Outer Banks Restaurants

Chinese, Japanese, Sushi & Thai

For such a relatively small geographic area, the Outer Banks sure does have a great selection of ethnic foods to experience. And one area that is particularly well represented is Asian-inspired restaurants. We note them here as Chinese, Japanese, Sushi and Thai, but, really, we should expand that list of influences to include Vietnam, Korea, Fuji and Cambodia! And, we can also cite Hawaii and countries from the Pacific Rim. Expertly rolled sushi is one of the items you'd expect to find in this category, but how about Korean Bulgogi (kind of like barbecue), Wagyu beef seared on hot stones, Manila Seafood Curry, Ginger Fish or Buddhist Vegetables. The delicate flavors of lemongrass, chilis, cilantro, lime and other flavors are prevalent and infuse the atmosphere as soon as you enter. One thing is for sure: You'll be impressed by the authenticity and variety of the dishes. Since many of these Outer Banks restaurants are owned by Asian natives, you will also appreciate the decor that enhances the experience. To accompany the specialty meals, most of these restaurants also serve a range of sakes and beers from their region. One even offers seven different types of sake, which you can order by the flight for a wide sampling. 

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

Diamond Shoals Restaurant and Seafood Market

Outer Banks Chinese, Japanese, Sushi & Thai
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

Sunset Grille and Raw Bar

Outer Banks Chinese, Japanese, Sushi & Thai
1264 Duck Road, Duck
(252) 261-3901

This restaurant comes by its name honestly. It’s on the Currituck Sound, perfectly oriented to those nightly sunset shows. To better enjoy the setting sun, you can dine outdoors on the huge waterfront deck. Sunset Grille has a Caribbean theme: Jimmy Buffett, tiki lights, colorful decor, island drinks and fare … you get the idea. It comes together as casual and fun and very family... read more

This restaurant comes by its name honestly. It’s on the Currituck Sound, perfectly oriented to... read more

Tortugas' Lie Shellfish Bar and Grille

Outer Banks Chinese, Japanese, Sushi & Thai
3016 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 11, Nags Head
(252) 441-7299

The island-style interior and excellent food make Tortugas' a favorite among locals and repeat visitors. There are lots of healthy options here, with Caribbean-inspired seafood and vegetarian options. Chow down on a variety of dishes, including tuna bites, burritos, pasta and steamed seafood and veggies. If there's a salad on the specials board when you're there, take our word for it and order it. Tortugas'... read more

The island-style interior and excellent food make Tortugas' a favorite among locals and repeat visitors.... read more