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25 Popular Authentic Outer Banks Restaurants To Try

The Foodie’s Guide to Outer Banks Restaurants

This list of popular, authentic Outer Banks restaurants covers a variety of cuisines, family-friendly venues, local favorites and/or local brewers. For all you foodies out there who want to experience local fresh seafood, down home cooking, chef inspired creations or great pub food we’ve got you covered with this guide. Create your favorites list!


Dine Like a Local

  1. Basnight’s Lone Cedar Cafe offers seafood dishes that have been locally caught and cleaned onsite such as shrimp, scallops and flounder

  2. Authentic Italian dishes such as ravioli, lasagna and tiramisu can be found at Josephine’s Sicilian Kitchen

  3. Check out Happy Hour and enjoy drink specials, wings, tacos and shrimp at Hurricane Mo’s

  4. Have a Lemon Grass Wheat Ale, brewed onsite, along with your meal at Outer Banks Brewing Station

  5. A slice of Key Lime Pie, North Carolina’s signature dessert, can be found at The Kill Devil Grill

  6. The Colington Cafe offers one of the widest varieties of seafood, beef, chicken, pork and pasta dishes on the Outer Banks

  7. Clam Chowder and an original Tiki Bar await you at Fishbones Raw Bar & Restaurant

  8. Share a White Seafood wood-fired pizza, just one of the specialty pizzas on the menu, at The Black Pelican

  9. For a sweet treat, stop by a Duck Donuts location and have your favorite donut made-to-order as you wait

  10. Take home or stay and enjoy some of the finest artisanal cheeses, wines and craft beers at Trio Bar & Bistro

  11. Gather at Henry’s Restaurant for a simple southern breakfast including eggs, bacon, grits and biscuits

  12. Enjoy a house brew along with a local favorite, Shrimp & Grits, at Full Moon Cafe & Brewery

  13. Authentic North Carolina BBQ, beans, slaw, hush puppies and a glass of sweet tea make a great meal at High Cotton

  14. After 65+ years Owens Restaurant is still owned by the founding family and serving house specialties, Pecan Crusted Sea Scallops and Carolina Ciopinno

  15. Raw or steamed oysters by the peck, pound or dozen are the specialty at Awful Arthur’s Oyster Bar

  16. Children will love eating off the kid’s menu and interacting with live pirates at Pamlico Jacks

  17. Make your reservations at The Blue Point in Duck, an upscale farm-to-table restaurant serving seasonal seafood and vegetables

  18. Choose a bottle from the Sake menu to go along with your entree at Buddhalicious in Corolla, serving authentic Asian cuisine

  19. Sweet Potato Pancakes are just one of the entrees you could enjoy for breakfast at The Good Life Restaurant

  20. Dress your own with your favorite toppings or order a specialty hot dog such as a Boston Dog with baked beans and bacon at Capt’n Franks

  21. Satisfy all the different tastes in your family with an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring seafood, vegetables, meats, soups and desserts at Jimmy’s Seafood Buffet

  22. If in the mood for some Pad Thai, spring rolls or maybe some Kimchee, Pok’s Art Asia Fusion Kitchen offers all these and many more dishes from Asian countries of the Pacific Rim

  23. Order your choice of toppings on your half pound burger (rumored to be the “Best on the Beach”) on a Kaiser roll and served with hand cut fries at Art’s Place Bar & Grill

  24. Sit back, relax and enjoy a heaping helping of homemade Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese at Bonzer Shack Bar & Grill

  25. Start your meal at Bad Bean Baja Grill with a Bad Bean Dip Sampler featuring a tasting of their fresh guacamole, queso dip and a choice of salsa

For a more comprehensive list of Outer Banks restaurants visit the Outer Banks Visitors Guide. Please note that some restaurants shut down for a period of time during the off-season. Visit their individual websites for specific information.

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