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

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courtesy of Rundown Cafe

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

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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courtesy of Matt Lusk & Blue Water

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!

Fireworks, parades, cookouts and celebrations with family and friends make the 4th of July summer’s greatest holiday. The Outer Banks is ringing in the USA’s birthday with lots of exciting events and fireworks shows to help you celebrate our nation and show your patriotism. Whether you’re in Corolla or Hatteras Island, there is a memorable 4th of July activity close by.  (more…)

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 local restaurants is one of the highlights of vacationing on the Outer Banks. Luckily, the Outer Banks is bursting with intimate local restaurants 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, NC  (photo via Facebook page)

Address: 4624 Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk

Atmosphere: Your local neighborhood hangout. Located on the Beach Road in Kitty Hawk, Art’s Place is a quaint brightly colored restaurant with lots of history,  a super cool laidback vibe, and an old worn front porch with views of the beautiful blue Atlantic. Oh, and the best burger on the beach.

Menu: Breakfast – pancakes, omelettes, french toast and sides. Lunch – steamers, sandwiches, wraps…and BURGERS. 🙂

Price: $

 

Fish Heads Bar & Grill in South Nags Head, NC  (photo via fishheadsobx.com)

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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.

Price: $

 

Rundown Cafe in Kitty Hawk, NC  (photo via rundowncafe.com)

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Address:  5218 N. Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk, NC

Atmosphere: 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: Pacific Rim and Caribbean inspired noodle bowls, seafood entrees, sandwiches, and wraps.

Price: $$

 

Hurricane Mo’s Bar & Grill in Kitty Hawk, NC  (photo via Facebook page)

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Address:  120 E. Kitty Hawk Road, Kitty Hawk, NC

Atmosphere: Dress up or dress down, whatever you prefer. This place 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.

Price: $$

 

Pamlico Jack’s in Nags Head, NC  (photo via pamlicojacks.com)

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Address:  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 dress business casual.

Menu: Seafood, meat and chicken entrees, sandwiches, burgers, and specialty drinks.

Price: $$

 

Roadside Bar & Grill in Duck, NC  (photo via obxroadside.com)

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Address:  1193 Duck Road, Duck, NC

Atmosphere: 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. Kick back and enjoy a 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: Lunch menu $$, Dinner menu $$$

 

Watermen’s Bar & Grille in Waves, NC  (photo via Facebook Page)

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Address:  25706 NC-12, Waves, NC

Atmosphere: 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.

Price: $$

 

Aqua Restaurant in Duck, NC  (photo via aquaobx.com)

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Address:  1174 Duck Road, Duck, NC

Atmosphere: An elegant, yet casual setting on the sound in downtown Duck. A pergola, Adirondack chairs and shaded dining are open for dining. Colorful sunsets and local wildlife passing by will provide serene views as you enjoy a relaxing and upscale meal.

Menu: Lunch - Soups, salads, sandwiches, paninis, wraps, and burgers.         Dinner – Sea and land entrees and pastas.

Price: Lunch $$, Dinner $$$

 

Mulligan’s Raw Bar & Grille in Nags Head, NC   (photo from Facebook Page)

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Address:  4005 S. Croatan Highway, Nags Head, NC

Atmosphere: 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 Ridge 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.

Price: $$

 

Mimi’s Tiki Bar in BlueWater Grill in Manteo, NC  (photo via bluewatergrillobx.com

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Address:  2000 Sailfish Drive, Manteo, NC

Atmosphere: 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: Sandwiches, wings, seafood and appetizers. 

Price: $

 

Oceanfront Grille at Corolla Light in Corolla, NC  (photo via obxguides.com)

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Address:  1197 Franklyn Street, Corolla, NC

Atmosphere: 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: Bar Menu $$, Dinner Menu $$$

 

Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills, NC  (photo via obbrewing.com)

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Address: 600 S. Croatan Highway, Kill Devil Hills

Atmosphere: 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, a bar for ordering drinks, and live music.

Menu: Seafood and land entrees, sandwiches, burgers, salads, and hand crafted brews.

Price: Bar Menu $, Dinner Menu $$

 

Bonzer Shack in Kill Devil Hills, NC  (photo via obbrewing.com)

Address: 1200 S Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills

Atmosphere: The Outer Banks’ original surf shack hang out, Bonzer Shack welcomes guests with its vintage driftwood decor, laid-back OBX beach atmosphere, and awesome yard with a wide variety of 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, wings, sandwiches, burgers, salads.

Price: Bar Menu $, Dinner Menu $$

 

John’s Drive In, Kitty Hawk, NC  (photo via Pinterest)

Address: 3716 Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk

Atmosphere: 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. This little beach stand dive with a keeps locals and tourists coming back for more. No trip to the OBX is complete without a stop at John’s.

Menu: Sandwiches, burgers, baskets, and boats. And MILKSHAKES.

Price: $

 

Full Moon Cafe & Brewery, Manteo, NC (photo via Pinterest)

Address: 208 Queen Elizabeth Street, Manteo, NC

Atmosphere: 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 of downtown Manteo.

Menu: Seafood, steaks, vegetarian and kid options.

Price: $$

 

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