There are many reasons why tourists flock to Kitty Hawk. The beautiful beaches, the abundance of activities and many local treasures all play a part in making a memorable visit. And there’s nothing better than treating yourself to a delicious meal after a day of fun in the sun!

Kitty Hawk is known for offering a wide variety of dining choices. From casual cafes and sandwich shops to fresh local seafood and authentic southern barbecue there is something for everyone!

Read on the see 7 favorite selections of Kitty Hawk NC restaurants.

1. Barefoot Bernie’s Tropical Grill & Bar

The refreshing island cuisine served in a tropical atmosphere at Barefoot Bernie’s will remind you why you love being on vacation. The menu is inspired by favorite dishes from the world’s best beaches. Serving lunch and dinner, Barefoot Bernie’s extensive menu offers something for everyone. Be sure to check out the online calendar or call the restaurant for a list of events and live music.

2. Black Pelican

Black Pelican oceanfront restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily with a beautiful ocean view. Enjoy fresh seafood, steaks, vegetarian dishes, sandwiches and some of the barrier island’s best wood-fired pizzas. The restaurant is big enough to handle large parties, but the setting is intimate enough for a cozy date. The restaurant is housed in an old life saving station, which is full of character showcasing Outer Banks maritime history.


3. High Cotton NC Barbeque

Savor the unique flavor of slow cooked eastern Carolina style barbecue at High Cotton. High Cotton uses Hickory coals to slowly smoke the barbecue, producing a sweet, tender meat that’s pink on the inside and brown on the outside. The enormous dining room offers a relaxed, yet upscale setting filled with photographs depicting the heritage of barbecue in North Carolina. Be sure to ask about the creative daily specials.


4. Jimmy’s Seafood Buffet

If you are looking for a wide variety of fresh seafood, stop into Jimmy’s Seafood Buffet. With more than 100 different items on the buffet, this is an unbeatable all you can eat dinner extravaganza! Featuring Jumbo Alaskan crab legs and Jumbo steamed shrimp, as well as non-seafood items like carved turkey and gravy, steak and pizza, you can let your taste buds run wild. The buffet also offers soft serve ice cream and a variety of baked goods for dessert.


5. Ocean Boulevard Bistro & Martini Bar

For an upscale dining experience with fine cocktails and gourmet dishes, Ocean Boulevard Bistro and Martini Bar is the place to be. Ocean Boulevard offers an extensive fine dining menu, including nightly dinner specials and an extensive wine list. Choose from the quiet, classy dining experience inside the restaurant or sit on the outside patio to take in the sights, sounds and cool breeze of the nearby sea.


6. Rundown Café

Voted “Best Deck Dining on the Beach” you won’t want to miss the Rundown Café. Sit back and sip a refreshing cocktail while you enjoy the breathtaking views from the newly renovated upstairs Hula bar deck. When you are ready to enjoy your meal, the restaurant offers seating on the deck, as well as more intimate seating inside either the upstairs bar or more family oriented downstairs dining room. The restaurant offers full dinner and lunch menus.


7. Spanky’s Grille

Spanky’s Grille is the perfect spot to grab some good food at cheap prices. Don’t let the low prices fool you, Spanky’s Grille has won Top 10 Burger Joints in N.C. the past two years in a row, and Top 5 Hot dog stands the past three years in a row. Spanky’s has daily specials as well as southern comfort food at lunch time. Most of Spanky’s food is homemade, as the restaurant is family owned and run by Mr. and Mrs. Spanky themselves.

When you get ready to experience the local fare of Kitty Hawk NC restaurants, be sure to choose the best lodging option as well. Shoreline OBX was created to provide quality vacation rentals in the Outer Banks. We are confident that you will have a memorable experience when you book one of our quality OBX properties in Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head. For even more recommendations about things to do in Kitty Hawk, be sure to download our Vacation Guide!