Pamlico Jack’s | Nags Head, NC

Pamlico Jack’s

Pamlico Jack’s

6708 S Croatan Hwy
Nags Head, NC 27959
252-441-2637
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Seafood, sound views, and a nautical pirate vibe make Pamlico Jack’s a fun spot for families looking to dine out in Nags Head. The expansive open dining room highlights views from almost every table, and outdoor summer entertainment can be enjoyed most nights of the week in-season. A pirate ship is built into the south side of the building, making this place a hit for kids. The menu focuses on seafood, steak, burgers, and island-inspired cocktails. Reservations are recommended if you’re a large group.

Tale of the Whale | Nags Head, NC

Tale of the Whale

Tale of the Whale

7575 S Virginia Dare Trail
Nags Head, NC 27959
252-441-7332
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Located directly on the soundfront in Nags Head, Tale of the Whale has been proudly serving the Outer Banks since 1980! A favorite feature is their regular offering of live music during high season – they’ve got local talent playing almost every night of the week. Serving dinner only, Tale of the Whale specializes in seafood, but there is something for every palate on this extensive menu, which also includes steaks, chicken, salad, pasta, etc.

Sugar Creek | Nags Head, NC

Sugar Creek

Sugar Creek

7340 S Virginia Dare Trail
Nags Head, NC 27959
252-441-4963
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Soundside sunset views are a highlight at Sugar Creek, a family-friendly restaurant on the causeway that connects Nags Head to Roanoke Island. A locally owned establishment, their lunch and dinner menu focuses on seafood – but steak, pasta dishes, and sandwiches are all available as well. Try their scallops, shrimp & grits, or crab dip – all excellent choices! The atmosphere is casual, and it’s a treat to be able to enjoy their amazing view if you have to wait for a table.

Black Pelican | Kitty Hawk, NC

The Black Pelican

The Black Pelican

3848 N Virginia Dare Trail
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
252-261-3171
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Serving up creative seafood dishes, steamers, wood-fired pizza, and juicy steaks, Black Pelican is a family-friendly restaurant that is the former home to a historic Kitty Hawk lifesaving station that was built in 1874. They are open for lunch and dinner year round and are located right on the Beach Road, across the street from the ocean. For a more casual dining experience, check out their shaded oceanfront deck which offers elevate views; it’s a great place to grab an afternoon drink and an app. Inside, there are two levels of dining seating and a wrap-around bar. Without reservations, there is often a wait, so it’s best to plan ahead.

Tortugas Lie Restaurant | Nags Head, NC

Tortugas Lie Outer Banks

Tortugas Lie Outer Banks

3016 S Virginia Dare Trail,
Nags Head, NC 27959
252-441-7299
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This beach road treasure is a hit with salty locals and hungry vacationers alike. With a slight beach box vibe, this iconic Outer Banks restaurant offers island flavors, burgers, sandwiches, and Caribbean inspired entrees. Their menu is full of popular items, but we recommend their Jamaican Jerk chicken or Big Wave Dave sandwich with chicken, pineapple, and Swiss. If there’s a wait, no worries! Pop out back to their beach volleyball court to build up your appetite.

Rundown Cafe | Kitty Hawk, NC

Rundown Cafe

Rundown Cafe

5218 Virginia Dare Trail,
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
252-722-3606
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Caribbean flavors are the name of the game at Rundown, which offers casual family dining with a unique twist. For over 20 years, Rundown’s location in Kitty Hawk has been welcoming visitors with colorful decor and varied menu of poke, coconut shrimp, noodle bowls, ginger chicken, and so much more. Visit the Tsunami bar upstairs, which overlooks the classic beach road an on towards the ocean, and serves up island inspired cocktails in a fun outdoor setting.

Pier House Restaurant | Nags Head, NC

Pier House Restaurant

Pier House Restaurant

3335 S Virginia Dare Trail,
Nags Head, NC 27959
252-441-4200
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There aren’t many places on the Outer Banks where you can eat and drink directly ON the ocean. The Nags Head Pier is an exception! Their outdoor bar overlooks the great Atlantic, so you can post up with a frosty brew and some tuna bites and watch the waves roll in.

Miller’s Waterfront Restaurant | Nags Head, NC

Miller’s Waterfront Restaurant

Miller’s Waterfront Restaurant

6916 S Croatan Hwy,
Nags Head, NC 27959
252-441-6151
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Family owned and operated since 1982, Miller’s offers elevated classic dishes in a warm, welcoming environment, specializing in seafood. The open air bar that overlooks the Roanoke sound is a must-visit – grab a beer and watch the kite surfers as the sun sets. If there’s a wait for tables inside, you can often enjoy live music while lounging in one of their Adirondack chairs on their back dock. Family friendly and great for large groups.

Mama Kwan’s Tiki Bar & Grill | Kill Devil Hills, NC

Mama Kwan’s Tiki Bar & Grill

Mama Kwan’s Tiki Bar & Grill

1701 S Croatan Hwy,
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
252-441-7889
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This cozy, colorful restaurant offers great eats with a tiki twist. People swear by their fish tacos – order them blackened and with an extra side of lime sour cream. Healthy options are available for the veggie-lovers in your group – try their fresh salads, or the “garbage plate” (don’t be deceived by the name!). True to their slogan “It’s All Good!,” whatever you end up ordering, it’s sure to be packed with flavor and love.

Steamers Restaurant | Southern Shores, NC

Steamers Restaurant

Steamers Restaurant

1 Ocean Blvd #115,
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
252-261-0224
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This sleek restaurant in the heart of Southern Shores specializes in seafood and catch of the day. Attentive service and ambiance set this place apart. Pick up a Steamer Pot To-Go, which makes for an easy vacation meal stacked with lobster, crab, clams, mussels, potatoes, and corn – you can’t go wrong!