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

Mama Kwan's

Outer Banks Chinese, Japanese, Sushi & Thai
1701 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 9.5, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-7889

Mama Kwan's serves delicious, local Outer Banks seafood with flavors from the Pacific Rim. The chef whips up specials every day, and there are lots of tempting dishes on the menu. Try the fish tacos or pepper-seared tuna dinner — sushi-grade tuna served rare with wasabi, soy sauce, rice and cucumber salad. The unique flavors of the Special Occasion Pasta make it a menu favorite.... read more

Mama Kwan's serves delicious, local Outer Banks seafood with flavors from the Pacific Rim. The... read more

Single Fin

Outer Banks Chinese, Japanese, Sushi & Thai
2424 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 10.5, Nags Head
(252) 715-1956

With Chef Pok Choeichom at the helm, you know you're in for something special. His flair for fusion and artistic presentation shines in every dish at this bistro bar and grill. Only the finest ingredients are used to create favorites like prime steaks, fresh seafood and select fowl. But the menu doesn't stop with typical bistro fare. There's also sushi, tapas and more nightly specials... read more

With Chef Pok Choeichom at the helm, you know you're in for something special. His... 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 sinking sun, you can dine outdoors on the huge, newly renovated waterfront deck if you choose. Sunset Grille has a Caribbean theme: Jimmy Buffett, tiki lights, colorful décor, island drinks and fare … you get the idea. It comes together as casual... read more

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

Thai Room

Outer Banks Chinese, Japanese, Sushi & Thai
710 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 8.5, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-1180

The Thai Room has been a locals' favorite for more than 30 years. They provide affordable, delicious Asian cuisine, serving Thai, Chinese and American food. Thai Room was voted Best Asian Restaurant in a local poll for several years in a row. Local favorites include the shrimp cakes, papaya salad and their delicious mai tai cocktail. You can eat in or take out. They have... read more

The Thai Room has been a locals' favorite for more than 30 years. They provide... 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