Enjoy Waterfront Dining at our Outer Banks Seafood Restaurant

At Basnight's Lone Cedar Café, we specialize in fresh and local Outer Banks seafood. If you’re craving the freshest fish, clams, crab, shrimp and oysters from local North Carolina waters, you’ll find them at the Lone Cedar Café.

For generations, Outer Banks families made their livings — and their daily meals — from the bounty of local waters, caught fresh every day. Our family, the Basnights, were part of that history, and we continue the tradition today by serving only the freshest Outer Banks seafood, caught in local waters and brought to our docks daily by local fishermen, then cleaned and prepared right here at the Lone Cedar Café. Our vegetables are “just picked” from North Carolina farms, we serve only all-natural beef and poultry and even our herbs and greens are grown in our own chemical-free garden on-site. Come enjoy delicious food, gorgeous sunsets and panoramic water views, the antics of our resident ospreys and our warm Southern hospitality.

The best view, food and drinks on the Outer Banks.
Join us at the Osprey Lounge at Basnight’s Lone Cedar Café where you can enjoy a birds-eye view of our osprey nest while sipping an exquisite wine, a beer or a specialty drink from our Osprey Lounge menu. The Osprey Lounge features 55 kinds of beer as well as eight on tap.

As if watching the jet skis and boats, the osprey flying to the nest with fish and the beautiful marshes at dusk is not enough entertainment, the Osprey Lounge also offers an array of live music. Entertainment varies, so please call for the latest information or check out outerbanksthisweek.com. Three big screen televisions always feature the best in sporting events. Cheer your team to victory while enjoying the nightly bar menu and the company of happy friends – both brand new and tried and true.

What Sets Basnight’s Lone Cedar Café Apart
At Basnight’s Lone Cedar Café, a family owned and operated restaurant, we’re committed to serving the freshest Outer Banks seafood caught only in North Carolina waters. At Lone Cedar, you won’t find any frozen, imported or farm-raised seafood of any kind. Nor will you find any frozen meats or canned vegetables stored in chemical preservatives or any mass-produced desserts.

Since it first opened in 1996, Basnight’s has been the restaurant where all the movers and shakers in the state would eat when they visted the barrier islands. Owned by Outer Banks native and former state Sen. Marc Basnight and his family, the restaurant, located on the Nags Head-Manteo causeway, is busy nearly all year long. But its lineage is not the reason it’s become so popular. Lone Cedar can boast that it serves only fresh local seafood caught by local fishermen, as well as the freshest North Carolina produce available.

Fresh caught clams, shrimp, oysters, crabs and finfish are selected daily and cleaned on premises in the fish-cleaning building adjacent to the restaurant. In season, an onsite crab shedder provides the freshest possible soft-shell crabs. Meat includes USDA Prime Harris Ranch All-Natural Black Angus Beef raised on all-natural vegetarian feed that is hormone- and antibiotic-free, as well as all natural Ashley Farms poultry and pork products from North Carolina farms. 

To top it off, chefs cook with fresh herbs picked from the restaurant’s own herb garden; desserts are made from scratch by an in-house pastry chef; deep-fried foods are prepared with natural, no trans-fat soybean oil; and a 2,000-bottle wine cellar is on expansive premises. Not to mention the restaurant’s panoramic view of the Roanoke Sound and its glorious sunsets; a full-service bar that includes 55 beers with five on tap; an attractive gift shop; authentic Outer Banks décor and memorabilia; and decks where diners can spy on ospreys Lucy and Ricky building the family nest and raising their chicks. Dancing and live music are available on some nights throughout the year in The Osprey Lounge

Here’s what you will find at the Lone Cedar…
• The best fresh-caught fish, clams, crab, shrimp and oysters—hand-selected by our fish monger and cleaned on premise in our fish-cleaning building. We even shed our own soft crabs in season.

• Quality meat products including USDA Prime Angus Beef raised on all-natural vegetarian feed that is free of hormones and antibiotics, and all-natural poultry and pork products from North Carolina farms.

• “Just-picked” vegetables from North Carolina farmers prepared simply and seasoned with fresh herbs picked from our own herb garden.

• Your favorite deep-fried selections prepared using an all-natural 100% soybean oil that is carb free with no cholesterol or trans fats.

• Delicious down home, favorite desserts handmade from scratch daily by our pastry chef.

• A 2,000-bottle traditional 55 degrees wine cellar.

The Osprey Lounge, a favorite gathering spot for locals and visitors with live music regularly.

• A panoramic view of the Roanoke Sound from every seat—you can watch Lucy and Ricky, our resident osprey family, build their nest and raise their young, check the crabs in our shedders and enjoy gorgeous sunsets.

• An all-green restaurant to help preserve our environment.

• A gift shop offering treasures to take home as reminders of your wonderful vacation on the Outer Banks.
• Full-service Outer Banks catering.

• A heart-felt welcome from everyone at Lone Cedar that makes you feel like family.

The Top Outer Banks Catering

We’re especially proud that Lone Cedar has earned a reputation as one of the top in Outer Banks catering. We are honored to be a part of so many meaningful gatherings – Outer Banks weddings and rehearsal dinners, birthdays, bridal lunches, reunions, business meetings, parties and more. We have an entire staff dedicated to our Outer Banks catering events. Our chefs both trained at the Culinary Institute of America, and they bring their excellence and passion for food to your Outer Banks catering event. We have two catering coordinators to make sure your events goes exactly as planned, and our staff is experienced and seasoned, ready to bring the professionalism that refines your event.

Outer Banks catering, as you might know, is a competitive business, so the fact that we are the recommended resource by so many Outer Banks wedding planners, event coordinators and locals means a lot to us. Click here for details about Lone Cedar Catering.


7623 S. Virginia Dare Trail
Nags Head, NC 27959
(252) 441-5405

Nags Head
*Off-season hours may vary*
Call 252-441-5405 for current hours.
  • Tuesday04:30PM-08:30PM
  • Wednesday04:30PM-08:30PM
  • Thursday04:30PM-08:30PM
  • Friday04:30PM-09:00PM
  • Saturday04:30PM-09:00PM
  • Sunday04:30PM-08:30PM
Brew Thru

No trip to the Outer Banks is complete without cruising through Brew Thru, the Outer Banks’ original drive thru convenience store. Whether you’re looking for a refreshing cold beverage of Coke, Pepsi and other soft drinks on the go, stocking up your cooler with refreshments to enjoy at the beach or piling up on beer and wine for a party, Brew Thru is a fun and unique experience all vacationers need to see for themselves.

Drive-Through Beer & Gear

Brew Thru is Your One-Stop Shop at the Beach

The year was 1977, and Dana and Becky Lawrentz were chatting with friends over brews in their hometown of Akron, Ohio. They got to talking about a gas station convenience store in the area that had built a makeshift drive-through. Everyone agreed it would be pretty great if you could actually drive through a convenience store and pick up everything you needed without getting out of the car. But what would you call a place like that?

Well, you’d call it a Brew Thru.

It was an idea they couldn’t shake, so the Lawrentzes moved to the Outer Banks and built the first Brew Thru with the help of a partner. The idea was that people could come buy everything they would need for their trip to the beach—beer, wine, soft drinks, snacks, ice—without getting out of the car. That same year, a t-shirt salesman visiting the store and talked them into adding t-shirts to their product line—and 44 years later there are now more than five million Brew Thru t-shirts out in the wild.

The Lawrentzes’ daughter Brandy and her husband Philip Foreman purchased the business from them in 2002, and they now operate five locations across the Outer Banks.“We love being the one-stop shop for folks on the way to their beach house,” Foreman says. “Our car tenders are the friendliest people at the beach. We’re here to greet you, get you everything you need for your trip, load it up in the trunk for you, and have you leaving with a smile on your face.”

The store is quite expansive, featuring more than 100 brands of beer, dozens of wines and even a vast selection of cigars—not to mention all the snacks, t-shirts and other gear. To make ordering a little easier, customers in line get a menu—fondly known as the Summer-y—that outlines everything available at the store. These Summer-ies are also available in many of the beach rentals, which allows vacationers to decide what they want before driving through.

For customers who would like to get out and stretch their legs, there’s the Brew Thru Shop in Kill Devil Hills, where you can find their world famous t-shirts and other gifts. New t-shirt designs are created each year, making a yearly Brew Thru t-shirt a favorite of locals and annual visitors to the Outer Banks.

The Foremans both grew up in the Outer Banks, and they love that Brandy’s parents’ vision for a friendly and convenient place for people to grab their brews and other beach stay essentials is continuing to flourish.

“Our family has been welcoming people to the Outer Banks since 1977,” Foreman says. “We love this beautiful place, and we want everybody to get to enjoy it.”

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