Outer Banks Restaurants

American Fusion & Gourmet

If you’ve been to Outer Banks restaurants more than a few times, you know that this area is known for its exceptional eateries. Any more these days, it’s harder to find fried fish served with cole slaw and hushpuppies than it is to find sharks teeth on the beach (and they’re pretty rare). Sure, if you want that, you can ask for it. But much to most visitors’ and locals’ extreme satisfaction, many an Outer Banks restaurant could now be described as offering an American Fusion and Gourmet menu. What do we mean by this? It’s local fish grilled to perfection atop a bed of greens with a drizzle of some fantastic sauce; it’s the best cut of beef seared to perfection and accompanied by a vegetable pate; it’s even a gourmet salad with grilled onions, pecans, shaved parm and a blackened crabcake on top. You get the idea. Outer Banks American Fusion and Gourmet means that you’ll find presentations of dishes that might be unexpected…but that you’ll thank the chef for later. It doesn’t mean menu items that you blindly take a chance on because you’re embarrassed to admit you don’t know what it is! Duck restaurants and Corolla restaurants are especially known for their American Fusion and Gourmet bents, but Nags Head restaurants have their share too. 

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

1587 Restaurant

Outer Banks American Fusion & Gourmet
405 Queen Elizabeth Street, The Tranquil House Inn, Manteo
(252) 473-1587

1587 is an elegant restaurant on Roanoke Island. It exudes cosmopolitan class with soft lighting, a copper-topped bar, polished wood, subtle lighting and a view of the harbor. Dining here is an intimate experience with servers that make you feel as if you’re their only customer. Food presentation is a priority, and all dishes are works of art. Taste is important, too, and you’ll be... read more

1587 is an elegant restaurant on Roanoke Island. It exudes cosmopolitan class with soft lighting,... read more

Argyles Restaurant

Outer Banks American Fusion & Gourmet
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

Bad Bean Baja Grill

Outer Banks American Fusion & Gourmet
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

Blue Point

Outer Banks American Fusion & Gourmet
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

Coastal Provisions Oyster Bar and Wine Bar Cafe

Outer Banks American Fusion & Gourmet
1 Ocean Boulevard, Southern Shores Crossing Shopping Center, Southern Shores
(252) 480-0023

Opened in 2006 as a gourmet market, Coastal Provisions Oyster Bar & Wine Bar Café now serves full-service lunch and dinner featuring their award-winning cuisine, full bar and a world-class oyster bar with one of the largest selections on the East Coast. A contemporary menu of top quality local ingredients and fresh Outer Banks catch expertly prepared and served in an unpretentious atmosphere has garnered this place wide acclaim. You'll... read more

Opened in 2006 as a gourmet market, Coastal Provisions Oyster Bar & Wine Bar Café now serves full-service... read more

Mike Dianna's Grill Room

Outer Banks American Fusion & Gourmet
777 Sunset Boulevard, Corolla
(252) 453-4336

Mike Dianna’s Grill Room has become a legendary Outer Banks restaurant. Offering fine dining in a casual atmosphere, it is most well-known for its excellently prepared meats – all-natural and USDA Prime beef, pork, chicken and veal – cooked over a hardwood grill. The fresh, local seafood is treated just as beautifully, and there are daily pasta specials as well as a menu just for... read more

Mike Dianna’s Grill Room has become a legendary Outer Banks restaurant. Offering fine dining in... read more

Ocean Boulevard

Outer Banks American Fusion & Gourmet
4700 N. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 2.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-2546

Ocean Boulevard is a casual yet upscale restaurant, which means you can enjoy a special evening out in the comfort of your sandals. They are, after all, just steps away from the ocean. Ocean Boulevard’s culinary team serves an American bistro-style menu that has been praised in Southern Living magazine as well as The Washington Post. The menu changes seasonally but always includes beautiful preparations... read more

Ocean Boulevard is a casual yet upscale restaurant, which means you can enjoy a special... read more

Open Water Grill at Hatteras Landing

Outer Banks American Fusion & Gourmet
58848 Marina Way, Hatteras village
(252) 986-5224

This newly opened second location of the popular Open Water Grill in Avon has much in common with its sibling, including fresh, high-quality food in a setting replete with exquisite Pamlico Sound views. As at the Avon location, you can dine outdoors with the water practically under the building or sit inside with a stellar view. There’s even a second floor if you’re looking for... read more

This newly opened second location of the popular Open Water Grill in Avon has much... read more

Outer Banks Brewing Station

Outer Banks American Fusion & Gourmet
600 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 8.5, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 449-2739

Outer Banks Brewing Station has an ever-changing list of award-winning house-made beers and sodas that serve as the cornerstone of their innovative style. Multiple year winners of the Taste of the Beach People's Choice Award, their outstanding chefs have created an Outer Banks–inspired fusion menu using regionally available products from local fish and produce to North Carolina meats. Pastry chef Tina Mackenzie bakes the house... read more

Outer Banks Brewing Station has an ever-changing list of award-winning house-made beers and sodas that... read more

Red Sky Café

Outer Banks American Fusion & Gourmet
1197 Duck Road, Duck Landing, Duck
(252) 261-8646

Red Sky is an inviting cafe with a creative menu of contemporary coastal cuisine. Chef Wes Stepp turns out some incredible fare, including filet mignon, crispy duck and seafood. The kitchen prepares seafood, pasta and chicken creations plus sandwiches, salads, soups, appetizers and desserts. The daily specials are always worth trying. Top-quality, flavor-rich ingredients round out all the offerings, and the sides are usually as... read more

Red Sky is an inviting cafe with a creative menu of contemporary coastal cuisine. Chef... read more

Rooster's Southern Kitchen

Outer Banks American Fusion & Gourmet
804 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 8.5, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-4594

Locally owned Rooster’s Southern Kitchen serves up some of the best Southern comfort food in a way that’s both stylish and creative. With everything from snacks, sides and small plates to salads to sandwiches, entrees and desserts, Rooster’s is the place to enjoy authentic Southern cuisine with an Outer Banks twist. We like their incredible dry-rubbed pork chops and crab mac and cheese. Rooster’s offers a kids'... read more

Locally owned Rooster’s Southern Kitchen serves up some of the best Southern comfort food in... read more

Rusty’s Surf And Turf

Outer Banks American Fusion & Gourmet
47355 N.C. Highway 12, Buxton
(252) 995-4184

Rusty’s Surf and Turf brings the bold flavors and colors of the tropics to Hatteras Island. Owner and chef Rusty Midgett, a native who left the island and honed his restaurant and kitchen experience in some of Philadelphia’s top restaurants, is inspired in the kitchen by the places he has traveled on surf trips – the Caribbean, the Mexican Riviera, the Pacific Rim. Let him... read more

Rusty’s Surf and Turf brings the bold flavors and colors of the tropics to Hatteras... read more