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. 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. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Clawson's 1905 Restaurant and Pub

    $$ | American

    A combination of fresh seafood, local beers, and live music make this waterfront restaurant a popular spot, especially for lunch. Housed in...Read More

  • 9. Cow Café

    $ | Café

    Find ice cream and cow-themed gifts and toys at this black-and-white-spotted café. Sandwiches, "cowlossal" all-beef hot dogs, "cowsadillas,...Read More

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. K38 Baja Grill

    $ | Midtown | Mexican

    Named for a popular surfers' point break in Baja, Mexico, where some friends once shared memorable roadside fish tacos, the K38—the mothership...Read More

  • 14. 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

  • 15. 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

  • 16. 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

  • 17. 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

  • 18. 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

  • 19. Sam and Omie's

    $$ | Seafood

    Named after two fishermen, father and son, this no-nonsense shack opened in 1937 and is one of the Outer Banks' oldest restaurants. Fishing...Read More

  • 20. 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

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