Where to Eat in Ocean Isle Beach: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Diedre Savory

Ocean Isle Beach (also simply Ocean Isle) is a small seaside town located in Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 550 at the 2010 census. It was incorporated as a town in 1959, and is part of the Myrtle Beach metropolitan area.
Things to do in Ocean Isle Beach

1. Sunset Slush of Ocean Isle Beach - Classic Italian Ice

1 W First St, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469 Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, American, Gluten Free Options SGD 4 - SGD 10 +1 910-619-7724
Excellent
88%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 297 reviews

Sunset Slush of Ocean Isle Beach - Classic Italian Ice

The finest and most flavorful Italian Ice arrived via Sunset Slush - Classic Italian Ice® in Brunswick County, North Carolina in January 2003. Sunset Slush® is known for its unique flavor and texture; there is nothing quite like it - it has been called "designer ice." It is smooth, nutritious, thirst-quenching, dairy-free, low in calories, cholesterol free, gluten free and refreshing.Italian Ice has become one of the fastest growing and most popular segments of the frozen dessert market. The uniqueness of our Super Premium Italian Ice and our passion for the business will make your trip to one of our stores, the beach pushcarts or event pushcarts the most enjoyable Italian Ice experience ever.Sunset Slush - Classic Italian Ice® offers 50 flavors (including our creative flavor combinations) in our stores and our Italian Ice is available in cups, pints, quarts, 1 gallon buckets and 2.5 gallon buckets. We also offer Gelatis at our stores - any flavor of Italian Ice mixed with vanilla bean or chocolate ice cream. Sunset Slush® is also available for your special event. However you choose to enjoy Sunset Slush - Classic Italian Ice®, we strive to make it an experience to remember.

Reviewed By Kari W - Mansfield, Texas

We love sunset slush. So many great flavors to choose from and you can get it with or without ice cream. Great beach treat!

2. Causeway Gourmet

100 Causeway Dr Ste 7, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469-7564 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi American, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 910-575-1084
Excellent
73%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 426 reviews

Causeway Gourmet

Reviewed By Ruth S - Davidson, North Carolina, United States

I admit my expectations were not high for this little storefront restaurant. But after two fine experiences, I highly recommend it. Our most recent meal was takeout sandwiches and desserts. Portions are generous, and one sandwich is plenty for two with normal appetites to share. The Tom Turkey got rave reviews, as did the club wrap. The potato salad was exceptional — likely better than any you remember. And coconut cream pie, lemon bar and Key Lime pie were off the charts good. Try it — dine in or carry out!

3. Drift

20 E Second St, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469-7614 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Seating Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch SGD 16 +1 910-579-3664
Excellent
69%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 124 reviews

Drift

Established in 2014 to bring quality coffee, small kitchen meals, real fruit smoothies, organic baked goods completed by people with a passion for serving.

Reviewed By kwinty - Lumberton, North Carolina

Nice place for a coffee break. Smoothies are also good. Prices are a little pricey, considering it's not Starbucks and the only coffee shop without going over the bridge it's still well worth the price!

4. La Cucina Italian Grill

1780 Chandlers Ln, Sunset Beach, NC 28468-4366 Outdoor Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 17 - SGD 31 +1 910-579-9777
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 353 reviews

La Cucina Italian Grill

Reviewed By marian g - Calabash, North Carolina

This quiet little restaurant was the perfect setting for a family New Years celebration.
The service was exceptional.
The food DELICIOUS! and plentiful.
Everyone in our party felt satisfied and eager to return for another wonderful meal
(Even the vegetarian in our group found appetizers and entrees to their liking)
This will definitely be a frequented haunt for this local!

5. Angelo's Brick Oven Pizza and Bistro

110 Shallotte Crossing Pkwy, Shallotte, NC 28470-8119 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +1 910-754-2334
Excellent
63%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 312 reviews

Angelo's Brick Oven Pizza and Bistro

Reviewed By markfarner58 - Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina

For and service are very good, but to me, I think they are pretty pricey. Menu includes pastas, pizzas and calzones.

6. Sugar Confections Bakery

4830 Main St, Suite 3, Shallotte, NC 28470-1863 Takeout, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American SGD 7 +1 910-754-3838
Excellent
91%
Good
5%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 72 reviews

Sugar Confections Bakery

Sugar Confections is Brunswick County's hometown Bakery and Sweet Shoppe! Come experience our family atmosphere and large selection of homemade baked goodies! We provide breakfast items such as pastries, muffins and true NY style coffee cakes as well as cupcakes, cookies and many petite sized desserts! Closed annually the 2nd week in July as well as December 23rd through January. (Watch our fb page and website for January opening information)

Reviewed By newharley35 - Shallotte, North Carolina

Well I have been to this bakery in Shallotte twice now and I have to tell you I can't stop getting the same thing for my family for dessert. Their tre leche cake is delicious!!! Everyone loves it when I bring it home. I haven't tried anything else there. I do not know what the average prices are for cakes these days from a bakery because I rarely buy them, but their cakes are around $25.00 each. The tre leche cake is only around $8.00 including tax, that's another reason love it!

7. Sugar Shack

1609 Hale Beach Rd SW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469-4751 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Caribbean, Jamaican, Gluten Free Options Dinner +1 910-579-3844
Excellent
65%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 505 reviews

Sugar Shack

Reviewed By Jon w

Highly recommend this restaurant!!! Absolutely the best ribs and wings around!!!! If your staying in OIB or near by make the trip!! Both are Fall off the bone greatness!! First time ever eating wings with a fork! Service is great and the food comes out very quick!!! A must when vacationing or traveling in the area!!

8. The Purple Onion Cafe

4647 Main St, Suite 1, Shallotte, NC 28470-1905 Delivery, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Seating American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 4 - SGD 16 +1 910-755-6071
Excellent
64%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 439 reviews

The Purple Onion Cafe

The Purple Onion Cafe opened on Main Street in Shallotte in 2004. Since then they have become a community favorite serving locals & visitors breakfast and lunch with a delicious menu of pastries, traditional breakfast items, burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts.

Reviewed By Travel2livewell - Bolivia, North Carolina

I live in the area and visit this restaurant often for breakfast and lunch. It is usually better than average quality of food. However the restaurant could use a good cleaning and some refreshing. I was recently disappointed to be served shredded iceberg lettuce on a Cesar salad. I was told they had recently changed the lettuce and given about $2 off my lunch without much concern about my dissatisfaction.

9. Ocean Isle Creamery

8 Causeway Dr, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469-7504 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American +1 910-579-5300
Excellent
43%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 271 reviews

Ocean Isle Creamery

Reviewed By sherrysP17QN - Columbus, United States

Always stop by the Creamery every time in Ocean Isle Beach. Since the ice cream is made on the premises, the flavors change somewhat -although they always have the popular flavors like chocolate, butter pecan, etc. Just good ice cream. (They even have soft serve but I suggest the homemade ice cream).

10. The Filling Station

209 Village Rd SW, Shallotte, NC 28470-4441 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe Breakfast +1 910-754-7474
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 57 reviews

The Filling Station

Reviewed By Sunsetbum

This was my second visit to the filling station. I picked up a variety in order for us to sample the different flavors. I thought they were all delicious. While I have already developed some favorites ( pb&j and Reese's) the others disappeared just as quickly. They seem to sell out quickly so there is benefit to getting there early. While the overall experiences have been good, I wish the staff was a bit more friendly and welcoming. Also, I didn't know at the time they have more in the back so not necessarily just what is in the glass case.

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