Manteo Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Manteo

April 14, 2018 Veronika Gaddis

Manteo (pronounced /ˈmæniːoʊ/ or /ˈmæntiːoʊ/) is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. The population was 1,434 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Dare County.
Things to do in Manteo

1. The Hungry Pelican

205 Budleigh St, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954-9637 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards American, Delicatessen, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch SGD 7 - SGD 10 +1 252-473-9303
Excellent
71%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 145 reviews

The Hungry Pelican

An owner operated deli in historic downtown Manteo. Great deli style sandwiches on baked to order rolls. Fresh cut salads, homemade dressings, house made side dishes and soups. Ice cream and desserts available also. Eat in or takeout. Outside seating is available, pets welcome there.

Reviewed By Mike J - New Providence, New Jersey, United States

We stopped for lunch on a recommendation from a shop nearby and it was right on target.
The Turkey reuben on marbled rye was excellent. One of my daughters gave the cheesy grill cheese 5 stars. The Turkey and cheddar club was excellent and the chipotle chicken on lettuce was fantastic. My wife had that since she is on a gluten free diet.

The fellow who took our order was enthusiastic and helpful with suggestions.
They make their own bread and every kind we had was great.

2. Olde Towne Creamery

500 North Main Highway, Corner of Ananias Dare & US Hwy 64/264, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating American Lunch, Dinner +1 252-305-8060
Excellent
57%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 85 reviews

Olde Towne Creamery

Olde Towne Creamery (Open Daily) is a locally owned ice cream parlor that offers all the sweets and treats your whole family craves! We have premium ice cream, Greek-style yogurts, Italian ice, sherbet, smoothies, milkshakes, sundaes, banana splits, and fudge. Or those without a sweet tooth, or arriving with an empty tummy, Olde Towne Creamery has delicious New York style all beef hot dogs, North Carolina BBQ, burgers and more!

Reviewed By Didojen - Marlboro, New Jersey

Nice little ice cream shop/ fast food place. We didn't order any hot food but they had burgers and hot dogs. All of the ice cream they serve is Hershey's. Service was fast and friendly. Take your ice cream outside to one of the many chairs or picnic tables. Bathroom is outside around the back.

3. Front Porch Cafe

300 South Highway 64/264, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, American Breakfast, Lunch SGD 3 - SGD 13 +1 252-473-3160
Excellent
76%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 180 reviews

Front Porch Cafe

Community Coffeehouse and Bakery. Locally roasted coffee (at our Nags Head location). Also serving wine and local craft beers both in store and retail. Free high speed internet, plug in available. Open everyday year around.

Reviewed By NikkNikk - Virginia

The barista didn't treat me like an idiot for not knowing how to pronounce "cafe au lait". The service was excellent and they have a unique assortment of pastries. The dining area is clean and relaxing. If you're in the area, it's perfect for breakfast.

4. Dunkin' Donuts

817 US Highway 64, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954-9587 Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards American, Fast Food, Cafe Breakfast, Brunch SGD 13 +1 252-473-1712
Excellent
64%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 33 reviews

Dunkin' Donuts

Reviewed By Mje12518 - Southern Shores, North Carolina

We stopped here for the usual coffee and bagels on a morning trip to the store. While visiting, I couldnt help but note the unique appearance and quality of this site in comparison to the hundreds of DDs I have stopped at while traveling.

Not only it this a DD with a beautiful appearance, the staff is friendly and quick. This DD should be an example for other Dunkin Donuts, as well as other fast food related establishments.

5. Stripers Bar and Grille

1100A S Bay Club Dr, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954-9028 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 7 - SGD 25 +1 252-475-1021
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 575 reviews

Stripers Bar and Grille

Is a premier service orientated restaurant welcoming all guests to a casual fun filled dining experience. Our Outer Banks cuisine will always be offered to our customers for lunch, dinner, brunch and in house catering, with a capacity to serve up to 160 people. It is our intention to treat everyone like a VIP. Finally, we are here to serve the customer . Hospitality and our employees is our greatest asset.Our mission, at Stripers Bar & Grille is to achieve 100% customer satisfaction by providing quality products and service in a clean, fun, organized, friendly and unique environment. As a hospitality service organization, we will always strive to go the "extra distance" to please each and every guest. We invite you to come taste the fun and good times at Stripers.Give the gift of great food, good times and waterfront atmosphere. You can purchase Stripers Bar and Grille gift certificate cards in any amount you wish.

Reviewed By Randall L

The Trip Adviser ratings were spot on for Stripers Bar and Grille. We stopped here for a Sunday brunch before leaving the Outer Banks area for home. The fried flounder sandwich with a cup of the soup of the was delicious. This was one of...MoreRandall, We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed a great Sunday brunch with us! We hope to see you again soon to enjoy more delicious food! -Stripers Management

6. Big Bucks Homemade Ice Cream

207 Queen Elizabeth Ave, The Waterfront Shops, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954-9282 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible American +1 252-423-3118
Excellent
52%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 27 reviews

Big Bucks Homemade Ice Cream

Reviewed By srb1996 - Honea Path, South Carolina

Nothing remarkable about the ice cream or menu, it's rather average menu. Typical ice cream and candy. However the location the setting set the place apart. Second floor outside seating in downtown Manteo absolutely beautiful. Must stop n relax and cook off.

7. Charis Coffee Co.

107 Budleigh Street, Unit G, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954 Takeout, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards American, Cafe, Fast Food Drinks SGD 3 - SGD 7 +1 252-423-3333
Excellent
50%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Charis Coffee Co.

Hidden in quaint Downtown Manteo, this coffee shop has a wide variety of coffee options as well as bagels, cinnamon rolls, oatmeal and granola bars. Charis Coffee Co. offers brewed coffee, espresso, French press, pour overs, cold brew and blended beverages. You can take your coffee to go or stay for a while and hang out on the couch or at a table. A large table is also available for meetings.

Reviewed By Guillaume F - Lausanne, Switzerland

This saturday we were looking for a good coffee and a warm place in Manteo. People pointed us to Charis coffee. And frankly it was exactly the place we were looking for. Great coffee, feel-good musoc and warm welcome. Highly recommended. Guillaume.

8. 1587 Restaurant

405 Queen Elizabeth Ave, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954-9815 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards American, Seafood, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner SGD 26 - SGD 66 +1 252-473-1587
Excellent
67%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 221 reviews

1587 Restaurant

WE ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR THE SEASON BUT WILL RE-OPEN FEBRUARY 28TH - NOVEMBER 11TH, 2018.<br><br> Seasonal Hours:<br><br>Open Wed - Sun, 5:00 - 9:00 pm<br>Closed Mon & Tue nights<br><br><br>Welcome to 1587 Restaurant! Here you will find World-Class chefs who blend the freshest of ingredients including herbs grown from the Inn&apos;s own gardens, today&apos;s Atlantic seafood, meats & fowl, and vegetables from the Outer Banks&apos; finest growers. You&apos;ll dine in an atmosphere that is elegant but relaxed as you gaze through the large windows that frame a view of quaint Shallowbag Bay and a moonrise that is truly spectacular!

Reviewed By wheels78 - Derby, United Kingdom

Really nice restaurant
Service was good
Good choice on the menu but we did stick to the Sunday lunch option
Lovely building too.
Great place to visits if shopping in Leicester.
I would recommend and will certainly visit again.
Lovely place it sit outside too and enjoy a drink in the sunshine!

9. Island Perk Coffee Shop

101 Budleigh Street, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC American
Excellent
80%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 5 reviews

Reviewed By Peggy A - Richmond, Virginia

The barista was so friendly, and they allow pets inside. We were just taking a quick walk around the waterfront right there and happened to see a cool little coffee shop. The coffee was good! Cool area to walk around and hang out for a few!

10. Blue Water Grill & Raw Bar

2000 Sailfish Dr, Pirate's Cove, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954-9714 Reservations, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Seafood, Grill, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 12 - SGD 38 +1 252-473-1955
Excellent
65%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 335 reviews

Blue Water Grill & Raw Bar

Blue Water Grill and Raw Bar overlooks the harbor at Pirates Cove Marina, home of the blue water sport fishing fleet. New in 1015, Blue Water provides a creative menu, stellar customer service, a full bar, and a wonderful raw bar. Blue Water offers something for those that enjoy good food in a remarkable setting. Open year round, serving locals and visitors alike.

Reviewed By Shellie L - North Carolina Coast, North Carolina

Who said the shrimp and grits weren't great? I challenge them. They are the reason I keep requesting to go back to Bluewater Grill. And we do. No, there is not red gravy, there is no overpowering bell pepper added for color. Every ounce of...MoreHey Shellie L, thanks for your comments on our shrimp and grits. This dish does get great reviews..........I am glad your taste buds tingled. I hope we can make your anniversary dinner special. See you then............cheers and bon appetit!!

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