Any beach town is really only as good as it’s seafood. Luckily, the Outer Banks is no slouch when it comes to serving up delicious, fresh-caught seafood! Take your coastal dining experience to the next level and discover the five best Outer Banks seafood restaurants right here! Before you head to the beach, don’t forget to pack your complimentary Vacation Guide. Full of the area’s best restaurants, attractions, beaches, and events, our guide is your ticket to the beach getaway of your dreams!

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The Best Outer Banks Seafood Restaurants

Sam & Omie’s

Sam and Omie’s is a local favorite that has been serving fresh seafood since 1937! This “down-to-earth” spot is frequented by fisherman before they had out for the day and is known for its incredible breakfast, extensive menu, and friendly atmosphere. If you’re looking to sit down in a low-key, no-frills setting for some of the Outer Banks freshest seafood, you’ve come to the right place!


For more of an upscale dining experience, Aqua is a restaurant that should definitely be on your Outer-Banks-dining bucket list. Their surf and turf selections are second to none in the Outer Banks and are sure to leave you planning your next visit before you even finish your meal. Besides the excellent food, the restaurant also has a diverse drink menu, a sophisticated atmosphere, and a beautiful location right on the water!

Awful Arthur’s Oyster Bar

Awful Arthur’s is the best option for oysters in the Outer Banks. The restaurant was even dubbed by Coastal Living as a “top 10 oyster bar in the nation.” The only authentic, copper-topped oyster bar in the Outer Banks, Awful Arthur’s has very few rivals that can offer the same quality of food, the same beer selection, or the same atmosphere of casual excitement.

Black Pelican

The Black Pelican is a laid-back, oceanfront restaurant in Kitty Hawk, NC. The building that the restaurant occupies has been around since 1874, offering a unique experience in coordination with its fantastic food. The restaurant serves locally caught seafood, pizza, and everything in between. Enjoy quality dining while soaking in the beautiful views of the Atlantic on your next trip to the Outer Banks!

Austin South Island Seafood

When it comes to a freshness that you can noticeably taste, Austin South Island Seafood is a step above other Outer Banks seafood restaurants. You might have to pay a little bit extra for this level of quality, but it’s definitely worth it. The food is caught daily right in the restaurant’s backyard! You can also order seafood from their market and have it vacuum sealed for you to take home.

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