If you want to see the water while you dine, Avenue Waterfront Grille is a good place to do it. Shallowbag Bay and Roanoke Sound are visible from every seat in the house, and their patio seating overlooks the Manteo docks. Whether you boat up to the Manteo docks or walk up from the waterfront, Avenue is all about maintaining the relaxed and fun attitude of an Outer Banks vacation, yet the quality of the food and service will match your highest expectations. The food is sourced locally whenever possible, and it's always fresh and chef-prepared. The menu lends itself to seafood prepared with a modern touch and a nod to the classics. And there are many options other than seafood. The menu offers a wide variety, from pizza, burgers and fish tacos to fancier things, and the dinner specials focus on artisanal-style dishes with meticulous attention to detail. What this restaurant offers above and beyond most others on the entire Outer Banks is a legitimate selection of healthy dishes as well as vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free meals. The separate bar and lounge area offers mixed drinks, eight beers on tap, microbrews, bottled beers and an outstanding selection of wine. They also have locally brewed root beer on tap. Look for live music on the patio in the summer. Avenue Waterfront Grille is well-prepared for in-house events like wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners and private parties, and they offer both in-house and off-premise catering. Reservations are not required but are accepted. Call ahead for hours of operation.
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