These Top Outer Banks Restaurants are Picked by Our Shoreline OBX Staff

Our Shoreline OBX staff has lived on the Outer Banks for over 80 combined years. During that time, they have visited almost every locally owned restaurant on the beach and some more than others. With over 170 locally owned restaurants on the Outer Banks, it can sometimes be difficult to decide where to eat while on vacation.

That’s where are staff can help! Below is a list of our favorite dining places and why we love them. We have also included our favorite dish just in case you wanted a recommendation.

We hope you enjoy these great restaurants as much as we do when we dine out on the Outer Banks!

Ashley Reid

Favorite Restaurant: Kill Devil Grill (KDH)
Favorite Dish: Between the Back Yard Wings and the Grilled Salmon salad
“I love KDG for Its fun atmosphere and impeccable service Plus, the food has never disappointed!”

Jennifer Hurd

Favorite “Winter” Restaurant: JK’s Steakhouse (KDH)
Favorite Dish: Prime Rib Chop
“I love the cozy atmosphere! The steaks are the finest, perfectly aged and perfectly seasoned. Their FREE bread and whipped butter are to die for, and the salads and sides never disappoint!”

Favorite “Summer” Restaurant: Rundown Café (Kitty Hawk)
Favorite Dish: Oriental Sesame Noodles with Coconut Shrimp
“I love sitting out on the oceanfront deck, listening to music, having drinks and eating lunch or dinner. The Sesame noodles are light and refreshing! I also love their jerk burgers.”

Kim Henriques

Favorite Restaurant: Kill Devil Grill (KDH)
Favorite Dish: Wings and Roasted Chicken
“Always great service and a great time.”

Favorite Restaurant: Barefoot Bernie’s (Kitty Hawk)
Favorite Dish: Any Salad
“Their salads are huge and yummy. Also they have a really good kids menu.”

Kenny Reid

Favorite Restaurant: Coastal Cravings (Duck)
Favorite Dish: Grilled Romaine Salad
“A great place to eat, listen to good live music and watch people pump gas….entertaining!”

Favorite Restaurant: Bad Bean (KDH)
Favorite Dish: Great Tacos
“Great food, especially if you like it fired up!”

Alex Vigil

Favorite Restaurant: High Cotton (Kitty Hawk)
Favorite Dish: Brisket and Fried Chicken
“Really, all the food is good. You can’t go wrong with NC BBQ and good down home cooking.”

Jennie Hill

Favorite Restaurant: Black Pelican (Kitty Hawk)
Favorite Dish: Black Pelican pizza with shrimp, andouille sausage and sweet peppers.
“The combination is to die for! Plus a laid back atmosphere and great bar with free black pelican pizzapeanuts.”

Favorite Restaurant: Tortuga’s Lie (Nags Head)
Favorite Dish: Scallop special or a burger
“Definitely worth the wait! It’s a small place but the food has BIG flavor!”

Laura Reid

Favorite Restaurant: Roadside Bar & Grille (Duck)
Favorite Dish: Roadside Salad
“Service is wonderful and they have outside dining in their quaint courtyard.”

Vivian Whelan

Favorite Restaurant: Red Sky Cafe (Duck)
Favorite Dish: Fish Tacos
“So delicious. Best tacos on the beach!”

Favorite Restaurant: Arts Place (Kitty Hawk)
Favorite Dish: Burger
“Great local atmosphere and quality food every time.”