Kitty Hawk Restaurants

Kitty Hawk restaurants make dining out a real pleasure. You’ll find everything from spicy and tangy Eastern North Carolina barbecue to savory vegetarian cuisine and additionally award-winning gourmet dishes known for their delightful flavors enhanced by an imaginative chef’s creativity. It also comes as no surprise that most Kitty Hawk restaurants feature fresh caught seafood that’s prepared in an endless number of delicious ways. Some chefs dress it up with exotic flavors and presentations, and others dress it down with simple, steaming preparations and traditional sides like hushpuppies and french fries. Whatever form it takes, it’s all guaranteed to be delicious. You’ll also find lots of diversity at the restaurants in Kitty Hawk, with spots for Mexican, Caribbean, Italian, Japanese, Thai, Chinese, Middle Eastern and more. Plenty of Outer Banks locals’ favorite spots are located among Kitty Hawk restaurants, so you know that you’re in good company at them. Read on to discover where to go for barbecue, burgers, deli sandwiches, creative vegan eats, fish baskets, milkshakes and culinary masterpieces. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, drinks, snacks – you find them all without even leaving Kitty Hawk. What places will become your favorites?

Tips for Visiting Kitty Hawk Restaurants

As you enter the Outer Banks from the north over the bridge from Currituck, note that all the restaurants on the right-hand side of the road (the side with the Walmart and Home Depot) are Kitty Hawk restaurants, while those on the left are Southern Shores restaurants. We cover those eateries in the Duck/Southern Shores guide at duckncguide.com. You can learn about all of them on our Southern Shores Restaurants page. As far as location names go, 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. These names are simpler and easy to remember, and using them will convince all of your Outer Banks savvy.

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Bad Bean Baja Grill

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

Bad Bean Baja Grill creates a distinctive dining experience. Utilizing techniques and flavors found all across Latin America, California and the Baja Peninsula, the award-winning chefs present a creative fusion of familiar cantina favorites. One of the favorite dishes is the fish tacos topped with salsa fresca, crisp jicama slaw and cilantro chimichurri. The slow-cooked beef brisket and pork barbacoa also make for delicious tacos...read more

Bad Bean Baja Grill creates a distinctive dining experience. Utilizing techniques and flavors found all...read more

Big Buck's Homemade Ice Cream

Kitty Hawk Restaurant
3810 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 715-0779
794-F Sunset Boulevard, Timbuck II, Corolla
(252) 453-3188
1180 Duck Road, Duck
(252) 715-4467
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 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...read more

For a tasty treat, head to Big Buck’s Homemade Ice Cream. Choose from more than...read more

Black Pelican Oceanfront Cafe

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

Housed in a former U.S. Lifesaving Station and full of character and rustic charm, the Black Pelican is 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 or pizza from the wood-fired brick oven, a locals' favorite. Each night they offer...read more

Housed in a former U.S. Lifesaving Station and full of character and rustic charm, the...read more

Jimmy's Seafood Buffet

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

Jimmy’s is a popular vacationer's destination now entering its 22nd season. They offer a variety of Outer Banks seafood and more than 100 tempting items, local fresh fish delivered daily, homemade soups and made-from-scratch desserts. With kid-friendly buffets, keto and vegetarian options and more, Jimmy's has something for every diner. When it comes to seafood, the owner says "size does matter," so dig...read more

Jimmy’s is a popular vacationer's destination now entering its 22nd season. They offer...read more

La Fogata Kitty Hawk Mexican Restaurant

Kitty Hawk Restaurant
3924 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 255-0934

Family-owned and -operated, La Fogata Kitty Hawk Mexican Restaurant offers traditional Mexican fare in a casual setting that can accommodate large parties indoors and also offers outdoor seating. All the dishes on their extensive menu are available for dine-in or take-out, and online ordering is available. If you're feeding a crowd, order their family-style dinners of enchiladas, burritos or fajitas, or hire them to cater...read more

Family-owned and -operated, La Fogata Kitty Hawk Mexican Restaurant offers traditional Mexican fare in a...read more

Ocean Boulevard Bistro and Martini Bar

Kitty Hawk Restaurant
4700 N. Virginia Dare Trail, The 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 that has been praised in Southern Living magazine as well as The Washington Post...read more

Ocean Boulevard is a casual yet upscale restaurant, which means you can enjoy...read more

Sandtrap Tavern

Kitty Hawk Restaurant
300 W. Eckner Street, Sea Scape Golf Links, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-2243

Nothing brings people together quite like great food and drinks. Sandtrap Tavern is a neighborhood restaurant, bar and grill located in Kitty Hawk. Its mission is to offer a relaxing space for visitors and locals to kick back and enjoy Southern hospitality at its finest. Their menu features a variety of choices, ranging from handcrafted burgers and local seafood to refreshing salads and creative daily...read more

Nothing brings people together quite like great food and drinks. Sandtrap Tavern is a neighborhood...read more

Shipwrecks Taphouse & Grill

Kitty Hawk Restaurant
4020 North Croatan Highway, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-7800

Getting Shipwrecked on the Outer Banks is far from a bad thing at this new tap house and grill in Kitty Hawk. If you're looking for inspired Outer Banks cuisine, exceptional drinks, a place to kick back in the fresh air, enjoy ocean views and find entertainment, this is your destination. Their two-story restaurant features a second-floor balcony, downstairs dining room and bars on both...read more

Getting Shipwrecked on the Outer Banks is far from a bad thing at this new...read more

The Pony and the Boat Comfort Kitchen

Kitty Hawk Restaurant
3712 N. Croatan Highway, Unit A, The Bypass, MP 4.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 715-2991

Sister restaurant to the beloved Paper Canoe restaurant in Duck, The Pony and the Boat Comfort Kitchen offers the consistency and high food quality of the Paper Canoe with more casual fare and a low-key vibe. Settle in for a comfort-based dinners at the bar, in a cozy booth or in the dining room, where tables can be configured for groups large and small. The...read more

Sister restaurant to the beloved Paper Canoe restaurant in Duck, The Pony and the Boat...read more

TRiO Restaurant & Market

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

TRiO Restaurant & Market is a vibrant dining and retail destination with an inviting, upscale-casual vibe that sets it apart from other places on the Outer Banks. With both an eclectic restaurant and gourmet market, TRiO offers the best from the worlds of food, wine, beer and cheese for your enjoyment, either on the premises or in the comfort of your home. In the retail...read more

TRiO Restaurant & Market is a vibrant dining and retail destination with an inviting, upscale-casual...read more