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Tale of the Whale

40 Years and 3 Generations

It’s been 40 years since Don and Carole Bibey first opened Tale of the Whale Restaurant in Nags Head. The former airman and his wife had a vision and they set about making their dream a reality in 1980.

The Bibeys selected the name Tale of the Whale because of its location. The restaurant is situated near “Whalebone Junction” located on the Nags Head-Manteo Causeway. No other restaurants were using a whale motif at the time, and Don and Carole were both interested in “saving the whales” so the name they chose seemed appropriate.

As the years progressed, other family members came to work for Tale of the Whale. Dan Bibey, Don’s son, learned every aspect of the business from his father. After Don’s passing in 1997, Dan and his wife, Kathy, joined Carole who has been at the restaurant from day one and continues to this day. Dan and Kathy’s son Weston and their ”adopted son” Tim do their part in continuing the success of the family business as well. Since Tale of the Whale is centered on family, everyone pitches in.

Dan and the kitchen staff are always creating new dishes and specials, and as a result they have an extensive menu offering seafood, steaks, pasta, chicken and ribs. Two pages of Tale of the Whale’s menu are dedicated to Local Favorites including crab and shrimp au gratin, crab imperial and seafood kabobs—just to name a few. Dan uses locally sourced seafood from nearby waters as much as possible.

Inside the full-service restaurant, guests are treated to a casual dining experience while overlooking the beautiful Roanoke Sound. During the summer months Tale of the Whale offers live music on the deck nightly, Tuesday-Saturday. Patrons can listen to music while sipping on signature cocktails from the outside bar. This year, if all goes as planned, they are going to install a boat dock so patrons may stop in for a meal or quick bite after a day of boating.

Tale of the Whale has grown and things have changed in the 40 years since Don and Carole opened the restaurant but their vision has not. They still, and will always “serve good food in ample portions with superior serve in a comfortable setting.”

Stop in to dine at Tale of the Whale, located at 7575 S. Virginia Dare Trail on the Nags Head-Manteo Causeway, or call 252-441-7332 for information.

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