Top 10 restaurants in Hatteras Island, United States

April 14, 2018 Carley Gatson

Hatteras Island is a barrier island off the coast of North Carolina, on the Atlantic Ocean. Famed for its lighthouse and long sandy beaches, it is a great family friendly place for a relaxing holiday. Many people visiting Hatteras Island will be looking for a beach holiday, and the long sandy beaches looking out over the Atlantic Ocean are well worth exploring - even at the height of summer or the 4th of July weekend you can usually find a good stretch of beach all to yourselves. Canadian Hole, between the towns of Buxton and Avon, is a particularly good spot. In addition to the beach itself, the waters of Pamlico Sound are perfect for wading, and tourists flock there as the conditions are perfect for windsurfing and kite boarding. In terms of sightseeing there is also the lighthouse, which was moved inland in 1999 to protect it from coastal erosion, and the 825 acre Buxton Coastal Reserve, an area of maritime woodland full of spectacular wildlife (there have even been sightings of bald eagles) and plenty of hiking trails for those members of the family looking for a bit more exercise.
Things to do in Hatteras Island

1. Harbor House Seafood Market

58129 Hwy 12, Hatteras, Hatteras Island, NC 27943 Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible Seafood, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 252-986-2039
Excellent
92%
Good
6%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 131 reviews

Harbor House Seafood Market

Reviewed By OBXTarHeel - Harbinger, North Carolina

We purchased 2 pounds of steamed shrimp and three shrimp and crabmeat enchiladas and they were every bit as good as other reviewers have stated. We also enjoyed their homemade wahoo salad - very tasty. Vicky is really sweet and she spent a few minutes chatting with us while we waited for our order. We will definitely go back the next time we are in Hatteras.

2. Buxton Munch Company

47359 Osprey Shopping Center, Highway 12 -- Next to Abc Store, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Mexican, American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch SGD 3 - SGD 18 +1 252-995-5502
Excellent
83%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 580 reviews

Buxton Munch Company

Serving Locals & Visitors since 1999. We specialize in over 30 Gourmet Wraps & Quesadillas. Oven-Toasted Subs & Sammies. Big Salads in Edible Tortilla Bowls. Fresh-daily-hand-pressed Angus Burgers & Freakingood Fries! They say we have the Best Fish Tacos and Shrimp Tacos on the Beach! And our Crabby Pattie Crabcake has been a best-seller for over 19 years! And the Blackened Fish Wrap or Sub/Sandwich is killer-good! Lots of Apps & Sides. Fresh French Roast Coffee. Nice selection of Hot Teas. Daily-brewed Sweet Tea and Unsweet Tea. Bottled beverages & Sodas. Beer & Wine. But please realize one thing - We are NOT a fast food joint. And if we are busy, then of course there will be a wait, as in any restaurant. We make it Real. We make it Fresh. Feed your body real stuff. "A Groovy Little Place With A Whole Lotta Taste!" PEACE.

Reviewed By ejbarr2017 - Lansing, New York

It’s not quite the season for the Outer Banks as it’s the week before Easter. We needed a quick lunch before the kids went riding with Equine Adventures just down the road.
Wow! The food, the service, the prices were simply amazing! From the Crabby Pattie, the shrimp Po’boy or the chicken fajita platter, the quality and quantity of food served was fantastic.
This is a “must visit” location. You will not be disappointed!

3. Cafe Pamlico

49684 NC Highway 12, The Inn on Pamlico Sound, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards American, Seafood, International, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch SGD 46 - SGD 66 +1 252-995-4500
Excellent
82%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 709 reviews

Cafe Pamlico

Cafe Pamlico provides a world class casual fine dining experience through exceptional food, outstanding detail oriented service, an inspired wine and cocktail program, and gracious attentive Southern hospitality. Our contemporary coastal cuisine is driven by locally sourced seafood, meats, and produce. Our menu changes frequently in accordance with the fresh ingredients our chefs discover on the island, most notably the fresh local seafood we feature. We are committed to supporting local farmers and artisan food producers first, sustainable resources second, and organic third. Reservations are highly recommended.

Reviewed By RaleighP269 - Norfolk, Virginia

We were so lucky. My brother in law and my wife and her sister needed to celebrate complete of a series of repairs on our beach house in Salvo, NC on the beautiful Outer Banks. Fortunately we chose The Inn at Pamlico Sound. While somewhat expensive, it was wonderful. We sat at a window booth, facing the Albemarle Sound, and enjoyed two bottles of wine and four different delicious entrees which we shared. The variety was such that we all felt we had to try everything. The food and atmosphere were ideal and all of us were filled to the gills. We shall return to this hidden treasure in Buxton on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, our home away from home.

4. Bros Sandwich Shack

41934 Highway 12, Space #3, Avon, Hatteras Island, NC 27915 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Television, Accepts Credit Cards American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 10 - SGD 20 +1 252-995-9595
Excellent
80%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 505 reviews

Bros Sandwich Shack

Here at Bros Sandwich Shack we are passionate about quality food and our guest's satisfaction. All of our beef is ground fresh in house every day, all of our sauces are 100% scratch made and developed from our own recipes. We believe that real food made fresh from scratch is what sets us apart from today's typical burger joint. We sincerely care about our guests and your feedback! Have an awesome day!!

Reviewed By Charlie R - Southern Shores, North Carolina

Simply put this is a great sandwich restaurant - great food and great service - immaculate and the people are so very nice.

My wife and I were on Hatteras Island for business - she went to Bro's for lunch and I had takeout from Bro's and when we later compared notes we were in total agreement: Bro's is terrific.

We live about 90 minutes away but its worth the drive - we shall return.

5. Hatteras Sol Waterside Grill

58646 Highway 12, Hatteras, Hatteras Island, NC 27943 Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards American, Seafood, Grill, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Dinner, Drinks SGD 8 - SGD 37 +1 252-986-1414
Excellent
77%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 194 reviews

Hatteras Sol Waterside Grill

Full service restaurant with beautiful view of Pamlico sound and Teachs Lair marina. Sunset view over the water everyday! Outside decks with outside seating available. Serving Dinner Tuesday through Sunday 4:00pm-9:00pm

Reviewed By John K - Columbus, Ohio

We could walk here from our condo. We had a great chardonnay. The she-crab soups was very good. I had the shrimp and grits. It was prepared like I have never had. Large portion (had for breakfast the next day). The wait staff was excellent. Great view of the sound and the marina.

6. Risky Business Seafood

Odens Dock, Hatteras Island, NC Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible Seafood Lunch, Dinner +1 252-986-2117
Excellent
86%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 110 reviews

Risky Business Seafood

Reviewed By Abbey B - Stow, Ohio, United States

We had Mahi Mahi from Risky Business and it was delicious. We asked for two fillets and it was enough to feed four people! If you're looking for fresh fish, this is the place to go.

7. Burger Burger

40618 Hwy 12, Avon, Hatteras Island, NC 27915 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 8 - SGD 14 +1 252-995-0311
Excellent
68%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 308 reviews

Burger Burger

Open year round, Burger Burger is a local's favorite for burgers, wraps, wings, hot dogs, fresh local seafood and kids menu. In the summer time we make hand spun milkshakes and fresh squeezed lemonade. We welcome large groups and have big tables to accommodate in a casual, friendly atmosphere.

Reviewed By lisam0518 - Westminster, Maryland

My husband's burger was moist and delicious with all his toppings and ad an added bonus that happens rarely unless requested, his roll was grilled. I ordered one of the lunch specials that was the fresh fried shrimp basket. For 13 dollars I was presented...MoreThank you so much for the great review! So glad you enjoyed you lunch and thanks for mentioning your server, Maggie.

8. Watermen's Bar & Grill

25706 Highway 12, Waves, Hatteras Island, NC 27982 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi American, Bar, Seafood, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 252-987-2000
Excellent
67%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 273 reviews

Watermen's Bar & Grill

Reviewed By Ethnee H - Somerset West, South Africa

The covered patio is a great place to watch the sunset, although the seating on benches isn't comfortable so not conducive to a lingering evening. You place food orders at the bar (a bit odd) but it is brought to the table when it's ready. We had pork ribs with four different sides. I found the ribs tasty but a little over-cooked. The slaw and mixed veggie sides were good, but the nachos were just that (inedible without the usual accompaniment of sour cream and guacamole) and the mash was okay. For drinks we had beers on tap served in thin plastic containers.

Coming from South Africa, I found the bill of $90 really excessive - we would get FAR better service, better venue, better food and wine for that price. But perhaps that's what Americans are used to?

9. Dinky's Restaurant

57980 Highway 12, above Village Marina, Hatteras Island, NC 27943 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Dinner, Late Night +1 252-986-2020
Excellent
60%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 389 reviews

Dinky's Restaurant

Reviewed By Ernie S - Lebanon, Pa

Our visit to this restaurant started with a recommendation from a competitor. We usually stay at The Inn On Pamlico Sound when we visit Cape Hatteras and often dine at their on-site Cafe Pamlico which is outstanding in itself. But sometimes you just want something different. Maybe it's atmosphere, new choices, the view etc. There was a 'manual' in our room listing things to do and places to go and a list of recommended restaurants in the area. Dinky's was on that list, maybe 10 miles away or so and had some great comments associated with it. So, off we go. Now we must have driven past here 50 times and never really took notice to it. Small sign, sits back from the highway, stone parking, yadda, yadda, yadda. BUT, we're telling you DON"T pass this one by. Our meals were absolutely delicious, the drinks well made and the view and the atmosphere were just terrific. The Spicy Tuna Tartare is outstanding! We will definitely make Dinky's a regular stop when we are in the area.

10. Pangea Tavern

41001 Highway 12, Avon, Hatteras Island, NC 27915 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner SGD 8 - SGD 31 +1 252-995-3800
Excellent
61%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 275 reviews

Pangea Tavern

Your Island Tavern. Pangea is an eclectic beachside family tavern that is a part of Koru Village's Oceanfront Resort, and has something for everyone. Our goal is to fuse the finest fresh ingredients to create international as well as Island favorites. We celebrate the diversity of the Island and its residents and visitors with a melting pot atmosphere. We understand how essential great food prepared in an artful manner is, but it is also critical that it is served with a genuine smile that comes from the hearts of those who love this magical island. From our signature Fish and Chips, Shrimp and Grits, Seared Tuna, local North Carolina BBQ, to Veggie and Gluten Free options such as our Coconut Curry and Garden Burger. Along with our incredible food comes a full service bar featuring 15 North Carolina Craft Beers on tap and a dog friendly outdoor beer garden! Stay tuned to KoruVillage.com for all of our special events. Come visit your favorite island tavern and Avon's best restaurant.

Reviewed By eastnczoobie - eastern nc

Thoroughly enjoyed this place. For vegetarians, finding a good place to eat at the beach can be challenging. From the fried pickles and beet salad appetizers to the mushroom ravioli and curry dish entrees, everything was delicious. Also loved all the N.C. beers available.Thank you for the detailed review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed the some vegetarian options that Pangea Tavern has to offer as well as our local craft brews. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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