Outer Banks Restaurants

Breakfast Spots

Outer Banks restaurants are known for their excellent dinner menus, but for folks who consider breakfast the most important meal of the day, you'll be quite satisfied with the options here. Many of the breakfast spots we include in this section are restaurants that also serve lunch and dinner. But the Outer Banks also has some great breakfast-only restaurants. Of course, being the Outer Banks where seafood is king, you'll enjoy some distinctly local dishes you might never have had before such as Benedict with crab cakes or seafood crepes. Yum! But rest assured you'll also find all your morning favorites that start your day off in just the right way. Several Outer Banks restaurants offer a special brunch on weekends, and a few will serve you pancakes, bacon and eggs for supper if you want! We also have a plethora of coffee houses where you can order java in every imaginable concoction made from freshly roasted beans along with Danishes and bagels. Some of these places also have a decent wine selection – but what that has to do with breakfast, we shudder to think! Since the Outer Banks sees a lot of fisher folk who are up before the sun, many of these breakfast spots are open very early to accommodate them.

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

Atlantic Coast Café

Outer Banks Breakfast Spots
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

Basnight’s Lone Cedar

Outer Banks Breakfast Spots
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 sides, 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 Breakfast Spots
1731 N. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, mile post 7.5, 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

Bob's Grill

Outer Banks Breakfast Spots
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

Chilli Peppers Coastal Grill

Outer Banks Breakfast Spots
3001 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, Mile post 5, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-8081

Chilli Peppers Coastal Grill is famous on the Outer Banks for its coastal cuisine, fresh seafood, flavors from around the world and award-winning soups and sauces. Everything is made from scratch, and the dining room is warm and casual. Every day the chef’s lunch specials include a pasta dish, enchilada of the day, stir-fry and a sandwich and soup combo in variety that could please... read more

Chilli Peppers Coastal Grill is famous on the Outer Banks for its coastal cuisine, fresh... read more

Darrell’s Restaurant

Outer Banks Breakfast Spots
523 S. U.S. Highway 64, Manteo
(252) 473-5366

Darrell’s is a family-style seafood restaurant that’s a locals' favorite and has been operated by the Daniels family for more than five decades. It dates back to 1960, when Darrell Daniels started the Polar Bear Drive-In. When the second generation came on board in 1972, the family changed the focus to a seafood restaurant and renamed it Darrell's Seafood Restaurant. Now the third generation is... read more

Darrell’s is a family-style seafood restaurant that’s a locals' favorite and has been operated by... read more

Diamond Shoals Restaurant and Seafood Market

Outer Banks Breakfast Spots
46843 N.C. Highway 12, Buxton
(252) 995-5217

Diamond Shoals Restaurant is a family-owned establishment that has been serving Hatteras visitors and locals for more than 25 years. It’s open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is welcoming of large groups. Breakfast is full service and hearty, including omelets, platters, hotcakes and more. At lunch or dinner, be sure to try their award-winning clam chowder and crab bisque. Diamond... read more

Diamond Shoals Restaurant is a family-owned establishment that has been serving Hatteras visitors and locals... read more

Dunes Restaurant

Outer Banks Breakfast Spots
7013 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Bypass, MP 16.5, Nags Head
(252) 441-1600

Dunes Restaurant has been a breakfast and dinner favorite among Outer Banks locals and visitors for nearly four decades (37 years in 2019 to be exact). Breakfast here is a certifiable Nags Head tradition. Their hearty breakfast buffet and fresh fruit bar, offered daily in season, are a huge draw, yet the a la carte breakfast menu is one of the biggest on the beach,... read more

Dunes Restaurant has been a breakfast and dinner favorite among Outer Banks locals and visitors... read more

Fish Heads Bar & Grill

Outer Banks Breakfast Spots
8901 S Old Oregon Inlet Rd, MP 18.5, Nags Head
(252) 441-5740

You can't eat and drink any closer to the ocean than this. Outer Banks Pier offers a restaurant and bar with seating on the deck in the sun or moon or under a roof with open sides. They serve hamburgers, fries, steamed shrimp and veggies, fish tacos and more. Wine and beer are available, including a great selection of draft beers, and they also have... read more

You can't eat and drink any closer to the ocean than this. Outer Banks Pier... read more

Freshfit Cafe

Outer Banks Breakfast Spots
7531 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head-Manteo Causeway, Nags Head
(252) 715-6444

Serving healthy, clean and fresh foods and drinks, Freshfit Café makes it easy to stick to your health and fitness goals. The owners are health-focused and nutrition-oriented and they want to help people eat better so that they have more energy, less stress and fuller lives. Freshfit serves balanced breakfasts and lunches and offers organic coffee, a juice bar, smoothies, detox drinks, a kids' menu... read more

Serving healthy, clean and fresh foods and drinks, Freshfit Café makes it easy to stick... read more

Froggy Dog Restaurant & Bar

Outer Banks Breakfast Spots
40050 N.C. Highway 12, Avon
(252) 995-5550

New owners in 2019 have breathed new life into this long-established, seafood-oriented restaurant in Avon. The owners of popular Avon restaurants Cups & Cones and Muffins & Scones are at the helm of this restaurant now, and they are committed to serving scratch-made fare and bringing fun nightlife back to the Froggy Dog. They've redesigned the pub with new ship-themed decor and will be hosting weekly... read more

New owners in 2019 have breathed new life into this long-established, seafood-oriented restaurant in Avon.... read more

Gaffer’s

Outer Banks Breakfast Spots
1050 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
(252) 928-3456

Gaffer’s has a cozy, family-friendly setting with a pub atmosphere. The menu includes local seafood, half-pound burgers, shrimp nachos, a fantastic wings menu (75¢ from 3 to 5 p.m. daily and all day on Sunday), steaks and pasta dishes. They serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and a late-night menu year-round. Gaffer's offers a full bar menu and a great variety of brews. They have live music... read more

Gaffer’s has a cozy, family-friendly setting with a pub atmosphere. The menu includes local seafood,... read more