Basnight’s Lone Cedar Outer Banks Seafood Restaurant

quality. fresh. local.


As owners of The Colington Cafe we hold high standards for food and service and we couldn't have been happier with Lone Cedar and staff. From the warm petit country ham biscuits and tuna on wontons to the Best Lump Crabcakes (even better than ours 🙂 and Filet Mignon, the food was perfect. The staff went over and above, having to move tables, and always kept a great attitude and professionalism..They even did a super job cutting the cake and cleaning up, having to weave through a big crowd–always smiling. I would highly recommend Lone Cedar to anyone who wants a wonderful experience from start to finish.

— Carlen and Kenny

Caroline, Victoria and Ron were wonderful to work with. The food and wedding cake were out of this world. Our small intimate family gathering was not compromised by their presence it was brought to the highest level with their attention to detail and service. We could not have anticipated a lovelier dinner, reception or wedding brunch the morning after. All raved about every detail! Thanks so much!!!

— Wedding: Recently Married

We enjoyed a wonderful evening at the Lone Cedar Cafe for our wedding dinner. The food and the service were excellent.

— Bonnie

It wasn't really a wedding but rather a post-wedding breakfast that my mother hosted for my cousin, the bride. Basnight's provided both the waterside-view venue and the yummy made-to-order omelets, creme-fraiche-and-fresh-berry crepes, seasonal sweet fruit, and traditional danishes, along with coffee, juice and water for the event. But the icing on the cake, so to speak, was the can-do service with a smile.

— Kim

Amy, Caroline, and the entire staff at Lone Cedar were awesome to work with. The food was delicious, the views are beautiful, and the staff is amazing! We have been going to Lone Cedar for years & it is our favorite restaurant on the beach. So, we automatically knew that we wanted to use them for our wedding rehearsal dinner. Amy & Caroline were so kind to help me surprise my husband with a ice cream bar that had all of his favorite toppings after dinner! It was such a success!

— Jessica

Amy was amazing from beginning to end. She took care of every detail and was very patient and supportive . The food was delicious. Her staff was friendly and fun.

— Dawn

Amy and her staff were fantastic. The food was great and everyone went home full and happy. The variety of food offered and her ability to work within our budget was wonderful. We ended up with a few trays of leftovers, but our out of town guests were more than happy to help with those. The steamed clams, and crab stuffed mushrooms were a hit, as were the prosciutto wrapped scallops.

— Erin

We have used Basnight's Lone Cedar for several events over the past three years. They are simply the best. The food is always delicious and beautifully prepared. Their crabcakes ar simply the best in the world. Their fish is always fresh and their wine selectionis simply the best in the Outer Banks. We have always had wait staff that were efficient, courteous and fun with the guests. At one party, they were so good they received a standing ovation from the attendees.

— James

Basnight's Lone Cedar wasn't exactly the closest caterer to our wedding in Corolla, but boy were they worth the drive. Amy Davis, the catering manager embodies southern hospitality. She was patient, accommodating, professional and extremely sensitive to our feelings during the day of the wedding. She did everything in her power to make sure everything went smoothly. She was constantly floating around keeping everything in line while checking in with us to make sure we were okay. She completely took over the role of wedding day coordinator (I was so glad we hadn't booked one!) She even helped us through the cake cutting, and various other details outside of her catering job. The food was absolutely divine, and we got many compliments on "actually having good wedding food". There was plenty of food and we were so happy with the selections we made. Can't say enough about Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe or Amy Davis. Want a smooth, stress-free wedding caterer? Book Basnight's.

— Kate

Amy was fabulous to work with. She came to my house and sat with me for a few hours to make sure we got the menu just right. She even made recommendations for cocktails. She went out of her way to make things perfect for us! My husband had this crazy idea for fried mac and cheese, a recipe that they did not do, and not only did they perfect the recipe, but they were a huge hit. WONDERFUL food!!

We did a rather large wedding and Basnight's made sure everything went smoothly. We had 9 servers, 4 bartenders, and 2 chefs. They were incredible…a well-oiled machine.

— Hannah

We had our reception at Lone Cedar Cafe. The staff was very helpful and the food was delicious! Very happy with their service before hand and the day of our event. They were very easy to work with which was such a relief since I live 8 hrs from Outer Banks.

— Autumn

After communicating with Amy via phone and email, I was happy to meet her as she and her staff catered our wedding. The food was wonderful and the staff was amazing!

— Annonymous

The Food was insanely good, this is NOT an understatement!! I was having a difficult time finding any caterer that could do an entirely vegetarian wedding, every place I called would give me the run around and would price out a meal with some type of meat – seafood- chicken, like they weren't listening. Not Lone Cedar, called me back immediately every time and never had to send back the menu for revision. We loved this place so much, we went there for dinner a few days after the wedding. The catering staff was super nice and professional. LOVE LOVE their food.

— Scarlet

The food was absolutely beautiful and delicious. We had guests that weren't sure if they enjoyed its presentation or taste better. Lots of positive comments. The only thing we weren't sure about was their responsiveness. My mother knows the chef and the owner (NC Senator Marc Basnight), but had trouble getting up with the chef for a couple months around November and December, due to a high volume of Christmas parties being held in the area that received catering from Basnight's. If you want to use their services, try to schedule it at least 6-8 months ahead of time. They are a very popular local restaurant and you have to schedule them early. Otherwise, the food arrived in plenty of time, with all of its proper containers, was hot and fresh, and we had plenty left over.

— Ellen