The conception of the Rundown Cafe began in early 1993. An idea born from tropical travel adventures and a love for like cuisine. Much of the world visited then by our team was the caribbean. A Jamaican soup that became a serious favorite was duplicated and imported along with the name; “The Rundown”…….”Because Mon it run down so goooood”. The name stuck as did the recipe, and to this day the soup by the same recipe is our namesake.

Over the years, we have collected many favorites as we visited the Pacific rim islands and countries. With this type of concept, our recipes developed over the years into the eclectic blend of Pacific Rim and Caribbean fusion that represents our menu. We just like to call it “Island Food” Simple, fresh, and hearty.

In the beginning, Kitty Hawk was a relatively sleepy village and along with Kitty Hawk, the Rundown grew into a bigger, more modern building with the addition of the Tsunami Bar and Hula Deck. Our property sits right along The Beach Road or old HWY 12 looking out over the Atlantic. Our deck is situated over our tropical koi pond which has proven to be great family entertainment for the kids and adults alike. So bring your quarters to feed the fish! Our mission has become an ideal of relaxation, value, and good healthy food. Our menu is ever-changing along with our travels, but we remain committed to affordable family fare, warm friendly smiles, and culinary excellence.




“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...”