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. 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

  • 2. Poor Richard's Sandwich Shop

    $ | Sandwiches

    Open since 1984, there is often a long line at the rear of this downtown Manteo institution serving gourmet classics like BLTs, Reubens, tuna...Read More

  • 3. Basnight's Lone Cedar Café

    $$$$ | Seafood

    Despite a modern rebuild after a fire, this classic seafood house directly on the water (there's an osprey nest mere feet from the dining-room...Read More

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Clawson's 1905 Restaurant and Pub

    $$ | American

    A combination of fresh seafood, local beers, and live music make this a Front Street staple, especially for lunch. Housed in a 1900s grocery...Read More

  • 7. Cow Café

    $ | Café

    This black-and-white-spotted café and ice cream parlor is popular with families. Sandwiches, "cowlossal" all-beef hot dogs, "cowsadillas," house...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. K38 Baja Grill

    $ | Midtown | Mexican

    Named for a popular surfers' point break in Baja, Mexico, where some friends once shared memorable roadside fish tacos, the K38—the mothership...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Orange Blossom Bakery & Cafe

    $ | Bakery

    There's a line out the door during summer for this bakery's "Apple Uglies," fried amalgams of doughnut dough and apples. There's also a full...Read More

  • 15. Outer Banks Brewing Station

    $$$ | American

    Craft beer rules at this wind turbine–powered brewery and British Isles–style pub. Upscale pub fare complements the beer—opt for seared local...Read More

  • 16. Owens' Restaurant

    $$$$ | Seafood

    Family owned since 1946, this restaurant, housed in a replica of an early-19th-century Outer Banks Lifesaving Station, feels like dining in...Read More

  • 17. Provision Company

    $$ | Seafood

    This laid-back, colorful joint right on the water is the place to enjoy the day's catch with zero pretension, prepared to simple perfection...Read More

  • 18. 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

  • 19. South Beach Grill

    $$$ | Seafood

    Tight parking on a cramped lot doesn't deter diners from this friendly, slightly retro-looking restaurant, on the site of the first bank in...Read More

  • 20. Sugar Creek Seafood Restaurant

    $$$ | Seafood

    If fiery red sunsets and marinated tuna entice you, this is the place to eat. Sip a drink on the pier or in the gazebo to soak in Roanoke Sound...Read More

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