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. 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

  • 2. Café Pamlico

    $$$$ | Seafood

    Overlooking Pamlico Sound, this upscale bistro puts the focus squarely on locally sourced seafood, vegetables from the accompanying inn's own...Read More

  • 3. Moonrakers

    $$$$ | Seafood

    There's a lot to love at this gorgeous three-story destination restaurant, from the blackened grouper that emeges from the open kitchen's wood...Read More

  • 4. NC Coast Grill & Bar

    $$$$ | Seafood

    The small plates and seafood that emerge from the open kitchen at this bold and bright waterfront eatery are a lot more creative than the name...Read More

  • 5. Seabird

    $$$$ | Downtown | Seafood

    On a prominent Market Street corner, chef Dean Neff's long-awaited seafood-and-cocktail lounge fully delivers, from the selection of local raw...Read More

  • 6. The Blue Point

    $$$$ | Seafood

    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

    This inviting neighborhood restaurant, with picnic tables and string lights setting an inviting scene in the yard, focuses on seafood with Louisiana...Read More

  • 8. Avenue Waterfront Grille

    $$$ | Seafood

    Expect local shrimp and fish at this relaxed but upscale seafood spot, where you can watch boats come and go along Manteo Harbor (or tie your...Read More

  • 9. Back Porch Restaurant and Wine Bar

    $$$$ | Ocracoke Village | Seafood

    This cozy little cottage under a stand of pines serves stellar seafood like crab cakes and fresh diver sea scallops. Other highlights include...Read More

  • 10. Basnight's Lone Cedar Café

    $$$$ | Seafood

    Despite a modern rebuild after a fire, this classic seafood house directly on the water (there's an osprey nest mere feet from the dining-room...Read More

  • 11. Breakwater

    $$$ | Seafood

    Perched atop Oden's Dock with views across the sound, this midpriced, seafood-oriented spot serves broiled and fried shrimp and fish, and plenty...Read More

  • 12. Catch

    $$$$ | Midtown | Seafood

    Native Wilmingtonian chef Keith Rhodes is a James Beard Award finalist who sources local seafood for inspired, beautifully plated Asian- and...Read More

  • 13. COAST Craft Cocktails & Calabash

    $$$ | Seafood

    In 2021, the popular Surf House rebranded into this laid-back spot for tasty cocktails, inviting seafood-leaning small plates, and the most...Read More

  • 14. Hatteras Sol Waterside Grill

    $$$ | Seafood

    The Widespread Panic concert posters lining the walls are the first clue that this isn't the usual waterfront seafood spot; the next is the...Read More

  • 15. Lost Colony Brewery and Cafe

    $ | Seafood

    In a renovated gas station, this cheerful bistro has large front windows and lots of patio seating, plus an eclectic menu of seafood entrées...Read More

  • 16. MJ's Raw Bar and Grille

    $$ | Seafood

    This little downtown seafood joint with sidewalk and indoor seating serves fresh coastal food in a setting full of local charm. You'll see plenty...Read More

  • 17. Oceanic

    $$$ | Seafood

    At Crystal Pier, this casual fine-dining destination lets you indulge in entrées like crab-stuffed salmon or a platter of Calabash seafood while...Read More

  • 18. Owens' Restaurant

    $$$$ | Seafood

    Family owned since 1946, this restaurant, housed in a replica of an early-19th-century Outer Banks Lifesaving Station, feels like dining in...Read More

  • 19. Persimmons

    $$$ | Seafood

    New Bern's only waterfront restaurant doesn't rely on geography to impress—the craft cocktails, seared scallops, and entrées like salmon and...Read More

  • 20. Provision Company

    $$ | Seafood

    This laid-back, colorful joint right on the water is the place to enjoy the day's catch with zero pretension, prepared to simple perfection...Read More

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