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Did you know that the Ancient Greeks had words for 8 different types of love? From passion, to friendship, to self-love, there are so many different ways to celebrate love in all its forms this upcoming Valentine's Day. Whether you're spending the holiday with your partner, planning a "Gal-entines Day" outing, or simply treating yourself to something special (because yes, you DO deserve it), dinner on the Outer Banks is a fantastic way to celebrate all different types of love. 

Looking to make this Valentine's Day extra special? Check out our 10 Heart Melting Outer Banks Vacation Marriage Proposal Ideas if you're looking to pop the question to that special someone in your life.

Restaurants Open on the Outer Banks on Valentine's Day

And although many estaurants on the Outer Banks are closed until March, there are quite a few spots that are re-opening their doors for this special holiday. Be sure to call ahead and make reservations because you definitely don't want to miss out on what's sure to be a great holiday. Below are some of our suggestions for fabulous restaurants that are open on Valentine's Day this year. Whether you're staying in Corolla or on Hatteras Island, there are plenty of wonderful options up and down the island. 

AQUA Restaurant

If you're looking for an idyllic spot to spend Valentine's Day with romantic dining, a peaceful atmosphere, and a specialty menu that's sure to provide an elevated dining experience, look no further than AQUA Restaurant in Duck. Their dinner specialties promise a little something for everyone, from a Gluten-Free & Vegan Roasted Acorn Squash Bowl to their Permesan and Pistachio Crusted Scottish Salmon. Be sure to make reservations now for a delightful evening.

1174 Duck Road / Duck, North Carolina / 252.261.9700

The Blue Point

Established in 1989 by John Power and Sam McGann, the restaurant is located at the Waterfront Shops in Duck and overlooks the Currituck Sound. This beautiful, upscale restaurant is promises an elegant evening with locally-sourced Southern fare.

Dinner entrees are about $30 a plate and include delicious menu items like red wine braised beef short ribs to crispy cornmeal fried Carolina catfish.

1240 Duck Road / Duck, North Carolina / 252.261.8090

Village Table & Taven

Village Table & Tavern is a great place to come celebrate all sorts of love with their beautiful soundfront dining room and delicious menu. Choose from a delicious selection of starters, locally-inspired entrees, and unique cocktails with a North Carolina twist.

1314 Duck Road / Duck, North Carolina / 252.715.1414


If you're looking for a fantastic place to spend Valentine's Day where you can enjoy a scrumptious menu, different types of wine, and a romantic atmosphere, Trio is the place to be. Their dinner plates are around $25 and you can choose from the Crab Pot Pie, traditional Carolina Shrimp & Grits, or a selection of fresh local seafood. Dessert offerings change daily but are guaranteed to be amazing, so come hungry!

3708 N. Croatan Hwy / Kitty Hawk, North Carolina / 252.261.0277

Ocean Boulevard

Boasting a seasonal menu that features lush local ingredients, Ocean Boulevard is an American Bistro that's a terrific place to unwind a long day at the beach. Enjoy a fine wine out on the patio and savor one of their scrumptious menu items. Their Valentine's Day menu is sure to impress, so be sure to make a reservation soon as Ocean Boulevard fills up fast.

4700 N Virginia Dare Trail / Kitty Hawk, North Carolina / 252.261.2546

Kill Devil Grill

Their severs are friendly, their food is delicious, and their classic diner style interior is refreshing compared to the sea of beach themed restaurants on the Outer Banks. Kill Devil Grill is the perfect place to come for a low-key night out that is sure to be both romantic and memorable. Dinner plates are delicious and be sure to grab one of their delicious pies or some warm apple crip before leaving.

2008 S. Virginia Dare Trail / Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina / 252.449.8181

The Black Pelican

One of the few restaurants on the Outer Banks with panoramic ocean views from the dining room, The Black Pelican is the perfect spot to bring your date on Valentine's Day.

Dinner entrees are in the $20-$30 range and you can have a 3-course meal for two including drinks for less than $100.

3848 North Virginia Dare Trail / Kitty Hawk, North Carolina / 252.261.3171

JKs Restaurant

Relax at a quite table for two and enjoy a fine dining experience at JKs Restaurant on the Outer Banks. They're known for their live wood fire grill and their juicy steaks cooked to perfection; never overdone.

Entrees range from about $25 to $30 dollars.

1106 S Croatan Hwy / Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina / 252.441.9555

Blue Moon Beach Grill

One of the best sit down restaurants on the Outer Banks, it seems almost impossible to have a bad dining experience at Blue Moon Beach Grill. Come enjoy their brilliant atmosphere, delicious food, and spend your Valentine's Day having a "quirky, fun-filled dining experience." You'll want to come back to Blue Moon Beach Grill again and again.

They serve amazing southern comfort food that's prepared with a creative kick that sets it apart. They opened their doors back in 2009 and haven't stopped growing in popularity.

4104 South Virginia Dare Trail / Nags Head, North Carolina / 252.261.2583

Outer Banks Brewing Station

Take your valentine to this popular local spot and enjoy one of their specialty beers prepared in-house while you snack on a burger, salad, or seafood entree. And with a variety of options, including both gluten-free and vegan fare, Outer Banks Brewing Station is the perfect place to celebrate the special person/people in your life while making new friends along the way!

600 South Croatan Hwy / Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina / 252.449.2739

Cafe Pamlico

Cafe Pamlico is celebrating Valentine's Day all weekend leading up to Tuesday, Februrary 14th, with a specialty menu available Friday, February 10th, and Saturday, Feburary 11th, as well. They'll be offering delicious starters that highlight the Outer Banks' fresh local seafood and romantic entrees that are sure to please. They're currently taking reservations so be sure to get your seat before they fill up!

49684 NC Highway 12 / Buxton, North Carolina / 866.726.5426


And now that you know where to spend the evening to make it absolutely magical, it's time to figure out where you're going to stay for your next Outer Banks vacation! Take a look at our available rentals and book yourself the perfect Outer Banks beach vacation rental today. Whether you're looking for a two-person getaway space or a larger home for your whole family, we've got what you're looking for to make your Valentine's Day (week) a spectacular and unforgettable arranagement. Give our wonderful Guest Services Team a call today at (866) 884-0267 to get started planning your next epic Outer Banks getaway.

About the Author: Lauren is a mom, author, and travel enthusiast. She grew up on the Outer Banks and only left for a few years to get her degree at UNC-Chapel Hill and complete a tour in the Coast Guard before making her way back to the beach in 2017. When she isn’t writing for the Seaside Vacations Travel Blog, Lauren can usually be found with a book and cup of tea in hand, planning her next travel adventure.