Hatteras Restaurants

From Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Island

Dining on Hatteras Island means that you can expect restaurants with originality, personality, fresh ingredients and even some secret family recipes.

The best thing about dining on Cape Hatteras is that you won’t be eating at a lot of chain restaurants where you know what sort of experience you’re going to get. Dining in Hatteras restaurants is an adventure. They reflect the laid-back personality of the island lifestyle in a variety of ways, but you can rest assured that the owners, chefs and staff are quite serious and very professional about the fare they serve and the experience they offer.

Most Cape Hatteras restaurants put a major focus on the bounty of the sea. Local menus tout Hatteras Island specialties as Gulf Stream fish (yellowfin tuna, wahoo and mahi-mahi), inshore fish (trout, flounder and drum), succulent crab meat, oysters, clams, scallops, mussels and more. Restaurants will let you know what’s in season, and therefore the freshest, when you’re on the island. If it’s soft-shell crabs, don’t miss a chance to taste these delicacies! Fried seafood is no longer the staple of local menus, but you can get it if you want it. Most Hatteras restaurants feature more healthy preparations, like steaming, grilling, sautéing, blackening or broiling.

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If you’re not a seafood lover, don’t worry. Even the seafood-centric Hatteras restaurants offer a wealth of other options like beef, pasta, chicken, pork and vegetarian entrees. Hatteras restaurants aren’t seafood shacks either (though they do it so well!). You’ll find down-home North Carolina barbecue joints, Italian restaurants, plus pizza places, delis, ice cream shops and bakeries.

Meals are priced fairly on Hatteras Island, and dress is very casual. Most Hatteras eateries close for some portion of the winter, though there is always something open, even in the dead of winter, to serve the growing population of locals. If you’re dining out from November through March, it’s best to call ahead to make sure your restaurant of choice is open. We have listed the Hatteras Island restaurants alphabetically within their respective villages, from north to south, starting in Rodanthe and ending in Hatteras Village.

Hatteras Restaurants by Location or Category

Rodanthe, Waves & Salvo | Avon | Buxton & Frisco | Hatteras Village

Atlantic Coast Café

Hatteras Restaurant
25150 N.C. Highway 12, across from the KOA Campground, Waves
(252) 987-1200

Expect great food and awesome service at Atlantic Coast Cafe in Waves. Featuring a comfortable, casual beach atmosphere, friendly staff and free WiFi, it's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Stop in for great breakfasts (omelets, pancakes, the works) and fresh coffee and lunches that showcase stuffed grilled wraps, tasty burgers, unique Reubens (crab cake, shrimp, classic), their famous marinated or Cajun grilled tuna, possibly... read more

Expect great food and awesome service at Atlantic Coast Cafe in Waves. Featuring a comfortable,... read more

Diamond Shoals Restaurant and Seafood Market

Hatteras Restaurant
46843 N.C. Highway 12, Buxton
(252) 995-5217

Diamond Shoals Restaurant is a family-owned establishment that has been serving Hatteras visitors and locals for more than 25 years. It’s open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is welcoming of large groups. Breakfast is full service and hearty, including omelets, platters, hotcakes and more. At lunch or dinner, be sure to try their award-winning clam chowder and crab bisque. Diamond... read more

Diamond Shoals Restaurant is a family-owned establishment that has been serving Hatteras visitors and locals... read more

Froggy Dog Restaurant & Pub

Hatteras Restaurant
40050 N.C. Highway 12, Avon
(252) 995-5550

New owners in 2019 have breathed new life into this long-established, seafood-oriented restaurant in Avon. The owners of popular Avon restaurants Cups & Cones and Muffins & Scones are at the helm of this restaurant now, and they are committed to serving scratch-made fare and bringing fun nightlife back to the Froggy Dog. They've redesigned the pub with new ship-themed decor and will be hosting weekly... read more

New owners in 2019 have breathed new life into this long-established, seafood-oriented restaurant in Avon.... read more

Good Winds Restaurant

Hatteras Restaurant
24502 N.C. Highway 12, Waves Village Watersports Resort, Rodanthe
(252) 987-1100

Whether you’ve worked up an appetite kiteboarding on site or you just want a meal with a water view, Good Winds Restaurant is a good choice on northern Hatteras Island. Good Winds serves tasty and inventive beach cuisine, fresh-caught local seafood and the widest selection of wine and regional craft beer in the Tri-Villages. Located above Kitty Hawk Kites on the second floor of the... read more

Whether you’ve worked up an appetite kiteboarding on site or you just want a meal... read more

Pamlico Deli

Hatteras Restaurant
50840 N.C. Highway 12, Frisco
(252) 995-3305

Pamlico Deli specializes in big, made-to-order, New York-style deli sandwiches and pre-prepared, authentic Italian takeout meals, all made with high-quality ingredients. A variety of sandwich options are on the menu, from a classic Reuben to the innovative Southern to a couple of vegetarian options. Charcuterie boards are available as well. Standouts at Pamlico Deli are the house-made marinara sauce, pasta dishes, cold salads, desserts and even fresh mozzarella, which... read more

Pamlico Deli specializes in big, made-to-order, New York-style deli sandwiches and pre-prepared, authentic Italian takeout... read more

Rusty’s Surf And Turf

Hatteras Restaurant
47355 N.C. Highway 12, Buxton
(252) 995-4184

Rusty’s Surf and Turf brings the bold flavors and colors of the tropics to Hatteras Island. Owner and chef Rusty Midgett, a native who left the island and honed his restaurant and kitchen experience in some of Philadelphia’s top restaurants, is inspired in the kitchen by the places he has traveled on surf trips – the Caribbean, the Mexican Riviera, the Pacific Rim. Let him... read more

Rusty’s Surf and Turf brings the bold flavors and colors of the tropics to Hatteras... read more

Sonny’s Restaurant

Hatteras Restaurant
57947 N.C. Highway 12, Hatteras village
(252) 986-2922

Serving Hatteras for more than 40 years, Sonny’s features breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast is rib-sticking, with fabulous homemade hash browns, omelets, pancakes, homemade biscuits and sausage gravy. Lunch offers burgers, soups, seafood, salads and homemade daily specials. Dinner features nightly specials, fresh seafood platters, hand-cut steaks, pasta and mixed grills. Steamer specials include Alaskan snow crab legs, shrimp and clams. Sonny’s offers beer and... read more

Serving Hatteras for more than 40 years, Sonny’s features breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast is... read more