Nags Head Restaurants, Including Kill Devil Hills & Kitty Hawk

A Complete Menu of Nags Head Restaurants

Let’s be honest, we don’t come to the beach just for the surf and sand. Restaurants and their delectable offerings play a role in the vacation, too. We’ll get you started with some delicious word images of what to expect when you go out to eat at Nags Head restaurant, Kill Devil Hills restaurants and Kitty Hawk restaurants. Imagine sitting down to steaming-hot shrimp with a sprinkling of Old Bay seasoning  or a bowl of Hatteras-style chowder of sweet baby clams, fresh vegetables and a clear broth at Nags Head restaurants. Or check out some Kill Devil Hills restaurants to find fat morsels of jumbo lump crab meat piled into cakes and lightly broiled or fried and white, flaky rockfish fillets as you like them – fried, grilled, broiled or blackened. And don’t forget the rich, silky she-crab soup with the perfect blend of sherry and cream or oysters flash-fried to crispy perfection, dipped in tangy tartar sauce Kitty Hawk restaurants can offer.

If you like the fruits of the sea, you’ll love eating in Nags Head restaurants. Seafood is definitely the star of the show in Kitty Hawk restaurants, most of it caught right along these shores. Kill Devil Hills restaurants feature some all-you-can-eat seafood buffets. Every day commercial fishermen (and women) bring in the bounty of the sea, and it doesn’t take long to get that seafood from the boat to your belly. And good news: Nags Head restaurants don’t offer mere fried seafood dinners served with hushpuppies and cole slaw anymore. Of course, that classic combination is still available, but restaurants in Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills and Kitty Hawk have evolved. Now you can find Kill Devil Hills restaurants boasting the fashionable catch-phrases of “contemporary coastal cuisine” and “Southern coastal cuisine” along with others in the area. And Kitty Hawk restaurants, perhaps surprisingly, sport the most variety. Local restaurants are definitely in tune with trying to serve as much locally harvested seafood and local produce as possible.

If you’re not a huge fan of seafood, or if you like a little variety in your diet, don’t worry. Every town's restaurants offer more than seafood. Steaks, chicken, duck, lamb, pork, pasta and vegetarian options are offered on local menus. There are plenty of alternative restaurants on the Banks today, from Chinese and Japanese to Thai to Italian and Mexican to Baja, and there’s a wide range of atmospheres, everything from contemporary fine-dining with a dress code to the most casual, come-as-you-are eateries.

Nags Head Restaurants by Location or Category

Kill Devil Hills Restaurants | Kitty Hawk Restaurants | Nags Head Restaurants

 

Goombays Grille & Raw Bar

1608 N. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 7, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-6001

Goombays is a casual restaurant with an island feel. The food is fresh and creative with a Caribbean spin on Outer Banks seafood favorites. Try the Rasta Pasta, fresh seafood tacos, Tuna Reuben, Jazzy Coconut Chicken, Tuna Oscar, daily specials or a selection from the full steamed or raw seafood bar. Goombays is family friendly with a colorful dining room and a special menu for... read more

Jimmy's Seafood Buffet

4117 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-4973

Jimmy’s is a popular vacationer's destination offering a variety of Outer Banks seafood and more than 100 tempting dishes from both land and sea, including homemade soups and made-from-scratch desserts. When it comes to seafood, the owner says "size does matter," so dig in to the largest crab legs and shrimp around town. Check out their website for daily lobster specials and be sure to... 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

Mama Kwan's

1701 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 9.5, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-7889

Mama Kwan's serves delicious, local Outer Banks seafood with flavors from the Pacific Rim. The chef whips up specials every day, and there are lots of tempting dishes on the menu. Try the fish tacos or pepper-seared tuna dinner — sushi-grade tuna served rare with wasabi, soy sauce, rice and cucumber salad. The unique flavors of the Special Occasion Pasta make it a menu favorite.... 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 on the beach, 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 an... 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

Ocean Boulevard

4700 N. Virginia Dare Trail, Beach Road, MP 2.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-2546

Ocean Boulevard is a casual yet upscale restaurant, which means you can enjoy a special evening out in the comfort of your sandals. They are, after all, just steps away from the ocean. Ocean Boulevard’s culinary team serves an American bistro-style menu and has been praised in Southern Living magazine as well as The Washington Post. The menu changes seasonally but always includes lots of... read more

Outer Banks Brewing Station

600 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 8.5, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 449-2739

Featuring the talents of national and international award-winning Brewmaster Scott Meyer, the Brewing Station has an ever-changing list of house-made beers and sodas that serve as the cornerstone of the Outer Banks Brewing Station's innovative style. Outer Banks Brewing Station is the winner of the 2011 and 2012 Taste of the Beach People's Choice Award — and their outstanding chefs, led by Chef Tony Duman,... read more

Peppercorns Restaurant and Lounge

1701 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 9.5, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-2151

Peppercorns overlooks the ocean from its location inside the Ramada Plaza Nags Head (yes, the name says Nags Head, but they're located in Kill Devil Hills). The menu features fresh seafood, pasta dishes, surf and turf and chef's specials. Peppercorns serves breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. They are open year round, welcome large parties and accept reservations to make your dining more enjoyable without... read more