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

April 14, 2018 Alice Mieles

Hatteras is an unincorporated village and census-designated place (CDP) in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, on the Outer Banks island of Hatteras, at its extreme southwestern tip. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 504. Immediately to the west of the village of Hatteras is Hatteras Inlet which separates Hatteras Island from the neighboring Ocracoke Island. North Carolina Highway 12 passes through the community linking it to Frisco to the east and Ocracoke to the west (via a ferry across Hatteras Inlet).
Things to do in Hatteras

1. Dancing Turtle

58079 NC Highway 12, Hatteras Village, Hatteras Island, NC 27943 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Cafe Breakfast +1 252-986-4004
Excellent
78%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 161 reviews

Dancing Turtle

Reviewed By Kudu40 - Jessup, Pennsylvania

I stopped here recently and was greeted warmly by their staff. They were very good at explaining their drink selection and the drink I ordered was very tasty. I also ordered a blueberry muffin. It was disappointed with the muffin. The top was leathery and the whole thing wasn't very tasty. They had other treats that I would like to try on my next visit

2. 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.

3. Scratchmade Snackery

57544 NC Highway 12, Hatteras, Hatteras Island, NC 27943 Takeout, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Brunch SGD 4 - SGD 9 +1 252-986-0048
Excellent
83%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 58 reviews

Scratchmade Snackery

Closed for the season; see you in 2018!<br><br>The Scratchmade Snackery is Hatteras Village&apos;s sweetest attraction. The only bakery in Hatteras Village. Our products are all Scratchmade on-site daily. Always baked, never fried! A very wide variety to choose from as well: muffins, scones, cinnamon rolls, coffee cakes, danish, croissant, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, cheesecake and pie bars, and breads! And yes, we do make birthday cakes (please, at least one day&apos;s advance notice for cakes). There is something for everyone at the Scratchmade Snackery.

Reviewed By Newsbyscott - arizona

Stopped by this owner run bakery for a snack to take on the ferry. We love supporting local businesses especially when traveling. Plenty of sugary options to choose from— we picked a cinnamon roll, blueberry muffin and a pain de chocolat... all were great.. My husband said the pain de chocolat was better than those in France!( probably because we use sweeter chocolate in the US). Roughly $3 for a local handmade treat and worth every sinful calorie....

4. Happy Belly Ice Cream

57204 Nc Highway 12, Hatteras Island, NC 27943 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American +1 252-986-0018
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 98 reviews

Happy Belly Ice Cream

Reviewed By Mary Kay D - Centreville, Virginia

We stop here every year multiple times. The selection of ice cream, smoothies sundaes and candies is amazing. What I can't get over is the absolute inexpensive price tag. For a loaded banana split, a small moose tracks cone, and a pint of mint chocolate chip, the total was 12 bucks. Try that at any Baskin-Robbins!

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. Gingerbread House Bakery & Pizza

52715 Hwy 12, Frisco, Hatteras Island, NC 27936 (Formerly Gingerbread House) Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Pizza SGD 7 - SGD 33 +1 252-995-5204
Excellent
57%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 203 reviews

Gingerbread House Bakery & Pizza

Reviewed By Cheryl H - Chester, Virginia

This was our first time ordering pizza and WOW, it was really GOOD! It was a large size and not skimpy on toppings! Definitely recommend dining or take out. Sadly, they are no longer open in the mornings for breakfast as the owners are slowing down. So plan on dinners only.

7. 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.

8. Harbor Deli

58058 Hwy 12, Hatteras, Hatteras Island, NC 27943 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Delicatessen Lunch, Breakfast SGD 10 +1 252-986-2500
Excellent
66%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 89 reviews

Harbor Deli

Reviewed By GrandmomDB - Stafford, Virginia

We took our 3 grandsons to lunch after Fishing with the Rangers at Frisco Beach. The Harbor Deli sandwiches were so delicious!! I had the Reuben of which I was glad I couldn't finish it all and got to take some home to enjoy later. Dennis and the boys had the Famous Shrimp Burger which they all enjoyed!! We were also pleasantly surprised that they were pet friendly since we had our dog with us.

9. Teach's Lair

58646 North Carolina 12, Hatteras Island, NC
Excellent
50%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 8 reviews

Reviewed By Michael S - Manistee, Michigan

My wife and I stopped in for breakfast at Teach's Lair this July. They had only a breakfast buffet which was tremendously overpriced at $10.00 per head, which did not include drinks. The pickings were slim with a couple of cold pancakes, some dried up scrambled eggs, a bit of bacon and no bread for toast. Would we go to Teach's Lair again for breakfast? No, but I did like the nice lady who filled our glasses with $3.00 orange juice.

10. Kat's Deli

56910 Nc 12, Hatteras, Hatteras Island, NC 27943 Wheelchair Accessible Soups Lunch +1 252-986-2000
Excellent
82%
Good
6%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 16 reviews

Reviewed By Robert L K

There are some flies in the dining area. It seems like more could be done about that. But that did not prevent us from returning several times for the food and very friendly service.

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