Located in the original—and splendidly restored—Caffey’s Inlet Life Saving Station No. 5, the Lifesaving Station is Sanderling’s casual, three-meal-a-day restaurant celebrating southern coastal cuisine and regional, organic products. New with the renovations is a spacious outside seating deck and large fireplace.
Known for its “best breakfast on the Outer Banks” and a-la-carte Sunday brunch, the Lifesaving Station is a favorite Duck, N.C. restaurant choice for both locals and vacationers. Renowned chef Tim Nelson’s menu changes seasonally, and specials feature the freshest of the day’s catch. Always a favorite, the blue crab is served fresh and steamed hard-shell, or sautéed soft-shell during the May-to-September season. And be sure the try the Lifesaving Station’s famous Carolina BBQ Sampler and Spring Mountain Farms Buttermilk Fried Chicken, always on the menu.
The Lifesaving Station maintains an impressive wine list. Local breweries are featured while specialty cocktails feature coastal “house cocktails” and bourbons. Upstairs, the renovated No. 5 offers sweeping views of the Currituck Sound. The relaxed atmosphere is conducive to catching the game and enjoying quality cuisine. The Lifesaving Station also provides delivery
and take-out service for resort and vacation home guests.
A TRIBUTE TO OUTER BANKS HISTORY In an effort to assist wayward passengers and crew aboard shipwrecked vessels off the coast of the Outer Banks, lifesaving stations were constructed at intervals along the Atlantic shores, and manned with the bravest of local men. One such station was the Caffey’s Inlet Lifesaving Station, one of seven original stations constructed in 1874. Decommissioned in the 1950s, the station is on the National Register of Historic Places. To honor its noble history, it was lovingly restored as Lifesaving Station Restaurant. Take a little time to study the historical memorabilia and nautical artifacts that decorate the restaurant’s spaces.