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.

Find Every Hatteras Restaurant Here

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

Cafe Pamlico

Hatteras Restaurant
49684 N.C. Highway 12, The Inn on Pamlico Sound, Buxton
(252) 995-7030
(866) 995-7030

An intimate restaurant, Cafe Pamlico is The Inn on Pamlico Sound’s signature eatery, offering gourmet cuisine overlooking the waters of the sound. Cafe...read more

An intimate restaurant, Cafe Pamlico is The Inn on Pamlico Sound’s signature eatery, offering gourmet...read more

Diamond Shoals Restaurant and Seafood Market

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

Diamond Shoals is a family-owned restaurant that has been serving visitors and locals for 30 years. It’s open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and...read more

Diamond Shoals is a family-owned restaurant that has been serving visitors and locals for 30 years. It’s...read more

Froggy Dog Restaurant & Pub

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

This long-established, seafood-oriented restaurant is committed to serving top-quality, scratch-made fare in a friendly setting. Diners enjoy a lot of...read more

This long-established, seafood-oriented restaurant is committed to serving top-quality, scratch-made fare in a friendly setting....read more

Good Winds Restaurant

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

Perched above Kitty Hawk Kites in Waves Village Watersports Resort in Rodanthe, Good Winds Restaurant is the perfect day

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Perched above Kitty Hawk Kites in Waves Village Watersports Resort in

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One of the most well-known and trusted caterers on the Outer Banks – a legend since 1985 – Kelly’s offers family-style meals as well as individual meals for...read more

One of the most well-known and trusted caterers on the Outer Banks – a legend...read more

Mirro's Cafe

Hatteras Restaurant
21250 N.C. Highway 12, Waves
(252) 987-1200
Mirro's is a beach-casual café serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with a smile. For breakfast try their omelets, wraps, biscuit sandwiches,...read more
Mirro's is a beach-casual café serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with a smile. For breakfast...read more

Muffins and Scones

Hatteras Restaurant
40126 N.C. Highway 12, Avon
(252) 986-5109

Muffins and Scones is the perfect place to start or end your day. With more than 17 varieties of fresh New York-style bagels, freshly made pastries and...read more

Muffins and Scones is the perfect place to start or end your day. With more...read more

Oceanas Bistro

Hatteras Restaurant
40774 N.C. Highway 12, Avon
(252) 995-4991

Oceanas is a casual, cozy restaurant that the locals love. In the heart of Avon, its welcoming atmosphere beckons diners for lunch and dinner daily and...read more

Oceanas is a casual, cozy restaurant that the locals love. In the heart of Avon,...read more

Outer Banks Boil Company

Multiple locations

Few things capture the country’s Southeastern coast like a classic low-country boil. The traditional meal comes together with ease (and whenever the...read more

Few things capture the country’s Southeastern coast like a classic low-country boil. The traditional meal...read more

Rusty’s Surf & Turf

Hatteras Restaurant
47355 N.C. Highway 12, Buxton
(252) 995-4184
Experience island cuisine and the vibrant and bold flavors of the tropics at Rusty's Surf and Turf on Hatteras Island. Rusty Midgett, the owner and chef,...read more
Experience island cuisine and the vibrant and bold flavors of the tropics at Rusty's Surf...read more

Sticky Bottom Oyster Company

56910 N.C. Highway 12, Suite B, Hatteras
(252) 986-5499

Home of the "Saltiest Gagger You'll Ever Swaller," Sticky Bottom Oyster Company is the storefront of an oyster farm of the same name that's located in Sandy...read more

Home of the "Saltiest Gagger You'll Ever Swaller," Sticky Bottom Oyster Company is the storefront...read more

Angelo’s is a casual eatery that serves Italian-inspired favorites like pizza, calzones, subs, spaghetti, lasagna, a variety of appetizers and daily...read more