10 Places to Eat in the Outer Banks


One thing I always make sure to research before a trip are the restaurants. One of my biggest pet peeves is spending money on bad food, when just a little research could have changed the situation.

When I was in the Outer Banks a few weeks ago, I ate at so many amazing restaurants. Fresh fish and seafood is common due to the beach location, but I was really impressed with how many delicious places there were to eat.



1 // Duck Donuts

Whoa. This donut place is DELICIOUS. I prefer it to most others because they have cake donuts that are fresh. Ours were still warm when they handed them to us. All of the donuts are made to order — you get to pick a coating, a topping, and a drizzle for every single donut. My favorites were the maple icing with bacon and classic chocolate with sprinkles. They have locations in North Carolina (where it started in the town of Duck), Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware.

2 // Trio

This wine, cheese, and beer store/restaurant/tasting destination really has it all. If you like wine or beer, it’s definitely the spot to hit in the Outer Banks for an amazing selection. You can also taste the wine with their self-service tasting machines. They offer flights of beer and have a huge selection of domestic and international cheese. Drink at the bar, have a bite in the bistro, or shop for your favorite wine, beer, cheese, and accessories.

3 // 1587 Restaurant

This elegant restaurant has a lovely bay view with top notch service.

4 // Red Sky Cafe

We had the privilege of chatting with Chef Wes, the owner, during our meal and not only is the food delicious, but once you meet him, you’ll be a devotee. The restaurant also does catering and provides a service called chefs on call. So if you rent a house with friends or family in the Outer Banks and you don’t want to leave to go to dinner or fix it yourself, you can have a chef come to you!

5 // Avenue Waterfront Grille

This is a great spot to eat if you have a large group! It also has a great view and is right in the middle of downtown Manteo.

6 // The Paper Canoe

Head to this delicious spot for a more fine dining feel with an amazing view. The passionate owner hand picks fresh fish each morning for that evening’s menu.

7 // The Lifesaving Station Restaurant

If you want a big delicious breakfast, this is the place to go. Open seven days a week for breakfast lunch and dinner in the historic Caffey’s Inlet Life Saving Station No. 5. It’s a great spot for for large groups and kids.

A little history about Lifesaving Stations: To assist wayward passengers and crew aboard shipwrecked vessels, lifesaving stations were constructed along the Atlantic shores. Caffey’s Inlet was one of seven stations constructed in 1874. Decommissioned in the 1950s, it is on the National Register of Historic Places and was restored as Lifesaving Station Restaurant. 

8 // Coastal Provisions Oyster Bar & Wine Cafe

For oyster lovers, this is your mecca. A large wine selection, delicious food, and a selection of ten oysters on the daily, this is definitely a great place to eat while you are in the Outer Banks.

9 // Pier House Restaurant

For a down home breakfast, this restaurant at Nags Head Fishing Pier is the spot. Eat, take a stroll on the pier, or sit outside at their colorful tables and chairs and have a drink.

10 // Basnight’s Lone Cedar Café

This place is enormous! So if you have a large party, you can absolutely eat here. My favorite items were the jumbo lump crab soup and the desserts. The peanut butter pie and key lime pie were both TO DIE FOR. I’m pretty sure it was the best peanut butter pie I’ve ever had in my life. Everyone at our large table was obsessed with the dessert.


Make sure to check out my hotel review on the The Sanderling Resort.

This post was sponsored by The Outer Banks. All opinions are my own.