Spring is in the air which means some of our favorite restaurants are going to be opening back up for the summer season! Check out some restaurants that are coming out of hibernation this 2017 season and dine somewhere new on your next visit to the Outer Banks!
Rundown Cafe – Kitty Hawk // Opening March 1st
They serve: island cuisine inspired by Pacific Rim and Caribbean journeys
You have to try: the Tsunami Dinner Salad with Coconut Fried Shrimp and Journeys End Dressing
Fish Heads – South Nags Head // Opening April 1st
They serve: over 20 draft beers, great appetizers, and great post-beach meals like classic burgers and fish tacos.
You have to try: the conch fritters or happy hour 15 cent shrimp and Larry’s Lemonade on draft
John’s Drive-In – Kitty Hawk // Opening March 10th (tentatively)
They serve: cheeseburgers, subs, ice cream, milkshakes, and more.
You have to try: a chocolate strawberry milkshake and a dolphin boat
Surfin’ Spoon – Nags Head // Opening March 10th
They serve: low-fat and non-fat frozen yogurt and vegan sorbet with an array of toppings for you to choose from.
You have to try: whatever you like! Surfin’ Spoons’ flavors change daily and with all of the different topping choices, possibilities are endless!
The Spot – Nags Head // Opening March 22nd
They serve: healthy options like acai smoothie bowls and smoothies and ice cream for when you want to treat yourself.
You have to try: the Loggerhead Bowl blended with banana and vanilla almond milk topped with granola, banana peanut butter, dark chocolate, and honey. (Add a sprinkle of coconut; trust us on this one!)
Tale of the Whale – Nags Head // Opening April 5th
They serve: fresh local seafood, choice steak, chicken, pasta and more
You have to try: their House Specialty Shrimp and Grits
Sam and Omie’s – Nags Head // Opening Early March
They serve: omelets, burgers, club sandwiches, seafood dinners, and more
You have to try: the Sam & Omie’s Crabcake Sandwich
Owens’ – Nags Head // Opening Early March
They serve: rich, coastal, southern seafood classics with the culinary flare of today in upscale setting
You have to try: the Seafood Mariner featuring a fish filet, jumbo shrimp, scallops, clams, crabmeat Remick and Seabreeze potatoes.
Red Drum – Nags Head // Opening March 12th
They serve: fresh local seafood, steaks, ribs and more in a family-friendly environment.
You have to try: the Mixed Seafood Saute featuring the fish of the day grilled with sauteed shrimp in lemon dill butter
Avenue – Manteo // Opening Mid March
They serve: local seafood, all natural meats and chicken, and a wide variety of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options all in a casual dining setting.
You have to try: the House Specialty Fish Tacos
Mimi’s Tiki Hut – Manteo // Opening April 14th
They serve: drinks while you’re waiting for your table at Blue Water or a quick bite to eat while enjoying live entertainment.
You have to try: the Grilled Chicken Sandwich and a Kill Devil Rum “Not So Dark N’ Stormy”.
So which OBX restaurant are you most excited about re-opening? Let us know!
Every hour should be happy hour during the summer! If you’re looking for places to go for a few drinks, a light meal or appetizer and fun with friends take a look at our 5 Happy Hour Restaurants You Need To Try!
Fish Heads Bar & Grill
Fish Heads is a favorite among locals and a visitors of the Outer Banks alike. With a happy hour special featuring 15 cent shrimp and over 20 beers on tap, you can’t go wrong with Fish Heads. Fish Heads also offers meals like fish tacos and classic cheeseburgers and appetizers like conch fritters and crab dip. Did we mention that Fish Heads is located on Outer Banks Pier? The only view you’ll have is ocean and that almost beats happy hour prices and amazing food and beer.
Another local and visitor favorite is Hurricane Mo’s. This tropical themed restaurant serves everything from local coastal cuisine to traditional fare for land lovers. Hurricane Mo’s also offer happy hour specials from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. 10 cent shrimp, 25 cent wings and $1 tacos are featured along with plenty of different drink specials to cool down with!
Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch Chilli Peppers is an Outer Banks go to. Chilli Peppers serves an array of foods from seafood steamer pots to southwestern style tacos and classic burgers. Chilli Peppers offers happy hour every day from 3 PM to 6 PM featuring shrimp, crab leg, and wing specials. Drink specials are daily at happy hour as well!
Goombay’s serves island-style entrees with an Outer Banks twist. Dishes like curry chicken and shrimp, the Jamaican burger, and tuna tacos ensure that whatever you choose you’ll definitely enjoy. Goombay’s offers an array of drink choices for adults and little ones that want to pretend to be adults (non-alcoholic of course and it comes with a toy). With happy hour from 3 PM to 6 PM offering specially priced appetizers and drink specials daily, you can’t go wrong with Goombay’s.
If you’re looking for a place to kick back and relax, Longboards Grill & Bar is the place to go. Longboards is a fun and relaxing family friendly environment serving everything from surf n’ turf to homemade pizzas. Their extensive menu is sure to please even the pickiest eater. With happy hour happening every day from 3 PM to 6 PM, you have the opportunity to grab some amazing deals. Longboard’s happy hour features items like shrimp, crab legs, wings and much more from their appetizer menu. Drink specials vary by the day but are included in happy hour as well!
Nags Head is full of beauty, adventure, and history much like the other 15 towns that make up the Outer Banks. Check out these places to see and things to do in our list of Top 10 Things To Do in Nags Head!
1. First Flight Adventure Park
Bring out your inner adrenaline junkie and take on the First Flight Adventure Park. Challenge yourself at Nags Heads’ newest aerial adventure park! With platforms ranging from 12 feet to 50 feet high and 6 total courses, there’s something for everyone.
2. Jockey’s Ridge
Learn the history and ecology of that huge sand dune you’ve probably seen a time or two at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Once you’ve learned some of Jockey’s Ridge’s history, make your way across the street to Kitty Hawk Kites and rent a kite to fly on the sand dunes or browse around Kitty Hawk Surf for a new outfit or outdoor gear.
Nags Head is home to Tanger Outlets with shops like J.Crew, Polo, Coach, and more. Take time out and stroll through the mall or visit some of the other amazing local shops like Secret Spot Surf Shop or Foxy Flamingo in Nags Head as well.
4. Galaxy Golf
Directly across from Bonnet Street beach access, Galaxy Golf is a fun mini golf course that the whole family will love. This outer spaced themed mini golf course features 18 different holes. Once you’ve had a fun round of mini golf, head over to the Bonnet Street beach access and cool off in the ocean!
5. Jennette’s Pier
Jennette’s Pier, originally built in 1939 is one of the oldest fishing piers on the Outer Banks. The North Carolina Aquarium Society purchased Jennette’s Pier and rebuilt it in 2011. Once just a home to fishing, Jennette’s Pier offers a snack bar, tackle and gift shop, and an AMAZING view of the Atlantic Ocean.
6. Go Karts
How about a little friendly competition? Nags Head Raceway offers single and double go-karts so everyone can compete! The soundside track is sure to captivate you but don’t get too distracted; its Outer Banks tradition that the loser has to buy the winner ice cream!
7. Fish Heads
Enjoy great food with the very best view of the beach. Fish Heads Bar and Grill is located right on top of Outer Banks Fishing Pier. With over 30 different beers on tap food choices like fish tacos and crab cake sandwiches, Fish Heads is the place to go. Did we mention 15 cent shrimp every day from 4 PM to 6 PM?
8. Nags Head Woods
With over 7 different trails to discover and explore, Nags Head Woods will provide hours of active fun. One of the most popular trails is the Roanoke Trail located right off of Ocean Acres Drive. The Roanoke Trail has a direct path to the Roanoke Sound and back which equals out to be about 1.5 miles long.
9. Farmdog Surf School
Learn how to hang 10 or paddle out at Farmdog Surf School. Farmdog offers surfing and stand up paddleboarding lessons ranging from 1 student to over 15. Farmdog will provide you a surfboard, a wetsuit (weather providing), and a shady beach tent when it’s break time. Farmdog also offers beach yoga and a fitness studio!
10. Beach It!
With over 40 public beach accesses up and down the town of Nags Head and the beautiful Outer Banks weather, there’s no reason for you to not get out and soak up the sun! One of the biggest advantages of the Outer Banks is the simplicity of a quality beach day. All you need is a towel, some sunscreen, a bathing suit and a beachy state of mind to enjoy and truly Outer Banks beach day!
This top 10 list only just scratches the surface of what all the town of Nags Head has to offer you on your visit. Now that you’ve seen this list of a few new things to see and try in Nags Head, start planning your Outer Banks vacation! Check out Resort Realty’s stunning Nags Head vacation homes and make us a part of your Nags Head summer vacation!
First Flight Adventure Park – Courtesy of First Flight Adventure Park
Farmdogs Surf School – Courtesy of Farmdogs
Fish Heads Bar and Grill – Courtesy of Fish Heads
Galaxy Golf – Courtesy of Galaxy Golf
Live music playing in the background, an upbeat, outdoor atmosphere and a delicious meal are the main ingredients to a fun-filled Outer Banks evening. Exploring new areas and discovering localÂ restaurants is one of the highlights of vacationing on the Outer Banks. Luckily, the Outer Banks is bursting with intimate local restaurantsÂ that offer their own creative coastal cuisine with great outdoor seating so you can soak up all the OBX scenery that you can.
Ready for some delicious food with a view? Check out our list of OBX Restaurants with Outdoor Seating next time you’re on the Outer Banks.
Art’s Place, Kitty Hawk,Â NCÂ Â (photo viaÂ Facebook page)
Atmosphere:Â Your local neighborhood hangout.Â Located on the Beach Road in Kitty Hawk, Art’s Place is a quaint brightly colored restaurantÂ with lots of history, Â a super cool laidback vibe, and an old worn front porch withÂ views of the beautiful blue Atlantic. Oh, and the best burger on the beach.
Menu:Â Breakfast – pancakes, omelettes, french toast and sides. Lunch – steamers, sandwiches, wraps…and BURGERS. 🙂
Fish Heads Bar & Grill in South Nags Head, NCÂ (photo via fishheadsobx.com)
Address: 8901 S. Old Oregon Inlet Road, Nags Head, NC
Atmosphere: Laid-back and relaxing. Come straight from a day on the beach for a great meal, craft beer, and incomparable views of the ocean and Outer Banks Fishing Pier. Watch beach goers and surfers ride by for lunch and enjoy live music on the pier in the evenings.
Menu: Seafood, sandwiches, burgers, and craft beers.
Rundown Cafe in Kitty Hawk, NCÂ Â (photo via rundowncafe.com)
Address: Â 5218 N. Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk, NC
Atmosphere:Â Casual and relaxed with a Caribbean vibe. Located in Kitty Hawk on the Beach Road, the Tsunami Bar & Deck on the second level offers beautiful views of the ocean and the koi pond below.
Menu:Â Pacific Rim and Caribbean inspired noodle bowls,Â seafood entrees, sandwiches, and wraps.
Hurricane Mo’s Bar & Grill in Kitty Hawk, NCÂ Â (photo via Facebook page)
Address: Â 120 E. Kitty Hawk Road, Kitty Hawk, NC
Atmosphere: Dress up or dress down, whatever you prefer. This placeÂ typically has a lively crowd, ready to enjoy the live music and happy hour specials. New in 2015, Hurricane Mo’s now has a covered deck to enjoy your Outer Banks meal – complete with ocean views!
Menu: Seafood entrees, burgers, wraps and sandwiches. 15 cent shrimp, 35 cent wings and $1 tacos at Happy Hour from 3-6 pm.
Pamlico Jack’s in Nags Head, NCÂ Â (photo via pamlicojacks.com)
Address: Â 6708 S. Croatan Highway, Nags Head, NC
Atmosphere: Hop aboard The Pamlico Pearl outdoor ship deck in Nags Head and enjoy great food, specialty cocktails and an awesome sunset over the sound. You’ll be entertained with live music and watching adventure seekers tackling the First Flight Adventure Park aerial ropes course. Patrons typically dressÂ business casual.
Menu: Seafood, meat and chicken entrees, sandwiches, burgers, and specialty drinks.
Roadside Bar & Grill in Duck, NCÂ Â (photo via obxroadside.com)
Address: Â 1193 Duck Road, Duck, NC
Atmosphere:Â Roadside Bar & Grill in Duck was originally a home that was converted into a restaurant. They changed the layout, but the at-home, warm and inviting atmosphere is still there.Â Kick back and enjoy aÂ great meal, live music (on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays) and outdoor games at their backyard bar area.
Menu: Seafood, pasta, steaks, meats, salads, tacos, sandwiches and burgers.
Price:Â Lunch menu $$, Dinner menu $$$
Watermen’s Bar & Grille in Waves, NCÂ Â (photo via Facebook Page)
Address: Â 25706 NC-12, Waves, NC
Atmosphere:Â Listen to live music, watch the kiteboarders show off their tricks and catch the sun setting over the sound while you dine at Watermen’s Bar & Grille on Hatteras Island. The atmosphere is casual and easy going. Just relax and enjoy the scenery.
Menu: Sandwiches, wraps, burgers, fajitas, quesadillas, salad, seafood, and meat entrees.
Aqua Restaurant in Duck, NCÂ (photo via aquaobx.com)
Address: Â 1174 Duck Road, Duck, NC
Atmosphere:Â An elegant, yet casualÂ setting on the sound in downtown Duck. A pergola, Adirondack chairs and shaded dining are open for dining.Â Colorful sunsets and local wildlife passing by will provideÂ serene views as you enjoy a relaxing and upscale meal.
Menu:Â Lunch -Â Soups, salads, sandwiches, paninis, wraps, and burgers. Â Â Â Â Dinner –Â Sea and land entrees and pastas.
Price:Â Lunch $$, Dinner $$$
Mulligan’s Raw Bar & Grille in Nags Head, NC Â Â (photo from Facebook Page)
Address: Â 4005 S. Croatan Highway, Nags Head, NC
Atmosphere:Â Laid-back, family and pet friendly. Mulligan’s upper deck bar was remodeled over the winter and now offers a large bar and dining area facing the ocean with views of the old Nags Head cottages. The covered deck is perfectly placed for a view of Jockey’s RidgeÂ State Park and the oceanfront. There is even an outdoor doggy dining area for you and your pets. Live music plays throughout the week in the evenings.
Menu: Seafood, steak, lasagna, burgers, fish tacos, sandwiches, and burgers.
Address: Â 2000 Sailfish Drive, Manteo, NC
Atmosphere:Â Relaxed and causal. Located in Manteo’s prestigious boating community, Pirate’s Cove, Mimi’s Tiki Bar offers a beautiful outdoor patio, dining area, delicious finger foods, and views of the Outer Banks fishing boats cruising through the harbor. Live music plays every night throughout the summer from 6-9 pm.
Menu:Â Sandwiches, wings, seafood and appetizers.Â
Oceanfront Grille at Corolla Light in Corolla, NCÂ Â (photo via obxguides.com)
Address: Â 1197 Franklyn Street, Corolla, NC
Atmosphere:Â A fun family restaurant with poolside and beach service. This is the only oceanfront dining area in Corolla. The dinner menu offers delectable gourmet land and seafood entrees, while the bar menu offers more laid-back options.
Menu: Seafood and land entrees, sandwiches, burgers, and salads.
Price:Â Bar Menu $$, Dinner Menu $$$
Outer Banks Brewing StationÂ in Kill Devil Hills,Â NCÂ Â (photo via obbrewing.com)
Address:Â 600 S. Croatan Highway,Â Kill Devil Hills
Atmosphere:Â Looking for a place for adults and kids alike? You’ve found it at the Outer Banks Brewing Station. Tucked away out back is their “outdoor oasis” perfect for the entire family — with picnic table seating, pirate ship playground, corn hole, aÂ bar for ordering drinks, and live music.
Menu: Seafood and land entrees, sandwiches, burgers, salads, and hand crafted brews.
Price:Â Bar Menu $, Dinner Menu $$
Bonzer ShackÂ in Kill Devil Hills,Â NCÂ Â (photo via obbrewing.com)
Address: 1200 S Virginia Dare Trail,Â Kill Devil Hills
Atmosphere:Â The Outer Banks’ original surf shack hang out, Bonzer Shack welcomes guests with its vintage driftwood decor, laid-back OBXÂ beach atmosphere, and awesome yard with a wide variety ofÂ outdoor entertainment. Have fun with their outdoor games and enjoy your meal al fresco at the tables located right on the Beach Road – perfect for people watching.
Menu: Fresh locally caught seafood, land entrees,Â wings, sandwiches, burgers, salads.
Price:Â Bar Menu $, Dinner Menu $$
John’s Drive In, Kitty Hawk, NCÂ (photo viaÂ Pinterest)
Address: 3716 Virginia Dare Trail,Â Kitty Hawk
Atmosphere:Â Legendary. Old school. A true local hangout. It just doesn’t get any more laidback and “come as you are” than John’s Drive In located on the Beach Road in Kitty Hawk.Â This little beach stand dive with a keeps locals and tourists comingÂ back for more.Â No trip to the OBX is complete without a stop at John’s.
Menu: Sandwiches, burgers, baskets, and boats. And MILKSHAKES.
Full Moon Cafe & Brewery, Manteo, NCÂ (photo viaÂ Pinterest)
Address:Â 208 Queen Elizabeth Street, Manteo, NC
Atmosphere:Â Located in the heart of downtown Manteo, Full Moon Cafe has a lively, happening vibe with relaxed, friendly service. Enjoy a fresh meal outside under a shady umbrella and enjoy the great views ofÂ downtown Manteo.
Menu: Seafood, steaks, vegetarian and kid options.