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

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

Diamond Shoals is a restaurant, seafood market and sushi bar known for its friendly atmosphere and friendlier staff. 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. Local seafood, steaks,... read more

Diamond Shoals is a restaurant, seafood market and sushi bar known for its friendly atmosphere... 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 is a good choice on northern Hatteras Island. With its second-floor perch over the Pamlico Sound and a deck for outdoor dining, it’s the place to watch the sunset. The menu features local seafood – tuna, scallops, shrimp, crab cakes and fresh catch of... 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. All of the ingredients are high quality, from the meats and cheeses to the house-made sub rolls. A variety of sandwich options are on the menu, from a classic Reuben to the innovative Southern to a couple of vegetarian options. Deli-style sides and salads, charcuterie boards and beer and wine are also available. Ask about catering if you need a... read more

Pamlico Deli specializes in big, made-to-order, New York-style deli sandwiches. All of the ingredients are... 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, omelettes, 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