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Location & Hours

Notice: Our hours are 11-6 daily, unless posted here.  We are closed on Saturdays. 

We Know Outer Banks Seafood

Since 1985, Whalebone Seafood Market, located at the 16 ½ milepost on the bypass in Nags Head, has been the place for locally sourced North Carolina seafood in the area. Having lifelong relationships with the local Outer Banks fishermen (some of whom are cousins!) our market offers a daily selection of hand-picked, top-quality seafood from the surrounding waters. Upon entering our market, you will find a unique display of the freshest seafood available and a friendly, knowledgeable staff that can educate you and guide you to an unforgettable seafood feast.  When you buy from us, we guarantee it's the freshest Outer Banks seafood you can get anywhere.

What Seafood Do We Sell?

At Whalebone Seafood Market, the fresh options will change daily with the catch. Each morning, our fishermen haul in a new catch from the surrounding waters of the Outer Banks and deliver to our docks. Depending on the season and the weather conditions, each catch can be a boat loaded with a treasure of many delectable species of North Carolina Seafood.  From there, only the best quality makes the cut for the market display.  We clean, cut and prepare all of our locally sourced seafood to assure you the freshest product you will find. We also know that seafood lovers are fans of products that aren't caught locally, so you will also find your other favorites here as well.  On any given day, these are the items you may expect to be featured on display:

TUNA • SHRIMP • SEA SCALLOPS • MAHI • SWORDFISH •  FLOUNDER • WAHOO • GROUPER • SEABASS • TILE • RED SNAPPER • ROCKFISH • HALIBUT • SALMON • CRABMEAT • OYSTERS • CLAMS • MUSSELS • LOBSTER TAIL • LIVE LOBSTERS (ORDER IN HOUSE) • SOFT SHELL CRABS • BLUE CRABS • SNOW CRAB CLUSTERS • KING CRAB LEGS • DEVILED CRABS • HOUSE MADE CRAB CAKES & FISH CAKES • CRAB DIP • SEAFOOD SALAD • SMOKED TUNA SALAD • GATOR SAUSAGE • SLAW • HUSHPUPPIES • CORNBREAD • HOUSE MADE COCKTAIL  & TARTAR • MARINADES & MORE…

Steamed Dinners

These are a favorite from year to year and once you try one, you'll be hooked! Not your typical steamer pot, our way is easy, WE DO THE WORK …… A tradition from the docks of Wanchese, our dinners include your choice of seafood, potatoes, onions, sweet corn, lemon, house-made cocktail sauce, butter & Whalebone Seafood Market's House Made special seafood seasoning……spiced to your liking (choose mild, medium or heavy). Pick from one of our popular combinations or create your own!  Call by 3 p.m. and schedule your desired pick up time. Your dinner will be hot, in a disposable serving tray and ready to eat.  Time slots do get full, so the earlier you reserve, the better. Don’t forget the sides: seafood salads and appetizer dips, cornbread, hushpuppies and our delicious key lime pie!

Large Groups/Catering

We know how difficult it is to take a large group out to dinner, much less the cost to feed them all fresh seafood.  Give us a call and we can help you plan an experience that will not disappoint your appetite or your pocketbook. We can also, depending on the season, do an oyster or crab feast!

Other Products in Our Nags Head Shop

We also carry anything you will need to prepare or go along with your seafood feast: sauces, boils, breading, spices, marinades, corn, potatoes, onions, garlic butter, lemons, skewers, crackers, charcoal, foil and coolers. Our prepared crab and shrimp dips are delicious and we also prepare seafood salads and slaw, cornbread and hushpuppies.  We are known for our steamed shrimp by the pound.  Our #1 Jimmy crabs are a favorite and sell out daily. A must try is the Gator Sausage, lean and delicious.  Also available are beer, wine & our popular Crabby Mary mix. If you need dessert, be sure to try our key lime pie.  Don't leave without a souvenir koozie or t-shirt!