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 by far the most 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,... read more

1587 is by far the most elegant restaurant on Roanoke Island. It exudes cosmopolitan class... 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. New for 2017 Argyles serves breakfast starting at 7 a.m. Argyles offers in-house or off-site catering... read more

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

Avenue Waterfront Grille

Outer Banks American Fusion & Gourmet
207 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, The Waterfront Shops, Manteo
(252) 473-4800

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... read more

If you want to see the water while you dine, Avenue Waterfront Grille is a... read more

Blue Point

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

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, soups,... read more

Blue Point established Duck as an Outer Banks dining destination when it opened in 1989... 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

Coastal Provisions Market is now Coastal Provisions Oyster Bar & Wine Bar Café! They serve 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 Outer Banks catch expertly prepared and served in an unpretentious atmosphere has garnered this place wide... read more

Coastal Provisions Market is now Coastal Provisions Oyster Bar & Wine Bar Café! They serve... read more

Hungry Pirate Waterfront Café

Outer Banks American Fusion & Gourmet
207 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, The Waterfront Shops, Manteo
(252) 423-3133

At the Hungry Pirate Waterfront Café you’re sure to find something to satisfy all your cravings. Bringing tastes of the Old World to the Outer Banks, their mouthwatering menu presents a top-quality selection of imported meats, cheeses and specialty seasonings, served with freshly baked breads and baguettes. Honoring Italian traditions, they prepare healthful fare focused on freshness and an international flavor that is simple, with... read more

At the Hungry Pirate Waterfront Café you’re sure to find something to satisfy all your... 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
(252) 505-0159

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

Peppercorns Restaurant and Lounge

Outer Banks American Fusion & Gourmet
1701 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 9.5, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-2151

Peppercorns overlooks the ocean from its location inside the Ramada Plaza Nags Head (yes, the name says Nags Head, but they're located in Kill Devil Hills). The menu features fresh seafood, pasta dishes, surf and turf and chef's specials. Peppercorns serves breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. They are open year round, welcome large parties and accept reservations to make your dining more enjoyable without... read more

Peppercorns overlooks the ocean from its location inside the Ramada Plaza Nags Head (yes, the... read more

Red Sky Café

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

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