Kill Devil Hills Restaurants

If you love dining out, then you’ll love Kill Devil Hills restaurants. Within the town limits, you’ll find more than 30 different restaurants. Each has a distinct specialty, but of course fresh seafood from local waters is the main dish at most Kill Devil Hills restaurants.

One thing that may surprise you is the creativity of the cuisine. There are many talented local chefs who develop imaginative fusion dishes, sampling international flavors with delicious results. You’ll find a great variety of cuisine, like Pacific Rim, Southwestern, Italian and good old Southern home cooking. Top it off with specialties like home-brewed beers, fresh-roasted coffees and luscious desserts, and you’ll see why locals tend to eat out a lot too.

A great fact of Kill Devil Hills restaurants is that most are locally owned and operated. Visitors can branch out from the familiar chain restaurants they find at home and discover something new. (If you must have a fast food fix, however, Kill Devil Hills is home to French fry alley, which is what the locals call the area along the Bypass around Milepost 9 where several fast food chains are located.) We haven’t included them here because everyone is familiar with what they offer. Wherever you go in this town, you’ll find that casual attire is perfectly acceptable, even in fine dining establishments.

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!

Restaurants by Area

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Kill Devil Hills Restaurants by Location or Category

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 delicious local seafood. The steamed shrimp are so good that they were featured in Esquire magazine. The menu features a lot 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... read more

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... read more

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 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 sandwiches, fresh seafood specials and juicy burgers or the mouthwatering smoked Gouda grit cakes. Local favorites also include delicious apps like the Hippie Dip and wings roasted in-house daily plus their excellent specialty cocktails.... read more

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... read more

Mama Kwan's

1701 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 9.5, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-7889

Mama Kwan's serves delicious, local Outer Banks seafood with flavors from the Pacific Rim. The chef whips up specials every day, and there are lots of tempting dishes on the menu. Try the fish tacos or pepper-seared tuna dinner — sushi-grade tuna served rare with wasabi, soy sauce, rice and cucumber salad. The unique flavors of the Special Occasion Pasta make it a menu favorite.... read more

Outer Banks 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 Outer Banks 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,... read more

Peppercorns Restaurant and Lounge

1701 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 9.5, 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, lunch and dinner every day. They are open year round, welcome large parties and accept reservations to make your dining more enjoyable without... read more

Rooster's Southern Kitchen

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

One of the newer restaurants on the beach 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... read more

Slice Pizzeria

710 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 8.5, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 449-8888

This great pizza place serves up some of the best pies around, and you can get individual slices of a variety of pies anytime of day. Slice offers the usual array of toppings plus some interesting combinations that are sure to tempt you. They also serve some really good salads, calzones, hot and cold subs, pasta dishes like penne bolognese, wine and beer. There are... 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 your morning meal and more. 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... read more

Thai Room

710 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 8.5, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-1180

The Thai Room has been a locals' favorite for more than 30 years. They provide affordable, delicious Asian cuisine, serving Thai, Chinese and American food. Thai Room was voted Best Asian Restaurant in a local poll for several years in a row. Local favorites include the shrimp cakes, papaya salad and their delicious mai tai cocktail. You can eat in or take out. They have... read more

Two Roads Tavern

3105 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 5.5, Seagate North Shopping Center, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 255-1980

Two Roads Tavern is a great place to grab a burger, sandwich or salad and a pint of North Carolina craft beer for lunch or dinner. Its inventive menu includes several vegetarian and vegan burgers as well as traditional burgers made from quality beef. Try a classic burger combination or one of the more creative specials, such as a burger with pimento cheese, fried eggs... read more