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 restaurants 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

Bob's Grill

Outer Banks Restaurant
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

Bonzer Shack

Outer Banks Restaurant
1200 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 9, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 480-1010

Get ready to kick back and relax at Bonzer Shack. With their creative take on Southern and island comfort food in a surf hangout atmosphere, there’s always something on the menu that’s sure to tempt you. The menu offers sandwiches, fresh seafood specials, steaks, burgers and the mouthwatering smoked Gouda grit cakes. Local favorites also include delicious apps like the Hippie Dip and wings roasted... read more

Get ready to kick back and relax at Bonzer Shack. With their creative take on... read more

Chilli Peppers Coastal Grill

Outer Banks Restaurant
3001 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 5, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-8081

Chilli Peppers Coastal Grill is famous on the Outer Banks for its coastal cuisine, fresh seafood and award-winning soups and sauces. Everything is made from scratch, and the dining room bursts with a colorful and casual atmosphere. Every day the chef’s lunch specials include a pasta dish, enchilada of the day, stir-fry and a sandwich and soup combo in variety that could please anyone’s taste... read more

Chilli Peppers Coastal Grill is famous on the Outer Banks for its coastal cuisine, fresh... read more

ClamBake OBX

Outer Banks Restaurant
5561 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 2, Kitty Hawk
(252) 489-4754

Take a load off and let ClamBake OBX do some of the work of feeding your family! They'll bring the fun and excitement of an old-fashioned clam bake right to your front door, or you can choose from 14 other menus with their in-house chef services. ClamBake OBX serves areas from Corolla to Hatteras Island, and they will come to your house and do all the... read more

Take a load off and let ClamBake OBX do some of the work of feeding... read more

Coastal Provisions Oyster Bar and Wine Bar Cafe

Outer Banks Restaurant
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

Corolla Cantina

Outer Banks Restaurant
1159 Austin Street, Corolla
(252) 597-1730

Corolla Cantina is the place for fresh, Baja-inspired Mexican food. It opens at 11 a.m. for lunch and dinner. The decor of the cozy cafe reflects its menu: bold, refreshing and laid back. Owner Nadya Williams makes you feel as if you’re stepping into her own kitchen, greeting you with a genuine smile and hearty laugh. Start your meal with the spiked queso to share,... read more

Corolla Cantina is the place for fresh, Baja-inspired Mexican food. It opens at 11 a.m.... read more

Cosmo’s Pizzeria

Outer Banks Restaurant
5591 N. Croatan Highway, The Marketplace, Southern Shores
(252) 261-8388

Cosmo’s offers Italian-style food that’s worth seeking out. We think the crust is dandy — perfectly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside and with just a hint of sweetness. Choose from any of their fabulous pizza concoctions or create your own. Cosmo’s also offers salads, pasta dishes, subs, beer and wine. You can eat in or take it out.... read more

Cosmo’s offers Italian-style food that’s worth seeking out. We think the crust is dandy —... read more

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 28 years. Guests can dine in, enjoy the 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 and... read more

Country Deli has been an Outer Banks tradition and locals' favorite for more than 28 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. Chef Doug fires up the wood-burning brick oven to roast organic whole chickens and to... 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 Restaurant
523 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

Duck Pizza Company

Outer Banks Restaurant
1171 Duck Road, Scarborough Lane Shopping Center, Duck
(252) 255-0099

Duck Pizza Company's menu features a wide selection of creative pizza combinations with plenty of varieties to choose from. Featuring all fresh ingredients, you can also create your own pizzas or choose from subs, calzones, stromboli, salads or wings. They offer three sizes of pizza — small, large and their extra large one that's really huge at 18" and 12 slices — and make the... read more

Duck Pizza Company's menu features a wide selection of creative pizza combinations with plenty of... read more

Dunes Restaurant

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

Dunes Restaurant is a Nags Head tradition that’s been serving breakfast and dinner for more than 30 years. They have an award-winning breakfast menu that includes a hearty breakfast buffet and fresh fruit bar daily in season. At dinner, there are Angus burgers and steaks and, of course, fresh-cooked local seafood. If you like Southern fried chicken, this is a Dunes' specialty. And on most... read more

Dunes Restaurant is a Nags Head tradition that’s been serving breakfast and dinner for more... read more