Lunch Menu

A Blend of Pacific Rim & Caribbean Dishes

Surfing into 20 years of service The Rundown Cafe has evolved into a fusion restaurant of cuisine and atmosphere. Staying true to our roots of casual affordable family dining we have also taken on the adventure of traveling the world’s island archipelagos and exotic countries to bring you the menu and motif that is before you now.

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 developed into a blend of Pacific Rim & Caribbean dishes.

Since our inception in 1993 we’ve grown into a bigger building and completed the addition of the Tsunami Bar & Deck. From our ocean view & friendly smiles to our relaxed -casual atmosphere, The Rundown Cafe & Tsunami Bar brings the island experience to you.

**You are currently viewing our 2019 menu. Expect exciting updates coming soon upon reopening in March 2020!**


Rundown Soup:
Our namesake… A traditional Jamaican soup of fish, coconut milk, onions, tomatoes & yams
Cup  … 3.95 or Bowl  … 5.95

Soup of the Day:
Cup … 3.95     Bowl … 5.95

**Hawaiian Poke:
Raw sesame soy marinated sushi grade Ahi tuna on a wonton crisp over ginger slaw w/ wakame seaweed salad … 10.95

Fish Bites:
Chunks of marinated game fish lightly fried & served w/ a honey jerk spice dipping sauce … 8.50

*CP’s Dip: (GF   V)
Black beans, toasted coconut rice, salsa, jalapenos, guacamole & sour cream in a bowl served with tortilla chips … 7.50

Buffalo Chicken “Crack Dip” & Salsa 
A cup of salsa & a Texas Pete infused cheesy chicken dip served with tortilla chips … 8.95

Humboldt Calamari Points:
Panko breaded calamari points fried golden brown.  Served with a lemon wedge & a spicy thai red pepper glaze … 8.50

Coconut Shrimp:
Lightly fried jumbo shrimp breaded in flake coconut and served with mango habanero dipping sauce … 8.50

Hummus Salad w/ Grilled Flat Bread: (V)
Spiced, mashed chickpeas with tahini, garlic, & lemon juice served with flat bread … 7.95

*Nachos Supreme:
A massive bowl of tortilla & root chips topped with black beans, melted cheese, jalapenos, lettuce, tomato, sour cream & guacamole … 9.95

*Cheese Fries:
Basket of french fries smothered with a blend of melted cheddar-jack cheese … 5.50

Chips & Salsa: (GF   V)
Fried tortilla & root chips served w/salsa … 2.95  Add a cup of Queso … 2.50(V)

*Boneless Buffalo Wings:
Breaded boneless chicken wings tossed in a spicy buffalo sauce … 8.50

Keto Veggies: (GF   V)

Healthy assorted steamed veggies topped with grated parmesan cheese … 8.50

Key West Smoked Fish Dip:
A rich spread of smoked gamefish, cream cheese, jalapenos, and red onion served with tortilla chips and fresh lemon … 9.95

Large Steamed Shrimp: Spiced, steamed shrimp Traditional or Jerk Paste    1/2 lb…10.95    1 lb…17.95
Add Steamed Veggies GF
* ~ Denotes Spicy
** ~ Consumer Advisory – Consuming raw or undercooked meat, fish, and shellfish may increase your risk of food borne illness 
GF ~ Denotes Gluten Free
V ~ Denotes Vegetarian 


We create a massive salad of Spring Mix and seasonal vegetables. Then you choose the topping…

Coconut Fried Shrimp: … 12.95
Grilled Shrimp: … 12.95
Grilled Game Fish: … 12.95
Coconut Fried Chicken: … 11.95
Grilled Chicken Breast: … 10.95
Grilled Portobella Mushroom, Artichoke Hearts and Fried Eggplant: (V) … 12.95
Fried Fish Bites: … 12.95

We top your salad with crispy wontons.  You choose the dressing……Journeys End, Ginger Vinaigrette  GF, Blue Cheese, Ranch  GF, Peanut Dressing  GF or Honey Vidalia Cider Vinaigrette  GF

Side Salad:  A healthy blend of romaine & veggies.  An excellent start to any meal … 4.50


Your choice of 3 regional Asian inspired broth filled with noodles, vegetables, fresh herbs, and corresponding accompaniments.

*Spicy Thai Lemon Grass with Fish:
Lo mein noodles in a spicy lemongrass broth with mushrooms, napa cabbage, spring onions, cilantro, and an oriental chargrilled gamefish filet. Finished with crispy wontons…$13.95

Vietnamese Pho with Chicken:
Glass noodles in an exotic spiced aromatic stock filled with grilled chicken, seasonal vegetables, mushrooms, spring onions, and herbs…$10.95

*Malaysian Curry with Shrimp:
Lo mein noodles in a mildly spicy Massaman curry broth with spring vegetables, crisp herbs, and grilled shrimp. Finished with crispy wontons and a lime wedge…$13.95


A chilled spicy blend of sesame & soy infused noodles. Tossed with hints of Asian flavors, mixed veggies, crushed peanuts and crowned with wonton crisps.

Grilled Game Fish: … 12.95
Grilled Shrimp: … 12.95
Humboldt Calamari Points: … 12.95
Coconut Fried Shrimp: … 12.95
Coconut Fried Chicken: … 11.95
Tempura Fried Soft Shell Crab: … 13.95
Grilled Chicken Breast: … 10.95
Plain: (V) … 7.95


All entrees below are served with black beans, toasted coconut rice, and salsa. We will be happy to substitute french fries, roasted potatoes or steamed veggies for $1.50.

Baja California Fish Tacos:
2 lightly fried fish tacos served with cabbage, tomatoes, & our Baja sauce … 12.95

**Hawaiian Poke Bowl:
Aromatic jasmine rice topped with raw sesame soy marinated sushi grade raw Ahi tuna, ginger peanut edamame, Asian slaw, and crispy wontons … 13.95

Fish or Chicken Taco Platter Supreme:
Grilled game fish or chicken with our BBQ sauce, flour tortillas, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, & cheese
Fish … 12.95     Chicken … 9.95

Jerk Fish or Chicken: (GF)
Grilled game fish or chicken topped with our jerk paste, grilled pineapple & sour cream  
Fish … 12.95     Chicken … 9.95

*Polynesian Ginger Chicken: (GF)
Chunks of boneless chicken, broccoli & zucchini sauteed in our special tangy ginger pineapple sauce … 9.95

Coco Loco Chicken:
Coconut coated chicken breast fried & served with our zesty key lime pineapple glaze … 9.50

*Baja Fish Burrito:
Grilled gamefish wrapped in a flour tortilla with cheese, black beans, BBQ sauce, jalapenos & diced tomatoes.  Served with sour cream, toasted coconut rice & salsa … 12.95

*Chicken Quesadilla:
A spicy mix of chicken & cheese with tomatoes … 8.95

Chicken Pot Pie:
A buttery puff pastry filled with a slow simmered chicken, onion, celery and pea medley… 8.95

* ~ Denotes Spicy
** ~ Consumer Advisory – Consuming raw or undercooked meat, fish, and shellfish may increase your risk of food borne illness
GF ~ Denotes Gluten Free
V ~ Denotes Vegetarian 


All sandwiches come with lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise and are served with chips & salsa. We will be happy to replace your chips & salsa with black beans & toasted coconut rice, steamed broccoli w/ parmesan or french fries for $1.50. All burgers are served with fries

Fish Sandwich:
Grilled gamefish…… Whatever is freshest! … 12.95

Rundown Burger:
add swiss, cheddar, or American cheese … .75   
add bacon … 1.00

Jerk Burger:
Topped with our own freshly made spicy jerk paste & melted swiss cheese … 9.50  

Hula BBQ Bacon Burger:
Topped with our spicy BBQ sauce, bacon, & cheddar cheese … 9.50  

Aloha Veggie Burger: (V)
A grilled garden burger with swiss cheese, grilled pineapple, & honey mustard … 9.50   
***To spice it up add a little jerk paste…..  .50

Coco Loco Chicken Sandwich:
 A coconut breaded chicken breast fried & served with a side of zesty key lime pineapple glaze … 9.50

Tempura Fried Soft Shell Crab Sandwich:
Lightly battered jumbo soft crab … 13.95

Will’s BBQ Chicken Sandwich:
Chicken breast with bacon, swiss, & our spicy BBQ sauce … 9.50

Big Wave Dave:
Grilled chicken breast with grilled pineapple & swiss cheese … 9.50

Sicilian Trifecta Sandwich: (V)
Grilled portobello mushroom, fried eggplant, roasted red pepper & melted mozzarella cheese … A perfect bet with a whipped olive oil herb spread. 9.95

Humboldt Calamari Steak Sandwich:
A panko-breaded & lightly fried calamari steak … 11.95


We will be happy to replace your side with black beans & toasted coconut rice, steamed broccoli w/ parmesan, roasted potatoes, fries, or chips & salsa for $1.50. 

Peanut Butter & Jelly:
Served with chips … 4.50

Cheese Pizza: … 6.95

Chicken Nugget Basket:
Breaded Boneless Chicken Served with fries … 9.50

Grilled Cheese:
Served with fries … 5.95

Fish Bite Basket:
Served with fries … 10.50


Pineapple Upside Down Cake:
A traditional upside-down cake topped with a Myers rum caramel sauce … 5.95

Key Lime Pie:
Not too sweet….not too tart … 4.95

Ice Cream & Hot Fudge:
Vanilla ice cream topped with hot fudge … 3.95

Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae:
Served with ice cream, warm fudge, & whipped cream … 7.50


Flat Bread … 1.95
Fries … 2.50
Ginger Slaw … 1.95
Roasted Potatoes … 2.25
Steamed Broccoli … 2.50
Guacamole Small … 1.50   Large … 2.95


“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...”