Bad Bean

Inspired by the many Taquerias that are scattered from Northern California to the tip of the Baja peninsula the Bad Bean serves up the best Cali-Mex cuisine on the Outer Banks. Delicious Giant Cali Burritos and fresh Mahi-Mahi fish tacos are their specialty.
Location: 4146 N Croatan Hwy Kitty Hawk, NC
Phone: (252) 453-4380

Kill Devils Frozen Custard & Beach Fries

Custard is not "another name for soft ice cream." Frozen custard must be 10% butterfat and 1.4% egg yolk. It is not "fluffed-up" with air - just cream, milk and all-natural ingredients, enhanced only with pure, imported vanilla. "Better" burgers, "Coney Island" dogs, authentic hand-cut beach fries, veggie burgers, killer wraps, authentic NC BBQ and more. Open daily 11am-`til. Off season hours vary.
Location: 1002 S Croatan Hwy, Kill Devil Hills, NC
Phone: (252) 441-5900

Western Sizzlin Steak House

They serve three daily buffets. Offering daily lunch specials starting at $4.95! They will please everyone, seniors and kids included. Large groups welcomed. Full menu includes the choicest steaks, freshest seafood and delicious chicken entrees. "Family-style" takeout is available.
Location: 804 S Croatan Hwy; Kill Devil Hills, NC
Phone: (252) 441-4594

Arts Place

Their moto is "Locals welcomed, tourist tolerated ... sometimes" and for over 30 years, this small burger joint on the beach road in Kitty Hawk has been one of the Outer Banks best kept secret. They`ve got the biggest and best burgers on the beach and pair each of their freshly-prepared sandwich concoctions with freshly cut fries seasoned perfectly. Friendly array of locals like to hang out here and play cornhole in the parking lot while conversing. Several beers on tap and full liquor license if you`re looking for something a little stronger. Check out the rooftop deck for scenic views of the ocean, one of the best public vantage points to watch the waves roll in. A no frills dive restaurant, head over to Art`s after a day at the beach to grab a bite to eat and enjoy a brew with friend. Oh and don`t even dream about dressing up, shoes and shirt are not required!
Location: 4624 N Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk, NC
Phone: (252) 261-3233

Barefoot Bernies Tropical Grill Bar

Specializing in exquisite and refreshing island cuisine in a classy yet casual tropical ambience, Barefoot Bernie Tropical Grill & Bar has become a true destination on the Outer Banks restaurant circuit. The bright and welcoming family environment is filled with vintage travel posters and tropical decorations, giving diners the sensation of being on a tropical island. Colorful walls and unique light fixtures create the perfect ambience for a tasty meal and a tropical cocktail.
Location: 3730 N Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk, NC
Phone: (252) 261-1008

Big Buck`s Homemade Ice Cream

Serving customers since 1994, Big Buck`s Ice Cream offers up a full line of premium ice cream products that are all made from scratch using the finest ingredients from around the world. Indulge on a flavorful waffle cone or try one of their shakes. Big Buck`s also sells espresso drinks as well as scrumptious ice cream cakes topped with your favorite ingredients.
Location: 3810 N Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk, NC
Phone: (252) 715-0779

BK Shuckers

The only true sports bar on the Outer Banks, BK Shuckers offers a menu with all of the typical items you`d expect from a restaurant based around sports including sandwiches, wings and wraps. And what good would a sports bar be without a huge selection of alcohol? Enjoy seasonally available beer on tap or enjoy something a bit stronger by ordering off their spirits menu.
Location: 4020 N Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk, NC
Phone: (252) 261-7800

Capt`n Franks

Order a hot dog and have them pile it high with all of your favorite ingredients! Capt`n Franks is only open for lunch and closed on Sunday. It`s the perfect place to stop in and fill up after a long day at the beach. Their items are prepared quickly and always fresh and your wallet won`t be hurting after a stop at Franks.
Location: 3800 N Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk, NC
Phone: (252) 261-9923

Chilli Peppers

Global cuisine with a southwestern flair. Lunch and dinner specials daily. Bar/live entertainment.
Location: 3001 N Croatan Hwy, Kill Devil Hills, NC
Phone: (252) 441-8081

Duck Donuts

Duck Donuts serves made to order donuts, premium coffees, juices and cold drinks. Stop in for a warm donut or take some home. You can find this Outer Banks treat at mile post 1 on the Beach Road in Kitty Hawk.
Location: 5230 N Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk, NC
Phone: (252) 261-3312

High Cotton BBQ

Authentic. Simple. And delicious! Enjoy North Carolina style barbeque the way it was supposed to be prepared. Stop in for lunch or dinner after a day at the beach and order anything from their scrumptious offering of meats and southern-style sides. Pair your barbeque sandwich or half rack rib order with a side of coleslaw and cornbread. Be sure to wash your meal down with some of High Cotton`s yummy sweet tea - a staple drink for any proper southern meal. Check out Yelp, TripAdvisor and UrbanSpoon if you`d like some additional reasons on why High Cotton in Kitty Hawk is worth the visit. Each of the listing sites are filled with dozens of rave reviews from area locals and vacationers.
Location: 5230 N Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk, NC
Phone: (252) 255-2275

Hurricane Mo`s Beachside Bar & Grill

Local seafood, steaks, pasta, sandwiches and more. After January 1, outdoor deck available for smoking.
Location: 120 East W Kitty Hawk Rd, Kitty Hawk, NC
Phone: (252) 255-0215

I Got Your Crabs

I Got Your Crabs Shellfish Market and Oyster Bar is a locally-owned and operated restaurant in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. While blue crabs are their speciality, they`re proud to serve a variety of seafood for dine in or take out. This restaurant is open from 11:30 AM to 9:00 PM every day. Sit back and enjoy a glass of wine or cold beer while we do the shucking! Crabs are available by the dozen, half bushel, or bushel in season. Twenty-four hour notice is required for bushel orders. Oysters are available in dozens and pecks year round. During the summer months, our original Border Station location will continue to serve live, hard crabs on weekends.
Location: 3809 N Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk, NC
Phone: (252) 449-2483

Jimmy`s Seafood Buffet

This all you can eat buffet restaurant was born on June of 1999 and is owned by Liz Dowless who was one of the founded partners. They purchase as much local fish and seafood as possible to stock their buffet and prepare each menu item from scratch. In addition to delicious food, Jimmy`s is a fun place for the entire family. On any given day during the summer, there may be pony rides, corn hole tournaments, putt-putt, or even live entertainment. Home of the $7.95 lobster. Hand-cut steaks-to-order and a crab leg buffet featuring snow, king, Dungeness and stone crab legs. Try one of 90 frozen drink flavors for kids and adults and delicious homemade desserts. Carryout with curbside pickup. Open 3-9pm daily (in season).
Location: 4117 N Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk, NC
Phone: (252) 261-4973

John`s Drive-in

Great food and reasonable prices. This small shack of a restaurant is situated on NC 12 or beach road right directly across the street from the beach. One of the best spots on the Outer Banks for cheap lunch after or during a day of relaxing in the sand. We recommend getting a black and white milkshake with banana paired with a Dolphin Boat to go. Closed during the wintertime and open every day during the summer for lunch.
Location: 3716 N Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk, NC
Phone: (252) 261-6227

Josephine`s Sicilian Kitchen

According to their website, "Josephine`s Sicilian Kitchen is the only authentic Italian restaurant in the Outer Banks." Cafe Francos in Kill Devil Hills, which opened several months before Josephine`s, could put up a good argument against that particular claim. Nonetheless, the restaurant owner and head chef, Josephine Caggese, is originally from Sicily which is really all you need to know about how good the food really is here. Seating is very limited so be sure to arrive early. The portions are hefty and unless you`re really hungry, you`ll have lunch for the following day.
Location: 3701 N Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk, NC
Phone: (252) 261-2669

La Fogata Authentic Mexican Restaurant

The best ethnic food on the beach! Waiters bring baskets of crispy tortillas and bowls of homemade salsa as soon as you sit down. Selections come in every possible combination including vegetarian varieties, and a la carte. Open 7 days a week, year round, for lunch and dinner.
Location: 3924 N Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk, NC
Phone: (252) 255-0934

Longboards Island Grill

Longboards is casual dining for lunch and dinner. Choose from seafood, chicken, pasta, pizza, sandwiches and salads. This is also a great nightspot with live entertainment, several pool tables, games and a large bar. They are open year round.
Location: 3833 N Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk, NC
Phone: (252) 261-7377

Max`s Pizza Company

Sure to satisfy your hunger for pizza and other forms of Italian cuisine while vacationing on the Outer Banks. This Kitty Hawk restaurant has plenty of options for even the pickiest of eaters. Choose from their selection of pizzas, calzones, stromboli, subs and salads. Oh, and by the way, this place is locally owned so be sure to eat local!
Location: 3723 N Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk, NC
Phone: (252) 261-3113

Ocean Boulevard

Ocean Boulevard is an establishment unto itself. It`s a grown-up place inside - dim lighting, candles, white table cloths, and outrageous chefs. Amazing, creative, friendly chefs that you can watch cook in the kitchen. Outside is a patio area that fronts the beach road and is just steps to the beach. The menu is seasonal and features regional delicacies, including locally-sourced seafood..
Location: 4700 N Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk, NC
Phone: (252) 261-2546

Outer Banks Taco Bar

Your source for tacos, fajitas, enchiladas, burritos and quesadillas on the Outer Banks! The food is freshly-made and just about as flavorful as it gets. Their Mexican entrees are blended with Caribbean and Central American fare to deliver a taste worth experiencing again and again. They`re open for lunch and dinner and have several vegetarian options. Yummy food at very reasonable prices. The homemade corn tortillas really do taste better!
Location: 3723 N Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk, NC
Phone: (252) 261-8226

Outer Bean Juice & Java

Outer Bean is a coffee shop, juice and smoothie bar and cozy cafe, where you will enjoy a variety of healthy choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Warm and inviting, it`s easy to linger at Outer Bean, surrounded by delicious smells, good music and local art. Don`t worry if you don`t have time to settle in, you can get yours to go. Enjoy the best organic free trade coffee on the Outer Banks. Choose from freshly made healthy juices and delicious green and protein smoothies made any time of day. Savor locally sourced foods, including bagel sandwiches, pastries and breakfast casseroles, artisan-crafted salads, vegetarian delights, panni, desserts and much more.
Location: 3701 N Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk, NC
Phone: (252) 261-6000

Papa John`s Pizza

The same Papa John`s taste that you`ve come to love is available here on the Outer Banks. Order a freshly-made pie and have it delivered or choose from their selection of cinnamon sticks or hand-tossed wings. Situated right off the bypass in Kitty Hawk and open for lunch and dinner 7 nights a week year-round.
Location: 3809 N Croatan Hwy Unit B, Kitty Hawk, NC
Phone: (252) 261-2389

Pizzazz Pizza Company

They blend only the freshest ingredients to make the best traditional and gourmet pizza. Stop by the Kitty Hawk location and enjoy the huge 30-item fresh salad and pizza bar for lunch or dinner! The Duck and Corolla locations offer a lunch pizza buffet. You`ll find prompt, courteous service and delicious pizza, subs, wings and more.
Location: 1187 Duck Rd, Kitty Hawk, NC
Phone: (252) 261-8822

Pok`s Art Asia Fusion Kitchen

This small restaurant located off the bypass around milepost 4.5 in Kitty Hawk was the vision of Chef Pok Choeichom who`s well-known around here from being the head chef at the immensely popular Outer Banks Brewing Station. He was born in Thailand, but grew up on the Outer Banks and worked alongside his family at his uncle`s place, The Thai Room that although very successful, closed their doors many years ago. This new restaurant, Pok`s Art, opened their doors in 2014 and under Pok`s ownership and his tasty menu, has already started to grow quite the reputation as one of the very best spots for Asian cuisine on the OBX. This isn`t a sit down restaurant (although there are a few tables), but that doesn`t mean the food is less than what you`d expect in a fancy Thai restaurant with white table cloths and colorful chandlers. Stop in for lunch or dinner and you certainly won`t be disappointed. Dishes are typically in the $8 range and prepared in about 10 to 15 minutes.
Location: 3701 N Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk, NC
Phone: (252) 715-4421

Rundown Cafe

The Rundown Cafe & Tsunami Bar offers both indoor and outdoor seating and has great views of the Atlantic Ocean. Their menu blends Caribbean and Pacific Rim cuisines. A variety of appetizers, steamers, salads, dinners, sandwiches and vegetarian options are available at this surf bar.
Location: 5218 Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk, NC
Phone: (252) 255-0026

Sanya Sushi Bar

When it comes to Sanya Sushi Bistro restaurant in Kitty Hawk, you`ll feel their sincerity in providing guests with nothing but the best. They offer up fresh ingredients in their food mixed with a relaxing ambience and always friendly service. Their menu is designed with three concepts in mind: fresh, health, and delicious - this will assure that you`ll be back time and time again. The food at this Kitty Hawk based restaurant is themed after Chinese, Thai, and Japanese cuisine, which sets them apart from most every other dining spot on the OBX.
Location: Kitty Hawk, NC
Phone: (252) 261-1946

Sea Salt Grille

Located on North Carolina`s Outer Banks, Sea Salt Grille is your local casual hotspot, where you will always be greeted by friendly staff ready to help you enjoy your time with us! From the perfect steak, seafood plate, or dare we say ... the best nachos ever made, our creative menu is bursting with flavor and made with the freshest ingredients. Enjoy a delicious mix of fine & casual dishes suitable for both private dinners and group outings, inspired by the culinary experience of PJ & Debra Sinkage, owners of Argyles Catering. Fall Hours Are Monday through Friday 4pm - 10pm Saturday and Sunday 12pm-10pm. We offer a full bar and HUGE daily specials on our not so typical menu. Listen and lounge to the sounds of our weekly musicians and be sure to keep checking back for the latest events.
Location: 4716 N Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk, NC
Phone: (252) 261-7325

Spanky`s Grille

Spanky`s Grille was a longtime dream of Ben Zak. On May 16th, 1999 Jennifer Cooper married him anyway. The couple bought a commercial lot in 2001 and in 2002 Narrow Shores started construction. On July 19th, 2003 Spanky`s Grille opened for business. The restaurant has been a favorite of locals and visitors ever since. Spanky`s feels their success is based on one word; value. Every day of the week they serve .79 all beef hot dogs, $2 sandwiches, and on Friday nights they offer a choice of homemade meatloaf, open face turkey, or a 1/2 pound hamburger steak with gravy and one side for only $4.99.
Location: 4105 N Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk, NC
Phone: (252) 261-1917

Stack Em High

If you`ve vacationed on the Outer Banks previously and have yet to visit Stack em` High then you`ve been seriously missing out. This cafeteria style restaurant is packed every morning during the summer for good reason. Choose a made-to-order dish off their menu for breakfast or select a premade item to enjoy right away. The rafters in this well-known local restaurant are coated with sayings that will keep your eyes busy while your mouth enjoys one of the best breakfasts on the beach. Stack em` High is locally-owned and should be on every OBX vacationer`s bucket list of must-try restaurants. We recommend arriving early during the peak summer months to avoid some of the delay and heavy crowds. Well worth the visit at least once during your week-long stay on North Carolina`s coast. Closed during the winter.
Location: 3801 N Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk, NC
Phone: (252) 261-8221


Just because you`re on an island, doesn`t mean you can enjoy a cup of one of Starbuck`s signature coffee drinks. This small store has everything you come to expect from your neighborhood Starbucks back home. One drawback is that there`s no drive thru which is somewhat of a deal breaker for individuals who`d rather not get out of their vehicle. Prices are about the same as you`ll find elsewhere in the country. Of course if you`d rather try something different while on vacation, there are plenty of locally-owned restaurants in Kitty Hawk that have a similar offering of drinks and food.
Location: 5597 N Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk, NC
Phone: (252) 255-0790

Sweet Frog

With a goal of creating the best frozen yogurt experience you`ve ever had, Sweet Frog is a popular stop for vacationers after a long, stressful day of relaxing on the beach. Create your own combination using their delicious, soft-serve premium frozen yogurt. Finish your creation off using an array of toppings that are stocked fresh everyday with the best ingredients around.
Location: 3700 N Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk, NC
Phone: (252) 715-1965

The Black Pelican

Fresh local seafood, creative seafood dishes, seafood standards, gourmet pizzas, beef and vegetarian selections. Bar.
Location: 3848 N Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk, NC
Phone: (252) 261-3171

The Salad Bowl

Opened during the summer of 2014, The Salad Bowl lets you choose your base salad mix and top it with whatever veggies, meats, nuts and shredded cheeses you like. Create your own custom salad or order one of their predetermined concoctions. The Salad Bowl is a locally-owned restaurant that`s smilar to Chipotle except with salad. You may also want to give one of their vegetable centered shakes a try or sample some of their ice cream after your meal. There is no indoor seating however there are two small picnic tables located right outside the restaurant. "The premier destination for healthy, fast & delicious food on the Outer Banks."
Location: 5230 N. Virginia Dare Trail Kitty Hawk, NC
Phone: (252) 715-3977


At Trio, our mission is to provide our guests with an environment that is simple, elegant, and immediately comfortable. We`ve gathered vast selections of wine, beer, and cheese from around the world. From quality and value, to high-end and exceptional, not to mention `Wow, I`ve never even heard of that one!`, we`ve got you covered. Our knowledgeable staff shares a passion for our products and a desire to assist both the novice and our more seasoned clientele in making their selections.
Location: 3708 N Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk, NC
Phone: (252) 261-0277

Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Casual, health-conscious chain cafe featuring custom smoothies, sandwiches and wraps. Good place for a quick bite to eat between trips to the beach. There smoothies are some of the best found on the Outer Banks and give you ample energy to power through a day of vacation on North Carolina`s coast.
Location: 5385 N Va Dare Trail, Southern Shores, NC
Phone: (252) 441-9996

Vilai Thai Kitchen

A first generation Thai family owns this not so well-known restaurant in Kitty Hawk. Dig into large portions of flavorful food prepared by cooks who really know Thai cuisine. One more thing this place has going for it is the price; everything is highly affordable despite being surrounded by a slew of restaurants that aren`t budget friendly.
Location: 5230 N Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk, NC
Phone: (252) 441-8424

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