If you're an Outer Banks local or previous visitor to the area, then you've probably experienced a let down or two when trying to eat out during the off-season.
The off-season is the period of time between Labor Day and Memorial Day and because it's less busy compared to the peak, mid-summer months, many local shops and restaurants close their doors during this period of time. Some local restaurants close up shop for a few months with little to no notice at all!
To help out a fellow local or any visitor who spends a few days, weeks, or months here during the off-season, we've assembled a long list of fantastic local Outer Banks restaurants with info on their off-season hours.
We didn't include every restaurant on the beach, but we did include places we'd recommend trying whether your a first time visitor or life-long local. Feel free to share this with anyone you know that lives on the beach or is planning a visit during the 2013-2014 off-season.
Sunset Grille and Raw Bar
Closed During Off-Season
Located sound front on Duck Road, Sunset Grille and Raw Bar easily has one of the best restaurant locations on the Outer Banks. This casual dining spot hasa large outdoor bar and their menu includes simple items including: burgers, fresh seafood, wraps and salads.
1264 Duck Rd / Duck, NC / 252.261.3901
Fishbones Raw Bar and Restaurant
Off-Season Hours: Open Every Day (11:00 am - 9:00 pm)
The Outer Banks original tiki bar, Fishbones offers creative Caribbean style cuisine fused with fresh local seafood.
1171 Duck Rd Scarborough Lane Shoppes / Duck, NC / 252.261.6991
The Blue Point
Off-Season Hours:OpenTue. - Sun. / Lunch: 11:30 to 2:30 / Dinner: 5:00 to 9:00
Their menu is focused on local, sustainable seafood. Their dishes are focused on being: simple, consistent, and always seasonal. With spectacular views ofthe Currituck Sound, The Blue Point is a fantastic spot for lunch or dinner in Duck.
1240 Duck Road / Duck, NC / 252.261.8090
Off-Season Hours: Open Every Day (8:00 am - 3:00 pm)
Known for their good food, fast preparation and affordable prices, Duck Deli is one of the best spots on the Northern beaches for lunch. Be sure to trytheir chicken wings, barbeque, or Philly cheese steak.
1223 Duck Road / Duck, NC / 252.261.3354
Off-Season Hours: Open Wed. - Sun. (6:30 am - 1:00 pm)
Preparing the freshest donuts on the Outer Banks, Duck Donuts is the perfect spot for a delicious morning pastry on the Outer Banks.
1190 Duck Road / Duck, NC / 252.480.3304
Roadside Bar & Grill
Off-Season Hours: Open Thur. - Mon. (11:30 am - 8:30 pm)
Known for their creative cocktails, delicious food, fun atmosphere and friendly staff.
1193 Duck Road / Duck, NC / 252.261.5729
Off-Season Hours: Sun.- Thur. (11:00 am - 4:00 pm) Fri.- Sat. (11:00 am - 9:00 pm)
Serving up hearty burgers, hot dogs, cheese steaks, hand-cut french fries and chicken sandwiches. Great local spot for lunch on the Outer Banks, eat-in or take-out.
5581 N. Croatan Hwy. / Southern Shores, NC / 252.261.2660
Off-Season Hours: Sat. - Mon. (11:00 am - 11:00 pm) Sun. (12:00 pm - 11:00 pm)
Trio is a place that's a little hard to explain.... Learn why in our OBX Eats review.
3708 N. Croatan Hwy / Kitty Hawk, NC / 252.261.0277
Off-Season Hours: Open Every Day ( 11:00 am - 8:30 pm)
A local's favorite since opening back in 2006, Hurricane Moe's is known for their hopping happy hours and scrumptious everyday menu items.
120 East Kitty Hawk Road / Kitty Hawk, NC / 252.255.0215
Off-Season Hours: Open Ever Day ( 11:00 am - 11:00 pm)
One of the newest restaurants in Kitty Hawk, B.K. Shuckers is one of the very best sports bars on the Outer Banks featuring 42 windscreen TVs airing any sporting game you can image. Their food is based on fresh seafood that's steamed, fried or grilled - your choice.
4020 North Croatan Hwy / Kitty Hawk, NC / 252.261.7800
Seaside Gourmet To Go
Off-Season Hours: Tue. - Sat. (11:30 am - 8:00 pm)
Their food is healthy, hearty, and full of complex flavors in unexpected combinations. The closest thing to a vegan restaurant on the Outer Banks, you'll love the fresh ingredients used in their wraps and salads, along with their local seafood.
3701 N Croatan Hwy / Kitty Hawk, NC / 252.255.5330
Sea Salt Grill
Off-Season Hours: Tue. - Wed.(11:00 am - 4:00 pm) Thur. - Sun. (11:00 am - 9:00 pm)
A fresh new concept restaurant on the Outer Banks, Sea Salt Grille opened their doors back in April of 2013. They serve up traditional American cuisine andboast an all-day happy hour with 1/2 price entries, appetizers and alcohol.
4716 N. Croatan Hwy / Kitty Hawk, NC / 252.261.7325
High Cotton Barbeque
Closed During Off-Season
Nobody on the beach does North Carolina barbecue like High Cotton. Their highly-affordable and incredibly delicious pork filled menu items are a perfectidea on a hot summer day, or cool winter evening.
5230 N. Virginia Dare Trail / Kitty Hawk, NC / 252.255.2275
Off-Season Hours: Open Every Day (11:00 am - 10:00 pm)
Specializing in refreshing island cuisine in a casual tropical atmosphere.
3730 N. Croatan Hwy / Kitty Hawk, NC /252.261.1008
John's Drive In
Closed During Off-Season
A take-out only spot located on the beach road in Kitty Hawk, John's serves up delicious fresh local seafood, burgers, and scrumptious fruit milkshakes.
3716 N Virginia Dare Trail / Kitty Hawk, NC / 252.261.6227
Jimmy's Seafood Buffet
Closed During Off-Season
Bolstering one of the largest seafood buffets on the beach, Jimmy's is a great spot if you're looking to fill up on crab legs, fresh fish, muscles, clams and oysters.
4117 N Croatan Hwy. / Kitty Hawk, NC /252.261.4973
Ocean Boulevard Bistro and Martini Bar
Off-Season Hours: Open Every Day (5:00 pm - 11:00 pm)
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. OBX Eats: Ocean Boulevard...
4700 North Virginia Dare Trail / Kitty Hawk, NC / 252.261.2546
Closed During Off-Season / Re-Open March 1st
Rundown Café is a fantastic locally owned restaurant that is committed to providing affordable family fare, friendly service, and most important of all, culinary excellence. View our OBX Eats review of thepopular local spot.
5218 Virginia Dare Trl / Kitty Hawk, NC / 252.255.0026
The Black Pelican
Open Year-Round: Every Day (11:30 am - 11:00 pm)
One of the more popular restaurants on Outer Banks, The Black Pelican is one of the few places that allow you to enjoy panoramic ocean views from the upstairs dining room and outside deck. Find out why we visit Black Pelican on a regular basis in our OBX Eats: Black Pelicanrestaurant review.
3848 North Virginia Dare Trail / Kitty Hawk, NC / 252.261-3171
Kill Devil Hills
Dare Devil's Pizzeria
Off-Season Hours: Open Ever Day (5:00 pm - Late)
Family owned and operated for over 25 years on the Outer Banks, Dare Devil's Pizzeria is well-known for their scrumptious homemade dough and sauces prepared daily. They serve up some of the best pizza and stromboli on the beach and have daily lunch and dinner specials. Be sure to follow Dare Devil's Pizza on Twitter.
1112 S Virginia Dare Trail / Kill Devil Hills, NC / 252.441.6330
Open Year-Round: Every Day (11:00 am - 8:00 pm)
A great local spot for lunch or dinner on the Outer Banks, Chilli Peppers has a Sunday brunch starting at 9:00 am and happy hour on weeknights from 3:00 pm till 6:00 pm.
3001 N Croatan Hwy / Kill Devil Hills, NC / 252.441.8081
Bad Bean Baja Grill
Closed After December 28th
Their motto says it all. "The only GOOD bean is a BAD bean." Check out our OBX Eats review of Bad Bean Baja Grill.
3105 N Croatan Hwy / Kill Devil Hills, NC / 252.261.1300
Off-Season Hours: Open Every Day (6:30 am - 10:00 pm) Bar Open Till 2:00 am
Known for their pirate theme and best breakfast on the beach, Jolly Rodger opened their doors way back in the 1960s. Their they oldest Italian Restauranton the Outer Banks and offer a wide-array of fresh seafood, steaks, prime rib and home cooked favorites.
1836 North Virginia Dare Trail / Kill Devil Hills, NC / 252.441.6530
Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar
Closed After December 8th / Open in Spring 2014
A casual, down-to-earth spot on the Outer Banks to enjoy fresh local seafood that's prepared just the way you'd like.
2106 N Virginia Dare Trail / Kill Devil Hills, NC / 252.441.5955
Dirty Dicks Crab House
Closed Until March
Friendly service, cheap seafood, and of course, the famous t-shirts! Try the Shrimp and Grits or any item on the menu that includes crabs.
1006 S Virginia Dare Trail / Kill Devil Hills, NC / 252.480.3425
The Pit Surf Shop & Boardriders Grill
Closed During Off-Season
Laid-back surf hangout that has live music nightly (during summer) new and used surf boards, yummy munchies, and plenty of cold drinks.
1209 S Croatan Hwy / Kill Devil Hills, NC / 252.480.3128
Off-Season Hours: Mon. - Sat. (5:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
Known for their live-wood fire grills and delicious cooked to perfection steaks, JKs severs up excellent cuisine in a fine-dining atmosphere.
1106 S Croatan Hwy / Kill Devil Hills,NC /(252) 441-9555
The Colington Cafe
Off-Season Hours: Open Dec. 27th - Jan. 4th
When you dine here, you can expect a few things: an excellent meal, superb service, and a great price. There's a reason Southern Living said this about Colington Cafe, "The best food for the price in an Outer Banks restaurant."
1029 Colington Rd / Kill Devil Hills, NC / 252.480.1123
Outer Banks Brewing Station
Open Everyday Till 2014 (11:30 am - 2:00 am) Closed Jan. 1st till Feb. 14th
The first wind powered brewery on the Outer Banks, Outer Banks Brewing Station is the perfect spot for a delicious sandwich paired with a micobrew. Stop byfor late night fun because the Brewing Station is open until 2:00 am everyday.
600 South Croatan Hwy / Kill Devil Hills, NC / 252.449.2739
Off-Season Hours: Sun. - Tue. (5:00 pm - 9:00 pm) Wed. - Sat. (11:00 am - 9:00 pm)
Cafe Franco's is a little Italian joint tucked away in the same shopping plaza as Belk at MP 7 in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina that has this reviewersaying Mama Mia!OBX Eats: Cafe Franco's
1712 North Croatan Hwy / Kill Devil Hills, NC / 252.255.2232
Flying Fish Cafe
Off-Season Hours: Open Every Day (5:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
Home of the decadent Chocolate Hurricane and featuring over 200 reserve wines, Flying Fish Cafe serves up delicious fresh local seafood dishes, all naturalsteaks along with nightly specials.
2003 S Croatan Hwy / Kill Devil Hills, NC / 252.441.6894
Goombays Grille & Raw Bar
Closed During Off-Season / Re-Open on February 14th (Valentines Day)
Known for serving up great food with tropical tastes in a casual setting, we visited this fantastic local restaurant during last summer. Check out our OBX Eats restaurant review .
1608 N Virginia Dare Trail / Kill Devil Hills, NC / 252.441.6001
Kill Devil Grill
Off-Season Hours: Tue. - Thu. (11:30 am - 9:00 pm) Fri. - Sat. (11:30 am - 10:00 pm)
Their service is friendly, food is delicious, and their classic diner style decor is quite refreshing after being inside so many beach themed restaurants on the Outer Banks. I'd recommend a dish, but you could probably close your eyes and pick a random item of the menu and be happy. Read more about why we can't get enough in our OBX Eats: Kill Devil Grillrestaurant review.
2008 S. Virginia Dare Trail / Kill Devil Hills, NC /252.449.8181
Closed Until March 2
This is a great place to kick back and enjoy an ocean view because believe it or not, we don't have an enormous amount of restaurants on the ocean side. Gofigure! Read more in ourOBX Eats: Beachside Bistroreview.
731 N. Virginia Dare Trail / Kill Devil Hills, NC / 252.255.1063
Closed During Off-Season
The Bonzer Shack serves lunch and dinner and is open late. There is a sizable bar section and live music seven nights a week during the summer. I wouldrecommend coming for late dinner with good friends and enjoying some great food and live music in this laid back, Outer Banks hang out.OBX Eats: Bonzer Shack
1200 S Virginia Dare Trail / Kill Devil Hills, NC / 252.480.1010
Closed During Off-Season / Reopen in March
Red Drum is open for lunch and dinner - both equally delicious. They are a member of the "Outer Banks Catch" which means that the seafood is locallycaught… fresh, fresh, fresh. Read more at ourOBX Eats: Red Drum review.
2412 S. Virginia Dare Trail / Nags Head, NC / 252.480.1095
Brine and Bottle
Closed During Off-Season / Open New Years Eve
This restaurant definitely isn't your bland, run of the mill seafood restaurant, it's a new and creative, upscale sound front restaurant serving up the freshest local ingredients in a casual atmosphere.
7531 S Virginia Dare Trail / Nags Head, NC / 252.715.1818
Blue Moon Beach Grill
Off-Season Hours: Open Every Day (11:30 am - 9:00 pm)
You cannot beat Blue Moon Beach Grill. You cannot. Don't even try. It's THAT good. They serve amazing, southern comfort food, with a creative kick. Readmore in our OBX Eats: Blue Moon Beach Grill restaurant review.
4104 South Virginia Dare Trl / Nags Head, NC / 252.261.2583
Off-Season Hours: Open Mon.- Sat. (10:00 am - 5:00 pm)
A take-out only spot located on beach road in Nags Head, Country Deli is arguably one of the very best spot on the Outer Banks to grab an over-stuffed andinsanely delicious sandwich. What makes their sandwiches so tasty? Find out in ourOBX Eats: Country Deli review.
4104 South Virginia Dare Trail / Nags Head, NC / 252.441.5684
Basnight's Lone Cedar Café
Closed Until Spring 2014
Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe prides itself on serving the best local seafood including fresh daily catch, having a marvelous panoramic view of the Roanoke Sound, and providing friendly, warm hospitality.
7623 S. Virginia Dare Trail / Nags Head, NC / 252.441.5405
Closed During Off-Season
With the most exclusive sound front location on the Outer Banks and plenty of delicious seafood dishes to choose from, Sugar Creek is consistently packedduring the in-season summer months.
7340 S Virginia Dare Trail / Nags Head, NC / 252.441.4963
Miller's Waterfront Restaurant
Closed During Off-Season / Reopen Spring 2014
Family owned and operated by the Miller family since 1982, they're dedicated to quality food and exceptional service at their sound front location in Nags Head.
6816 S Croatan Hwy / Nags Head, NC / 252.441.6151
Kelly's Restaurant and Tavern
Off-Season Hours: Open Every Day (4:30 pm - 10:00 pm)
Upscale dining on the Outer Banks without the high price, Kelly's is a charming local restaurant that's known for several things - exceptional service, high quality food, friendly staff and late night fun. Find out why you'll love Kelly's as much as we do, by reading our OBX Eats: Kelly's Restaurant and Tavern post.
2316 S Croatan Hwy / Nags Head, NC / 252.441.4116
Off-Season Hours: Open Wed. - Sat. (4:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
Good food, friendly service, and spectacular sound front views.
6708 S. Croatan Hwy / Nags Head, NC / 252.441.2637
Sam & Omie's
Closed Until Spring 2014
Packed following church service on Sunday and always busy during the mid-summer months, Sam & Omie's has been an Outer Banks tradition for over 70years. Check out our OBX Eats reviewto learn why this restaurant is so popular among locals and visitors alike.
7228 S Virginia Dare Trail / Nags Head, NC / 252.441.7366
Open Sunday - Thursday (11:30am - 9:30pm) | Friday and Saturday (11:30am - 10:00pm) | Closed Tuesay
If you've ever eaten here before, you'd know exactly why The Food Network's Guy Fieri named Tortuga's the official "hot spot" on the Outer Banks. Read out OBX Eats: Tortugas' Lie review to find out why we can't get enough of this place.
3014 S Virginia Dare Trail / Nags Head, NC / 252.441.7299
Full Moon Cafe and Brewery
Closed For Season Starting December 6th
Great local restaurant located in downtown Manteo, Full Moon Cafe and Brewery is one of the newest micro-breweries in North Carolina. Stop in for a tastysandwich, well proportioned lump crab cake, or scrumptious wrap or salad.
208 Queen Elizabeth Street / Manteo, NC / 252.473.6666
Stripers Bar and Grille
Off-Season Hours: Open Mon. - Sat. (11:30 am - 9:00 pm) Sun. (10:00 am - 9:00 pm)
Located right on the historic Manteo Waterfront, Stripers is a three story restaurant with plenty of seats overlooking the beautiful Roanoke Sound. Theybuy and serve the freshest local seafood from the docks of Wanchese.
1100 A. South Bay Club Dr. / Manteo, NC / 252.475.1021
Ortega'z Southwestern Grille
Off-Season Hours: Open Tue. - Sat. (11:00 am - 9:00 pm)
Preparing local fare with a Southwestern flare, Ortega'z serves up some of the very best food on Roanoke Island. Guy Fieri from The Food Network stopped by Ortega'z a few years ago and devoured a couple of their delicious menu items.
201 Sir Walter Raleigh St. / Manteo, NC / 252.473.5911
Off-Season Hours: Open Every Day (7:30 am - 8:00 pm)
Celebrating over 50 years of great seafood and tasty barbeque, Darrells is a favorite among Roanoke Island residents. They have one of the best breakfast menus in the area, and Darrel's prices are highly reasonable.
521 US Highway 64 / Manteo, NC / 252.473.5366
T.L.'s Family Restaurant
Off-Season Hours: Open Every Day ( 6:00 am - 9:00 pm)
Not the fanciest and certainly not the prettiest restaurant on the Outer Banks but wow, can they deliver on a good Southern meal at one heck of a price. One of if not the best restaurant on Roanoke Island for breakfast, you'll want to try T.L.'s Fried Chicken - it takes a minimum of 20 minutes to prepare (they'll remind you) but it's well worth the wait.
812 US Hwy 64 / Manteo, NC / 252.473.3489
Poor Richards Sandwich Shop
Off-Season Hours: Open Mon. - Fri (10:30 am - 3:00 pm) Sat. (8:00 am - 3:00 pm) Sun. (11:30 am - 3:00 pm)
Located right on the Manteo Waterfront, Poor Richards serves up delicious cold and grilled sandwiches, subs using Boars Head premium meats along withhomemade soups, variety of salads.
303 Queen Elizabeth Ave / Manteo, NC / 252.473.3333