Nags Head Restaurants

Information on COVID-19 for Nags Head Restaurants

Because of the pandemic, Dare County has required that all restaurants in Nags Head only offer take-out, curbside pick-up or delivery until further notice. Thankfully, various restaurants have risen to the occasion to help satisfy locals and visitors (since May 16) alike. Call ahead to the restaurant of your choice to make sure they're open on the day/time you choose and to help limit contact. The easiest way to find the restaurants that are offering these services is to scroll through the list below and look out for the During COVID-19 information block at the beginning of the listing. We are updating this list regularly until our Nags Head restaurants are able to welcome us back inside.

 

When visitors ask locals for Nags Head restaurant recommendations, they’re usually greeted with a moment of hesitation. That doesn’t mean you should be worried about the restaurants’ food. Far from it in fact, as it usually means that the local is deciding where to even begin their suggested places for Nags Head. Countless options flood the brain, ranging from creative cuisine to international fare and down-home country cooking.

Two important considerations include what you’re craving and the sort of setting you’re in the mood for. Start your day in Nags Head with a biscuit sandwich and bold coffee. If you want a picnic on the beach, grab a towering deli sandwich. Award-winning Nags Head restaurants are available for anything from a casual burger and shake to dinners worthy of special occasions. Satisfy your sweet tooth with frozen yogurt or hand-dipped ice cream.

As you might imagine, seafood is the star of the scene on most menus at Nags Head restaurants. Local chefs take a lot of pride in their signature preparations, and you’ll see it served up casually in fried fish baskets, fancily as seared fresh catches of the day, creatively as island-inspired poke bowls and locally with classics like Hatteras clam chowder.

Looking Beyond the Atlantic at Nags Head Restaurants

That said, seafood is by no means the only stuff to eat around here. You can also enjoy local flavors found in seasonal fruits and vegetables from the area’s farmers. There are also mom and pop establishments that are destinations for visitors to return to year after year – or for some locals, day after day! Going out to eat in Nags Head is also a chance to take a tasty world tour too. Flavors from Mexico, Italy, Thailand, China, Japan, the Caribbean and beyond come together on this short stretch of coastline. If you have a hankering for anything in particular, use the toggle to search the Nags Head restaurants by category. Those up for a bit of adventure, on the other hand, can head out and try whatever catches their eye. For the latest dishes featured at Nags Head restaurants, don’t forget to check out our Daily Specials page too.

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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 at the top of many locals’ lists of favorite places. The service is genuinely friendly, and the portions are more than generous. You’ll enjoy views of Roanoke Sound on both sides of the restaurant, including nightly sunsets. They feature only local, fresh North Carolina seafood that comes in whole and is cleaned in their state-certified fish-cleaning house, located onsite. They...read more

This Outer Banks landmark restaurant at the top of many locals’ lists of favorite places....read more

Cookshak Fried Chicken

Nags Head Restaurant
1187 Duck Road, Loblolly Pines Shopping Plaza, Duck
(252) 261-1156
2515 S. Croatan Highway Unit A, Nags Head
(252) 441-1156

If it’s Southern chicken, then it’d better be fried. At least, that’s what they believe at The Cookshak Fried Chicken. Their small menu lets them focus on preparing fried chicken and its fixings right, crafting each meal to feel like you’re sitting down to a big chicken dinner at Grandma’s country farmhouse. The restaurant serves food in family-size servings, and you can order half or whole birds and pair them with sides of fries,...read more

If it’s Southern chicken, then it’d better be fried. At least, that’s what they believe at The Cookshak Fried Chicken....read more

Dirty Dick’s Crab House

Nags Head Restaurant
41934 N.C. Highway 12, Hatteras Island Plaza, Avon
(252) 995-3425
2407 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 10.5, Nags Head
(252) 449-2722

You can find Dirty Dick’s at two locations on the Outer Banks – in Nags Head on the Bypass and on Hatteras Island in the same shopping center as Food Lion in Avon. Judging by the name, this might sound like a simple seafood shack, but Dirty Dick’s is actually a nice restaurant with a fun-loving atmosphere and seriously good food. The menu pays homage...read more

You can find Dirty Dick’s at two locations on the Outer Banks – in Nags...read more

Dunes Restaurant

Nags Head Restaurant
7013 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Between The Bypass and The Beach Road, MP 16.5, Nags Head
(252) 441-1600

Dunes Restaurant has been a breakfast and dinner favorite among Outer Banks locals and visitors for nearly four decades (39 seasons in 2021 to be exact). Breakfast here is a certifiable Nags Head tradition. Their hearty meals and platters are a huge draw, and their breakfast menu is one of the biggest on the beach, with choices like shrimp and grits, creamed chipped beef, N.C....read more

Dunes Restaurant has been a breakfast and dinner favorite among Outer Banks locals and visitors...read more

FatBoyz Ice Cream & Sweet Treats

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

A beach road favorite in Nags Head for more than 20 years, FatBoyz serves delicious sweets and treats. Hand-dipped and soft-serve ice cream are prepared in dozens of ways – cups, cones, shakes, sundaes, splits, floats, flurries and more. Stacie's Ice Cream Cakes are a local legend, and you can order your own by calling ahead. New on the menu are chocolate-dipped fruits and bacon...read more

A beach road favorite in Nags Head for more than 20 years, FatBoyz serves delicious...read more

Fish Heads Bar & Grill

Nags Head Restaurant
8901 S. Old Oregon Inlet Road, MP 18.5, Nags Head
(252) 255-1976

You can't eat and drink any closer to the ocean than this. Outer Banks Pier offers a restaurant and bar with seating on the deck in the sun or moon or under a roof with open-air curtains. They serve fish tacos, steamed shrimp, fresh hamburgers, crab cakes, tuna bites, fries and more. And they also have some breakfast sandwiches for the early birds and anglers....read more

You can't eat and drink any closer to the ocean than this. Outer Banks Pier...read more

FreshFit Cafe

Nags Head Restaurant
7531 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head-Manteo Causeway, Nags Head
(252) 715-6444

Serving healthy, clean and fresh foods and drinks, FreshFit Cafe makes it easy to stick to your health and fitness goals. The owners are health-focused and nutrition-oriented and they want to help people eat better so that they have more energy, less stress and fuller lives. FreshFit serves balanced breakfasts and lunches and offers organic coffee, a juice bar, smoothies, detox drinks, a kids' menu...read more

Serving healthy, clean and fresh foods and drinks, FreshFit Cafe makes it easy to stick...read more

Mahi Mahi's Island Grill

Nags Head Restaurant
2217 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 10.5, Nags Head
(252) 715-0106

Mahi Mahi’s Island Grill features American cuisine with a dash of Latin flavor and a strong emphasis on seafood. Owners Andrew and Leslie Mikhail have proudly partnered with Peruvian-born Chef Alfredo Landazuri to establish this new Outer Banks restaurant where customers can expect an affordable menu, quality ingredients and friendly service. After working in and opening different restaurants along the Outer Banks and winning first-place awards...read more

Mahi Mahi’s Island Grill features American cuisine with a dash of Latin flavor and a strong...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 some of the best burgers on the beach, their masterful chefs recently have been placing a brighter spotlight on local seafood prepared in an authentic Outer Banks style, all with fresh, local ingredients....read more

For more than 20 years, Mulligan’s has served Southern coastal cuisine with incredible...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) 261-1111
1187 Duck Road, Loblolly Pines Shopping Center, Duck
(252) 261-1111

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 described as "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...read more

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

Sooey's BBQ and Rib Shack

Nags Head Restaurant
807 Ocean Trail, Monteray Plaza, Corolla
(252) 453-4423
3919 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 12.5, Nags Head
(252) 449-6465

If you’re looking for delicious and traditional Southern fare on the Outer Banks, stop by Sooey’s BBQ & Rib Shack. With locations in Corolla and Nags Head, they're proud to offer their famous Carolina barbecue. They specialize in authentic Eastern North Carolina-style pulled pork barbecue, slow-smoked ribs, beef brisket and Southern fried chicken. You’ll find all your favorite homemade sides here too, including potato salad,...read more

If you’re looking for delicious and traditional Southern fare on the Outer Banks, stop by...read more