Nags Head Restaurants

When visitors to Nags Head ask locals for 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 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

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 Café 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 Café makes it easy to stick... 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

Sooey's BBQ and Rib Shack

Nags Head Restaurant
3919 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 12.5, Nags Head
(252) 449-6465
807 Ocean Trail, Monteray Plaza, Corolla
(252) 453-4423
1177 Duck Road, Scarborough Faire, Duck
(252) 449-2271
708 Harbor Road, OBX Marina, Wanchese
(252) 619-2976

Owned and operated by fifth-generation Dare County locals, Sooey’s BBQ specializes in authentic eastern North Carolina pork barbecue, slow-smoked ribs, beef brisket, pulled barbecue chicken and Southern fried chicken. Their savory pulled-pork barbecue and ribs are made from an Outer Banks recipe with roots as deep as those on their own family tree. All the favorite homemade sides are here, including potato salad, cole slaw,... read more

Owned and operated by fifth-generation Dare County locals, Sooey’s BBQ specializes in authentic eastern North... 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