There is always something to be thankful for, especially when you’re spending Thanksgiving on the Outer Banks! With amazing local seafood, top restaurants, and great family fun, it’s time to start a new Thanksgiving tradition here on the beach!  Check out some of the amazing local restaurants ready to serve you and your family this Thanksgiving!

Argyles Restaurant

Enjoy fresh, local seafood, vegetables, choice meats, and so much more at Argyles! Argyles will be serving a buffet style Thanksgiving meal with over 25 different items to choose from! The buffet will be $31.95 for adults and $14.95 for children under the age of 10. The buffet starts at 11 AM and ends at 4 PM. You can view their menu here and reservations can be made by calling them at (252)-261-7325.


Bringing you Southern Coastal Cuisine, Owens’ Restaurant is serving a buffet style Thanksgiving Dinner along with special menu options. Dishes like baked local rockfish, Biltmore honey and brown sugar Carolina ham, Miss “O’s” Crabcakes, and so much more are available for your choosing. You can view the entire menu here. Prices are $34.95 for adults, $17.95 for children ages 6-12, and children under 5 eat free. For more information call 252-441-7309 or visit Owen’s website.

Basnight’s Lone Cedar

This family owned and operated restaurant provides the perfect setting for your Thanksgiving meal. With choices on the buffet ranging from fresh fried green tail shrimp to pecan glazed pork tenderloin, there is sure to be something to suit everyone in your party. Buffet opens at 10:30 AM and ends at 7:00 PM. To view the complete menu, click here. Dish prices are $35 for adults, $18 for children under 12, and children under five eat free! For more information, visit Lone Cedar’s website.


Mulligan’s Restaurant is famous for their burgers, but they have a rave-worthy Thanksgiving buffet too! With options like shrimp and grits, Oysters Rockefeller, carved turkey, and so much more, you will gobble til you wobble! The entire menu can be viewed here. Prices are $32 for adults, $26 for seniors, and kids 10 and under $16. For more information and reservations call Mulligan’s at 252-480-2000 or visit the Mulligan’s website.

Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant & Tavern

Kelly’s Restaurant offers a traditional Thanksgiving buffet for friends and family to enjoy! The buffet prices are $38 for adults, $29 for senior, $14 for children ages 5-12, and children under 5 are free. Kelly’s is now taking reservations by phone at 252-441-4116. For more information, visit Kelly’s website.

Life-Saving Station at Sanderling

The Lifesaving Station located in Duck serves a 5-course meal on Thanksgiving day. Featuring dishes like Blue Crab quiche, slow roasted free-range turkey, and so much more, you can’t go wrong with choosing the Lifesaving Station for your Thanksgiving meal! Meal price is $55 per adult and $25 for children ages 4-12. To view the entire menu, click here. Call them at (888) 714-3625 to make reservations for you and your group.



The Outer Banks is already known for its amazing restaurants, diverse cuisine, and fresh local seafood. Combine all of this with a holiday revolved around eating and a Thanksgiving getaway on the Outer Banks just doesn’t get much better.

These local chefs are chopping at the bit to serve you. Start a new family tradition and visit the Outer Banks for Thanksgiving this year. Enjoy the quiet beaches, relaxing quality time with ones you love, and really take a break and leave the cooking at home.

Let these OBX restaurants handle Thanksgiving dinner for you….or check out our Pinterest holiday recipe board for some drool-worthy inspiration!

Basnight’s Lone Cedar Cafe Thanksgiving Feast Buffet
Basnight’s will be hosting their 10th Annual Thanksgiving Feast from 10:30am-6pm on Thanksgiving Day. A buffet-style meal will be offered including the fresh local food they’re know for. Choices include shrimp & grits, fried jumbo green tail shrimp, Atlantic sea scallops, Hyde County fried oysters, pan blackened redfish, baked rockfish, jumbo lump crab dip, pulled country ham hock, slow roasted prime rib, pork tenderloin, corn pudding, oyster dressing, sweet potato crunch, and so much more!

For more information view the Lone Cedar Cafe Thanksgiving flyer.


Pamlico Jack’s Thanksgiving Buffet & Oyster Festival
Open Thanksgiving Day from 10:30am -7pm, Pamlico Jack’s Restaurant in Nags Head, NC will be serving oysters on the half shell, oysters rockefeller, and golden fried North Carolina oysters…just to name a few. Also enjoy wine specials at this beautiful soundfront location.

For more information view Pamlico Jack’s Thanksgiving Facebook event.


Kelly’s Restaurant & Tavern Traditional Thanksgiving Buffet
A time-honored tradition, Kelly’s in Nags Head will be serving their buffet from 10:30am-7:30pm. Reservations big and small are accepted.

For more information view Kelly’s Restaurant & Tavern Traditional Thanksgiving Buffet.


Captain George’s “The Captain’s Traditional Thanksgiving Buffet”
Let the Captain do the cooking! Captain George’s Restaurant in Kill Devil Hills will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving buffet with their signature seafood items on Thanksgiving Day from 11:30am-9pm. Feast on Alaskan snow crab legs and steamed shrimp, along with other traditional favorites.

For more information view Captain George’s Thanksgiving Facebook event.


Owens’ Restaurant Thanksgiving Buffet
Join Owens’ Restaurant in Nags Head for their 31st Annual Thanksgiving Buffet! This year’s southern coastal cuisine Thanksgiving bu will include herb-rubbed roast turkey with giblet gravy, Outer Banks Bees honey ham, slow-roasted prime rib of angus beef au jus, rummed eastern North Carolina pork loin with dried cranberries, apricots, and toasted pecans, baked local rockfish with autumn vegetables and fresh herbs, cherry-chipotle glazed North Atlantic salmon, Seafood Napoleon with shrimp and scallops in a lobster & hennessy cream sauce accompanied by flaky puff pastry, local oysters and shrimp, golden fried.Serving from noon til 8:30pm on Thanksgiving Day! Call 252-441-7309 for reservations. Call early to reserve best times available. $34.95 for adults, $17.95 ages 6-12 and no charge for 5 and under.

For more information visit the Owens Restaurant Facebook page.


Red Sky Café Thanksgiving Buffet
Filled with our most popular dishes, such as Chef Wes’ Wanchese Shrimp & Grits , our famous Artichoke-Asiago cheese dip, an array of fresh local oysters and shrimp, as well as a juicy roasted turkey, this well-known Duck, NC restaurant hosts an OBX Thanksgiving buffet you wont want to miss!

WHEN: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2016 – 11:00 AM – 4:00PM
PRICE: ADULTS $24.95 KIDS 12 & UNDER $12.95

Check the full menu and details on the Red Sky Cafe Thanksgiving page.


Sanderling Resort’s Lifesaving Station Thanksgiving Dinner

From 12-8pm, enjoy this four-course meal at the historic Lifesaving Station at The Sanderling Resort in Duck, NC.

For more information, and the full Thanksgiving menu, view the Sanderling Resort Thanksgiving Dinner flyer.


Now that your taste buds have been tempted with our list of Outer Banks restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner, it’s time to find the perfect OBX vacation home for your Thanksgiving beach getaway! Resort Realty makes it easy to make the Outer Banks your home-away-from-home this Thanksgiving!