Roanoke Island and the surrounding Outer Banks pack in plenty of excellent places to eat for its size. We compiled a list of the best Outer Banks restaurants to eat breakfast, enjoy a date night with your special someone, and relax with the entire family after a day at the beach! Make sure you’re hungry and get ready to dig into some delicious cuisine.
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Top Outer Banks Restaurants for the Best Foodie Vacation
The Best Manteo Restaurants
Front Porch Cafe
With multiple locations around the Outer Banks, the Front Porch Cafe is one of the best places to grab a quick breakfast before hitting the beach. Their menu is full of gourmet coffees, tasty cinnamon buns, muffins, scones, croissant sandwiches, oatmeal, and more! You can even stop by later in the day to enjoy a glass of wine or a beer on the porch!
The Hungry Pelican is a fantastic place to stop for a quick lunch or an ice cream. Their menu is full of tasty sandwiches and sweet treats in the heart of downtown Manteo.
Poor Richard’s Sandwich Shop
Sandwiches, burgers, and wraps are the highlights on the menu at Poor Richard’s Sandwich Shop. This is one of our favorite restaurants in Manteo to grab lunch. It sits in the heart of town, so you can easily walk to it if you’re staying in one of our historic cottages.
Garden Deli & Pizzeria
Who doesn’t love a savory, cheesy pizza after a day at the beach? Pick up your favorite pie from Garden Deli & Pizzeria and bring it back to your Pirate’s Cove rental to enjoy with the family. They also serve up salads, sandwiches, and burgers.
Avenue Grille and Goods
The entire family will enjoy a delicious dinner with views of the Roanoke Sound at Avenue Grille and Goods. This is one of the top family-friendly lunch spots in Manteo. You can savor everything from steamed shrimp to maple pecan fried chicken on their locally inspired menu.
Lost Colony Brewery and Cafe
If you want to grab a burger and a beer, this is your spot. The Lost Colony Brewery and Cafe sits in the heart of downtown Manteo and offers a selection of over a half-dozen beers brewed in-house. You can even find steaks, crabcakes, and scallops on the menu!
1587 Restaurant & Lounge is a fantastic place to take your special someone for a romantic date night. Tucked away in a building with views of the Manteo Harbor and Roanoke Island Festival Park, this Outer Banks eatery serves up delicious seafood and steaks in addition to their extensive wine list.
Blue Water Grill & Raw Bar
If you’re staying in Pirate’s Cove Resort, the Blue Water Grill & Raw Bar is THE place to take your special someone on a romantic date night. This Outer Banks restaurant overlooks the Pirate’s Cove Marina and is within walking distance from our condos and homes in the gated community. Grab a pre-dinner drink at Mimi’s Tiki Hut before enjoying a fantastic selection of seafood!
Stripers Bar & Grill
Fantastic waterfront views and great food are staples at Stripers Bar & Grill. It’s the perfect casual date night spot, especially if you are staying in one of our Shallowbag Bay condo rental properties.
Our Favorite Kill Devil Hills Restaurants
Kill Devil’s Custard & Beach Fries
What’s better than a burger and fries after a day on the beach? Kill Devil’s Custard and Beach Fries serves up classic American favorites like delicious burgers, hot dogs, barbeque, and of course, custard. It’s a great Kill Devil Hills restaurant to stop by on the way back to your Pirate’s Cove rental!
Outer Banks Brewing Station
If you want to grab a locally made craft beer and some tasty grub, then you will love the Outer Banks Brewing Station. This Outer Banks restaurant in Kill Devil Hills also serves as an entertainment hub, where walls of TVs and live music provide a great atmosphere for watching a big game or enjoying a concert.
Ten 0 Six
Grab some breakfast at Ten 0 Six on the way to Kill Devil Hills Beach. You’ll find breakfast burritos, french toast, pancakes, waffles, and more at this small eatery that’s only a block from the sand.
Miller’s Seafood and Steakhouse
Miller’s Seafood & Steakhouse offers a casual setting with an array of fantastic offerings for the entire family. Choose from a selection of steaks, locally sourced seafood, and sushi at this aquatic-themed restaurant.
Goombays Grille and Raw Bar
Get a taste of the Outer Banks at Goombays Grille and Raw Bar. This Kill Devil Hills restaurant features a bright and vibrant island theme that complements its menu full of coastal favorites like alligator bites, jalapeno crab balls, coconut shrimp, and a raw bar. They also serve up great tropical drinks.
The Colington Cafe
If you’re searching for something a little more upscale, The Colington Cafe offers the perfect retreat away from the main strip of the Outer Banks. This beautiful beach house sits in a wooded area between the Wright Brothers National Memorial and Roanoke Sound. A delicious selection of chicken, steak, seafood, and pasta highlight the menu at this date night restaurant.
The Kill Devil Grill
The Kill Devil Grill serves up classic American fare inside of a 1950s-themed restaurant. Pull up a stool at the diner bar or sit in one of the booths. Wherever you sit, you’re in for a tasty meal at this great local hub.
Awful Arthur’s Oyster Bar
Oysters, oysters, and more oysters—that’s the specialty at Awful Arthur’s Oyster Bar. It sits across the street from the Avalon Pier and has a fantastic lounge area with live music and views of the ocean. The menu is also full of burgers, sandwiches, other local seafood offerings, and desserts.
The Most Delicious Nags Head Restaurants
Miller’s Waterfront Restaurant
Miller’s Waterfront Restaurant near Nags Head is one of our favorite places to savor local seafood with a view. They serve up dishes filled with flavor from lobster rolls to fresh scallops. The sound front location makes this an ideal spot to watch the sunset with your favorite drink.
Fish Head’s Bar & Grill
Fish Heads Bar & Grill is also on the top of our list of best places to eat near Nags Head. This hotspot sits at the base of the Outer Banks Fishing Pier and provides breathtaking views of the Atlantic. It’s a fantastic place to enjoy happy hour or take the entire family out to dinner.
Nags Head Pizza Company
This local pizza joint sits along the Virginia Dare Trail causeway between Nags Head and Roanoke Island, making it a great place to stop on your way to and from the beach. Nags Head Pizza Company crafts delicious gourmet pies that will have you coming back for more. They also deliver!
Blue Moon Beach Grill
You’ll find the Blue Moon Beach Grill near Jockey’s Ridge State Park. This small restaurant serves up great seafood and Southern comfort food with a fun, nautical theme.
Basnight’s Lone Cedar Cafe
If you want to enjoy waterfront dining near Nags Head without driving along the main stretch in the Outer Banks, Basnight’s Lone Cedar Cafe is the place to go. Here you’ll find fresh local seafood with a view that’s only a few minutes from Manteo.
Caribbean-infused fare is the name of the game at this restaurant near Nags Head. Tortugas Lie is a popular favorite with locals and also serves up sushi, burgers, and more!
Tale of the Whale
Tale of the Whale is one of the best upscale restaurants in the Outer Banks. This waterfront eatery offers a fantastic waterfront dining experience with sweeping views, sizzling steaks, and a great wine list.
If you’re in the mood for sushi, Taiko Restaurant is the place to go on the Outer Banks. They serve up tasty Japanese delights in a casual setting.
This popular national donut chain started right down the road from us in Duck, and it serves up delicious, made-to-order delights that you can customize. Duck Donuts is a great place to stop for a morning donut before hitting the sand or a dozen to take back to your vacation rental after a day in the sun.
Few rental companies offer a larger selection of homes and condos in the Manteo than Pirate’s Cove. We have properties at multiple locations around Roanoke Island that accommodate a variety of party sizes. From our waterfront condos in Shallowbag Bay to our gated resort community, you’ll find the perfect rental for you and your family.
Start planning your Outer Banks getaway today by booking one of our properties. Trust us; you’ll never want to leave!