The North Carolina Coast Restaurants

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The North Carolina Coast - browse our top choices for Restaurants during your stay.

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  • 1. Dancing Turtle Coffee Shop

    $ | Bakery

    The long list of mocha varieties at this early-morning hot spot tempt you to deviate from your usual latte, and the fluffy muffins and scones...Read More

  • 2. Freshfit Cafe

    $ | Vegetarian

    When you need a break from seafood platters, head here for smoothies, local kombucha, and tasty wraps and BLTs. ...Read More

  • 3. John's Drive In

    $ | Fast Food

    When a large milk shake is the only thing that will do on a hot summer day, this is the place to head for—locals say they are the best on the...Read More

  • 4. Avenue Waterfront Grille

    $$$ | Seafood

    Expect local shrimp and fish at this relaxed but upscale seafood spot, where you can watch boats come and go along Manteo Harbor (or tie your...Read More

  • 5. Back Porch Restaurant and Wine Bar

    $$$$ | Ocracoke Village | Seafood

    This cozy little cottage under a stand of pines serves stellar seafood like crab cakes and fresh diver sea scallops. Other highlights include...Read More

  • 6. Buxton Munch Company

    $ | Café

    This casual lunch spot, tucked away in a strip center, has been going strong for over 20 years, specializing in fish and shrimp tacos, wraps...Read More

  • 7. Captain Ratty's Seafood & Steakhouse

    $$$ | American

    Everyone from businesspeople to vacationing families finds something to like at Captain Ratty's. Sandwiches and generous salads are popular...Read More

  • 8. Ceviche's

    $$ | Latin American

    Panamanian-inspired food is the focus of this lively rum bar and restaurant just across the bridge from the beach. The eponymous ceviches—traditional...Read More

  • 9. COAST Craft Cocktails & Calabash

    $$$ | Seafood

    In 2021, the popular Surf House rebranded into this laid-back spot for tasty cocktails, inviting seafood-leaning small plates, and the most...Read More

  • 10. CRU

    $ | Sandwiches

    In the morning, pick up a bagel, a breakfast burrito, and a latte at this downtown coffee shop. Grab a sandwich or wrap to go for lunch, and...Read More

  • 11. Duck Donuts

    $ | Bakery

    Each doughnut at this Duck original starts with a coating—traditional favorites like vanilla and chocolate, or more daring varieties like lemon...Read More

  • 12. Indochine

    $$ | Midtown | Asian

    Walk through the doors of this colorful restaurant and you'll feel as if you're in another country, whether you're seated in an authentic Thai...Read More

  • 13. Island Smoothie

    $ | Vegetarian

    Come early to beat the line at this strip-mall joint mixing acai bowls, avocado toast, nitro cold brew, and a full menu of sandwiches and wraps. ...Read More

  • 14. Jack Mackerel's Island Grill

    $$$ | American

    Step through a wood-and-glass hatch door into a dining room where tropical blues and greens accent a bar top fashioned like a wooden boat deck...Read More

  • 15. Lost Colony Brewery and Cafe

    $ | Seafood

    In a renovated gas station, this cheerful bistro has large front windows and lots of patio seating, plus an eclectic menu of seafood entrées...Read More

  • 16. MJ's Raw Bar and Grille

    $$ | Seafood

    This little downtown seafood joint with sidewalk and indoor seating serves fresh coastal food in a setting full of local charm. You'll see plenty...Read More

  • 17. Morgan's Tavern and Grill

    $$ | American

    Skylights illuminate exposed redbrick walls and weathered wooden ceiling beams at this downtown, circa-1912 building, originally a garage and...Read More

  • 18. Oceanas Bistro

    $$$ | American

    Open year-round for lunch and dinner (seasonally for breakfast), this long-established and popular roadside restaurant is a great spot to get...Read More

  • 19. Sam and Omie's

    $$$ | Seafood

    Named after two fishermen, father and son, this no-nonsense shack opened in 1937 and is one of the Outer Banks' oldest restaurants. Fishing...Read More

  • 20. Sealevel City Vegan Diner

    $ | North Metro | Vegetarian

    The culinary creations here may be free of animal products, but they're certainly not lacking in flavor, from the addictive lentil burger patty...Read More

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