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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 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. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Howard's Pub

    $$ | Ocracoke Village | American

    This long-established pub is a boisterous and friendly place to eat and drink, with a quick-footed staff who aim to please. Don't miss the fresh...Read More

  • 14. 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

  • 15. 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

  • 16. 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

  • 17. 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

  • 18. 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

  • 19. 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

  • 20. 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

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