Hatteras Restaurants: Seafood Specialties & Steam Bars

Across the Hatteras restaurants scene in Outer Banks seafood steals the spotlight. As is the custom of Outer Banks cuisine, many places serve up big, broiled or fried platters of fresh seafood – most of which is locally caught. Mahi mahi bites with beach fries, shrimp tacos and fried oyster sandwiches are available in surplus at many restaurants in Hatteras. In fact, it’s often not surprising that several of these eateries are long-standing local establishments where villages and fishermen gather to share stories, have a drink and grab a bite. Hatteras restaurants also include some less-expected players in their seafood dishes. The seafood, which changes by availability and what’s in season – often reflects the chefs’ creativity at these restaurants. They’ll play with different flavors, and diners get to taste the result in innovative preparations of shrimp succotash, artistically seared tuna or flavorful Hawaiian poke.

Atlantic Coast Cafe

Hatteras Seafood Specialties & Steam Bars
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. This destination cafe on Hatteras Island features a full menu of hot and fresh breakfasts – pancakes, omelettes, Monte Cristo, Hatteras Breakfast Wrap, fresh coffee and breakfast sides. Lunches and dinners showcase stuffed grilled wraps, tasty burgers, unique Reubens (crab cake, shrimp, classic), their famous marinated or Cajun grilled tuna, delicately fried seafood...read more

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Diamond Shoals Restaurant and Seafood Market

Hatteras Seafood Specialties & Steam Bars
46843 N.C. Highway 12, Buxton
(252) 995-5217

Diamond Shoals is a family-owned restaurant that has been serving 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. They are well known for having...read more

Diamond Shoals is a family-owned restaurant that has been serving visitors and locals for more than...read more

Froggy Dog Restaurant & Pub

Hatteras Seafood Specialties & Steam Bars
40050 N.C. Highway 12, Avon
(252) 995-5550

This long-established, freshly updated seafood-oriented restaurant is committed to serving top-quality, scratch-made fare in a friendly setting. In the ship-themed pub and dining room, diners enjoy lots of seafood, burgers, sandwiches, steaks, pasta dishes, gluten-free items, vegetarian options and kids' offerings. The full bar has a focus on craft brews and North Carolina beers, and their in-house sommelier has gathered wines from around the world into an...read more

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

Good Winds Restaurant

Hatteras Seafood Specialties & Steam Bars
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 an excellent 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

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Neptune's Kitchen and Dive Bar

Hatteras Seafood Specialties & Steam Bars
24394 N.C. Highway 12, Rodanthe
(252) 987-5221

Looking for great food and live music with a waterfront view? It's ready for you in Rodanthe at Neptune's Kitchen and Dive Bar. They offer live music outdoors every week and serve cold beer, seafood platters, steamers, apps, sandwiches, entrees, a kids menu, dessert and more. From a burger or Philly cheesesteak to fish tacos and crabcake dinners to popcorn shrimp and grilled cheeses for...read more

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Rusty’s Surf & Turf

Hatteras Seafood Specialties & Steam Bars
47355 N.C. Highway 12, Buxton
(252) 995-4184

Rusty’s Surf & 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 and the Pacific Rim. Let...read more

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