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 the 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 and fresh coffee, lunches that showcase stuffed grilled wraps, tasty burgers, unique Reubens (crab cake, shrimp, classic), their famous marinated or Cajun grilled tuna, possibly the best chicken... read more

Expect great food and awesome service at the Atlantic Coast Cafe in Waves — featuring... 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 restaurant landmark 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 and dining on their outdoor... read more

This Outer Banks restaurant landmark 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, MP 7, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-7126

Serving American coastal cuisine, guests of Beachside Bistro can relax inside or hang out on the beachside deck and enjoy a cold drink, listen to live entertainment seven days a week Memorial Day through Labor Day and revel in the oceanfront setting. As members of Outer Banks Catch, their fresh seafood offerings include mahi mahi, tuna and other delightful dishes. The casual and relaxed Beachside... read more

Serving American coastal cuisine, guests of Beachside Bistro can relax inside or hang out on... 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, MP 5, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-8081

Chilli Peppers Coastal Grill is famous on the Outer Banks for its coastal cuisine, fresh seafood and award-winning soups and sauces. Everything is made from scratch, and the dining room bursts with a colorful and casual atmosphere. 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 anyone’s taste... 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

Dunes Restaurant

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

Dunes Restaurant is a Nags Head tradition that’s been serving breakfast and dinner for 33 seasons. They have an award-winning breakfast menu that includes a hearty breakfast and fresh fruit bar daily in season. At dinner, there is Angus burgers and steaks and, of course, fresh-cooked, local seafood. If you like Southern fried chicken, this is a Dunes' specialty. And on most nights diners can... read more

Dunes Restaurant is a Nags Head tradition that’s been serving breakfast and dinner for 33... read more

Fig Tree Bakery And Deli And Sweet Tooth

Outer Banks Breakfast Spots
1015 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
(252) 928-3481

The Fig Tree Bakery and Deli serves breakfast and lunch menu items that offer choices for every craving. Breakfast combinations available on biscuits, bagels and English muffins are the way to start your day. Deli sandwiches and wraps are made to order with fresh ingredients and satisfying flavor combinations for lunch on the go or under umbrellas in their outdoor seating. Don’t forget the Sweet... read more

The Fig Tree Bakery and Deli serves breakfast and lunch menu items that offer choices... read more

Gaffer’s

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

Gaffer’s is a cozy, family-friendly setting with a pub atmosphere. Gaffer’s menu includes local fresh seafood, 1/2-lb burgers, shrimp nachos, a fantastic wings menu (50 cents from 3 to 5 p.m. daily), 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 every night in... read more

Gaffer’s is a cozy, family-friendly setting with a pub atmosphere. Gaffer’s menu includes local fresh... read more

Graceful Bakery

Outer Banks Breakfast Spots
110 Back Road, Ocracoke

Make a special trip to the corner of Back Road and Old Beach Road to visit Graceful Bakery. This food-truck–style eatery offers artisan bread, breakfast items, freshly squeezed orange juice, cookies and a variety of other baked goods. The macaroons might be the best you'll ever eat.

Ike's Bites 'n More

Outer Banks Breakfast Spots
814 Ocean Trail, Corolla
(252) 597-3305

Brought to Corolla by the same people who run the popular Uncle Ike's Sandbar & Grill, Ike's Bites 'n More offers quick, delicious meals via counter service. It's in the old Burger King building next to OB Gas & Convenience, but you'd never know it was formerly a fast-food chain. Renovations, local artwork, 12 TVs, shuffleboard and arcade games make this is a hip and... read more

Brought to Corolla by the same people who run the popular Uncle Ike's Sandbar &... read more

Island Perk Coffee Shop

Outer Banks Breakfast Spots
101 Budleigh Street, Suite A, Manteo
(252) 423-3565

Nestled in downtown Manteo, this spot serves the spectrum of specialty coffee drinks, both hot and cold. Pair your beverage with fresh bakery items such as scones and biscotti or cookies and treats from Sweater Box Confections. Or try some of their homemade cream-cheese spreads on a Barrier Island Bagel. Open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., this cafe offers a quick breakfast on the... read more

Nestled in downtown Manteo, this spot serves the spectrum of specialty coffee drinks, both hot... read more