Rundown Cafe
Kitty Hawk, NC

An Outer Banks Ocean View Restaurant

Enjoy Outer Banks Dining at its Finest Restaurant in Kitty Hawk

Lunch, Dinner, Local seafood with a global island influence. We offer plentiful, scratch-made food at reasonable prices, and serve it with friendly smiles in our relaxed-casual atmosphere. Enjoy a cocktail on our ocean-view deck!

Live Music

Grab a drink and some food and listen to live music in the fresh salt air! Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 6PM – 9PM all summer long.

Our Hours

Thursday 11:30 to 9:30 ish

Friday 11:30 to 9:30 ish

Saturday 11:30 to 9:30 ish

Sunday noon to 9:30 ish

Monday 11:30 to 9:30 ish

Fried Chicken Night

Every Monday Night at 5PM in the Spring and Fall

Check Out Today's Dinner Specials!

Hula Deck

For some fresh air and dining alfresco head out to our ocean view deck and enjoy the grand Atlantic breeze or just check the surf. Soak up the sun and allow yourself to be serenaded with live Outer Banks music. Your taste buds will enjoy the flavors of our hula deck – only menu while you relax and let us take care of you with a smile. 

Tsunami Bar

Welcome to the Tsunami Bar! Here we have assembled a classic surf bar featuring vintage long boards from every era of surfing’s history. At the Tsunami bar you can order every tropical elixir that can be dreamt, 5 draft beers, and order from our extensive menu while you dine alfresco gazing upon the sea.

Step Inside

A 2 minute video that brings the Rundown vibe to life.


“We ate lunch here today and loved it!! The food and service were awesome!!!! We sat outside on the deck & the view is amazing!!!! We are frequently in the outer banks but have never tried this spot!!!!! So glad we did!!!! We’ll definitely be back soon


“Best place on the Beach to eat!! We have going to Run Down Cafe for over 10 years. The food is always delicious, the wait staff is really attentive, fun decor with a Caribbean vibe. The owner Michael puts his heart and soul into making it a place you want to return to often. Try the fish burritos or my favorite the huge salad with grilled tuna and Journey's End House Dressing. Yummy!”


“The food at Rundown Cafe is incredibly delicious. They offer a unique blend of dishes with bright decor and a beautiful ocean view. The staff is friendly and attentive. I would highly recommend anyone in the Outer Banks try it out!”


“We first ate here 3 years ago... it was what dreams were made of... We visited again today and AGAIN my food dream was fulfilled. There was ZERO disappointment. Unique, flavor-rich cuisine, you will not find this menu repeated anywhere!! Love... Love... Love...”