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. 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. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 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. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

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