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. Café Pamlico

    $$$$ | Seafood

    Overlooking Pamlico Sound, this upscale bistro puts the focus squarely on locally sourced seafood, vegetables from the accompanying inn's own...Read More

  • 3. Freshfit Cafe

    $ | Vegetarian

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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 1587 Restaurant

    $$$$ | Modern American

    This bay-side restaurant in the Tranquil House Inn serves creative cuisine alongside magical waterfront views. Repeat customers like the ever...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 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. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. Oceanic

    $$$ | Seafood

    At Crystal Pier, this casual fine-dining destination lets you indulge in entrées like crab-stuffed salmon or a platter of Calabash seafood while...Read More

  • 16. Persimmons

    $$$ | Seafood

    New Bern's only waterfront restaurant doesn't rely on geography to impress—the craft cocktails, seared scallops, and entrées like salmon and...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. 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

  • 19. 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

  • 20. The Black Pelican

    $$$ | Seafood

    The views across the Atlantic are just part of the appeal at this casual, multiroom seafood spot built into a U.S. Lifesaving Station dating...Read More

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