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 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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Kitty Hawk Restaurants by Location or Category

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 dinner menu is full of art you can eat with a variety of daily specials. 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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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.... read more

Black Pelican Oceanfront Cafe

3848 Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 4, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-3171

The Black Pelican is located on The Beach Road, directly across from the ocean. They have a deck bar with great ocean views and, of course, lots of fresh seafood on the menu. Choose from steamed seafood, steaks, dishes with exotic Pan-Asian flavors, or pizza from their wood-fired brick oven that locals love. Each night they offer an eclectic list of chef’s specials, and they... read more

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... read more

Dolce Pastries & Desserts

3701 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 715-2797

If you've grown weary of frozen, trucked in cakes and cookies from the supermarket, then look no further. All the treats served at Dolce are baked fresh on-site. They've got all the usual cookies and cakes as well as more gourmet pastries like cream puffs, Napoleons and a variety of French macaroons. They also have artisan breads and savory pastries. Have a seat at one of their... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

Stack ‘em High

3801 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-8221
1225 S. 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 you’ll go through a line to select your own beverage, fresh fruit, cereal or muffins alongside a complete line of menu items that are then prepared fresh the minute you order. Choose from delicious breakfasts like pancakes — short or high stack — with... read more