Outer Banks Restaurants

Seafood Specialties & Steam Bars

We bet you've been dreaming of eating an Outer Banks seafood dinner for months. (We understand. As locals, eating fresh-caught seafood is one of the true pleasures of living here.) Whether it's fried, broiled, blackened, grilled, steamed or raw (as in the oyster or sushi variety), there's a virtual sea of choices. Favorites such as shrimp, flounder, crab cakes and tuna are always found on menus, but seasonal favorites are much anticipated too -- soft shell crabs, oysters, rock fish, puppy drum and blue fish being big ones on the list. As you can imagine, almost every restaurant here serves Outer Banks seafood of some sort, but the ones we're noting in this category are the ones that feature it foremost on their menus and prepare it in imaginative as well as traditional ways. Steamed Outer Banks seafood is offered in many of these restaurants, but unless we specifically note it, you're smart to call ahead to confirm if that's what you're wanting. For diners who are particularly health conscious, steamed shrimp, clams or oysters accompanied by steamed veggies is a meal any trainer would approve of! A select number of Outer Banks restaurants will even cook your catch of the day – what a satisfying end to a successful day of fishing.

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 Seafood Specialties & Steam Bars
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

Avenue Waterfront Grille

Outer Banks Seafood Specialties & Steam Bars
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

Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar & Restaurant

Outer Banks Seafood Specialties & Steam Bars
2106 N. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 6, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-5955

Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar is an Outer Banks legend and world-famous for its casual, raw bar atmosphere and delicious local seafood. The steamed shrimp are so good that they were featured in Esquire magazine. The menu features a variety of seafood, as well as burgers, pastas, steaks and chicken. Take the people's word for it: In a local polls Awful Arthur's has been voted Best...read more

Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar is an Outer Banks legend and world-famous for its casual, raw...read more

Basnight’s Lone Cedar

Outer Banks Seafood Specialties & Steam Bars
7623 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head/Manteo Causeway, Nags Head
(252) 441-5405

This Outer Banks landmark restaurant 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 on both sides, especially the...read more

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

Black Pelican Oceanfront Cafe

Outer Banks Seafood Specialties & Steam Bars
3848 N.Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 4, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-3171

Housed in a former U.S. Lifesaving Station and full of character and rustic charm, the Black Pelican is on the Beach Road, directly across from the ocean. They have a deck bar with great ocean views and, of course, lots of fresh seafood on the menu. Choose from steamed seafood, steaks or pizza from the wood-fired brick oven, a locals' favorite. Each night they offer...read more

Housed in a former U.S. Lifesaving Station and full of character and rustic charm, the...read more

Blue Point

The Waterfront Shops
Outer Banks Seafood Specialties & Steam Bars
1240 Duck Road, The Waterfront Shops, Duck
(252) 261-8090

The Blue Point established Duck as an Outer Banks dining destination when it opened in 1989 and has since put the tiny town on the foodie map. The restaurant is lively and offers fantastic views of the Currituck Sound. The menus are creative, upscale, Southern and coastal, changing seasonally to reflect the fresh local and regional ingredients that are available. The dinner menu offers

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The Blue Point established Duck as an Outer Banks dining destination when it opened

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Bob's Grill

Outer Banks Seafood Specialties & Steam Bars
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

Corolla Seafood Buffet

Outer Banks Seafood Specialties & Steam Bars
811 Ocean Trail, Corolla
(252) 453-3150

Corolla's only buffet restaurant offers a smorgasbord of seafood specialties and so much more. The buffet includes all the seafood favorites like Alaskan crab legs and crab cakes, scallops, shrimp, oysters, mussels, clams and fish of every sort. Beyond the sea, there are meats, including chicken and pork ribs, and all the favorite vegetables, sides and desserts. Corolla Seafood Buffet is a new restaurant by...read more

Corolla's only buffet restaurant offers a smorgasbord of seafood specialties and so much more. The...read more

Dajio

Outer Banks Seafood Specialties & Steam Bars
305 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
(252) 928-7119

Dajio is nestled in the trees 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. The menu includes extensive gluten-free and vegetarian options. Bring in your catch, and they will...read more

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

Darrell’s Restaurant

Outer Banks Seafood Specialties & Steam Bars
521 S. U.S. Highway 64, Manteo
(252) 473-5366

Darrell’s is a family-style seafood restaurant that’s a locals' favorite and has been operated by the Daniels family for more than five decades. It dates back to 1960 when Darrell Daniels started the Polar Bear Drive-In. When the second generation came on board in 1972, the family changed the focus to a seafood restaurant and renamed it Darrell's Seafood Restaurant. Now the third generation is...read more

Darrell’s is a family-style seafood restaurant that’s a locals' favorite and has been operated by...read more

Diamond Shoals Restaurant and Seafood Market

Outer Banks Seafood Specialties & Steam Bars
46843 N.C. Highway 12, Buxton
(252) 995-5217

Diamond Shoals Restaurant is a family-owned establishment that has been serving Hatteras visitors and locals for more than 25 years. It’s open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is welcoming of large groups. Breakfast is full service and hearty, including omelets, platters, hotcakes and more. At lunch or dinner, be sure to try their award-winning clam chowder and crab bisque. Diamond...read more

Diamond Shoals Restaurant is a family-owned establishment that has been serving Hatteras visitors and locals...read more

Dirty Dick’s Crab House

Outer Banks Seafood Specialties & Steam Bars
41934 N.C. Highway 12, Hatteras Island Plaza, Avon
(252) 995-3425
2407 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 10.5, Nags Head
(252) 449-2722

You can find Dirty Dick’s at two locations on the Outer Banks – in Nags Head on the Bypass and on Hatteras Island in the same shopping center as Food Lion in Avon. Judging by the name, this might sound like a simple seafood shack, but Dirty Dick’s is actually a nice restaurant with a fun-loving atmosphere and seriously good food. The menu pays homage...read more

You can find Dirty Dick’s at two locations on the Outer Banks – in Nags...read more