Dinner Menu

A Blend of Great Seafood, Coastal & Asian fusion Cuisine

Welcome to the Rundown Cafe! 2020 marks our 28th year offering great & plentiful food at a reasonable price in a family-friendly atmosphere. Whether you are a local or out-of-town visitor, a regular or joining us for the first time, here for a great meal or just enjoying a drink & our ocean view, we are glad you are here, thankful for your business, & will do all we can to ensure you have a great time & look forward to welcoming you back again & again.

Our name is derived from a Jamaican Soup that ‘Ran down so goooood mon’. We imported the name and the soup and so began our journey. Over the years our menu has evolved into a great blend of Coastal and Asian fusion cuisine. We scratch make everything we can in-house including nearly every sauce, dressing, broth, soup and dessert.

Since our inception in 1993, we’ve grown into a bigger building and completed the addition of our Ocean-view Deck. We serve plentiful, scratch-made food at reasonable prices and serve it with friendly smiles in our relaxed-casual atmosphere!



“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...”