Outer Banks Restaurants

American & Family Oriented

Great food abounds in Outer Banks restaurants, and most all could be described as American and Family oriented. Of course, some restaurants are a lot more suited for big family groups due to their size, and even on the Outer Banks, there are restaurants where you probably wouldn't feel particularly comfortable taking a small, fidgety toddler or baby that might be crying. But the restaurants that we describe as American and Family Oriented are ones we know as locals -- from our own experience taking wee ones out to eat -- are good picks. There will be high chairs, and the wait staff will accommodate your needs with a smile. Sometimes there are even kid-centered activities such as games, pirate ships or corn hole to keep them happy til the food comes. One enterprising Outer Banks restaurant even offers pony rides! You can assume you'll find a menu full of items that you're very familiar with, and you can bet there will be a special Kids' Menu too. But don’t assume that American and Family Oriented means boring! Outer Banks restaurant chefs pride themselves on serving high-quality and imaginative food, often from local farms and certainly from local waters! And, to keep you adults content until the meal arrives, many local restaurants also have live entertainment.

Outer Banks Restaurants by Area

Corolla | Duck & Southern Shores | Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills & Nags Head
Roanoke Island & Manteo | Hatteras Island | Ocracoke Island

Outer Banks Restaurants by Category

Argyles Restaurant

Outer Banks American & Family Oriented
4716 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 2.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-7325

Argyles is a perfect little gem of a casual restaurant that serves incredibly good food. Its dinner menu is full of art you can eat, with a variety of daily specials. It has a full bar where you can enjoy a creative drink and live entertainment during the summer season. Argyles offers breakfast on Saturday and Sunday only, starting at 7 a.m. They also offer in-house... read more

Argyles is a perfect little gem of a casual restaurant that serves incredibly good food.... read more

Atlantic Coast Café

Outer Banks American & Family Oriented
25150 N.C. Highway 12, across from the KOA Campground, Waves
(252) 987-1200

Expect great food and awesome service at Atlantic Coast Cafe in Waves. Featuring a comfortable, casual beach atmosphere, friendly staff and free WiFi, it's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Stop in for great breakfasts (omelets, pancakes, the works) and fresh coffee and lunches that showcase stuffed grilled wraps, tasty burgers, unique Reubens (crab cake, shrimp, classic), their famous marinated or Cajun grilled tuna, possibly... read more

Expect great food and awesome service at Atlantic Coast Cafe in Waves. Featuring a comfortable,... read more

Bad Bean Baja Grill

Outer Banks American & Family Oriented
4146 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 3.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-1300

Bad Bean Baja Grill creates a distinctive dining experience. Utilizing techniques and flavors found all across Latin America, California and the Baja Peninsula, the award-winning chefs present a creative fusion of familiar cantina favorites. Try the fresh mahi-mahi tacos topped with salsa fresca, crisp jicama slaw and cilantro chimichurri; the slow-cooked beef brisket and pork barbacoa also make for delicious tacos as well as burritos,... read more

Bad Bean Baja Grill creates a distinctive dining experience. Utilizing techniques and flavors found all... read more

Basnight’s Lone Cedar

Outer Banks American & Family Oriented
7623 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head/Manteo Causeway, Nags Head
(252) 441-5405

This Outer Banks landmark restaurant is where you’ll find many a local eating every night, so you know the food must be really good. This restaurant is, in fact, at the top of the list of many locals’ favorite spots. The service is genuinely friendly, and the portions are more than generous. You’ll enjoy the vast views of the sound on both side, especially the... read more

This Outer Banks landmark restaurant is where you’ll find many a local eating every night,... read more

Beachside Bistro

Outer Banks American & Family Oriented
1731 N. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 7, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-7126

Serving American coastal cuisine, Beachside Bistro at the Sea Ranch Resort is one of the few true oceanfront restaurants on the Outer Banks. Hang out inside in the air conditioning with a view of the ocean or on the deck to enjoy a cold drink and listen to live entertainment. As members of Outer Banks Catch, their fresh seafood offerings include mahi mahi, tuna, blue... read more

Serving American coastal cuisine, Beachside Bistro at the Sea Ranch Resort is one of the... read more

Black Pelican Oceanfront Cafe

Outer Banks American & Family Oriented
3848 N.Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 4, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-3171

The Black Pelican is on The Beach Road, directly across from the ocean. They have a deck bar with great ocean views and, of course, lots of fresh seafood on the menu. Choose from steamed seafood, steaks, dishes with exotic Pan-Asian flavors or pizza from the wood-fired brick oven, a locals' favorite. Each night they offer an eclectic list of chef’s specials, and they have... read more

The Black Pelican is on The Beach Road, directly across from the ocean. They have... read more

Blue Point

The Waterfront Shops
Outer Banks American & Family Oriented
1240 Duck Road, The Waterfront Shops, Duck
(252) 261-8090

The Blue Point established Duck as an Outer Banks dining destination when it opened in 1989 and has since put the tiny town on the foodie map. The restaurant is lively and offers fantastic views of the Currituck Sound. The menus are creative, upscale, Southern and coastal, changing seasonally to reflect the fresh local and regional ingredients that are available. The dinner menu offers salads,... read more

The Blue Point established Duck as an Outer Banks dining destination when it opened in... read more

Bob's Grill

Outer Banks American & Family Oriented
1219 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 9, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-0707

You have to love a place where you can get breakfast in the afternoon. Bob’s is casual, with reasonable prices and large portions. Breakfast includes huge hot cakes, three-egg omelets, French toast and waffles. At lunch, try Bob’s burger, Philly steak and cheese, a fried chicken sandwich or a fresh salad. Cold beer and wine are available. Try their homemade carrot cake or any of... read more

You have to love a place where you can get breakfast in the afternoon. Bob’s... read more

Bonzer Shack

Outer Banks American & Family Oriented
1200 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 9, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 480-1010

Get ready to kick back and relax at Bonzer Shack. With their creative take on Southern and island comfort food in a surf hangout atmosphere, there’s always something on the menu that’s sure to tempt you. The menu offers sandwiches, fresh seafood specials, steaks, burgers and the mouthwatering smoked Gouda grit cakes. Local favorites also include delicious apps like the Hippie Dip and wings roasted... read more

Get ready to kick back and relax at Bonzer Shack. With their creative take on... read more

ClamBake OBX

Outer Banks American & Family Oriented
5561 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 2, Kitty Hawk
(252) 489-4754

Take a load off and let ClamBake OBX do some of the work of feeding your family! They'll bring the fun and excitement of an old-fashioned clam bake right to your front door, or you can choose from 14 other menus with their in-house chef services. ClamBake OBX serves areas from Corolla to Hatteras Island, and they will come to your house and do all the... read more

Take a load off and let ClamBake OBX do some of the work of feeding... read more

Corolla Cantina

Outer Banks American & Family Oriented
1159 Austin Street, Corolla
(252) 597-1730

Corolla Cantina is the place for fresh, Baja-inspired Mexican food. It opens at 11 a.m. for lunch and dinner. The decor of the cozy cafe reflects its menu: bold, refreshing and laid back. Owner Nadya Williams makes you feel as if you’re stepping into her own kitchen, greeting you with a genuine smile and hearty laugh. Start your meal with the spiked queso to share,... read more

Corolla Cantina is the place for fresh, Baja-inspired Mexican food. It opens at 11 a.m.... read more

Cosmo’s Pizzeria

Outer Banks American & Family Oriented
5591 N. Croatan Highway, The Marketplace, Southern Shores
(252) 261-8388

Cosmo’s offers Italian-style food that’s worth seeking out. We think the crust is dandy — perfectly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside and with just a hint of sweetness. Choose from any of their fabulous pizza concoctions or create your own. Cosmo’s also offers salads, pasta dishes, subs, beer and wine. You can eat in or take it out.... read more

Cosmo’s offers Italian-style food that’s worth seeking out. We think the crust is dandy —... read more