I wouldn't recommend this restaurant to any of my friends. We arrived 6:15 and we were asked to sit and wait but the couple behind us were asked to go upstairs to wait until their table opened up. We didn't feel welcome at all. My wife and I will not be dining at The Life Saving Station ever again.
Without question, dining at the Lifesaving Station - Sanderling is one of the most rewarding experiences ever!!!! I have been there many times, and each and every time, the food, atmosphere and service are top notch!!!!!! It is definitely a "bucket list" item, if you have never been before.
Went for Thanksgiving and was assured of an appropriate kid's menu only to arrive and told there was no food for children under 2 available nor would the chef accommodate. With a party of 6 @ $55/person, the chef also wouldn't allow simple side dish substitutions. My 1 year old doesn't like Rockfish or Ribeye, sorry, and what family restaurant at a resort doesn't have macaroni and cheese?
The wait staff were rough around the edges, smelled of cigarettes and seemed frazzled. There was no ambiance in the upper dining area and there was a fly buzzing around us all night.
Also, this may seem picky, but the traditonal Thanksgiving turkey dinner option was processed white meat and no cranberry sauce was included.
For the high price point, the experience was lacking in every area and the service was lackluster. I would not return or recommend for a holiday meal.
We had a great lunch (corn/crab chowder was excellent) and outstanding breakfast (omelets and biscuits are wonderful).
However, we had a couple of issues on our visits to the Lighthouse this time at the Outer Banks.
First, when we came for lunch and breakfast we had to wait about 5 minutes for any host/hostess to show up to seat us, and then the attitude was one of seeming to do us a favor by seating us.
When we arrived for the Thanksgiving dinner we discovered that we were seated upstairs (we did not know there was an upstairs). Since two of our party could not climb stairs we had to wait 20 minutes for a table, and 5 us of us were seated at a table for 4. We were constantly "in the way" of someone--waitress or other diners. Then the dinner was just ok. Aside from the soup, everything was served lukewarm and seemed to have been re-heated rather than fresh. While it is difficult to serve such large numbers on a holiday we have had better at the Lighthouse and other places. The waitress was excellent under very trying circumstances.
Got our order wrong and overcooked the duck entree. Once that was fixed, the food was very good. There were only two other tables of people when we were there but the service was pretty bad. We thought it was overpriced.
Great staff, wonderful food. Perfect way to end the day.
Food and service were wonderful. Attractive setting.
First night in Corolla so tried the Life Saving Station. Epic heroic story behind the building's history. We were put upstairs: view could have been good but lot of post hurricane condensation on windows. Very few other diners upstairs so lacked atmosphere. Lovely steak for me and risotto for my wife. Not cheap.
Went here with my sister and brother in law and my husband. We have all eaten in a wide variety of restaurants around the world, but have never felt we have had such poor service, food , or staff incompetency .
The list of mistakes, errors and slip ups are so numerous. Ranging from bread removed from another table brought to ours, wine arriving late, no cutlery , one starter having to be returned three times, gluten free toast taking half an hour to arrive, very small portions, tasteless food, and a very expensive final bill.....
On speaking to a manager we were only offered one starter cost subtracted from the menu, we spoke to staff in the resort twice and are awaiting further contact from a food and beverage director . We have been contacted by the manager again but the outcome was very unsatisfactory .
Do not eat at this restaurant.
We ate at the Lifesaving Station while staying at the Sanderling Resort. Would call it modestly good, but nothing to write home about. Moreover the prices are not much lower than the Sanderling's other spot Kimballs where we also dined. Kimballs is more upscale and the sunset views are beauts.
We also dined at the Lifesaving Station for breakfast three days and one can only say while fairly priced and perfectly acceptable the service totally discombobulated.
For a good lunch or breakfast nearby the Duck Deli is perfect. The Blue Point Restaurant in Duck is superb--ate there twice. Actually, in our view superior to Kimballs except for ambiance.
Wonderful service, food terrific. Can't beat it if you are staying at the Sanderling Resort.
We had heard good things about the Life Saving Station, but it exceeded our expectations. Everything was top-notch.
The bugs when we left were awful and we should have been warned as we left the restaurant. The bugs thousands swarmed around us. I think they are midges. Service from Barbara was excellent.
Not out first time to this restaurant but was as good or better than in past. Really enjoy outdoor dining and wait staff is so friendly and helpful.
Food was ok, service wasn't super friendly. In fact we asked to sit on a patio, they had to check to see if that was ok (even though their sign actually advertises outdoor seating) while waiting we heard a waitress mocking us for asking to sit outside because they had to carry the food out and we'd have to deal with the flies. Then we get swarmed by flies and have to be moved inside. So apparently it was worth mocking behind the corner us for asking to sit outside but not really worth telling us the flies were bad this week and we shouldn't....
I have been to the life saving station many times over the last 25 years . We even had our daughter's wedding at the Sanderling 2 years ago and it was just spectacular.
We dined at the Life Saving Station on August 23 and I was looking forward to a steak. My husbands soup was served lukewarm, but my salad was very good.
The real disappointment came when the steak was served. It appeared dried out as if it had been under the warmer for quite awhile. The asparagus was good, but was drenched with the homemade barbeque sauce. The interior of the steak was pink and tender, but still "dry" tasting. I will certainly be back, but I was disappointed for the first time!
After a brief wait for our waiter to say hello and bring water, the manager came to our table and apologized that our waitress have three tables check out at the same time. He took our drink order and food order and everything was perfect! Best pork chops and grits!
This was our first visit to Sanderling. We had a lovely time, the food, staff and amenities were all wonderful. We will return.
One of our favorite places for lunch, and now one of our favorite places for dinner! Excellent choice for either! Service was outstanding, food incredible!
Excellent food, and friendly service. Nice subtle upscale ambience.
as guests of the resort, we ate several meals here. food was very good, decor is cute and beach appropriate. everyone was extremely helpful and pleasant. you did get a sense that they may have been a bit short staffed, possibly due to the end of the season? but all in all it was a good experience
Very nice dinner out. I had the tomato tartlet appetizer (excellent) and the wahoo fish of the day (pretty good but was surprised at the curry glaze as our waitress skipped that in her description). My husband had the fried chicken and he loved it.
While the view is beautiful the food is only decent and the service is a bit slow. It is a pretty place and very nice for a romantic date but isn't the best I've had.
Place was just OK . Not really anything special. Food sort of bland. Not bad but not good for the price. We did go to the bar after dinner and the bartender Mark was sort of an interesting guy. Sort of out there but a nice guy to talk to. He most likely made this review better. Would go back to see Mark .My wife agrees with this review and she is sot of a foodie.
Got a strange vibe from the get go. The table next to us was complaining and the server said they would adjust the bill. Server seemed condescending.
I ordered Lump Crab ceviche with avocado and watermelon. There was no avocado, was not lump crab and was very hot (spicy). I told the server there was no avocado. She checked with the kitchen and came back to say it's out of season! They did not charge for the appetizer. A salad with mixed greens and blueberries had neither. Spinach and grapes were "substituted." My tuna was dry as was the hummus it was on. They menu said it also came with arugula salad. There were three pieces of wilted arugula. The scallop entree had 3 small scallops. My son said his duck breast was very good
Took a long time to get the bottle of wine that we ordered.
Also, took a long time for the server to get our payment. When she finally came she said, "Oh, you're paying by credit card." I guess she thought we were guests of the resort.
Surprised to see a hole in the wall in the men's room. Looked like someone put their hand through it.
Anyway, it was a strange and disappointing experience .
We had not been back in several years and enjoyed our meal and the service very much. Our only knock, and this was based o our decision on when to dine, was that we ate late (as is our practice) and were among the last diners that evening. In this instance they were limited in some of the specials and menu options and one of us had to settle for our second choice. We realize that this is a risk we run when eating late but were a bit disappointed nonetheless since the specials sounded wonderful.
Good food in a great setting with excellent service. However the portions were tiny and very expensive . Overall it was not a good value in my opinion
Sat by a window, flies on the window
Food was too hot, like it came out of microwave
Visited this week after having a great meal here a few years back. The place has gone downhill. I am rarely one to complain but I almost asked to speak to the manager. Food was terrible, service was slow, and they tried to pass low quality liquor as top shelf. Waitress was nice enough but overall the place should be avoided like the plague.
The staff was great! They were friendly and fun. It is not often you can watch a bar tender shake a drink bouncing up and down. Very entertaining indeed! The entire staff made our dining experience a pleasant, one from the moment we walked into the door, until we left for the evening. The food is incredible! Fresh ingredients make all the difference. The chef takes great pride to ensure you have an amazing dinner experience – visually and on your palate. We had dinner at the Lifesaving Station twice and once for breakfast. We would definitely go again when in the area, and we would recommend this restaurant to everyone, whether local to the area or just visiting.
We went to the Life Saving Staion to celebrate one year anniversary of employment. The food was delicious, service was friendly. Our waitress was charming. I would recommend the Life Saving Station to everyone.
Good variety. A little pricey for lunch. Nice to have this option for dining in the Duck and Northern Beach area. Not much to choose from up on this end of the Outer Banks.
Was at Sanderling for wedding anniversary. Booked same day at Lifesaving Station and was pleasantly surprised. We thought being the "cheaper" on grounds dining option the food wouldn't keep up with more expensive options. The seafood was top notch and the service was wonderful. Had a laid back and romantic meal watching the sunset. It was quiet and relaxed even though the resort was booked solid. They gave us a free dessert to help celebrate. Cocktails were also very well prepared. Sanderling has become a family tradition and we look forward to our next visit and dining here again!
The food at The Lifesaving Station was fantastic, and it is definitely worth visiting for that reason. My husband and I both started with the blue crab chowder, which was not too heavy and had both plenty of crab and vegetables. He had the tenderloin, and I had the flounder. Both dishes were tasty, well-cooked and light. The cocktails that we had to complement the meal were delicious as well. The historic nature of the building and the objects on display inside of the building lent character and created a unique experience. On the flip side, the service was slow and our server seemed very harried, so that aspect could be improved. In addition, the combination of the poor acoustics and the number of children in the restaurant made the downstairs dining room rather noisy. We had hoped for a quieter, more romantic experience, but the majority of diners were families with children. Go for the food and just be cognizant of the atmosphere, depending on the type of dining experience you want.
This is one of our go-to spots when we are staying at the resort, mainly for the convenience but the food is also solid if a bit pricey. Downstairs is much nicer and quieter than upstairs.
The service was absolutely terrible. They were understaffed and our waitress was rude, didn't smile and acted like she was about to quit. It took a completely unreasonable time to order drinks and our food. The food was decent, but the service really made the entire experience a gigantic fail.
We have had dinner here a few times and it has always been very good. I started with the salad with blueberries and pecans. Quite good. My main course was a scallop dish with angel hair pasta and succotash. Everything was fresh and so delicious. We reccomend!
The kitchen does not appear to be able to keep up with the number of people dining. Additionally there are not enough waiters and runners to help move things along. While we will never dine here again (our first time) if you do the food was pretty good. We would recommend the chowder, tuna and flounder.
The seared tuna was excellent but the vegetable risotto was fairly mediocre. The risotto wasn't the creamy risotto that we expected but had more of a barley texture.
We eat here on every visit and find it consistently excellent.