Nags Head Restaurants

When visitors ask about the best Nags Head restaurants, locals may hesitate. Don't worry. It has nothing to do with the food served here. It's because their brain immediately floods with countless choices from casual cooking to creative cuisine.

You can pick up a scrumptious deli sandwich and picnic on the beach or dine in award-winning Nags Head restaurants. You can rest assured that you'll discover plenty of seafood selections varying from traditional fried fish with slaw to the freshest catch served with a Southern dress-up food flair. Warm up with Hatteras clam chowder, savor mesquite grilled tuna or fill up on steamers. Meat lovers will appreciate the local barbecue haunts and plentiful prime rib specials. Nags Head restaurants now include plenty of ethnic choices -- Italian, Thai, Japanese, even Moroccan! From pizza to lobster, you'll satisfy any morning, noon or night craving. Dining attire is your choice. If you feel like dressing up, do! If not, be comfortable in whatever you're sporting.

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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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... read more

Dunes Restaurant

7013 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Bypass, MP 16.5, Nags Head
(252) 441-1600

Dunes Restaurant is a Nags Head tradition that’s been serving breakfast and dinner for 33 seasons. They have an award-winning breakfast menu that includes a hearty breakfast and fresh fruit bar daily in season. At dinner, there is Angus burgers and steaks and, of course, fresh-cooked, local seafood. If you like Southern fried chicken, this is a Dunes' specialty. And on most nights diners can... read more

Fatboyz Ice Cream & Grill

7208 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 16.5, Nags Head
(252) 441-6514

This popular take-out food and ice cream stand serves 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. Be sure to try their no-filler, all-killer jumbo crabcake. The ice cream is absolutely delectable, and you must try Stacie's delicious ice cream... read more

Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern

2316 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 10.5, Nags Head
(252) 441-4116

Celebrating 31 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... 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

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... read more

Miller's Waterfront Restaurant

6916 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 16, Nags Head
(252) 441-6151

One of the few soundfront restaurants in the beach communities, Miller's has been a favorite on the Outer Banks for 33 years. With plenty of room to handle families and large parties, they serve lunch and dinner daily. Their menu is varied and features local seafood, steaks and chicken along with creative salads and pasta. The kitchen also prepares specials every day. Recently, they added... read more

Mulligan's Raw Bar and Grille

4005 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 13, Nags Head
(252) 480-2000

For more than 20 years, Mulligan’s has served Southern Coastal cuisine with incredible views, thanks to its scenic location between Jockey’s Ridge and Historic Cottage Row. Long known for having the some of the best burgers on the beach, their masterful chefs have recently been placing a brighter spotlight on local seafood prepared in an authentic Outer Banks style, all with fresh, local ingredients. Start... read more

New York Pizza Pub

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

With their new outdoor deck, new sound system and a variety of delicious food, New York Pizza Pub features so much more than just pizza! Serving dinner nightly and lunch on the weekends, they have great Italian entrees such as lasagna, chicken parmigiana and fettuccine alfredo. They also serve hand-cut Angus ribeye, chicken and vegetarian entrees as well. Enjoy hearty salads, burgers and appetizers such as... read more

Pizzazz Pizza

2515 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 10.5, Nags Head
(252) 261-1111
603 Currituck Clubhouse, The Shoppes at the Currituck Club, Corolla
(252) 453-8858
1187 Duck Road, Loblolly Pines Shopping Center, Duck
(252) 261-8822

Pizzazz is a pizza favorite on the Outer Banks. They’ve been around since 1986 because they make consistently great pizza with generous toppings and the service is friendly. Choose from gourmet menu creations or stick with the traditional. Pizzazz also makes hot subs, salads and wings. You can eat in for lunch or dinner or have your pizza delivered. Call for off-season hours. And, if... read more

Red Drum Grille and Taphouse

2412 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 10, Nags Head
(252) 480-1095

Dine in cozy ambiance and enjoy a variety of lunch and dinner dishes, including sandwiches, burgers, fish and chips, steamed seafood and vegetables, ribs, steaks, vegetarian dishes, seafood pasta and more. Like the setting, the food could be dubbed "comfort with an upscale dash." Most any beer lover will be happy as a clam here with 18 beers on tap. Be sure to check out... read more

Single Fin

2424 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 10.5, Nags Head
(252) 715-1956

With Chef Pok Choeichom at the helm, you know you're in for something special. His flair for fusion and artistic presentation shines in every dish at this bistro bar and grill. Only the finest ingredients are used to create favorites like prime steaks, fresh seafood and select fowl. But the menu doesn't stop with typical bistro fare. There's also sushi, tapas and more nightly specials... read more