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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Harvey Mansion Historic Inn and Restaurant

    $$$$ | American

    Dining in this 9,000-square foot home literally puts you inside New Bern history, but you'll feel right at home in the restaurant's intimate...Read More

  • 14. Owens' Restaurant

    $$$$ | Seafood

    Family owned since 1946, this restaurant, housed in a replica of an early-19th-century Outer Banks lifesaving station, is more like a museum...Read More

  • 15. Shark Bar and Kitchen

    $$$$ | American

    This cozy, contemporary spot right off the beach serves a full bar, local seafood, and stick-to-your-ribs appetizers like loaded tater tots...Read More

  • 16. The Spouter Inn

    $$$$ | Seafood

    Dining at a shaded table on the Spouter's deck overlooking Beaufort Harbor and Taylor's Creek is one of life's treats; as boats glide by you...Read More

  • 17. Urban Kitchen

    $$$$ | American

    Don't be fooled by its strip-mall location and low-frills decor: here you'll get farm-fresh, creatively constructed dishes served in generous...Read More

  • 18. Elizabeth's Café & Winery

    $$$$ | French

    Candelit tables covered in lace, fine wine served in Riedel glasses, and a cozy fireplace to warm chilly nights set the atmosphere for this...Read More

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