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

Nags Head Restaurant
7623 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head/Manteo Causeway, Nags Head
(252) 441-5405

This Outer Banks landmark restaurant 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 on both side, especially the... read more

This Outer Banks landmark restaurant is where you’ll find many a local eating every night,... read more

Dunes Restaurant

Nags Head 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 more than 30 years. They have an award-winning breakfast menu that includes a hearty breakfast buffet and fresh fruit bar daily in season. At dinner, there are 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... read more

Dunes Restaurant is a Nags Head tradition that’s been serving breakfast and dinner for more... read more

Fatboyz Ice Cream & Grill

Nags Head Restaurant
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

This popular take-out food and ice cream stand serves an array of ice cream concoctions... read more

J.J. Brewbaker's

Nags Head Restaurant
5002 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 14, Outer Banks Mall, Nags Head
(252) 255-3346

J.J. Brewbaker's serves dinner nightly and brunch on Sundays all year round, with lunch daily in the summer season. The menu offers a variety of appetizers, soups, salads, wings, sandwiches, po'boys, steaks, pastas, seafood specialties, fresh-baked bread and fabulous desserts. They even offer chateaubriand for two. Everything is fresh and made in house. The full bar includes a nice wine list, beers and spirits, including Boozie... read more

J.J. Brewbaker's serves dinner nightly and brunch on Sundays all year round, with lunch daily in... read more

La Fogata Mexican Restaurant

Kitty Hawk and Nags Head 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

With locations in Kitty Hawk, Nags Head and Avon, La Fogata is an Outer Banks... read more

Lucky 12 Tavern

Nags Head Restaurant
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

This neighborhood tavern serves quality food at great prices. Lucky 12 has fresh local seafood,... read more

Mulligan’s Grille in Historic Cottage Row

Nags Head Restaurant
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

For more than 20 years, Mulligan’s has served Southern coastal cuisine with incredible views, thanks... read more

New York Pizza Pub

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

With their outdoor deck, superb 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 serve hand-cut Angus rib eye, chicken and vegetarian entrees as well. Enjoy hearty salads, burgers and appetizers such as their... read more

With their outdoor deck, superb sound system and a variety of delicious food, New York... read more

Pizzazz Pizza

Nags Head Restaurant
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

Pizzazz is a pizza favorite on the Outer Banks. They’ve been around since 1986 because... read more

Red Drum Grille and Taphouse

Nags Head Restaurant
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

Dine in cozy ambiance and enjoy a variety of lunch and dinner dishes, including sandwiches,... read more

South Beach Takeout, Catering & Delivery

Nags Head Restaurant
4104 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 13, Surfside Plaza, Nags Head
(252) 255-1698

South Beach Grille has been a family-owned and -operated restaurant on the Outer Banks for more than 30 years. They recently closed their full-service restaurant at milepost 15.5 and have moved to a smaller location at milepost 13 to focus on take-out, delivery and catering. South Beach Takeout, Catering & Delivery prepares creative appetizers, sandwiches, salads, soups, wraps, tacos, salads, bowls and sides, focusing on... read more

South Beach Grille has been a family-owned and -operated restaurant on the Outer Banks for... read more

The Spot

Nags Head Restaurant
2805 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 11, Nags Head
(252) 715-4033

Brought to you by the owners of Secret Spot Surf Shop right next door, The Spot is a fun, surf-inspired shop where you’re sure to find something to satisfy your sweet tooth … and your healthy tooth too! The Spot has a wide variety of ice cream flavors, milkshakes, smoothies and other morning and mid-day snacks to go. If you really want to energize your... read more

Brought to you by the owners of Secret Spot Surf Shop right next door, The... read more