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Top 17 Outdoor Dining Restaurants on the Outer Banks!

4 Apr 2019
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Let’s be honest, we don’t come to the beach just for the surf and sand. Restaurants and their appetizing offerings play a role in the vacation, too. One of the best ways to enjoy your summer vacation is dining at a spot where the scenery is as fine as what’s on the plate. There are dozens of places to enjoy dining outdoors on the Outer Banks. You will be able to have some of the best views and most tranquil dining at numerous restaurants located from Corolla to Roanoke Island. We have made it easy for you with our roundup of the best outdoor dining on the Outer Banks. Take a look and make sure you try a few out during your next venture to the Outer Banks!

1. Miller’s Waterfront Restaurant in Nags Head

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One of the few soundfront restaurants on the beach, Miller’s serves lunch and dinner daily, which allows you ample time to enjoy the view. They can handle families and large parties and have a varied menu with local seafood, steaks, chicken and creative salads and pasta. The kitchen prepares specials every day. They really do have one of the best sunset views. Have fun watching windsurfers and kiteboarders during the day while enjoying lunch on their newly-shaded deck. Or relax on the deck and catch live music Tuesday-Friday during peak season and a cocktail in the evening. Check them out here: Miller’s Waterfront Restaurant

2. Ocean Boulevard in Kitty Hawk

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Ocean Boulevard is a casual yet upscale restaurant, which means you can enjoy a special evening out in the comfort of your sandals. They are, after all, just steps away from the ocean. Ocean Boulevard’s culinary team serves an American bistro-style menu and has been praised in Southern Living magazine as well as The Washington Post. The menu changes seasonally but always includes lots of beautiful preparations of local seafood, regional poultry and meats, nightly chef specials and decadent desserts. They have a comprehensive wine list and a full bar with their own martini menu. Come here for live entertainment on Friday nights after dinner. Their oceanside patio is one of many unique features; it’s an enjoyable hangout during the summer and you can often catch some live music during the week. Ocean Boulevard is open nightly for dinner year round. Reservations are suggested. Check them out here: Ocean Boulevard

3. Sunset Bar & Grill in Duck

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Sunset Grille and Raw Bar of Duck, North Carolina brings you the finest in fresh local seafood, steaks, pasta, and more with a Caribbean flair.  Our award-winning chefs are always working hard to prepare the finest dishes for our customers.

Sunset Grille is located on the best waterfront property on the Outer Banks in the village of Duck.  We are a total entertainment destination where families are welcome to enjoy our wide array of activities including breakfast, lunch, and dinner served daily as well as outdoor waterfront deck dining areas, 3 tiki bars, sushi bar, raw bar of course, and large indoor dining areas.  All in a true Caribbean setting.  Sit among the palm trees sipping your tropical libation from our award-winning specialty drink menu.  Or go and rent a waverunner from our Watersports operation on the gazebo. Check them out here: Sunset Bar & Grill in Duck

4. Mulligan’s Raw Bar & Grill in Nags Head

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Located at milepost 13 in Nags Head across from Jockey’s Ridge State Park, we have unbelievable views from our second-floor deck of the Atlantic Ocean and the historic Nags Head cottages. As a matter of fact, we don’t believe that you can truly unwind until you’ve ordered an Orange Crush on the deck at Mulligan’s!

Take a look at our menu or daily specials page to see what local seafood we are getting in today and know that we strive to buy as much of our products as locally as possible—local seafood, local produce, and locally butchered meats. We strive to bring only the freshest local food to your table, from hand-cut beach fries to oysters straight from the Pamlico Sound. We give a whole new meaning to Southern Coastal cuisine.

So come hang out where the locals are… at Mulligan’s Raw Bar & Grille! Check them out here: Mulligan’s Raw Bar & Grill

5. The Roadside Bar & Grill in Duck

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The Roadside Bar and Grill has been serving top-notch meals and handcrafted cocktails since 1995. They are located in the heart of Duck in one of the village’s original cottages. They serve local seafood, North Carolina barbeque, seasonal foods, and specials. They frequently host events at their unique Backside Bar. Check them out here: The Roadside Bar & Grill

6. Hurricane Mo’s Beachside Bar & Grill in Kitty Hawk


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Hurricane Mo’s is just steps from the ocean and has an intimate, beachy atmosphere. On the menu, you’ll find fresh seafood, steaks, chicken, pasta, and sandwiches. Daily specials are offered at lunch and dinner. Kids will be happy with the selections on their children’s menu. They have a full bar and happy hour specials from 3  to 5 p.m., including 15-cent shrimp, 35-cent wings and $1 tacos. Hurricane Mo’s is open year round for lunch and dinner, and you can get take-out if you prefer. They offer free WiFi for customers to use. Check them out if you’re looking for fun. If you are after fun and sun, have a drink and bite to eat on their new outdoor covered deck overlooking the ocean. Check their Facebook page out here: Hurricane Mo’s Beachside Bar & Grill 

7. Fish Heads Bar & Grill on the Outer Banks Fishing Pier in South Nags Head


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About to gear up for another season, Outer Banks Pier has open-deck dining! A roof over the deck just to the side of the pier house shades bar-style seating all around the edge and tables in the center. They serve hamburgers, fries, steamed shrimp and veggies, fish tacos (yum!) and more. Wine and beer are available, and they also have some breakfast sandwiches for the early birds and anglers. They’re open every day, with a daily happy hour from 4-6 p.m., and have live entertainment every night during the summer. Check them out here: Fish Head Bar and Grill 

8. Rundown Cafe in Kitty Hawk

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Rundown Cafe serves island cuisine in a casual atmosphere. The food is a fusion of Pacific Rim and Caribbean flavors, and they have a substantial menu of vegetarian options. Upstairs you’ll find an authentic surf bar, named the Tsunami Bar, with a brand new, super large, ocean view deck where you’ll find live music in season. Outside you will find a koi pond! This is a great family-friendly restaurant since the menu is very affordable and there are lots of choices for kids. Rundown serves lunch and dinner seven days a week in the summer. You can also order take-out here. They are closed from the end of November until March 1. Check them out here: Rundown Cafe 

9. John’s Drive In in Kitty Hawk

Classic drive-in shack (open May-October) specializing in thick milkshakes & fried fish sandwiches. Located on the beach road in Kitty Hawk around MP 4, this amazingly yummy restaurant is an Outer Banks favorite! You order at the window and your food is served in to-go containers but they have outdoor picnic tables for your enjoyment. You’ve gotta try the Dolphin Boat! Check them out here: Johns Drive In

10. Mike Dianna’s Grill Room in Corolla

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Mike Dianna’s Grill Room has become a legendary Outer Banks restaurant. Fine dining with a casual atmosphere, it is most well known for its excellently prepared meats — offering all-natural and USDA Prime beef, pork, chicken and veal — cooked over a hardwood grill. The fresh, local seafood is treated just as beautifully, and there are daily pasta specials. The distinctive wine selection has won Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for the past nine years. They have an outdoor deck and bar with live music seven days a week in season. From Memorial Day through Labor Day they serve lunch outside on the deck daily, starting at noon. The restaurant opens for dinner at 5 p.m.; reservations are recommended. Most nights they serve beverages until midnight. They are kid-friendly and offer a kids’ menu. Mike Dianna’s Grill Room can accommodate rehearsal dinners, small intimate weddings, and other family gatherings. Check them out here: Mike Dianna’s Grill Room 

11. Bonzer Shack in Kill Devil Hills

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Get ready to kick back and relax at the Bonzer Shack! With their creative take on Southern comfort food, there’s always something on the menu that’s sure to tempt you, whether it’s their variety of soups and sandwiches, fresh seafood specials and juicy burgers or their mouthwatering prime rib. Local favorites also include delicious apps like their Hippie Dip and wings roasted in-house daily, plus their excellent specialty cocktails. The Shack also features the only slider menu on the beach and draws crowds every Wednesday during the summer for their $2 Slider Night. While the weather’s warm you can even stop by on Fridays for live entertainment, or enjoy their spacious yard any night (weather permitting) for outdoor dining, ping pong, and cornhole fun. The Shack is open for lunch and dinner year round and serves up a special Bonzer Brunch on Sundays in season. Check them out here: Bonzer Shack 

12. Arts Place in Kitty Hawk

Art’s Place is a local’s favorite for a delicious cheeseburger or a filling breakfast in a laid back atmosphere. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and they offer live music throughout the week! Art’s place is located in Kitty Hawk around Milepost 3 on the beach road. So if you’re in the mood for some good ol’ American cuisine – stop into Art’s place on your next OBX vacation! Check them out here: Arts Place

13. Lost Colony Brewery & Cafe on Roanoke Island in Manteo

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Lost Colony Brewery (formerly known as Full Moon Cafe) has been a favorite dining destination on the Outer Banks since 1995. The location on a busy corner in the heart of downtown Manteo gives the restaurant a lively, happening feel. Dine outside under shady umbrellas or take a seat by a window indoors; either choice offers a great view of the activities in downtown Manteo. The atmosphere here is fun, un-stuffy and relaxed, with friendly service.

The new brewery is the only place in downtown Manteo to taste flavorful, hand-crafted brews and watch the ancient art of brewing. The wine list is extensive, with more than 70 bottles offered.

Their food is diverse, delicious and incredibly fresh. The owners have high standards for freshness, flavor, and presentation. They’re known for their perfectly prepared Angus steaks and fresh, local seafood, but the menu includes a surprising range of fare for everyone from seafood lovers to meat eaters to vegetarians to kids. Check them out here: Lost Colony Brewery & Cafe

The café is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week in-season. Call for off-season hours. Dinner reservations are accepted.

14. Slice Pizzeria in Kill Devil Hills

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Slice Pizzeria joined the Outer Banks community in June 2008.   They offer delicious NY style and Chicago style pizza baked in one of their stone ovens.  Slice prides itself in using only the freshest ingredients and you will taste the difference in their homemade sauces and pizza dough. Their newly added outdoor patio offers plenty of seating for large groups and small!  Pizza, calzones, pasta, subs, salads, appetizers, desserts and more! Check them out here: Slice Pizzeria 

15. Oceanfront Grille in Corolla

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The Oceanfront Grille at Corolla Light is the only oceanfront restaurant on the Currituck Outer Banks.
The menu includes a mixed grill, seafood, and children’s options. Join them on their outdoor deck to try our signature crabcakes. Check them out here: The Oceanfront Grill in Corolla

16. The Village Table and Tavern in Duck

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Owned by the same people as TRiO in Kitty Hawk, The Village Table and Tavern is located on the waterfront in Duck! They have something for everyone to enjoy, from inspired sandwich combinations to local seafood, creative cocktails, and more! Enjoy the outdoor bar located on the lower level of the restaurant, picnic table and seating, fun outdoor games, and watch the sunset go down over the Currituck sound! Check out their website: The Village Table & Tavern.

17. Shipwrecks Taphouse & Grill in Kitty Hawk

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Shipwrecks Taphouse & Grill is one of the newest restaurants in Kitty Hawk! They feature tons of local seafood options, soups, salads, catering, and more. They have a top deck that's great for outdoor eating! They allow pets when you eat outside! Check them out: Shipwrecks Taphouse & Grill

Now that you know where you’re gonna eat, let’s find a place for you to stay… Start your Outer Banks Vacation Rental Search!

Did we miss your favorite Outer Banks Restaurant? Let us know where you like to eat in the comments below!