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.