Best Restaurants

Out of all the restaurants in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer carefully vetted selections to let you explore Outer Banks dining on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Outer Banks Best Restaurants list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

Sam & Omie's

A haven for local fishermen through much of the 20th century, Sam & Omie's has gradually evolved into the popular family restaurant it is today. The folks here haven't forgotten about their rich history, though, as pictures and memorabilia...  Read More

Owens' Restaurant

Expect to find old-fashioned, hardy Outer Banks cuisine at this fine family restaurant. Established in 1946 by the Owens and Shannon families, this Outer Banks institution has bought from and fed local fisherman for over fifty years, perfecting...  Read More

Situated in a quaint, Victorian cottage under 300+ year-old live oaks in the sound-side village of Colington Harbor, The Colington Café is the gem of the Outer Banks dining scene. Southern Living rated it as The Best Restaurant for the Best...  Read More

The Black Pelican Oceanfront Restaurant

Named in honor of the legendary seabird that assisted the Kitty Hawk Lifesaving Crew in rescuing several stranded boatmen, The Black Pelican Restaurant is located within the same 1874 building as the original lifesaving headquarters. Its rich...  Read More

It's not summer until you have some good old-fashioned North Carolina barbecue. On the Outer Banks, Pigman's is the place to get it. A few simple ingredients and slow-roasted pork combine for some of the best barbecue in North Carolina. Pigman's...  Read More

JK's Restaurant

Not just a summer hotspot, this upscale eatery has been a year-round favorite in the Outer Banks since its opening in 1984. Surrounded by family seafood restaurants, JK's broke the sameness of the Outer Banks dining scene by featuring the best...  Read More

Capt'n Franks

Opened in 1975 as one of the first restaurants in the Outer Banks, this hot dog joint has stuck to what works: serving up every style of frank, crinkle-cut French fries, and that great crushed ice in the drinks that's so hard to find. It's easy...  Read More

Art's Place

Situated in a small beachside house at the northern end of the Beach Road, this cozy eatery is a popular breakfast/coffee stop, burger joint, and evening cocktail bar all rolled into one. Art's counter and booth seating remains busy throughout...  Read More

The Blue Point

Gazing at the sunset-tinged Currituck Sound while enjoying the finest in coastal North Carolina cuisine, prepared often with organically grown, local ingredients, is the perfect way to enjoy an evening in the Outer Banks. Warm the palate with...  Read More

Hurricane Moe's at Pirate's Cove

Overlooking Pirate's Cove Marina, Hurricane Moe's boasts a unique view of Pirate's Cove and the Marina. While waiting for dinner, take time to observe local fishermen docking extravagant fishing boats and unloading the day's catch. Afterward,...  Read More