One of the things that makes an Outer Banks vacation exceptional is the local cuisine. Fresh seafood, often caught the same day, is on the menu at most of the local restaurants and is a “must do” during your stay. The restaurants on the Outer Banks provide a wide variety of choices from Mexican to Asian to Caribbean and of course, Southern. Check out our Local's Favorites Page for the restaurants we “locals” recommend most!
Don't feel like going out? Not a problem! Many restaurants offer take out or on-site catering and are happy to cook for a large group. Special Occasion? Bring in a local chef for the ultimate Outer Banks food experience. View the Catering Section Below for names and numbers of personal chefs or restaurants who offer on site catering service.
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Located on the soundfront in Duck with spectacular sunset views and cuisine to match. Specializing in regional dishes with organic ingredients.
Legendary Oyster Bar -- Home of the Happy Oyster. Located in Kill Devil Hills MP 6 on the Beach Road near the Avalon Pier.
Phone: (252) 441-5955
Great Lunch and Dinner Specials with a Taste of the Tropics!! Located in Kitty Hawk at MP 4.5.
Phone: (252) 261-1008
Old Fashioned Diner with Great Milkshakes. Located in Manteo on Route 64.
Phone: (252) 473-5570
Good old country cooking, with a specialty in authentic NC BBQ. Fantastic breakfasts. Located in Jarvisburg (on the Mainland) about 15 miles over the bridge in Currituck County.
Phone: (252) 491-5222
Specializing in seafood dishes and woodfired gourmet pizzas. Located in Kitty Hawk MP 4 on the Beach Road.
Phone: (252) 261-3171
Fantastic Food, Quaint Atmosphere. Located in Nags Head MP 12 in the Surfside Plaza Shopping Center.
Phone: (252) 261-2583
Good Food Fast but not Fast Food. Open for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Located at MP 8.5 in Kill Devil Hills on the Bypass.
Phone: (252) 441-0707
Open for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Located at MP 5 in Kill Devil Hills.
Phone: (252) 441-8081
Great Pizza and Stromboli since 1987!! Located on the Beach Road, MP 9 in Kill Devil Hills.
Phone: (252) 441-6330
An Outer Banks seafood tradition since 1960. Fantastic fried Oysters. Open for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Located in Manteo on Roanoke Island.
Phone: (252) 473-5366
Don't let the novelty name fool you. Dirty Dick's is serious about seafood. With a New Orleans flair, the food is plentiful and done southern style! Don't forget to pick up a world famous souvenir T-shirt! Located at MP 10 on the Bypass in Nags Head.
Phone: (252) 449-2722
The best breakfast buffet on the Outer Banks!! Also serving lunch and dinner. Located in Nags Head MP 16 across from the Tanger Outlet Mall.
Phone: (252) 441-7513
Fatboyz Ice Cream And Grill
More than just ice cream!! Great for a quick bite -- Grab a fish platter, garbage dog, or cheeseburger. Located at MP 16 on the Beach Road in Nags Head.
Phone: (252) 441-6514
Now with 2 locations in Duck!! Enjoy carribbean style meals on the Soundfront at the Sunset Grille or in the Village of Duck at the Raw Bar. Sunset Cruises and water sports available onsite.
Phone: (252) 261-6991
The place to get the freshest seafood on the Outer Banks. Located right on the Wanchese Fishing Dock, watch the boats bring in the daily catch that ends up on your table.
Phone: (252) 473-6004
Quality Food from Laid Back Dudes!! One of those great little places featuring amazing food!! We reccommend the fish tacos!! Located on the Beach Road MP 9.
Phone: (252) 441-7994
Hibachi style grilled steak, chicken and seafood prepared right at your table. Full Sushi bar. Located at MP 9 in Kill Devil Hills.
Just Good, Simple Food Done Outer Banks Style! Open for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Located at MP 5 in Kitty Hawk on Route 158.
Phone: (252) 261-2025
NC pulled pork BBQ and Chicken. Great spot for lunch or dinner. Located at MP 2 on the Beach Road in Kitty Hawk.
Phone: (252) 255-2275
A local's favorite spot for lunch or dinner. Great seafood dishes and sandwiches. The best happy hour on the beach including 10 cent shrimp and 25 cent wings every day from 3 - 6PM. Located in Kitty Hawk MP 2.5 next to the Kitty Hawk Post Office.
Phone: (252) 255-0215
Seafood Buffet carrying over 100 items. Located at MP 3.5 in Kitty Hawk on the Bypass.
Phone: (252) 261-4973
Excellent steaks and seafood cooked over a wood fire grill. For over 27 years, JK's has been a favorite of visitors and locals alike. Open Year Round. Located at MP 9 in Kill Devil Hills on Route 158.
Phone: (252) 441-9555
An Outer Banks landmark serving the best homemade milkshakes and dolphin boats around! Located on the Beach Road in Kitty Hawk MP 4.5.
Phone: (252) 261-6227
Specializing in Italian cuisine featuring steaks, seafood, and prime rib. Excellent breakfasts and large portions make Jolly Roger a great place for the whole family. Located on the Beach Road in Kill Devil Hills MP 6.5.
Phone: (252) 441-6530
Great Food, Entertainment and More! Features locally caught seafood and homemade desserts. Their signature sweet potato biscuits are a must try!! Located at MP 10 in Nags Head.
Phone: (252) 441-4116
Fantastic Lunch Specials served in a retro silver diner!! Open for Dinner and Sunday Brunch also. Located on the Beach Road MP 9.5 Kill Devil Hills.
Phone: (252) 449-8181
Hand Cut french fries, frozen custard and ice cream. Located in Kill Devil Hills on Route 158 at MP 8.5.
Phone: (252) 441-5900
Serving only the freshest in local Outer Banks seafood, natural beef and organic produce. Gorgeous waterfront location offers spectacular views while dining. Located on the Manteo Causeway, Route 64.
Phone: (252) 441-5405
Open for lunch and dinner featuring NY Pizza, burgers, wings, soups, salads, cheesesteaks, boardwalk fries, and local seafood. Arcade games, pool tables, and big screen TVs make this a great spot for families to grab a quick bite. Full Bar with over 13 beers on tap. Located at MP 12 on the Beach Road in Nags Head.
Phone: (252) 255-5825
Kid friendly restaurant with diverse menu. Located at MP 7 in Kill Devil Hills.
Phone: (252) 480-1919
Family Style restaurant featuring seafood, steak and chicken. Located on the Beach Road MP 9.
Phone: (252) 441-7674
Gorgeous views from this soundfront dining experience. Waterfront deck and pier offer the best sunset views! Pasta, salads and local seafood dishes.
Phone: (252) 441-6151
Located just across from Jockey's Ridge at MP 13, Mulligans features Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with one of the largest menus on the Beach. Burgers, Seafood, Soups and Salad.
Phone: (252) 480-2000
Great family dining. Freshly made pizzas, lasagna, and Italian dishes all with local seafood and fresh meat and produce. Relaxed casual atmosphere. Full bar with beer and wine. Located at MP 11.5 in Nags Head just across from the Nags Head Bowling Center.
Phone: (252) 441-2660
Located in Kitty Hawk, MP 2.5 on the Beach Road. Extensive wine list and full service bar. Great dinner menu. Open 7 nights a week year round.
Phone: (252) 261-2546
Open for Lunch and Dinner, The Brewing Station offers steamed seafood, appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, pub menu and desserts. Live entertainment most nights and full bar including handcrafted brews created right onsite. Located at MP 8 in Kill Devil Hills.
Phone: (252) 449-BREW
OBX Frozen Yogurt
Enjoy an expansive frozen yogurt dessert bar, as well as Dippin' Dots ice cream, cookie dough, NYC cookies, milkshakes and floats, craft sodas and much more! Located at 1 Ocean Blvd., Southern Shores (Southern Shores Crossing shopping center).
Phone: (252) 261-2697
For over 65 years, the Owens family has invited visitors into their kitchen to sample the local southern cuisine of the Outer Banks. Enjoy fresh seafood, seasonal vegetables and southern hospitality. Located at MP 16.5 in Nags Head.
Phone: (252) 441-7309
Soundfront dining in Nags Head offers spectacular views and sunsets nightly. Casual dining perfect for the whole family, Pamlico Jack's features a kids menu with more than just chicken tenders. Be on the lookout for Pamlico Jack as he appears nightly! Located on the Soundfront in Nags Head MP 16.
Phone: (252) 441-2637
Since 1985, Pigman's Bar B Que has delighted locals and visitors with sweet and savory smoked Bar B Que. The restaurant as well as the menu has expanded over the years to bring NC style Bar B Que to the masses. Stop in and try their pulled pork Bar B Que or Smoked Chicken. Located at MP 9 in Kill Devil Hills.
Phone: (252) 441-6803
Gourmet Cafe Style Dining with Wine and Martini Bar. Located on Duck Road in the Heart of Duck Village.
Phone: (252) 261-8646
Try a Caribe Burger!! Great Food with a Carribbean Flair!! Tsunami Bar above restaurant offers ocean views.
Phone: (252) 255-0026
One of the oldest restaurants on the Outer Banks, Sam and Omie's has been serving customers since 1937. Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Specializing in local seafood cooked the old fashioned way!
Phone: (252) 441-7366
NY Style Pizza cooked in Stone Ovens. The best on the beach!! Located in Kill Devil Hills at MP 8.
Phone: (252) 449-8888
There's nothing like NC BBQ!! With 3 locations in Corolla, Duck, and Nags Head, you are sure to get your BBQ fix while on vacation. Pork BBQ, Ribs and Chicken done right!
Phone: (252) 449-6465
Open Year Round for Breakfast. 2 Locations -- Kitty Hawk MP 4.5 and Kill Devil Hills MP 9.
Phone: (252) 261-8221
Waterfront dining in Nags Head featuring stunning seafood and spectacular sunset views! Visit the Sugar Shack next door for take out, sandwiches, and seafood steamer pots to go. Open for lunch and dinner.
Phone: (252) 441-4963
Scenic Dining and Live Music on the Waterfront Gazebo. Specializing in Seafood. Located on the Manteo Causeway. Open for Dinner Nightly.
Phone: (252) 441-7332
Offering Southern comfort food impeccably prepared. Extensive wine list. Open for lunch and dinner year round. Located on the Waterfront in the Village of Duck (Waterfront Shops).
Phone: (252) 261-8090
One of the Outer Banks' best kept secret! Tucked away in the trees of Colington Road, the Colington Cafe is a wonderful hidden gem with fantastic southern food featuring elegantly prepared steak, chicken and seafood. Completely worth the trip!
Phone: (252) 480-1123
Duck's newest fine dining restaurant. Soundfront dining featuring local seafood, extensive winelist and Gourmet wood-fired oven pizzas.
Phone: (252) 715-2220
Carribean cuisine with an Outer Banks flair. Open for lunch and dinner, Tortuga's offers fresh local seafood expertly prepared and matched with homemade soups, appetizers and desserts. Located on the Beach Road in Nags Head MP 11.
Phone: (252) 441-7299
Exceptional gourmet catering for any occasion. Weddings, family gatherings, corporate lunchoens and more. Also featuring heat and eat dinners; just pick up, heat up and go!
On premises, destination, pick-up and delivery.
Phone: (252) 441-4116
Catering for special events, parties, family groups and even personal chef service available.
Phone: (252) 261-3171
NC pulled pork BBQ and Chicken. Catering available for family gatherings, weddings, and more! Located at MP 2 on the Beach Road in Kitty Hawk.
Phone: (252) 255-2275
Personal Chef or Catering Service. Specializing in serving only the freshest food, the Kitchen Witch staff comes to you to cook a small family meal or special occasion gatherings including weddings and family reunions. Groups of any size and menus of any type are available.
Phone: (252) 453-2260