Outer Banks Restaurants

Diners, Delis & Grills

This category -- Diners, Delis & Grills -- sounds a bit like the popular TV show starring Guy Fieri known as Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, and, indeed, five Outer Banks restaurants made the cut to be on that show in 2013! For an area the size of the Outer Banks, that's pretty impressive! And, it says a lot about the quality of food you find here, even at establishments that aren't considered fancy and five star. In fact, some of the most sought after food here can be found at burger joints that have been here for decades, restaurants that offer Blue Plate specials, delis that make sandwiches so packed that you honestly can't open your mouth wide enough to take a bite and simple Mom and Pop places that have been pleasing their patrons for a long time with their own brand of Outer Banks fare. Most of the Outer Banks diners, delis and grills tend to be moderate in price, and all of them are places you wouldn't need to dress up for or hesitate to take your kiddos along. But, as we've said, that by no means should tell you to lower your expectations about the food. As with all restaurants, ask your server to tell you the menu items that locals order most, and then do the same. Imitation is flattery, but it's also smart when it comes to ordering a meal.

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 Cafe

Outer Banks Diners, Delis & Grills
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 – even during the 2020 safety-first switch to takeout only with curbside pickup. Offering nearly 100% of its usual menu, ACC still serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Call in your order or order online, and they will have it packaged and ready to go. Just call them when you arrive, and a safety-masked...read more

Expect great food and awesome service at Atlantic Coast Cafe in Waves – even during...read more

Bob's Grill

Outer Banks Diners, Delis & Grills
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

Bonzer Shack

Outer Banks Diners, Delis & Grills
1200 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 9, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 480-1010

Get ready to kick back and relax at Bonzer Shack. With their creative take on Southern and island comfort food in a surf hangout atmosphere, there’s always something on the menu that’s sure to tempt you. The menu offers sandwiches, fresh seafood specials, steaks, burgers and the mouthwatering smoked Gouda grit cakes. Local favorites also include delicious apps like the Hippie Dip and wings roasted...read more

Get ready to kick back and relax at Bonzer Shack. With their creative take on...read more

Country Deli

Outer Banks Diners, Delis & Grills
1900 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 9.75, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-5684

Country Deli has been an Outer Banks tradition and locals' favorite for more than 30 years. Guests can dine in, enjoy the outside patio, carry out or have their food delivered (even to a beach access!) as long as it's in their delivery range. Country Deli prides itself on its over-stuffed sandwiches with more than 50 delicious menu items. Sandwiches are made with Thumann's meats and...read more

Country Deli has been an Outer Banks tradition and locals' favorite for more than 30 years....read more

Howard’s Pub and Raw Bar Restaurant

Outer Banks Diners, Delis & Grills
1175 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
(252) 928-4441

Fun, funky and casual, Howard's serves lunch and dinner every day from early spring until late fall. Fresh, local seafood from the Pamlico Sound is the highlight, but there are also steaks, ribs, burgers, salads, sandwiches and soups worth ferrying in for (and many do). Sit indoors in the air-conditioned dining room, at the long wooden bar, out on the expansive screened porch with circling ceiling fans or on...read more

Fun, funky and casual, Howard's serves lunch and dinner every day from early spring until late fall....read more

Jason’s Restaurant

Outer Banks Diners, Delis & Grills
1110 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
(252) 928-3434
Jason's Restaurant has a lot of loyal local customers because it serves tasty, traditional and reasonably priced food in a casual atmosphere. Pizza, pasta, subs, sandwiches, salads, steaks, chicken and, of course, fresh seafood are served for lunch and dinner. See their beer and wine menu for drink choices. Don't miss the mouthwatering homemade desserts for the finishing touch for your meal.read more
Jason's Restaurant has a lot of loyal local customers because it serves tasty, traditional and...read more

Jolly Roger Pub and Marina

Outer Banks Diners, Delis & Grills
410 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
(252) 928-3703

The Jolly Roger Pub and Marina is an open-air, waterfront restaurant perched directly on Silver Lake harbor. Casual lunches and dinners are served daily, offering a variety of fresh seafood, humongous burgers, Mexican dishes and tasty appetizers. It's a favorite spot to sit with a cold drink and listen to live music while watching the sunset over Ocracoke's harbor. They're open seasonally, mid-April to mid-October.read more

The Jolly Roger Pub and Marina is an open-air, waterfront restaurant perched directly on Silver...read more

Mulligan’s Grille in Historic Cottage Row

Outer Banks Diners, Delis & Grills
4005 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 13, Nags Head
(252) 480-2000

For more than 20 years, Mulligan’s has served Southern coastal cuisine with incredible views, thanks to its scenic location between Jockey’s Ridge and Historic Cottage Row. Long known for having some of the best burgers on the beach, their masterful chefs recently have been placing a brighter spotlight on local seafood prepared in an authentic Outer Banks style, all with fresh, local ingredients....read more

For more than 20 years, Mulligan’s has served Southern coastal cuisine with incredible...read more

NC Coast Grill & Bar

Outer Banks Diners, Delis & Grills
1184 Duck Road, Duck
(252) 261-8666

The second restaurant from the team at Duck’s Red Sky Cafe, NC Coast Grill & Bar’s open kitchen, concrete bar, upscale coastal decor and waterfront location create a lively, hip and low-key atmosphere for gathering with family and friends over drinks, snacks, shareable plates and meals. Owner/Chef Wes Stepp describes NC Coast’s cuisine as celebrating the flavors of the coastal South while bringing in cross-cultural...read more

The second restaurant from the team at Duck’s Red Sky Cafe, NC Coast Grill &...read more

Oh My Dog & Other Little Bites

Outer Banks Diners, Delis & Grills
1159 Austin Street, Corolla
(252) 597-3294

Hot dogs are a crowd pleaser, and you can get them here – in an astounding variety from plain corn dogs and specialty dogs to the Corolla Dog with fried mozzarella and chili. There's more than hot dogs here, though. Hot pretzels, fries, tots, wraps, salads, a variety of deli sandwiches, tot-chos and many more yummy items keep everybody happy. Oh My Dog serves breakfast,...read more

Hot dogs are a crowd pleaser, and you can get them here – in an...read more

Philly Steak Subs

Outer Banks Diners, Delis & Grills
807-F Ocean Trail, Corolla
(252) 453-4239

You don't have to go to Philadelphia to get an authentic Philly cheese steak. You can get one right here in beautiful Corolla at Philly Steak Subs. This casual eatery and bar is owned and operated by a family of Philadelphia transplants, so they know it's not a Philly cheese steak unless it's served on an Amoroso roll. You can keep yours classic or try...read more

You don't have to go to Philadelphia to get an authentic Philly cheese steak. You...read more

Poor Richard's Sandwich Shop

Outer Banks Diners, Delis & Grills
303 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Manteo Waterfront, Manteo
(252) 473-3333

Poor Richard's is the local meet-and-greet neighborhood sandwich shop by day and bar by night. It has two doors, one leading from the Manteo boardwalk and another off Queen Elizabeth Avenue. You can eat inside at a booth or table or sit outside on the patio right next to the water. You order at the counter, get your drink and your number then wait for...read more

Poor Richard's is the local meet-and-greet neighborhood sandwich shop by day and bar by night....read more