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. This destination cafe on Hatteras Island offers online ordering and expanded seating for curbside pickup or outside dining. Indoor seating will return as soon as COVID settles down. Open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., the ACC features a full menu of hot and fresh breakfasts — pancakes, omelettes, the Monte Cristo, Hatteras Breakfast...read more

Expect great food and awesome service at Atlantic Coast Cafe in Waves. This destination cafe...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 pet-friendly 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...read more

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

Fig Tree Bakery & Deli and Sweettooth

Outer Banks Diners, Delis & Grills
1015 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
(252) 928-3481

Fig Tree Bakery & Deli and Sweettooth serves breakfast and lunch menu items that offer choices for every craving. Breakfast combinations are available on biscuits, bagels and English muffins. Deli sandwiches and wraps are made to order, as are salads with fresh ingredients. Enjoy breakfast or lunch under the umbrellas on the outdoor seating area or grab and go on the way to the beach...read more

Fig Tree Bakery & Deli and Sweettooth serves breakfast and lunch menu items that offer...read more

Howard’s Pub and Raw Bar Restaurant

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

Fun, eclectic and casual, Howard's Pub serves local fish, oysters, shrimp, juicy chargrilled burgers, salads, sandwiches and more every day from spring until late fall. Enjoy the air-conditioned dining room, the long wooden bar, the expansive screened porch with ceiling fans or the sky deck with an island view. The iconic bar features beers from craft and major breweries on tap and in bottles, wine...read more

Fun, eclectic and casual, Howard's Pub serves local fish, oysters, shrimp, juicy chargrilled burgers, salads,...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

Jerniman's

Outer Banks Diners, Delis & Grills
990 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
(252) 650-4202

Jerniman's is a collective campground, restaurant, gas station and golf cart rental business. The campground is the closest accommodation to the ocean on Ocracoke Island, less than a half-mile shy of the first beach access road. It offers 29 sites, 24 of which can accommodate RVs and campers. Tent camping is allowed, and all sites have adequate space for parking. The sites offer electrical and water...read more

Jerniman's is a collective campground, restaurant, gas station and golf cart rental business. The campground is...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 has an open kitchen, concrete bar, upscale coastal decor and waterfront location that create a lively, hip and low-key atmosphere for gathering with family and friends over drinks, snacks, shareable plates, popular Chef Boards and meals. Owner/Chef Wes Stepp describes NC Coast’s cuisine as celebrating the flavors of the...read more

The second restaurant from the team at Duck’s Red Sky Cafe, NC Coast Grill &...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 cheesesteak. You can get one right here in 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 cheesesteak without an Amoroso roll! Keep it classic or try it with Cheez Whiz, bacon, BBQ sauce, ranch or...read more

You don’t have to go to Philadelphia to get an authentic Philly cheesesteak. You can...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