Nags Head Restaurants, Including Kill Devil Hills & Kitty Hawk

A Complete Menu of Nags Head Restaurants

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.

Nags Head Restaurants by Location or Category

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Argyle's Sea Salt Grille

4716 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 2.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-7325

Argyle's Sea Salt Grille is a perfect little gem of a casual restaurant that serves incredibly good food. Their unique lunch and dinner menus are full of art you can eat with a variety of daily specials like a recent caprese BLT topped with herb vinaigrette and balsamic reduction on ciabatta bread. They even have a full bar where you can enjoy one of their creative drinks and live entertainment during the summer season. Sea Salt Grille is also available to serve your in-house or offsite catering needs for rehearsal dinners and weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, reunions and other events. Want one of the best cakes you've ever tasted? This is the place. Call for more information.

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

4146 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 3.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-1300

Newly relocated to milepost 3.5 in Kitty Hawk, the staff at Bad Bean Baja Grill continues to serve up the same great food as ever. Although Bad Bean 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 freshmade salsas, guacamole and queso dips are perfect with the housemade corn tortilla chips. Enjoy their full-service wait staff and a full-service bar featuring some of the best Ultimate Margaritas and Bloody Marys on the beach plus a great craft beer selection. 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. Their 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. 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

3810 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 715-0779
794F Sunset Boulevard, Timbuck II, Corolla
(252) 453-3188
207 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Waterfront Shops, Downtown Manteo, Manteo
(252) 423-3118
106-A Sir Walter Raleigh Street, Manteo
(252) 423-3400

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 Belgian 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. Their newest location, The Coffeehouse, is right in the middle of downtown Manteo and offers all the same great things as the other Big Buck's plus an expanded selection of fresh coffees, pastries and muffins.

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 smoked Gouda grit-cakes. Local favorites also include delicious apps like their Hippie Dip and wings roasted in-house daily plus their excellent specialty cocktails. From June through September you can even stop by for live outdoor musical entertainment from 6 to 9 p.m. daily (weather permitting), or enjoy their spacious yard for outdoor dining, ping pong and cornhole fun. The Shack is open for lunch and dinner year round. 

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. 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, and they will even clean up afterward! 

Duck Donuts

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

Make a beeline for Duck Donuts where you will find warm, delicious and made-to-order donuts. Duck Donuts makes its donuts 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 donuts being made then have the warm donuts 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-donut workout. Fresh-roasted premium coffees, orange juice and other beverages are offered. All the shops are open from 6:30 a.m. (Corolla 7 a.m.) to 9 p.m. during the summer season.  

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 be sure to plan a visit on Wild Wednesdays when there's 10 varieties of crab legs on the buffet or stop by on Saturday nights 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 with a $60 minimum, or you can call ahead for convenient curbside pick up. They open for dinner in season at 2:30 p.m Monday through Friday and at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and they also 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.

La Fogata Mexican Restaurant

4933 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 14.5, Nags Head
(252) 441-4179
3924 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 255-0934
41934 N.C. Highway 12, Hatteras Island Plaza, Avon
(252) 986-1118

With locations in Kitty Hawk, Nags Head and Avon, La Fogata is an Outer Banks standby for good, filling, traditional Mexican fare. Locals love it for offering tasty food at a good value. Within minutes of sitting down, you’ll have warm chips and yummy salsa to munch on while you look over the extensive menu. They serve beer and wine and have a full bar (hint: try the Margarita!), and they’re open year-round for lunch and dinner every day.

Lucky 12 Tavern

3308 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 12, Nags Head
(252) 255-5825

This neighborhood tavern serves quality food at great prices. Lucky 12 has fresh local seafood, hand-patted burgers, great New York-style pizza, authentic Buffalo chicken wings and Boardwalk Fries. Everything is fresh and well-prepared, and the chef creates tasty daily specials. There's a menu for kids. The dining room is open for lunch and dinner. The bar is also a popular late-night hangout, and you can order pizza until 2 a.m. Their bartenders are quick on the draw pouring their 20 beers on tap and liquor. For entertainment there is a pool table, pinball machine and sports on TV, including the popular NFL Sunday ticket the MLB package. Lucky 12 also features an outdoor patio with TVs. 

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. 

New York Pizza Pub

2217 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 10, Nags Head
(252) 441-2660

Serving lunch and dinner, these folks feature so much more than pizza. They have great Italian entrees such as lasagna, chicken parmigiana and lots of pasta options plus panini sandwiches, steaks, chicken and vegetarian entrees. Enjoy hearty salads, burgers and appetizers, such as their made-from-scratch potato skins, Buffalo wings and delicious garlic knots. The pub also features a full bar. Having a party or event? They can help you out with trays of their favorites. Looking for live music and DJs? Be sure to check out their new stage and summer lineup.