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. 1718 Brewing

    $$ | Modern American

    Coastal North Carolina's best beer is brewed at this outpost by the sea that doubles as a sunset hangout (the views from the rooftop deck are...Read More

  • 2. Blue Moon Beach Grill

    $$$ | Seafood

    Once in a blue moon, you have to taste life on a sandbar," says the sign over the bar at this small, quirky, and locally popular restaurant...Read More

  • 3. Moonrakers

    $$$$ | Seafood

    There's a lot to love at this gorgeous three-story destination restaurant, from the blackened grouper that emeges from the open kitchen's wood...Read More

  • 4. NC Coast Grill & Bar

    $$$$ | Seafood

    The small plates and seafood that emerge from the open kitchen at this bold and bright waterfront eatery are a lot more creative than the name...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. The Blue Point

    $$$$ | Seafood

    The Outer Banks' first farm-to-table restaurant, this upscale foodie haven marries Southern roots with contemporary flair and Currituck Sound...Read More

  • 7. The Flying Melon Café

    $$$$ | Seafood

    This inviting neighborhood restaurant, with picnic tables and string lights setting an inviting scene in the yard, focuses on seafood with Louisiana...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Bay Leaf

    $$ | Indian

    The wonderful smells of freshly prepared curries and tandoori chicken beckon diners to enter this windowless but lovely restaurant in the restored...Read More

  • 10. Beaufort Grocery Company

    $$$$ | Modern American

    Well known for its lunchtime sandwiches, salads, and gumbo, this quaint neighborhood bistro's dinner menu expands and goes upscale, with an...Read More

  • 11. Bespoke

    $ | Downtown | Bakery

    The drinks extend beyond coffee at this attractive, airy spot for a pick-me-up, from turmeric to matcha lattes, where the sign on the wall reads...Read More

  • 12. Breakwater

    $$$ | Seafood

    Perched atop Oden's Dock with views across the sound, this midpriced, seafood-oriented spot serves broiled and fried shrimp and fish, and plenty...Read More

  • 13. Catch

    $$$$ | Midtown | Seafood

    Native Wilmingtonian chef Keith Rhodes is a James Beard Award finalist who sources local seafood for inspired, beautifully plated Asian- and...Read More

  • 14. City Kitchen

    $$$ | Eclectic

    At an otherwise working marina, this small-plates restaurant and cocktail bar offers a touch of upscale class with its excellent water views...Read More

  • 15. 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

  • 16. 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

  • 17. Freddie's Restaurant

    $$ | Italian

    Dining at this family-run Italian joint—steps from the beach but in dark-wood-laden environs that feel like a haunt from The Sopranos —is an...Read More

  • 18. Hatteras Sol Waterside Grill

    $$$ | Seafood

    The Widespread Panic concert posters lining the walls are the first clue that this isn't the usual waterfront seafood spot; the next is the...Read More

  • 19. Howard's Pub

    $$ | Ocracoke Village | American

    This long-established pub is a boisterous and friendly place to eat and drink, with a quick-footed staff who aim to please. Don't miss the fresh...Read More

  • 20. 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

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