The North Carolina Coast Restaurants

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The North Carolina Coast - browse our top choices for Restaurants during your stay.

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  • 1. Back Porch Restaurant and Wine Bar

    $$$$ | Ocracoke Village | Seafood

    What looks like a cozy little cottage in the woods actually serves stellar seafood like crab cakes and fresh diver sea scallops. There are also...Read More

  • 2. Bay Leaf

    $$ | Indian

    The wonderful smells of freshly prepared curries and tandoori chicken beckon diners to enter this lovely restaurant in the restored Kress Mall...Read More

  • 3. Blue Moon Beach Grill

    $$$ | Seafood

    Once in a blue moon, you have to taste life on a sandbar," says the sign over the bar at this small, quirky, and locally popular restaurant...Read More

  • 4. Café Pamlico

    $$$$ | Seafood

    Overlooking Pamlico Sound, Café Pamlico is arguably the best restaurant on Hatteras Island. The understated decor with dark green tones underscores...Read More

  • 5. Caprice Bistro

    $$$ | Downtown | French

    Once inside the street-front entrance, you may feel like you're in the fourth arrondissement of Paris in a casually elegant bistro. The food...Read More

  • 6. Ceviche's

    $$ | Latin American

    Panamanian-inspired food is the focus of this lively rum bar and restaurant about ½ mile from the beach. The eponymous ceviche—traditional Panamanian...Read More

  • 7. John's Drive In

    $ | Fast Food

    When a large milk shake is the only thing that will do on a hot summer day, this is the place to head for—locals say they are the best on the...Read More

  • 8. Manna

    $$$$ | Downtown | American

    Don't be fooled by the downscale streetscape near Manna, because dining here is a feast for the eyes, a banquet for the palate, and an altar...Read More

  • 9. PinPoint Restaurant

    $$$$ | Downtown | American

    Chef Dean Neff goes above and beyond with inventive new American dishes crafted out of local ingredients and coastal catches. The sophisticated...Read More

  • 10. Surf House Oyster Bar and Surf Camp

    $$$$ | American

    Among the more elegant options for dinner at the beach, Surf House offers a contemporary menu of fare from the "farm, river, and sea." The decor...Read More

  • 11. The Blue Point

    $$$$ | American

    The Outer Banks' first farm-to-table restaurant, this upscale foodie haven marries Southern roots with contemporary flair and Currituck Sound...Read More

  • 12. The Flying Melon Café

    $$$$ | Seafood

    One of the, if not the, top restaurants in Ocracoke, the Flying Melon focuses on seafood with Louisiana Creole and Southern twists (the owners...Read More

  • 13. 1587 Restaurant

    $$$$ | American

    This bay-side restaurant in the Tranquil House Inn serves creative cuisine alongside magical waterfront views. Repeat customers like the ever...Read More

  • 14. AQUA Restaurant

    $$$$ | American

    This beautifully located restaurant offers creative takes on locally sourced seafood and other dishes; there's seating at a waterside patio...Read More

  • 15. Basnight's Lone Cedar Café

    $$$$ | Seafood

    Hearts were broken when this restaurant, owned by powerful North Carolina senator Marc Basnight and family, burned in 2007, but it was rebuilt...Read More

  • 16. Beaufort Grocery Company

    $$$$ | American

    Despite the name, Beaufort Grocery Company is actually a quaint little restaurant in Beaufort's historic district, run by a couple who have...Read More

  • 17. Blue Moon Bistro

    $$$ | American

    An instant favorite for many Beaufort visitors, Blue Moon Bistro pairs classic cooking techniques with creative presentations, always emphasizing...Read More

  • 18. Buxton Munch Company

    $ | Café

    This casual lunch spot, tucked away in a strip center, has been going strong for nearly 20 years, specializing in wraps, burgers, fish and shrimp...Read More

  • 19. Captain Ratty's Seafood & Steakhouse

    $$$ | American

    Everyone from businesspeople to vacationing families finds something to like at Captain Ratty's. Sandwiches and generous salads are popular...Read More

  • 20. Catch

    $$$$ | Seafood

    Native Wilmingtonian chef Keith Rhodes is a James Beard Award nominee and Southeast finalist who sources local seafood for inspired Asian- and...Read More

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