Nags Head Restaurants

Including Kill Devil Hills Restaurants & Kitty Hawk Restaurants

Let’s be honest, we don’t come to the beaches at and around Nags Head just for the surf and sand. Nags Head 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, Kill Devil Hills 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 that Nags Head and Kitty Hawk restaurants can offer.

Nags Head Restaurants for Every Taste

And good news: Nags Head restaurants don’t offer mere fried seafood dinners served with hushpuppies and coleslaw 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.

If you’re not a huge fan of seafood, or if you like a little variety in your diet, don’t worry. Outer Banks restaurants throughout each town offer so much more than seafood. Steaks, chicken, duck, lamb, pork, pasta and vegetarian options are offered on local menus. There are plenty of alternative Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head restaurants 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

Dunes Restaurant

Nags Head Restaurant
7013 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Bypass, 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 (37 years in 2019 to be exact). Breakfast here is a certifiable Nags Head tradition. Their hearty breakfast buffet and fresh fruit bar, offered daily in season, are a huge draw, yet the a la carte breakfast menu is one of the biggest on the beach,... read more

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

For over 20 years, this take-out food food and ice cream stand has served 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... read more

For over 20 years, this take-out food food and ice cream stand has served an... read more

Fish Heads Bar & Grill

Nags Head Restaurant
8901 S Old Oregon Inlet Rd, MP 18.5, Nags Head
(252) 441-5740

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 sides. They serve hamburgers, fries, steamed shrimp and veggies, fish tacos and more. Wine and beer are available, including a great selection of draft beers, and they also have... 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 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

Goombays Grille & Raw Bar

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

Goombays is a casual restaurant with a colorful and lively island-style atmosphere. The interior inspires happiness with bright murals, local artwork, fish tanks and old license plates on the walls around the bar. The food is fresh and creative. Some of the dishes combine fresh Outer Banks seafood with favorite vacation-destination influences, like Caribbean Creole Pasta, Cabarete Shrimp, Caicos Coconut Shrimp Salad and Seafood Kingston.... read more

Goombays is a casual restaurant with a colorful and lively island-style atmosphere. The interior inspires... read more

Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint

Kill Devil Hills Restaurant
800 South Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 8.5, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 715-3328

A new bar on the Beach Road in Kill Devil Hills, Jack Brown's combines their passion for craft beer with serving up a pretty mean burger. The menu keeps it simple, focusing on top-of-the-line ingredients over quantity of them. The burgers are made with 100% all-natural Wagyu beef and of course there are creative options, such as The Greg Brady (topped with mac and cheese... read more

A new bar on the Beach Road in Kill Devil Hills, Jack Brown's combines their... read more

Jimmy's Seafood Buffet

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

Jimmy’s is a popular vacationer's destination now entering their 20th season. They offer 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... read more

Jimmy’s is a popular vacationer's destination now entering their 20th season. They offer a variety... 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, 28 TVs and a variety of delicious food, New York Pizza Pub features so much more than just pizza! Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, they offer pizzas, whole and by the slice, in addition to great Italian entrees, such as lasagna, chicken parmigiana and fettuccine alfredo. They serve hand-cut Angus rib eye, chicken and... read more

With their outdoor deck, superb sound system, 28 TVs and a variety of delicious food,... read more

Ocean Boulevard Bistro and Martini Bar

Kitty Hawk Restaurant
4700 N. Virginia Dare Trail, The 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 that has been praised in Southern Living magazine as well as The Washington Post. The menu changes seasonally but always includes beautiful preparations... read more

Ocean Boulevard is a casual yet upscale restaurant, which means you can enjoy a special... read more