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. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Duck Donuts

    $ | Bakery

    Morning traffic in Duck includes the sidewalks, filled with walkers, joggers, runners, and bicyclers—many of whom will be carrying bags, boxes...Read More

  • 8. Indochine

    $$ | Midtown | Asian

    This restaurant has been voted Wilmington's best Asian restaurant every year for more than a decade, and it's easy to see why. Walk through...Read More

  • 9. Jack Mackerel's Island Grill

    $$$ | American

    Step through a wood-and-glass hatch door into a dining room where tropical blues and greens accent a bar top fashioned like a wooden boat deck...Read More

  • 10. MJ's Raw Bar and Grille

    $$ | Seafood

    This little seafood joint right downtown serves fresh coastal food in a setting full of local charm. You'll see plenty of fried seafood on the...Read More

  • 11. Morgan's Tavern and Grill

    $$ | American

    Skylights illuminate exposed redbrick walls and weathered wooden ceiling beams at this downtown, circa-1912 building, originally a garage and...Read More

  • 12. Oceanas Bistro

    $$ | American

    Open year-round for lunch and dinner (seasonally for breakfast), this long-established and popular roadside restaurant is a great spot to get...Read More

  • 13. Poor Richard's Sandwich Shop

    $ | Deli

    Open since 1984, there is often a long line at the rear of this downtown Manteo institution. Homemade sweet-potato biscuits are breakfast favorites...Read More

  • 14. South Beach Grill

    $$$ | Seafood

    Tight parking on a cramped lot doesn't deter diners from this friendly, slightly retro-looking restaurant, on the site of the first bank in...Read More

  • 15. Sugar Creek Seafood Restaurant

    $$$ | Seafood

    If fiery red sunsets and marinated tuna entice you, this is the place to eat. Sip a drink on the pier or in the gazebo to soak in Roanoke Sound...Read More

  • 16. The Chelsea

    $$$ | American

    In the former drugstore of the pharmacist who invented Pepsi-Cola, this casual dining spot is a magnet for visitors and local businesspeople...Read More

  • 17. Trolly Stop

    $ | Fast Food

    An institution in the Cape Fear region (there are also locations in Wrightsville Beach, Wilmington, and Chapel Hill), this hot dog joint is...Read More

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