Outer Banks Restaurants

Exceptional Wine List

Did you know that it was only in 2011 that every area of the Outer Banks could serve liquor by the drink?! Manteo and several Hatteras Island towns were slow to allow full bar service, with the worry that it would change the personality of the small towns. That, thankfully, hasn't happened. But, until restaurant patrons could order a mixed drink, the owners of these Outer Banks establishments had to make sure that their beer and wine offerings were excellent. And excellent they are. In most every Outer Banks restaurant now, the importance of wine that perfectly pairs with the offered food is clearly considered. Even if the list is relatively small, it is carefully curated, with options from quite affordable to quite extravagant. A few restaurants consider their wine choices so important that they actually have a wine cooler room, and the wait staff is more than sufficiently prepped on the qualities of the offerings. Particularly in the winter, when crowds have lessened, some restaurants offer half-price wine nights – an affordable way to try new wines and broaden your palate. You can expect that almost every Outer Banks restaurant will serve wine, but the ones we've noted here have truly good and varied choices.

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

1587 Restaurant

Outer Banks Exceptional Wine List
405 Queen Elizabeth Street, The Tranquil House Inn, Manteo
(252) 473-1587

1587 is by far the most elegant restaurant on Roanoke Island. It exudes cosmopolitan class with soft lighting, a copper-topped bar, polished wood, subtle lighting and a view of the harbor. Dining here is an intimate experience with servers that make you feel as if you’re their only customer. Food presentation is a priority, and all dishes are works of art. Taste is important, too,... read more

1587 is by far the most elegant restaurant on Roanoke Island. It exudes cosmopolitan class... read more

Avenue Waterfront Grille

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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 Exceptional Wine List
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

Black Pelican Oceanfront Cafe

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3848 N.Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 4, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-3171

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, dishes with exotic Pan-Asian flavors or pizza from the wood-fired brick oven, a locals' favorite. Each night they offer an eclectic list of chef’s specials, and they have... read more

The Black Pelican is on The Beach Road, directly across from the ocean. They have... read more

Blue Point

Outer Banks Exceptional Wine List
1240 Duck Road, The Waterfront Shops, Duck
(252) 261-8090

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 salads, soups,... read more

Blue Point established Duck as an Outer Banks dining destination when it opened in 1989... read more

Coastal Provisions Oyster Bar and Wine Bar Cafe

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1 Ocean Boulevard, Southern Shores Crossing Shopping Center, Southern Shores
(252) 480-0023

Coastal Provisions Market is now Coastal Provisions Oyster Bar & Wine Bar Café! They serve full-service lunch and dinner featuring their award-winning cuisine, full bar and a world-class oyster bar with one of the largest selections on the East Coast. A contemporary menu of top quality local ingredients and Outer Banks catch expertly prepared and served in an unpretentious atmosphere has garnered this place wide... read more

Coastal Provisions Market is now Coastal Provisions Oyster Bar & Wine Bar Café! They serve... read more

Howard’s Pub and Raw Bar and Restaurant

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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

Lost Colony Brewery & Cafe

Outer Banks Exceptional Wine List
208 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Manteo
(252) 473-6666

If you have been a fan of Full Moon Cafe for years (and who hasn't been?), fear not! The same friendly folks who have served you great food and drink under that moniker are still at the helm. But with the growing popularity of their attached brewery that was known as Lost Colony Brewery, they decided it was time to choose one name for the... read more

If you have been a fan of Full Moon Cafe for years (and who hasn't... read more

Mike Dianna's Grill Room

Outer Banks Exceptional Wine List
777 Sunset Boulevard, Corolla
(252) 453-4336

Mike Dianna’s Grill Room has become a legendary Outer Banks restaurant. Offering fine dining in a casual atmosphere, it is most well-known for its excellently prepared meats — all-natural and USDA Prime beef, pork, chicken and veal — cooked over a hardwood grill. The fresh, local seafood is treated just as beautifully, and there are daily pasta specials as well as a menu just for... read more

Mike Dianna’s Grill Room has become a legendary Outer Banks restaurant. Offering fine dining in... read more

Ocean Boulevard

Outer Banks Exceptional Wine List
4700 N. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 2.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-2546

Ocean Boulevard is a casual yet upscale restaurant, which means you can enjoy a special evening out in the comfort of your sandals. They are, after all, just steps away from the ocean. Ocean Boulevard’s culinary team serves an American bistro-style menu that has been praised in Southern Living magazine as well as The Washington Post. The menu changes seasonally but always includes beautiful preparations... read more

Ocean Boulevard is a casual yet upscale restaurant, which means you can enjoy a special... read more

Outer Banks Brewing Station

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600 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 8.5, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 449-2739

Outer Banks Brewing Station has an ever-changing list of award-winning house-made beers and sodas that serve as the cornerstone of their innovative style. Multiple year winners of the Taste of the Beach People's Choice Award, their outstanding chefs have created an Outer Banks–inspired fusion menu using regionally available products from local fish and produce to North Carolina meats. Pastry chef Tina Mackenzie bakes the house... read more

Outer Banks Brewing Station has an ever-changing list of award-winning house-made beers and sodas that... read more

Red Sky Café

Outer Banks Exceptional Wine List
1197 Duck Road, Duck Landing, Duck
(252) 261-8646

Red Sky is an inviting café with a creative menu of contemporary coastal cuisine. Chef Wes Stepp turns out some incredible fare, including filet mignon, crispy duck and seafood. The kitchen prepares seafood, pasta and chicken creations plus sandwiches, salads, soups, appetizers and desserts. The daily specials are always worth trying. Top-quality, flavor-rich ingredients round out all the offerings, and the sides are usually as... read more

Red Sky is an inviting café with a creative menu of contemporary coastal cuisine. Chef... read more