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 an 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, and you’ll be... read more

1587 is an elegant restaurant on Roanoke Island. It exudes cosmopolitan class with soft lighting,... read more

Avenue Waterfront Grille

Outer Banks Exceptional Wine List
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 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 Exceptional Wine List
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 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 a kids' menu with lots... read more

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

Blue Point

The Waterfront Shops
Outer Banks Exceptional Wine List
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 salads,... read more

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

Coastal Provisions Oyster Bar and Wine Bar Cafe

Outer Banks Exceptional Wine List
1 Ocean Boulevard, Southern Shores Crossing Shopping Center, Southern Shores
(252) 480-0023

Opened in 2006 as a gourmet market, Coastal Provisions Oyster Bar & Wine Bar Café now serves 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 fresh Outer Banks catch expertly prepared and served in an unpretentious atmosphere has garnered this place wide acclaim. You'll... read more

Opened in 2006 as a gourmet market, Coastal Provisions Oyster Bar & Wine Bar Café now serves full-service... read more

Froggy Dog Restaurant & Pub

Outer Banks Exceptional Wine List
40050 N.C. Highway 12, Avon
(252) 995-5550

New owners in 2019 have breathed new life into this long-established, seafood-oriented restaurant in Avon. The owners of popular Avon restaurants Cups & Cones and Muffins & Scones are at the helm of this restaurant now, and they are committed to serving scratch-made fare and bringing fun nightlife back to the Froggy Dog. They've redesigned the pub with new ship-themed decor and will be hosting weekly... read more

New owners in 2019 have breathed new life into this long-established, seafood-oriented restaurant in Avon.... read more

Howard’s Pub and Raw Bar and Restaurant

Outer Banks Exceptional Wine List
1175 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
(252) 928-4441

Fun, funky and casual, Howard's serves lunch and dinner every day from early spring until late fall. Fresh, local seafood from the Pamlico Sound is the highlight, but there are also steaks, ribs, burgers, salads, sandwiches and soups worth ferrying in for (and many do). Sit indoors in the air-conditioned dining room, at the long wooden bar, out on the expansive screened porch with circling ceiling fans or on... read more

Fun, funky and casual, Howard's serves lunch and dinner every day from early spring until late fall.... read more

Lost Colony Brewery & Cafe

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

For award-winning locally brewed beer and creative cuisine, head to Lost Colony Brewery & Café. This longtime local restaurant has the chops of any urban gastropub but with the friendliness and welcoming atmosphere of small-town Manteo. Notable for bringing a touch of city style to the downtown Manteo waterfront, the restaurant and pub are located at the intersection of Queen Elizabeth Avenue and Sir Walter... read more

For award-winning locally brewed beer and creative cuisine, head to Lost Colony Brewery & Café.... read more

Mike Dianna's Grill Room

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

Mike Dianna's Grill Room is located in the Timbuck II Shopping Center in Corolla. Celebrating its 15th season on the Outer Banks, the Grill Room is owned and operated by a true Corolla local who has lived in the area since 1984 and grew up in Corolla's small town. The restaurant starts with the best raw product they can find like USDA Prime beef, fresh... read more

Mike Dianna's Grill Room is located in the Timbuck II Shopping Center in Corolla. Celebrating... read more

NC Coast Grill & Bar

Outer Banks Exceptional Wine List
1184 Duck Road, Duck
(252) 261-8666

The second restaurant from the team at Duck’s Red Sky Cafe, NC Coast Grill & Bar’s open kitchen, concrete bar, upscale coastal decor and waterfront location create a lively, hip and low-key atmosphere for gathering with family and friends over drinks, snacks, shareable plates and meals. Owner/Chef Wes Stepp describes NC Coast’s cuisine as celebrating the flavors of the coastal South while bringing in cross-cultural... read more

The second restaurant from the team at Duck’s Red Sky Cafe, NC Coast Grill &... read more

Ocean Boulevard Bistro and Martini Bar

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