was good.
  18. LD

    LisaD

    Columbus

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Birthday. A fabulous job by the hostesses and wait staff pulling off special additions to the dessert ordered from the menu. Flawless service, great food.
  19. LF

    LoisF

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Our server was very pleasant but forgot to eliminate a vegetable from one plate as he had been asked to do. He also said that they had crème brûlée and then appeared with cheese cake.
  20. ME

    MichaelE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Shrimp carbonate was excellent. Actually didn't need the shrimp.
  21. JP

    JorgeP

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The staff was pleasant. Drinks were good. Food was expensive and disappointingly over-salted. My husband and I both noted the over seasoning.
  22. NG

    NateG

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    The food felt overpriced for what we received even when we were staying in a resort with expected rate hikes. $5 for a kids soda seems over the top. I never received the beer I ordered although the waitress did notice after we received our food but I felt it too late at that point. The food was good although not as hot as I would have expected for the length of time we waited. We also waited another 15 minutes for some ice cream to go which was laughable. Overall not a good experience and we won't be going back.
  23. P

    Pama9912

    London

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

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

    JoeS

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fast service and great atmosphere. Beautiful outdoor dining available. Food was all great.
  25. 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 .
  26. FA

    FrancesA

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Nice menu. Interesting venue.
  27. K

    Kevin

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Great food, plenty of help but service was very slow. 25 minutes bedore anyone greated our table!0
  28. 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
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. AS

    AnnS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

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

    RichardM

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great services and food.
  33. F

    Foodie

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious dinner entrees and deserts. Prompt, efficient, friendly service.
  34. 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.
  35. KB

    KikaB

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

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

    TJScott

    Richmond

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 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.
  37. l

    luvtruffles

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service ambiance and outstanding food!
  38. 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
  39. 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!!
  40. 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.

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 4.5 stars by 631 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
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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