Outer Banks Restaurants

You would like to go out for dinner, but with over 200 Outer Banks restaurants (one site had it at 216) to choose from, which one should you choose? I racked my brain on how to do this page. Do I try to do a review on all 200+? That seemed like a futile task, so I had another idea.





How about if I tell you about the three restaurants that we like the best, whether it be for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and then you decide. Then I had another idea, and that was to get some of the people that I know that either live or have vacationed in the Outer Banks over a number of years to write me a short blurb on their three favorite restaurants.

Another beautiful Outer Banks sunset to enjoy dinner by.

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After all, if an insider hadn't told me about what is now our favorite restaurant, we certainly would never have found it in Kill Devil Hills NC. For each of the people that have agreed to give me their three favorites, I will give you a brief blurb on them and a link to their favorites. I will note what town and whether they prefer this Outer Banks restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner. If it is noted for one or the other, it is not because it is good for only one and not the others, only that we or the recommender haven’t had the other meal there … just trying to keep it real.


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The first group of recommendations will be from me. I have to warn you, I am a creature of habit, and once we find a restaurant that we like, we go back again and again. Follow this link to our favorite Outer Banks restaurants.

Sunset over the sound in the Outer Banks

The next set of recommendations is from Rick Steckiel and his family. Rick is a friend and a co-worker I have spent many a business trip together overseas. Rick and his family have been going to the southern part of the Outer Banks, mostly Avon NC, for nine years. Follow this link to Rick’s favorite restaurants.

Tara Burlage offered to provide her recommendations for favorite Outer Banks restaurants. Tara lives and works in the Outer Banks, and has been going to the Outer Banks since she was little. Tara is an Outer Banks realtor working for BD&A. We met Tara when we started exploring the possibility of building a house in the Outer Banks. Tara worked with us through the entire process, with her cornerstone strength being her tenacity in making the deal happen. Her insights proved invaluable during the build process. We hit it off well with Tara because we met Tara, who is a Virginia Tech graduate, right when Laura, our oldest daughter, was heading off to Virginia Tech. Follow this link to Tara’s favorite restaurants.

Craig Kilgore also offered to provide his three favorite restaurant recommendations. Craig moved to the Outer Banks in 1977. Craig currently owns Three Seas, Inc., the company that takes care of the pool and hot tub at our Salvo house. Follow the link to Craig's three recommendations.

Looking for some additional restaurant recommendations? Let Terry Bell of Outer Banks Restaurant Guide provide some of her favorites. And while you are at it, maybe consider joining Terry on one of her nightly guided tours. Why settle for just one restaurant?

Restaurant choice is a matter of taste (no pun intended), so now it's your chance to join in! Follow the simple directions below to tell us about your favorite restaurants.


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Your Favorite Outer Banks Restaurants

Click on the link below to see more great reviews on favorite restaurants. They were all written by other visitors to this page just like YOU. Join in on the fun!

Howard's Pub 
Awesome food and atmosphere!

Sam and Omie's a can't miss joint! 
My family and I live in Manteo on the OBX after vacationing here many times we bit the bullet and made the move. My pick for a must visit when you are …

The Collington Cafe is the best! 
The Collington Cafe is an upscale restaurant. You will pay a little more but the service and the food are outstanding! I ordered a filet. When it was served, …

Awful Arthur's is the place to go for dinner and for Breakfast it's the Ship's Wheel! 
My husband and I eat at Awful Arthur's every night but one, every year on our vacation. It can't be beat for atmosphere and seafood. My husband gets …

Atlantic Coast Cafe Avon....Daily Visit 
After years of staying in Nags Head and Kitty Hawk, my family migrated south to Avon in 2009 to find an even more relaxed week each year. While looking …

On Ocracoke? You must eat at the Cafe Atlantic 
Life is short~eat dessert first. That certainly applies at the Cafe Atlantic. Ruth makes all of the desserts in house; ranging from Hummingbird Cake …

Daredevils Pizzeria  
For pizza...it's the best. Can't beat the crust. Dough is made fresh daily. Locally owned and cool atmosphere.

Flying Melon 
The Flying Melon in Ocracoke has the best breakfast. The pain Perdue is there specialty.

Dolphin Den is fantastic 
Dolphin Den is the best place to eat in Avon. The food is amazing and the atmosphere is laid back and casual. Unlike most places in Avon it is open …

Dolphin Den 
Best fried oyster sandwich this side of Atlantis. Great beer selection and key lime pie is tasty. Can't beat the laid back atmosphere and the chowder …

Angelo's and Burger Burger in Buxton 
Two restaurants under one roof: Angelo's fare is better than most Italian food, and not what you'd expect from such an informal atmosphere! Tuesday …

Lighthouse Bagels is not to be missed!  
A few years ago, my wife and I took a foray north to the Currituck Lighhouse. Along the way, we stopped at Lighthouse Bagels in Corolla for breakfast. …

Island Perks in Buxton/Hatteras 
This is a great place to eat. It's primarily open only for breakfast, but I've heard that this is changing with them opening a new location at Hatteras …

Sandbar in Buxton is great! 
I have been to the Sandbar Grill in Buxton several times. The restaurant itself is a little small, but they have a cool game room on the bottom floor …

Howard's Pub is the best! 
Howard's Pub on Ocracoke is the most awesome Outer Banks Restaurant we have visited yet! They are laid back and a "Margaritaville" type restaurant …

Black Pelican....a MUST place to GO !!! 
It's the BEST.....Lots of great food and drink and the atmosphere is true OBX.....Try the HUMMUS and White Seafood Pizza....Great Place to Experience …

Outer Banks Taco Bar 
Such a jewel hidden away in kitty hawk. Just simple and authentic flavor with a cool atmosphere. The kids loved it and the price was right as well. …

Mike Dianna's Grill Room 
Mike Dianna’s Grill Room 777 Sunset Boulevard TimBuck II Shopping Village Corolla (252) 453-4336 This is our favorite restaurant on the outer …

3 Favorites for Three Meals 
I have thought about this what my favorite restaurant is on the Outer Banks & I have found that I have three, a different one for each meal. Breakfast: …

Jolly Roger, a sure winner. 
Spouse and I don't get the chance to visit the Outer Banks as often as we used to, but the Jolly Roger in Kill Devil Hills is a must when we do visit. …

Tortugas  Not rated yet
Good food, locally owned. Neat atmosphere. Non smoking & great service.

Tale of the Whale Restaurant- a whale of a time! Not rated yet
My fiancé and I took a trip to the Outer Banks last summer to visit a friend’s summer home and we actually went out to dinner our first night there. …

Five Guys Restaurant in Outer Banks Not rated yet
My husband and I recently made our spring trek to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. One of the things we like best about going there is all of the …

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