Nags Head, NC, Restaurants: Breakfast Spots

Whether you’re a vacationer with time for a leisurely brunch or a local picking up coffee and a bagel on the way to work, breakfasting at Nags Head, NC, restaurants is a great way to start the day. Breakfast restaurants in Nags Head include coffee shops, a specialty donut baker, a diner-style grill, a legendary breakfast buffet, a pier house cafe where you can watch the sun come up and even the oldest restaurant on the Outer Banks, where fishermen have been eating the most important meal of the day since the 1930s. 

Basnight’s Lone Cedar

Nags Head, NC, Breakfast Spots
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

Dunes Restaurant

Nags Head, NC, Breakfast Spots
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

Fish Heads Bar & Grill

Nags Head, NC, Breakfast Spots
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, NC, Breakfast Spots
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