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. Cypress Hall

    $$$$ | Modern American

    Chef Ashley Moser's open kitchen at this magnificent, brick-walled, fine-dining hall (it's arguably the best restaurant in a 100-mile radius...Read More

  • 4. Freshfit Cafe

    $ | Vegetarian

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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. AQUA Restaurant

    $$$$ | Modern American

    This beautifully located restaurant offers creative takes on locally sourced seafood and other dishes; there's seating on a waterside patio...Read More

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. 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

  • 16. 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

  • 17. 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

  • 18. 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

  • 19. 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

  • 20. 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

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