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Kitty Hawk Restaurants

Kitty Hawk restaurants make dining out a real pleasure. You’ll find everything from Eastern North Carolina barbecue to tasty vegetarian cuisine to top-rated dishes known for imagination and tasty flavor combinations. Most Kitty Hawk restaurants feature delicious local seafood, as you might have guessed.

Some dress it up with exotic flavors and presentations, and some dress it down with traditional sides like hushpuppies and French fries. But you'll soon discover that it's all delicious. Several Kitty Hawk restaurants are known to be locals' favorite spots! Read on to discover where to go for barbecue, bagels, hot dogs, burgers, veggies, milkshakes and gourmet creations. Then get out there find your own favorite places!

Note that as you enter the Outer Banks from the north over the bridge from Currituck, all the restaurants on the right-hand side of the road (the side with the Home Depot) are Kitty Hawk restaurants, while those on the left are Southern Shores restaurants. We cover those eateries in the Duck/Southern Shores book and tabloid or online at duckncguide.com. Remember that locals call Croatan Highway -- aka U.S. Highway 158 -- The Bypass, and they refer to  Virginia Dare Trail -- aka N.C. Highway 12 -- as the Beach Road. Those simple names are just easier to remember!

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Barefoot Bernie’s Tropical Grill & Bar

3730 N. Croatan Highway
The Bypass, MP 4.5
Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-1008
(252) 261-3933

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. 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.

Big Buck's Homemade Ice Cream

Waterfront Shops, Downtown Manteo
(252) 423-3118
794 Sunset Blvd.
Timbuck II
(252) 453-3188
3810 N. Croatan Highway
Buccaneer's Walk, MP 4.5
Kitty Hawk
(252) 715-0779

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.

Duck Donuts

1190 Duck Road
Osprey Landing
(252) 480-3304
601 Currituck Clubhouse Drive
Currituck Club
(252) 453-3210
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

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.

Good Life Gourmet

3712 N. Croatan Highway
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 there is something for everyone. Their menu features gourmet salads, sandwiches, wraps, paninis and homemade soups for lunch and dinner. Relax with a glass of house wine or mug of specialty coffee by the fireplace and waterfall. Check out the cold beer case 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. Good Life is open seven days a week at 7 a.m. in season. You can get a full breakfast every day until 1 p.m. You should definitely try one of their featured breakfasts served in a personal frying pan. Free WiFi is available for customers.

Jimmy's Seafood Buffet

4117 N Croatan Highway
MP 4 on the Bypass
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. Early birds get a free lobster tail with their adult buffet, and lobster claws are included in the buffet until 4 p.m. in season. Come right when Jimmy's opens at 2:30 p.m. to enjoy all-you-can-eat lobster until 4 p.m. On Saturday nights, it's all you can eat lobster night all night long! Jimmy's also has many to-go options like 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. 

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 <i>Southern Living</i> magazine as well as <i>The Washington Post.</i> 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.

Papa John’s Pizza

3809 N. Croatan Highway
MP 4.5 on the Bypass
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 poppers. 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.

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. 


3708 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4.5, Harbor Bay Shops
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. Comprised 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 dozens of 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 sample award-winning North Carolina wines. Trio also offers live music several nights a week featuring local artists playing everything from jazz to bluegrass to rock.