Nags Head Restaurants - Including Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills

Let’s be honest, we don’t come to the beach just for the surf and sand. Restaurants and their delectable offerings play a role in the vacation, too. We’ll get you started with some delicious word images of what to expect when you go out to eat at Nags Head restaurant, Kill Devil Hills restaurants and Kitty Hawk restaurants. Imagine sitting down to steaming-hot shrimp with a sprinkling of Old Bay seasoning  or a bowl of Hatteras-style chowder of sweet baby clams, fresh vegetables and a clear broth at Nags Head restaurants. Or check out some Kill Devil Hills restaurants to find fat morsels of jumbo lump crab meat piled into cakes and lightly broiled or fried and white, flaky rockfish fillets as you like them – fried, grilled, broiled or blackened. And don’t forget the rich, silky she-crab soup with the perfect blend of sherry and cream or oysters flash-fried to crispy perfection, dipped in tangy tartar sauce Kitty Hawk restaurants can offer.

If you like the fruits of the sea, you’ll love eating in Nags Head restaurants. Seafood is definitely the star of the show in Kitty Hawk restaurants, most of it caught right along these shores. Kill Devil Hills restaurants feature some all-you-can-eat seafood buffets. Every day commercial fishermen (and women) bring in the bounty of the sea, and it doesn’t take long to get that seafood from the boat to your belly. And good news: Nags Head restaurants don’t offer mere fried seafood dinners served with hushpuppies and cole slaw anymore. Of course, that classic combination is still available, but restaurants in Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills and Kitty Hawk have evolved. Now you can find Kill Devil Hills restaurants boasting the fashionable catch-phrases of “contemporary coastal cuisine” and “Southern coastal cuisine” along with others in the area. And Kitty Hawk restaurants, perhaps surprisingly, sport the most variety. Local restaurants are definitely in tune with trying to serve as much locally harvested seafood and local produce as possible.

 If you’re not a huge fan of seafood, or if you like a little variety in your diet, don’t worry. Every town's restaurants offer more than seafood. Steaks, chicken, duck, lamb, pork, pasta and vegetarian options are offered on local menus. There are plenty of alternative restaurants on the Banks today, from Chinese and Japanese to Thai to Italian and Mexican to Baja, and there’s a wide range of atmospheres, everything from contemporary fine-dining with a dress code to the most casual, come-as-you-are eateries.

Kill Devil Hills Restaurants | Kitty Hawk Restaurants | Nags Head Restaurants

Almost Eleven

2706 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 10.5, Nags Head
(252) 255-2806

Almost Eleven has great food and a cozy atmosphere that will keep you coming back for more! Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with a variety of delicious daily specials, the focus at Almost Eleven is on quality ingredients and menu items that are made with care. Try crowd favorites such as their Red Velvet Waffles, grilled rib eye steak paninis or the Mediterranean-spiced local Mahi-Mahi and prepare to be dazzled. They also have a large upstairs bar where you can find an array of cocktails made with fresh-squeezed juices as well as happy hour specials during the summer months. Outdoor porch seating is also available, and whether you’re looking for a night (or day) out on the town or you’re planning a special event, Almost Eleven can happily accommodate parties both large and small.    

Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar & Restaurant

2106 N. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 6, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-5955

Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar is world-famous for its casual, raw bar atmosphere and great local seafood. The steamed shrimp are so good that they were featured in Esquire magazine. The menu features lots of seafood, but there are also burgers, pastas, steaks and chicken. Take the people's word for it: In a local polls Awful Arthur's has been voted Best of the Beach in the Oyster Bar category and took home the 2014 People's Choice Award for the Taste of the Beach Chowder Cook-Off. Awful Arthur's has a full bar and an upstairs lounge with an ocean view. They're open daily for lunch and dinner. 

Bad Bean Baja Grill

3105 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 5, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 261-1300

Although Bad Bean Baja Grill offers some Mexican favorites, it’s far from your typical Mexican restaurant. Techniques and flavors from all across Latin America, California and the Baja Peninsula are utilized to create a unique dining experience. The fresh-made salsas, guacamole and queso cheese dips are perfect with the housemade corn tortilla chips. And they’ve added in some extras too — daily lunch specials, full-service wait staff and a full-service bar featuring one of the best Ultimate Margaritas and Bloody Marys on the beach. They’ve taken the fish taco idea (not to mention their pork belly tacos) and expanded it to the Nth degree, using only fresh local fish, shrimp, calamari and even soft shell crab in season. Plus, their Carne Asada and nightly grilled specials are a must have as well. Bad Bean was a triple award winner in the 2013 Taste of the Beach festival, receiving Best in Show, the Chefs' Choice Award and Best Seafood Dish. The bar has been completely renovated, expanding from 14 seats to 27 and featuring great local artwork to spice up the walls. This cool Outer Banks restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. all summer, with live music and entertainment on occasion. Take-out is available, including party packs for groups, and large parties are always welcome.

Barefoot Bernie’s Tropical Grill & Bar

3730 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-1008

Barefoot Bernie’s is open year round for lunch and dinner. They pride themselves on offering big portions at reasonable prices. Menu items include seafood, steaks, chicken, pastas, large salads, sandwiches and gourmet pizzas. A large, varied kid’s menu is also available, plus gluten-free items and their fantastic Lean-a-licious menu that includes dishes with less than 550 calories. Check out their specialty frozen drinks and martinis or have your own favorite wine, beer or spirits with their full ABC permit. Large party reservations are always welcome. In the summer they have late-night food; call ahead for details.

Basnight’s Lone Cedar

7623 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head/Manteo Causeway, Nags Head
(252) 441-5405

This Outer Banks restaurant landmark is where you’ll find many a local eating every night, so you know the food must be really good. This restaurant is, in fact, at the top of the list of many locals’ favorite spots. The service is genuinely friendly, and the portions are more than generous. You’ll enjoy the vast views of the sound and dining on their outdoor deck overlooking the osprey nest. Basnight’s serves brunch Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner seven nights a week beginning at 4:30 p.m. (During the off-season, the days they serve dinner vary, so call ahead.) They feature only local, fresh North Carolina seafood that comes in whole and is cleaned in their kitchen, along with vegetarian dishes, pasta and USDA Angus steaks. Their dedication to freshness includes their own herb garden. They also serve local produce as well as all-natural chicken. And you will marvel at their incredible wine cellar (well, it’s a room, really) featuring thousands of bottles of wine. This accompanies a roomy bar area where you can pick from a new bar menu full of tasty offerings or order right from the full restaurant menu. They also have live music in the bar area on Friday and Saturday nights. Their special occasion buffets -- Easter, Thanksgiving, Mother's Day -- are hugely popular, and for good reason! Each year, they close December 31 and re-open right before Valentine’s Day. Basnight’s also offers on and off-premise catering for any size or type of event.


Beachside Bistro

1731 N. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 7, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-7126

Serving American coastal cuisine, guests of Beachside Bistro can relax inside or hang out on the beachside deck and enjoy a cold drink, listen to live entertainment seven days a week Memorial Day through Labor Day and revel in the oceanfront setting. As members of Outer Banks Catch, their fresh seafood offerings include mahi mahi, tuna and other delightful dishes. The casual and relaxed Beachside Bistro serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily seasonally and features a full bar. Daily drink and chef specials that have earned a loyal following will keep you coming back again and again to this fun spot.Dine on their oceanfront deck overlooking the water and beach scene if the weather is nice. It's one of the few actual oceanfront restaurants on the northern Outer Banks! They also have a convenient take-out window accessible from the Third Street beach access.

Big Buck's Homemade Ice Cream

794F Sunset Boulevard, Timbuck II, Corolla
(252) 453-3188
3810 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 715-0779
207 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Waterfront Shops, Downtown Manteo, Manteo
(252) 423-3118

For a tasty treat, head to Big Buck’s Homemade Ice Cream. Choose from more than 50 flavors of made-from-scratch ice cream plus sherbet, sorbet and soft serve. You can get any flavor made into a shake, split, sundae or float, even a brownie sundae — yum! Big Buck’s has an espresso bar and all the espresso-based coffee drinks you need to pick up your day. Handmade Belgium chocolate and fudge are made fresh daily, and they also accept custom orders for wedding favors, baby showers and other events. And don't forget the ice cream cake! They have a flavor for every occasion.

Bonzer Shack

1200 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 9, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 480-1010

Get ready to kick back and relax at the Bonzer Shack! With their creative take on Southern comfort food, there’s always something on the menu that’s sure to tempt you, whether it’s their variety of soups and sandwiches, fresh seafood specials and juicy burgers or their mouthwatering prime rib. Local favorites also include delicious apps like their Hippie Dip and wings roasted in-house daily, plus their excellent specialty cocktails. The Shack also features the only slider menu on the beach and draws crowds every Wednesday during the summer for their $2 Slider Night. While the weather’s warm you can even stop by on Fridays for live entertainment, or enjoy their spacious yard any night (weather permitting) for outdoor dining, ping pong and cornhole fun. The Shack is open for lunch and dinner year round and serves up a special Bonzer Brunch on Sundays in season. 

Brewing Station

600 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 8.5, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 449-2739

Featuring the talents of national and international award-winning Brewmaster Scott Meyer, the Brewing Station has an ever-changing list of house-made beers and sodas that serve as the cornerstone of the Brewing Station's innovative style. Outer Banks Brewing Station is the winner of the 2011 and 2012 Taste of the Beach People's Choice Award — and their outstanding chefs, led by Chef Tony Duman, have created an Outer Banks–inspired fusion menu using regionally available products from local fish and produce to North Carolina meats. Pastry chef Tina Mackenzie bakes the house bread and has created a tempting dessert menu. Friendly and casual but with a metropolitan flair, the Brewing Station has a full bar, dining on two levels and the biggest outdoor area on the Outer Banks featuring a pirate ship playground for the kids, picnic table seating, outdoor entertainment during the summer season and the 92-foot wind turbine that powers part of the brewing operation. Half-liter bottle-conditioned beer and two-liter growlers are sold to go at the bar. The Brewing Station accommodates large parties and is open year round for both lunch and dinner. Lest we forget, they are also highly regarded as a go-to place to see regional and national music acts across a wide variety of genres.

ClamBake OBX

5561 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 2, Kitty Hawk
(252) 489-4754

Let ClamBake OBX bring the fun and excitement of a good old-fashioned clam bake right to your front door this summer! ClamBake OBX services areas from Corolla to Hatteras. They will come to your house and do all the work so you can relax and enjoy your vacation. A clambake includes lobster, crab legs, shrimp, clams, mussels, corn on the cob, red potatoes, pearl onions and smoked sausage. All of their seafood is fresh and locally caught for the best Outer Banks flavor. There are also several dinner entrees to choose from for a barbecue on the lawn. They offer prime choice USDA meats including pork, beef and chicken with all the trimmings. See their website for full menu selections. ClamBake OBX will set everything up buffet style and you serve your own beverages. They can serve six to 600 guests and have menus that are child friendly. They will even clean up afterward, but if you do your own cleaning up they will give you a discount. 

Duck Donuts

601 Currituck Clubhouse Drive, Currituck Club, Corolla
(252) 453-3210
1190 Duck Road, Osprey Landing, Duck
(252) 480-3304
5230 N. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 1, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-3312
710 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 8.5, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 480-3320

Make a beeline for Duck Donuts where you will find warm, delicious and made-to-order doughnuts. Duck Donuts makes its doughnuts fresh on site, and you have the option of each one being dipped in vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, lemon, peanut butter or maple glaze then sprinkled with your favorite toppings. You can watch your doughnuts being made then have the warm doughnuts boxed up to take home — if they make it home! They also carry a wide selection of Under Armour and OBX hats and visors for your pre- or post-doughnut workout. Locally roasted premium Kill Devil Hills coffees, orange juice and other beverages are offered. All shops open at 6 a.m. (Corolla 7 a.m.) and offer expanded hours during the summer.

Fatboyz Ice Cream & Grill

7208 S. Virginia Dare Trail, MP 16.5 on the Beach Road, Nags Head
(252) 441-6514

This popular take-out food and ice cream stand serves up an array of ice cream concoctions — shakes, sundaes, cones — as well as hand-pattied burgers, fresh grilled tuna, French fries, Hebrew National hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, onion rings, fresh-squeezed orange/lime/lemonades and more. Try their no-filler, all-killer jumbo crabcake! The ice cream is absolutely delectable, and you must try Stacie's delicious ice cream cakes for special occasions. Fatboyz is located across the street from Jennette’s Pier, and you can eat on-site at a handful of tables on the side deck. Though the line is often long at this very popular spot, don’t despair; it moves very quickly.


Good Life Gourmet

3712 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 480-2855

The Good Life Eatery occupies a beautiful space that is great for rehearsal dinners and private parties. With ample seating and a diverse menu, the dry bakery case is chock-full of delicious bagels, turnovers, cinnamon rolls, croissants and muffins. Take a look at their cold bakery case where even those of you with extreme willpower will be tested! Their menu features gourmet salads, sandwiches, wraps, paninis and homemade soups for lunch and, during the summer season, early dinner. Check out the cold beers with more than 100 varieties as well as a wide selection of wine for every palate. Custom catering is a big part of their operation. From 10-300 guests, Good Life can provide convenient catering both on and off the premises. You can also get a full breakfast every day as late as 1 p.m. for those who aren’t necessarily early risers! You should definitely try one of their featured breakfasts served in a personal frying pan. Their famous Puppy Porch is another great hit — stop by and enjoy covered outdoor seating for you and your furry friends anytime they’re open. Free WiFi is available for all customers.

Goombays Grille & Raw Bar

1608 N. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 7, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-6001

Goombays is a casual restaurant with an island feel. The food is fresh and creative with a Caribbean spin on Outer Banks seafood favorites. Try the Rasta Pasta, fresh seafood tacos, Tuna Reuben, Jazzy Coconut Chicken, Tuna Oscar, daily specials or a selection from the full steamed or raw seafood bar. Goombays is family friendly with a colorful dining room and a special menu for kids. The full bar includes lots of imported and microbrewed beers. Goombays serves lunch and dinner every day.


Jimmy's Seafood Buffet

4117 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-4973

Jimmy’s is a family destination offering a variety of Outer Banks seafood and more than 100 tempting dishes from both land and sea, including homemade soups and made-from-scratch desserts. When it comes to seafood, the owner says "size does matter," so dig in to the largest crab legs and shrimp around town. Check out their website for daily lobster specials, and on Saturday nights come for the all you can eat lobster all night long! Jimmy's also has many to-go options such as fried platters, steamed dinners and the handy carry-out seafood buckets. The clambake-style seafood buckets make enjoying great, steamed seafood at home a snap. Jimmy's even delivers right to your door, or you can call ahead for convenient curbside pick up. They open for dinner at 2:30 p.m in season and 4 p.m. in the off-season and have live nightly entertainment. While you’re waiting for a table, there are free pony rides for the kids, and you can play cornhole or putt-putt too. 

Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern

2316 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 10.5, Nags Head
(252) 441-4116

Celebrating 30 years of Outer Banks hospitality, Kelly’s is a local favorite serving beef, chicken, pasta, vegetarian dishes and, of course, seafood, including raw bar selection, with everything from grilled, broiled or fried fresh fish to steamed oysters, clams, shrimp and crab legs. You can also enjoy their extensive Wine Spectator award-winning wine collection and their mouth watering sweet potato biscuits, which are made from scratch and have been featured in Gourmet Magazine, Bon Appetit and numerous other magazines over the years. Kelly’s offers three different menus, including one for children and lighter fare in the tavern, and they happily accommodate gluten-free and other special dietary requests. They will seat you for dinner until 10 p.m., so you won’t have to sacrifice having a good meal just because it’s late. You’ll want to save room for their delicious homemade desserts voted Taste of the Beach awards for five consecutive years, including Best Desserts in 2015. The separate, full-service bar presents nightly entertainment. You can reserve space for a private party in any of their rooms, including the tavern, or you can hire Kelly's for top-notch catering with or without wait staff. Kelly’s is open for dinner and entertainment year round (except Christmas Day), and the tavern is one of the top hot spots of the Outer Banks, attracting some of best regional and national names in the music industry. If you want to see and be seen, put this one on your list.

Mako Mike's

1630 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 7, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 480-1919

The menu at Mako Mike’s is filled with fresh seafood, with choices ranging from fish tacos to crab legs. The menu also includes excellent crab cakes, pasta dishes, sandwiches,  burgers, salads, jerk chicken and Angus beef. The chef creates lots of specials every night, and a kids' menu makes the tykes happy. When it comes to dessert, there are many delicious choices. Catch one of the early bird specials; they’re offered daily and give you 20% off regular priced adult entrees. Large parties can be accommodated easily, and they have private dining rooms for special events. Mako Mike’s is part of the Kellys Hospitality Group, is open for dinner year round and has a full bar. Call ahead for hours.

Miller's Waterfront Restaurant

6916 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 16, Nags Head
(252) 441-6151

One of the few soundfront restaurants on the beach, Miller's serves lunch and dinner daily, which allows you ample time to enjoy the view. They can handle families and large parties and have a varied menu with local seafood, steaks, chicken and creative salads and pastas. The kitchen prepares specials every day. They really do have one of the best sunset views. Have fun watching windsurfers and kiteboarders during the day while enjoying lunch on their newly-shaded deck. Or relax on the deck and catch live music Tuesday-Friday during peak season and a cocktail in the evening. 

Ocean Boulevard

4700 N. Virginia Dare Trail, Beach Road, MP 2.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-2546

Ocean Boulevard is a casual yet upscale restaurant, which means you can enjoy a special evening out in the comfort of your sandals. They are, after all, just steps away from the ocean. Ocean Boulevard’s culinary team serves an American bistro-style menu and has been praised in Southern Living magazine as well as The Washington Post. The menu changes seasonally but always includes lots of beautiful preparations of local seafood, regional poultry and meats, nightly chef specials and decadent desserts. They have a comprehensive wine list and a full bar with their own martini menu. Come here for live entertainment on Friday nights after dinner. Their oceanside patio is one of many unique features; it’s an enjoyable hangout during the summer and you can often catch some live music during the week. Ocean Boulevard is open nightly for dinner year round. Reservations are suggested.

Old Nags Head Cafe

3948 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 13, Nags Head
(252) 441-1141

Celebrating their 30th year this season, Old Nags Head Cafe continues the Roderer family tradition of great food and hospitality they’ve been offering Nags Head diners since 1985. Housed in the historic Harris Grocery store on the beach road along Nags Head’s row of unpainted aristocratic cottages – the cottages that established Nags Head as a vacation destination – and across from Jockey’s Ridge, Nags Head Cafe offers traditional and contemporary Southern dishes as well as the best in fresh local seafood, chicken, chops, hand-cut Angus beef, pasta, soups, salads, sandwiches, daily specials and homemade desserts. Nags Head Cafe also has a full-service bar with an extensive beer and wine list. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and take-out is available. Check out their website for more information on their menus and hours.

Outer Banks Restaurant Tours

Various meeting places in Kitty Hawk, Duck and Corolla, Kitty Hawk
(252) 722-2229

Outer Banks Restaurant Tours provides walking and driving tours of restaurants in three locations on the Outer Banks. On each tour, chefs and owners greet you, talk to you about their background, their restaurant, their food and their passions and give you a behind-the-scenes look at their restaurant. You are treated to delectable samples of signature dishes, paired with wine, beer or a mixed drink. Along the way, you’re also likely to learn a little history about the Outer Banks and local food sourcing and get a few wine or beer tasting tips. The best thing about these tours is that for the price of one dinner out, you are able to sample the cuisine at multiple restaurants in one afternoon. What better way to find the best places to eat if you are a new visitor to the area? You can enjoy tours to Duck, which is a walking tour, and the Corolla and the Kitty Hawk/Kill Devil Hills driving tours where you're driven in their company vehicle. Outer Banks Restaurant Tours also offers a Brews and Bites Tour on Wednesdays and a Winery Tour on Thursdays. Back by popular demand in 2015 is a BBQ class: Secrets of a BBQ Master! Tours start the week of May 18, 2015, and run through the end of September 2015. Reservations are required.

Outer Bean Juice and Java

3701 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-6000

Outer Bean is more than just a coffee shop serving both local and fair trade varieties of java. They are a one-stop shop for the health conscious individual. From sourcing bread and vegetables locally, to repurposing their leftover organic matter back to the local co-op, you will find a sense of community in this coffee shop that also serves delicious and healthy meals and drinks. Their filling pressed panini sandwiches feature Boar's Head meats and free-range options. Outer Bean can also cater toward the vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free palate with their heaping salads. Jumpstart your morning with a Kalevolution juice or a pineapple colada smoothie, or unwind in the afternoon with a glass of wine or cold beer. For those with a sweet tooth, try an ice cream drink or a scrumptious iced mocha from their espresso bar. Outer Bean is open Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. In the peak summer season, be sure to check for their live, mellow entertainment schedule.  

Pamlico Jack's Restaurant

6708 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 16, Nags Head
(252) 441-2637

Pamlico Jack’s is a casual restaurant experience that combines the history of the Outer Banks with island cuisine. The outdoor bar is a pirate ship, complete with rigging, that leads you onto a large soundfront open-air deck with scenic sunset views. Enjoy certified Angus beef, Gulf Stream fish and homemade pasta selections. You can also savor any number of smaller plates and lighter fare such as sandwiches and salads. Arrive before 6 p.m. to catch their early dining specials. On various holidays, such as Easter, Mother's Day and Thanksgiving, Pamlico Jack's serves up a bounty with their special 30+ item buffet (make your reservations early!). They also offer hundreds of wine choices (they have the honor of being the winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for more than 20 years in a row). Pamlico Jack's specializes in rehearsal dinners and weddings and can accommodate large gatherings. A kids' menu is available. Open for dinner nightly from March through December, they do accept reservations. Join them for entertainment nightly on their outdoor deck bar. 

Papa John’s Pizza

3809 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-2389

This popular pizza chain has made a name for itself by using high-quality ingredients to make their pies. They offer all the favorite toppings plus specialty pizzas like spinach alfredo and barbecue chicken and bacon. Also on the menu are side dishes including wings, cheese sticks and chicken strips. You can pick up an order at their Kitty Hawk location. Papa John’s delivers within Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills, and they are open for lunch and dinner.

Peppercorns Restaurant and Lounge

1701 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 9.5, Ramada Plaza, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-2151

Peppercorns overlooks the ocean from its location inside the Ramada Plaza Nags Head (yes, the name says Nags Head, but they're located in Kill Devil Hills). The menu features fresh seafood, pasta dishes, surf and turf and chef's specials. Peppercorns serves breakfast and dinner every day. They are open year round, welcome large parties and accept reservations to make your dining more enjoyable without the long wait. The deck bar is open in season and features its own lunch menu and live entertainment on the weekends; call for a schedule.

Pigman's Bar-B-Que

1606 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 9.5, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-6803

At Pigman's you'll find several types of barbeque. In addition to traditional pork, they have beef, tuna and turkey. They also have slow-smoked chicken, St. Louis ribs and fried shrimp. Side dishes include baked beans, cole slaw and hushpuppies (yum! some of the best!), french fries and sweet potato fries. You can dine in or carry out. They have a children's menu. Pigman's also does catering. They are closed January and February.

Pizzazz Pizza

603 Currituck Clubhouse, The Shoppes at the Currituck Club, Corolla
(252) 453-8858
1187 Duck Road, Loblolly Pines Shopping Center, Duck
(252) 261-8822
4146 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 3.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 255-0050
2515 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 10.5, Nags Head
(252) 261-1111

Pizzazz is a pizza favorite on the Outer Banks. They’ve been around since 1986 because they make consistently great pizza with generous toppings and the service is friendly. Choose from gourmet menu creations or stick with the traditional. Pizzazz also makes hot subs, salads and wings. You can eat in for lunch or dinner or have your pizza delivered. Call for off-season hours.

Port O' Call Restaurant

504 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Beach Road, MP 8.5, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-7484

Port O’ Call has been a great dining choice for families on the Outer Banks for many years and is known for its fresh local seafood and Angus steaks, prime rib, chicken and pastas. There's an extensive childrens' menu, large parties are welcome and reservations are accepted. Port O’ Call serves dinner nightly, and everyone should ask about the chef specials. The restaurant is known for its holiday buffets. They are also available for special events such as weddings, rehearsal dinners, reunions, fraternity and sorority parties as well as office and holiday parties that can be planned as sit-down dinners or buffets. In the gift shop you'll find a large collection of fashion and fine jewelry. 

Rooster's Southern Kitchen

804 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 8.5, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-4594

Brand new and locally owned, Rooster’s Southern Kitchen serves up some of the best Southern comfort food in a way that’s both stylish and creative. With everything from snacks and small plates to salads, sandwiches and burgers, sides, desserts and main meals like their incredible dry-rubbed pork chops or their crab mac and cheese, Rooster’s is the place to enjoy authentic Southern cuisine with an Outer Banks twist. Rooster’s also offers a kid’s menu, in-season nightly entertainment and a wide variety of craft cocktails and regional brews from their 20-tap bar. Whether your party is large or small, you’ll definitely want to stop by and see what’s cooking. 

Rundown Cafe

5218 N. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 1, Kitty Hawk
(252) 255-0026

Rundown Cafe serves island cuisine in a casual atmosphere. The food is a fusion of Pacific Rim and Caribbean flavors, and they have a substantial menu of vegetarian options. Upstairs you'll find an authentic surf bar with a brand new, super large, ocean view deck where you'll find live music in season. This is a great family-friendly restaurant since the menu is very affordable and there are lots of choices for kids. Rundown serves lunch and dinner seven days a week in the summer. You can also order take-out here. They are closed from the end of November until March 1. 

Sandbars Raw Bar and Grill

1716 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 6.5, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 261-2496

The newest seafood place in town is this cool little spot in the Dare Center next to Food Lion. Serving both lunch and dinner, you'll find fresh shrimp, clams and oysters along with salads, chicken, burgers, steaks and sandwiches. You should definitely make it to happy hour, each day from 3-5 p.m. -- the seafood specials are spectacular! Add in a big selection of beer and wines, and you have a winning combination.

Stack ‘em High

3801 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-8221
1225 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 9, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-7064

Stack ‘em High is a great breakfast stop filled with everything you could ever want for breakfast. In this family-friendly restaurant, celebrating its 35th year in business, you’ll go through a line to select your own beverage, fresh fruit, cereal or muffins and a complete line of breakfast items that are then prepared fresh the minute you order. Choose from delicious breakfasts like pancakes — short or high stack — with fresh fruit, pecans or plain. They also have waffles, omelets, bacon, sausage and more. For those looking for lunch, they also have a light sandwich selection like BLTs, hot ham & cheese and even PB&Js for the little ones. Find a seat in the dining room, and they’ll bring your breakfast to you piping hot. Stack ‘em High is family owned and operated. 


798 Sunset Boulevard, TimBuck II Shopping Village, Corolla
(252) 453-3305

A local favorite, Steamers has been dishing up fresh and gourmet cuisine to Corolla beachgoers since 1994. Their casual take-out/eat-in restaurant serves high-quality steamed, grilled and fresh fried seafood as well as signature items like baby back ribs, vegetarian black bean soup and classic Key lime pie. Diners place their order at the counter and can then enjoy a craft beer or glass of wine while they wait. Take-out diners can choose from an a la carte and Steamer Pots To Go® menu, the original Outer Banks New England Style Clambake and the ultimate beach party fare. Eat-in diners can enjoy their meal at one of the three tables inside or a picnic table on the deck overlooking Currituck Sound, ideal for watching the sunset. Located in the heart of Corolla at the TimBuck II shopping center, an adjacent mini golf course and a Kids Meal menu make this restaurant especially family friendly.

Tortuga’s Lie Shellfish Bar and Grille

3016 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 11, Nags Head
(252) 441-7299

The island-style interior and good food make Tortuga's a favorite among locals and repeat visitors. There are lots of healthy options here, with Caribbean-inspired seafood and vegetarian options. Chow down on a variety of dishes, including tuna bites, burritos, steamed seafood and veggies and pasta. If there's a salad on the specials board when you're there, take our word for it and order it. Tortuga's has some of the best burgers and island fries on the beach, and their famous sushi night on Wednesdays is a huge hit. They roll sushi late night in the summer and during regular dinner hours in the off-season. There is a full bar with lots of specialty drinks, including their notorious Shark Attack. Be sure to check out the beach volleyball court in the back and their new spacious screened in porch for dining. Tortuga's is open daily for lunch and dinner with the hours changing in the winter. 



3708 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-0277

Trio is an exciting retail and tasting destination with an inviting yet cosmopolitan vibe that sets it apart from other casual venues on the Outer Banks. Made up of both a gourmet retail wine, beer and cheese shop as well as a bistro with a wine bar and tap house, Trio gathers the best from the worlds of wine, beer and cheese for your enjoyment, either on the premises or in the comfort of your home. In their retail shop you’ll find more than 2,000 wines from around the world, several hundred craft beers and more than 50 artisanal cheeses hand-cut to order. The bistro menu, served lunch through late night, features casual fare that is at once familiar yet with that special Trio twist. Choose from creative appetizers, cheese plates, fresh salads, gourmet paninis and Chef Neil's not-to-be-missed desserts. The beach’s largest selection of rotating craft brews awaits you at their copper-top bar. Twenty-four bottles of wine are presented in self-service tasting machines where you can sample wines priced from $10 to $100 per bottle for as little as $1 per taste! In the upstairs mezzanine you’ll find comfortable lounge seating, a free pool table, access to free WiFi and the tasting bar where you can enjoy weekly wine, beer or cheese tastings or host a private tasting. Trio also offers live music several nights a week featuring local artists playing everything from jazz to bluegrass to rock.

Tropical Smoothie Café

5385 N. Virginia Dare Trail, The Bypass, MP 1.5, Southern Shores
(252) 441-9996
2236 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 10.5, Nags Head
(252) 441-3500
7100 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 16.5, Nags Head
(252) 255-1516

Tropical Smoothie offers great fruit smoothies in such a wide variety that it's hard to choose a flavor, but they have more than smoothies. They also serve salads, wraps and sandwiches. Light fare and kids' meals are available. These are convenient spots for zipping in for a quick meal to take to the beach as a picnic.