Foodie Outer Banks Trip Planner

Where can you find the freshest seafood on the Outer Banks? How about the best frozen yogurt after a hot day on the beach? Or maybe you'd like to sample the finest local wines? 

Look no further. Seaside Vacations' Foodie Trip Planner is perfect for food lovers—and brimming with insider restaurant recommendations. 

From raw bars and seafood joints, to upscale bistros and drive-ins, delight your taste buds with our unique cuisine and southern hospitality.

You'll find that the cuisine of the Outer Banks is every bit as diverse as the landscape, and an Outer Banks vacation allows you to see more (and eat more) along the way. 

So hit the road —and come hungry—for these seven excellent recommendations.


Famous for its milk shakes and dolphin boats, John's Drive-In has been an Outer Banks institution for years. Besides the milk shakes and dolphin boats, this tiny shack on the beach road in Kitty Hawk serves delicious mahi-mahi, and tuna salad sandwiches or boats with the fish crispy-fried alongside crinkle fries. Dogs love this drive-in too. If your pooch waits patiently in the car, the worker behind the window probably will provide him or her with a free "puppy cup" of soft-serve vanilla ice cream. 


The first wind-powered brewery in the United States, the Outer Banks Brewing Station is one of the best on the Outer Banks. With great food, great service, and fantastic brewed beer, they're often a winner at the annual  OBX Taste of the Beach competition. Want to experience their award-winning cuisinefor yourself? You can find them at milepost 8.5 —on the bypass in Kill Devil Hills.

And don't forget, as a part of our exclusive Club Seaside program, you have theopportunity to take a brewery tour at the Outer Banks Brewing Station!


After a long day at the beach, head on down to a little spot called the Surfin’ Spoon on the Beach Road (Rt. 12) in Nags Head. Owned by local pro surfer Jesse Hines and his wife, Whitney, this ultra-hip frozen yogurt shop is the quintessential small beach town spot. It's beach themed and cool with delicious frozen yogurt flavors and a game room for the older kids. 


Red, white or sparkling...whatever your preference, your foodie getaway isn't complete without a sampling of our award-winning local wines. Try a wine tasting at Trio or visitSanctuary Vineyards just a few miles across the bridge (in Jarvisburg) for somelocal flavor. They feature both Coastal Collage and The Lightkeeper, as well as an assortment of delicious Moonrise Bay wines.


The ultimate for Outer Banks foodies! Sample cuisine and learn what makes each Outer Banks restaurant unique—with ourClub Seaside restaurant tour. During the tour, you'll experience a “behind the scenes” look at several of the best local restaurants. 

The Outer Banks Restaurant tour consist of three (3) unique tours - Kitty Hawk, Duck and Corolla. On each tour, guests will get to taste signature dishespaired with a sampling of wine or beer.


Nestled among the dunes of the Outer Banks town of Nags Head, you'll find a delicious slice of the Caribbean known as Tortugas' Lie. Founded in 1989, Tortugas' is home to some of the beach's finest fare, from mouthwatering appetizers to dinners and desserts so delicious you can't help but come back again and again. Why not c'mon in and see exactly why this quaint little Outer Banks restaurant is not only a locals' favorite, but the destination for hungry vacationers year after year. 

(Guy Fieri filmed a segment for Diners, Drive Ins & Dives here, so you know it’s good! )


Located in Surfside Plaza at milepost 13 in Nags Head, the Blue Moon Beach Grill is a quirky,fun filled dining experience. They provide southern comfort food, with a creative twist and flair. Their goal is to provide a “once in a blue moon”experience, and they never fail to achieve this.


OBX Taste of the Beach

If you find yourself on the Outer Banks in March, be sure to check out the Outer Banks Taste of the Beach. The Outer Banks Taste of The Beach Weekend is afantastic way to sample the fare of several fine restaurants on the Outer Banks in one fun-filled, food-centric weekend! This 4-day fun food festival eventfeatures wine tastings, cooking classes, special menu presentations, brewery tours, tapas crawls, cook-offs, dine-arounds, oyster roasts, fish fries, andmany more fun foodie activities on the Outer Banks. It involves over 50 restaurants!

Outer Banks Restaurant Week  

Each spring and fall, visitors to the OBX get to experience  Outer Banks Restaurant Week. A great way to get out and enjoy Outer Banks diningwithout the crowds of summer, Outer Banks Restaurant Week gives local food enthusiasts and visitors an opportunity to enjoy 3-course, pre-fixed lunchand/or dinner menus at several participating restaurants.

Keep in mind, this is just a small sampling of the amazing cuisine that you can find on our beautiful beaches. The Outer Banks offersamazing food in every town. Oh, and be sure to look for “Outer Banks Catch” signs, and you’ll know the seafood is local.

And for even more foodie love, check out our exclusive OBX Eats blogseries. Our resident foodie has shared some amazing OBX restaurant reviews here. If you want to know all the great places to eat on the OuterBanks, be sure to check it out.

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