Outer Banks Restaurants

Creativity Reigns in Outer Banks Restaurants

Outer Banks restaurants reflect these islands' personality perfectly – individual, not cookie-cutter, reflective of the town they're located in, a blend of uptown culinary tastes and easily comfortable atmospheres. The number and character of Outer Banks restaurants is amazing for such a relatively small geographic area. Gone are the days when most establishments focused on fried seafood served with a side of hushpuppies. Now, many Outer Banks restaurants rival any top spot found in cities.  

Each town here has its own dining character. Corolla restaurants, for example, have a lot of variety to mirror the mixture of developments in the area. Hatteras restaurants are more casual and laid back just like Hatteras Island is; Duck restaurants can claim some of the most highly regarded eateries in the area. Ocracoke restaurants rightfully boasts that there’s not one chain restaurant on the island, which makes the overall dining scene so much more interesting. Roanoke Island restaurants reflect a vibrant dining scene and even the smallest brewery in North Carolina. Honestly, for a resort area on the edge of the continent, the Outer Banks has attracted world-class chefs and imaginative restaurateurs. Creativity reigns, and diners are the happy beneficiaries. And Nags Head restaurants include so many award-winning establishments, you’d need a year of constant dining out to take advantage of them.

It's All Good at Outer Banks Restaurants

Outer Banks restaurant choices range from drop-in burger joints to award-winning, fine-dining restaurants. As the popular saying goes, “It’s all good.” Naturally you’ll discover plenty of seafood selections varying from traditional fried fish with slaw to eel-filled Japanese dragon rolls to magnificent concoctions of seafood as good as any you've experienced. And most of the seafood you eat was caught just that morning. Now that’s fresh! You can warm up with Hatteras clam chowder, savor mesquite grilled tuna or fill up on steamers. Meat lovers will appreciate the local barbecue haunts and plentiful prime rib specials. From pizza to lobster, you’ll satisfy any morning, noon or night craving.

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

Country Deli

Outer Banks Restaurant
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 30 years. Guests can dine in, enjoy the pet-friendly 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...read more

Country Deli has been an Outer Banks tradition and locals' favorite for more than 30 years....read more

Dajio

Outer Banks Restaurant
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

Dare Devil's Pizzeria

Outer Banks Restaurant
1112 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 9, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-6330

A fixture on the Beach Road in Kill Devil Hills since 1987, Dare Devil's Pizzeria has reached legendary status on the Outer Banks. They serve delicious pizzas, stromboli, subs, salads and appetizers. All the sauces and dough are made fresh daily, and you can really taste the difference. The quality of the food plus the friendly staff are just a couple of the reasons this is...read more

A fixture on the Beach Road in Kill Devil Hills since 1987, Dare Devil's Pizzeria...read more

Darrell’s Restaurant

Outer Banks Restaurant
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 Restaurant
46843 N.C. Highway 12, Buxton
(252) 995-5217

Diamond Shoals is a family-owned restaurant that has been serving 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. They are well known for having...read more

Diamond Shoals is a family-owned restaurant that has been serving visitors and locals for more than...read more

Dirty Dick’s Crab House

Outer Banks Restaurant
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

Dunes Restaurant

Outer Banks Restaurant
7013 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Bypass, MP 16.5, Nags Head
(252) 441-1600

Dunes Restaurant has been a breakfast and dinner favorite among Outer Banks locals and visitors for nearly four decades (39 seasons in 2021 to be exact). Breakfast here is a certifiable Nags Head tradition. Their hearty meals and platters are a huge draw, and their breakfast menu is one of the biggest on the beach, with choices like shrimp and grits, creamed chipped beef, N.C....read more

Dunes Restaurant has been a breakfast and dinner favorite among Outer Banks locals and visitors...read more

Fat Crabs Rib Company

Outer Banks Restaurant
1159 Austin Street, Corolla Light Town Center, Corolla
(252) 453-9931

This is a great local dine-in or take-out restaurant with a very casual family atmosphere. The menu features seafood including soft-shell and hard-shell crabs (hard shells are sold either live or cooked), Alaskan king and snow crab legs by the pound (when available), scallops, shrimp, clams, mussels, oysters and fresh fish, plus slow-cooked barbecue including North Carolina pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked ribs, smoked chicken...read more

This is a great local dine-in or take-out restaurant with a very casual family atmosphere....read more

FatBoyz Ice Cream & Sweet Treats

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

A beach road favorite in Nags Head for more than 20 years, FatBoyz serves delicious sweets and treats. Hand-dipped and soft-serve ice cream are prepared in dozens of ways – cups, cones, shakes, sundaes, splits, floats, flurries and more. Stacie's Ice Cream Cakes are a local legend, and you can order your own by calling ahead. New on the menu are chocolate-dipped fruits and bacon...read more

A beach road favorite in Nags Head for more than 20 years, FatBoyz serves delicious...read more

Fig Tree Bakery & Deli and Sweettooth

Outer Banks Restaurant
1015 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
(252) 928-3481

Fig Tree Bakery & Deli and Sweettooth serves breakfast and lunch menu items that offer choices for every craving. Breakfast combinations are available on biscuits, bagels and English muffins. Deli sandwiches and wraps are made to order, as are salads with fresh ingredients. Enjoy breakfast or lunch under the umbrellas on the outdoor seating area or grab and go on the way to the beach...read more

Fig Tree Bakery & Deli and Sweettooth serves breakfast and lunch menu items that offer...read more

Fish Heads Bar & Grill

Outer Banks Restaurant
8901 S. Old Oregon Inlet Road, MP 18.5, Nags Head
(252) 255-1976

You can't eat and drink any closer to the ocean than this. Outer Banks Pier offers a restaurant and bar with seating on the deck in the sun or moon or under a roof with open-air curtains. They serve fish tacos, steamed shrimp, fresh hamburgers, crab cakes, tuna bites, fries and more. And they also have some breakfast sandwiches for the early birds and anglers....read more

You can't eat and drink any closer to the ocean than this. Outer Banks Pier...read more

FreshFit Cafe

Outer Banks Restaurant
7531 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head-Manteo Causeway, Nags Head
(252) 715-6444

Serving healthy, clean and fresh foods and drinks, FreshFit Cafe makes it easy to stick to your health and fitness goals. The owners are health-focused and nutrition-oriented and they want to help people eat better so that they have more energy, less stress and fuller lives. FreshFit serves balanced breakfasts and lunches and offers organic coffee, a juice bar, smoothies, detox drinks, a kids' menu...read more

Serving healthy, clean and fresh foods and drinks, FreshFit Cafe makes it easy to stick...read more