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 Café

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. Featuring a comfortable, casual beach atmosphere, friendly staff and free WiFi, it's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Stop in for great breakfasts (omelets, pancakes, the works) and fresh coffee and lunches that showcase stuffed grilled wraps, tasty burgers, unique Reubens (crab cake, shrimp, classic), their famous marinated or Cajun grilled tuna, possibly... read more

Expect great food and awesome service at Atlantic Coast Cafe in Waves. Featuring a comfortable,... 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 28 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 28 years.... read more

Fatboyz Ice Cream & Grill

Outer Banks Diners, Delis & Grills
7208 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 16.5, Nags Head
(252) 441-6514

This popular take-out food and ice cream stand serves an array of ice cream concoctions – shakes, sundaes, cones – as well as hand-pattied burgers, fresh grilled tuna, french fries, Hebrew National hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, onion rings, fresh-squeezed orange/lime/lemonades and more. Be sure to try their no-filler, all-killer jumbo crabcake. The ice cream is absolutely delectable, and you must try Stacie's delicious ice cream... read more

This popular take-out food and ice cream stand serves an array of ice cream concoctions... read more

Fig Tree Bakery And Deli and Sweet Tooth

Outer Banks Diners, Delis & Grills
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

Hungry Pelican Deli and Ice Cream

Outer Banks Diners, Delis & Grills
205 Budleigh Street, Manteo
(252) 473-9303

The Hungry Pelican is known and loved for its fresh deli sandwiches and superb baked goods. In their location on Budleigh Street, beside the Pioneer Theater, the restaurant serves made-to-order sandwiches, salads and kids' fare along with hand-dipped ice cream and baked goods. With a big range of lunch choices, it's a great place to pick up a picnic before a boat tour from the... read more

The Hungry Pelican is known and loved for its fresh deli sandwiches and superb baked... read more

Ike's Bites 'n More

Outer Banks Diners, Delis & Grills
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

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 mouth-watering homemade desserts for the finishing touch for your meal.

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 the some of the best burgers on the beach, their masterful chefs have recently been placing a brighter spotlight on local seafood prepared in an authentic Outer Banks style, all with fresh, local ingredients. Start... read more

For more than 20 years, Mulligan’s has served Southern coastal cuisine with incredible views, thanks... 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 to the Corolla Dog with fried mozzarella and chili. There's more than dogs here, though. Fries, tots, chili cheese fries, wraps, salads, sandwiches, baskets and more round out the menu to keep everybody happy. Oh My Dog serves breakfast too, with breakfast sandwiches, omelets,... read more

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