Outer Banks Restaurants

Outdoor Dining

From the very first writings about the Outer Banks by 1585 explorers Phillip Amadas and Arthur Barlowe, we've been lauded for our natural surroundings -- "the goodliest land under the cope of heaven." Certainly, anyone who comes here does so mostly because of the gifts Mother Nature has bestowed on the Outer Banks. Where else could you stand on top of a giant sand dune and watch the sun both rise and set? So, it's no wonder that dining under this cope of heaven, without a roof over your head, has been an Outer Banks restaurant tradition since the start of tourism. Outer Banks outdoor dining takes advantage of the magnificent environment that hosts it. There's no way any restaurant lighting can compete with twinkling stars! Lots of the restaurants with open air dining are located on the soundfront, so the scenic beauty is amped up as you watch the different colors of the sunset reflecting on the water. And, as an added benefit, many Outer Banks outdoor dining restaurants also offer live music on their decks. Want a local’s tip: Order a meal for take-out from your favorite restaurant, then go climb to the top of that giant sand dune and have a picnic. It’s a view that you’ve never had before while dining, that’s for sure! 

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 Outdoor Dining
25150 N.C. Highway 12, Across from the KOA Campground, Waves
(252) 987-1200

Expect great food and awesome service at the 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 and fresh coffee, lunches that showcase stuffed grilled wraps, tasty burgers, unique Reubens (crab cake, shrimp, classic), their famous marinated or Cajun grilled tuna, possibly the best chicken... read more

Expect great food and awesome service at the Atlantic Coast Cafe in Waves — featuring... read more

Avenue Waterfront Grille

Outer Banks Outdoor Dining
207 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, The Waterfront Shops, Manteo
(252) 473-4800

If you want to see the water while you dine, Avenue Waterfront Grille is a good place to do it. Shallowbag Bay and Roanoke Sound are visible from every seat in the house, and their patio seating overlooks the Manteo docks. Whether you boat up to the Manteo docks or walk up from the waterfront, Avenue is all about maintaining the relaxed and fun attitude... read more

If you want to see the water while you dine, Avenue Waterfront Grille is a... read more

Basnight’s Lone Cedar

Outer Banks Outdoor Dining
7623 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head/Manteo Causeway, Nags Head
(252) 441-5405

This Outer Banks restaurant landmark is where you’ll find many a local eating every night, so you know the food must be really good. This restaurant is, in fact, at the top of the list of many locals’ favorite spots. The service is genuinely friendly, and the portions are more than generous. You’ll enjoy the vast views of the sound and dining on their outdoor... read more

This Outer Banks restaurant landmark is where you’ll find many a local eating every night,... read more

Beachside Bistro

Outer Banks Outdoor Dining
1731 N. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 7, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-7126

Serving American coastal cuisine, guests of Beachside Bistro can relax inside or hang out on the beachside deck and enjoy a cold drink, listen to live entertainment seven days a week Memorial Day through Labor Day and revel in the oceanfront setting. As members of Outer Banks Catch, their fresh seafood offerings include mahi mahi, tuna and other delightful dishes. The casual and relaxed Beachside... read more

Serving American coastal cuisine, guests of Beachside Bistro can relax inside or hang out on... read more

Dajio

Outer Banks Outdoor Dining
305 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
(252) 928-7119

Dajio is nestled down in Ocracoke's waterfront village. Husband and wife team Doug and Judy Eifert prepare succulent plates of locally caught fish, shrimp and oysters. They bring to the table a fusion of delicious, innovative and satisfying dishes from the surrounding sea, farms, breweries and vineyards. Chef Doug fires up the wood-burning brick oven to make homemade breads, artisan flatbread pizzas with seasonal, unique... read more

Dajio is nestled down in Ocracoke's waterfront village. Husband and wife team Doug and Judy... read more

Fatboyz Ice Cream & Grill

Outer Banks Outdoor Dining
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 Outdoor Dining
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

Good Winds Restaurant

Outer Banks Outdoor Dining
24502 N.C. Highway 12, Waves Village Watersports Resort, Rodanthe
(252) 987-1100

Whether you’ve worked up an appetite kiteboarding on site or you just want a meal with a water view, Good Winds is a good choice on northern Hatteras Island. With its second-floor perch over the Pamlico Sound and a deck for outdoor dining, it’s the place to watch the sunset. The menu features local seafood — tuna, scallops, shrimp, crab cakes and fresh catch of... read more

Whether you’ve worked up an appetite kiteboarding on site or you just want a meal... read more

Howard’s Pub and Raw Bar and Restaurant

Outer Banks Outdoor Dining
1175 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
(252) 928-4441

Howard's Pub is one of the most well-known restaurants on the coast of North Carolina. It seems that everybody who comes to Ocracoke goes to Howard's at least once during their stay. Fun-loving and casual, Howard's is open every day from mid-March until late fall serving lunch and dinner. Fresh local shrimp, clams, fish, scallops and oysters are highlights, but there are also steaks, ribs,... read more

Howard's Pub is one of the most well-known restaurants on the coast of North Carolina.... read more

Hungry Pelican Deli and Ice Cream

Outer Banks Outdoor Dining
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 new location on Budleigh Street, beside the Pioneer Theater, the restaurant serves 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

Island Perk Coffee Shop

Outer Banks Outdoor Dining
101 Budleigh Street, Suite A, Manteo
(252) 423-3565

Nestled in downtown Manteo, this spot serves the spectrum of specialty coffee drinks, both hot and cold. Pair your beverage with fresh bakery items such as scones and biscotti or cookies and treats from Sweater Box Confections. Or try some of their homemade cream-cheese spreads on a Barrier Island Bagel. Open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., this cafe offers a quick breakfast on the... read more

Nestled in downtown Manteo, this spot serves the spectrum of specialty coffee drinks, both hot... read more

Jason’s Restaurant

Outer Banks Outdoor Dining
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. Seating is available indoors and on the outside screened porch. Don't miss the mouth-watering homemade desserts... read more
Jason's Restaurant has a lot of loyal local customers because it serves tasty, traditional and... read more