Part of the joy in traveling is discovering eclectic restaurants that make the flavors and atmosphere of a place come alive. The Outer Banks is world-renowned for being a seafood destination; whether you like to fish or not, you’ll definitely want to enjoy eating some while you’re in town. Delight your palate during your journey to the Outer Banks by treating yourself to some of the best restaurants on the Outer Banks!
Lighthouse Bagels & Deli
Even when on vacation, you can’t ignore the most important meal of the day! Serving breakfast to locals and visitors in the Outer Banks for two decades, Lighthouse Bagels & Deli is a popular place to kickstart the morning. Freshly made kettled bagels, freshly baked breads, and pastries all await to be served up alongside a cup of locally roasted coffee. Deli sandwiches and homemade salads are also available. Lighthouse Bagels & Deli is open daily from 7am-2pm and is located in Corolla at 807 Ocean Trail.
While it’s now a national (and growing) chain, donut enthusiasts won’t want to miss a visit to the original Duck Donuts location here in the Outer Banks. Located at 710 South Croatan Highway in Kill Devil Hills, Duck Donuts prides itself on made-to-order specialty donuts. Their original vanilla cake donut is now joined by a chocolate version, or those who can’t make up their mind can get it half and half. And of course, you can add an incredible variety of toppings, so everyone leaves full and happy.
Buxton Munch Company
For a delicious and affordable lunch, check out the Buxton Munch Company on Hatteras. Specializing in both Mexican and American lunch delights, you can get some of the best shrimp and fish tacos around at this little spot. Other offerings include crab cakes, wraps, quesadillas, and burgers. This place is popular, so you may have to wait a bit, but it’s well worth it!
Outer Banks Boil Company
For a unique meal enjoyed from the comfort of your vacation rental, consider leaving the details to the Outer Banks Boil Company. This unique eatery specializes in creating large pots of food in a low-country boil style meant to be shared with friends in the location of your choice. Imagine gathering around a steaming pot of shrimp, spicy andouille sausage, red potatoes, corn on the cob, and sweet onions, all layered and seasoned. Add seafood options such as snow crab legs, clams, mussels, and lobster tails for an even more distinct coastal taste. Options are available for Outer Banks Boil Company staff to cater to your group or to simply provide you with the food seasoned and ready to be boiled! The Outer Banks Boil Company has locations in both Kitty Halk and Corolla.
For a cozy fine dining experience in an adorable setting, check out the Colington Cafe in Kill Devil Hills. This gem of a restaurant offers up a sumptuous array of pasta, filet, chicken, and pork dishes, along with plenty of fresh Outer Banks seafood to choose from. Try delicious coconut shrimp, scallops rumaki, and crab cakes as appetizers, then perhaps follow it up with the fresh fish of the day. Colington Cafe makes you feel right at home, partly because the restaurant is in a Victorian house. Service is always excellent, so book your reservation today for a meal you won’t regret!
Black Pelican Seafood Company
With the ocean as the natural draw in the Outer Banks, enjoying a meal with an ocean view is a must at some point during your stay. Black Pelican Seafood Company, located in Kitty Hawk at Milepost 4 on the Beach Road, offers up views that won’t disappoint. Situated in a building that was originally built as a lifesaving station in the 1800s, character and charm resound as you enjoy a well-prepared meal. Enjoy panoramic views of the ocean as you dine on a platter of fresh seafood or a woodfired pizza. The shrimp and grits have the perfect amount of spice and a slice of coconut cream pie is a sweet way to end the evening!
Finally, if you love visiting craft breweries, 1718 Brewing is a unique one on remote Ocracoke Island. They offer a great casual atmosphere where you can see the beer be brewed, as well as some amazing pretzels to accompany your libation. Sample delicious offerings like the Mexican chocolate stout or try a whole range of options with a flight. Enjoy the spacious outdoor seating; even with your furry friend, as dogs are allowed.
Great Restaurants in the Outer Banks
The best way to enjoy the dining scene in the Outer Banks is to stay awhile! Our Outer Banks vacation rentals offer the perfect home base for exploring the best beaches, shopping, and dining in the Outer Banks!