Where to Eat in Kitty Hawk: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Concepcion Newsome

On the Outer Banks of North Carolina and part of a string of barrier islands, Kitty Hawk is steeped in history and known for its natural beauty. In each island town, travelers will find fine art, dining and history coupled with great beaches and adventure. Water hideaways provide refuge for wildlife. Nature lovers can catch a glimpse of birds in their natural habitats.
Things to do in Kitty Hawk

1. Art's Place

4624 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-4185 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 252-261-3233
Excellent
71%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 519 reviews

Art's Place

Reviewed By pverb - Hillsborough, North Carolina

Just as noted in Our State magazine, the burger and fries were excellent. We were there on a quiet Friday afternoon, a little past the usual lunch hour and the service was great. The "fixin's" for the burger (lettuce, onion, etc) could have used a bit of an upgrade but it was still a delicious burger.

2. Duck Donuts

1190 Duck Rd, Duck, NC 27949-4542 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Late Night SGD 3 - SGD 13 +1 252-480-3304
Excellent
76%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Duck Donuts

Reviewed By Kerry R

Duck Donuts is a chain but it all began in Duck, NC (the shop's namesake). The donuts are hot and made-to-order. you might have a wait but it will be worth it. They have a bunch of toppings to choose from and I've tried most and they are all good.

3. Front Porch Cafe

2200 N Croatan Hwy, Milepost 6, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948-9542 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast SGD 3 - SGD 13 +1 252-449-6616
Excellent
77%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 176 reviews

Front Porch Cafe

3 Locations in the Outer Banks: Kill Devil Hills at MP 6, Nags Head at the Milepost 10.5 Shoppes, and Manteo at the stoplight Highway 64/264 next to RD Sawyer Ford. Open daily year around from 6 AM-6PM. Free wifi with power.

Reviewed By WashCaps - Gaithersburg, Maryland

How is this not establishment special? It served us weak and expensive coffee and there were not many bakery items to choose from. If I'm having coffee from a chain it's going to have to be reliable and consistent. I'll take Starbucks any day!

4. Duck Donuts

5230 N.Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949 Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American Breakfast +1 252-261-3312
Excellent
77%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 670 reviews

Duck Donuts

Reviewed By lindastorknurse - Greenville, North Carolina

Our first visit to a Duck Donuts and lots of fun! You chose your donut (all “rings” and no stuffed), icing or not, toppings, drizzle, etc. then stand in line and watch your order prepared by the lineup of employees behind the counter (think Coldstone-ish). Lots of fun for the kids!

5. Outer Bean Cafe

3701 N Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-9236 Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards American, Cafe, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 3 - SGD 17 +1 252-261-6000
Excellent
87%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 150 reviews

Outer Bean Cafe

Outer Bean is a coffee shop, juice and smoothie bar and cozy café, where you will enjoy a variety of healthy choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Warm and inviting, it’s easy to linger at Outer Bean, surrounded by delicious smells, good music and local art. Don’t worry if you don’t have time to settle in, you can get yours to go. Enjoy the best organic free trade coffee on the Outer Banks. Choose from freshly made healthy juices and delicious green and protein smoothies made any time of day. Savor locally sourced foods, including bagel sandwiches, pastries and breakfast casseroles, artisan-crafted salads, vegetarian delights, panini’s, desserts and much more. Outer Bean offers healthy vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options, and we try our best to stay GMO-free. We choose bulk foods from Whole Foods, feature made-from-scratch sauces and stocks; even the bread is fresh and locally made without preservatives. We also serve beer and wine, with many wine choices under $5 per glass. Outer Bean is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You may eat in or take out. Join us for food that is as good for you as it is delicious!

Reviewed By Patricia B - Yorktown, Virginia

A quaint little coffee shop tucked away in the Dunes Shops mini strip mall, on the main OBX road. Very limited seating inside and a couple seats outside. They offer soups, salads, panini, wraps, sandwiches, breakfast items, smoothies, juices, speciality coffees and ice cream drinks. Rather pricey. A protein smoothie & muffin was $12.00.
Mile Post 4.5

6. OBX Frozen Yogurt

1 Ocean Blvd, Suite 107, Southern Shores, NC 27949-3616 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Digital Payments, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Healthy, American SGD 5 - SGD 10 +1 252-261-2697
Excellent
77%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 42 reviews

OBX Frozen Yogurt

Experience the sweetest frozen dessert bar on the Outer Banks, featuring a creative mix of eight flavors of frozen yogurt, gelato, and non-dairy soft serve flavors as well as 60+ premium toppings. In addition, enjoy eight tasty flavors of Dippin' Dots ice cream, a selection of chef-prepared (egg-free) cookie dough, a variety of New York City cookies and baked goods, milkshakes and floats, Italian ices, sorbet, candy, craft sodas, slushies, coffee, hot chocolate, and more! Dairy free, Vegan, allergen free, and No Sugar Added options available. Eat in or take out at this family-friendly, locally owned and operated business. Offsite catering available for public and private events, both large or intimate. Gift certificates available. Groups and meetings welcome, with free Wi-Fi. Pet friendly with Pup Cups available.

Reviewed By Happ y - North Carolina

Stopped in with kids over Labor Day weekend. We were stuffed from dinner but the different flavor choices made us give it a try anyway. We have a similar froyo type place where we live, but this place had some unusual, interesting flavors and a lot more toppings options. Friendly service from who I assume was maybe the owner. Will return whenever we go back.

7. Steamers

1 Ocean Blvd Ste 115, Southern Shores Crossing Shopping Center, Southern Shores, NC 27949-3616 Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Seafood, Bar, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks SGD 13 - SGD 52 +1 252-261-0224
Excellent
72%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 178 reviews

Steamers

Choose from the highest quality of steamed, grilled, and fresh fried seafood on the Outer Banks, along with signature items like our baby back ribs, vegetarian black bean soup, and New York style cheesecake. Enjoy a seasonal cocktail at the bar, relax in our bright and airy indoor dining areas, or take in gorgeous ocean views from our outdoor deck.

Reviewed By misterajs - Duck, North Carolina

We went to Steamers with a large group of friends after an evening Christmas event. We were greeted in a warm and friendly manner and seated promptly upstairs. The service was excellent, especially considering our group size. Everything served timely and hot. Black bean soup, bisque, excellent. Ribs, fish selections, outstanding. Try the fish tacos with Mahi mahi.
I had the pork chop, local, organic, all natural. It was outstanding.
I would highly recommend this restaurant for lunch, dinner, or apps at the bar, which they offer discounted off season.

8. Coastal Provisions Oyster Bar & Wine Bar Cafe

1 Ocean Blvd, Southern Shores, NC 27949-3616 Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards American, Seafood, Contemporary, Wine Bar, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Drinks SGD 12 - SGD 46 +1 252-480-0023
Excellent
70%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 282 reviews

Coastal Provisions Oyster Bar & Wine Bar Cafe

Gourmet Market turned restaurant featuring fresh local seafood, steaks, crabcakes to die for, creative sandwiches of house roasted meats on fresh baked bread, and one of the best selection of oysters on the East Coast. Outside dinning in season, extensive wine selection and best prices too.

Reviewed By Still-Enjoying-Life - United States

Have enjoyed many wonderful lunches with friends at CP, esp on Wed's when all oysters are 50% off!

This was our first time for dinner, but it will certainly not be our last! What a treat!

Thanks to our server Courtney's expertise, we received a great breakdown of the differences between the various oysters being offered that nite. We ended up getting a half dozen of three different kinds + a dozen more of one of our particular favorites.

We followed these up with two great entrees, a fresh grilled tuna that CP lightly seared to my spouse's special request ... and the scallop pasta entree that included 6 perfectly prepared sea scallops on top of a light, fettucine pasta with a light pesto cream sauce.

We also enjoyed a bottle of a wonderful wine we had had before: Fritz Muller Perlwein Muller-Thurgau Trocken, Rheinhessen, Germany for just $19.

Having had many of CP's great soups, we also took home a quart of the New England Clam Chowder.

A+ AROUND ... once again! We can't wait to return!!

9. Trio Wine, Beer and Cheese

3708 N Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-9208 Takeout, Parking Available, Free Wifi, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards American, Wine Bar, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks SGD 9 - SGD 31 +1 252-261-0277
Excellent
73%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 331 reviews

Trio Wine, Beer and Cheese

TRiO is an exciting retail and tasting destination with both a gourmet retail wine, beer and cheese shop as well as a bistro with a wine bar and tap house.

Reviewed By RaleighP269 - Norfolk, Virginia

So if you want a robust selection of beer, wines from reasonable to "a special anniversay or birthday treat", and a wonderful collection of cheeses, you should stop as well. There is a wine, beer, sandwich bar to fuel your trip to your beach, family home, or for the next leg of a longer trip. We heartily recommend Trio where you can find everything you need for a good time!

10. High Cotton NC BBQ

5230 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-5934 Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 9 - SGD 24 +1 252-255-2275
Excellent
72%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

High Cotton NC BBQ

Authentic. Simple. Delicious. High Cotton Barbeque has been well-known on the Outer Banks for over 10 years for their Eastern North Carolina Style Barbeque, Famous Fried or Slow Smoked Juicy Chicken, Melt in Your Mouth Ribs and Texas-style Beef Brisket. As Tarheel natives we want to share the flavors and aromas unique to Eastern North Carolina Barbeque. Consistent temperatures and long hours of smoking with hickory coals produce the characteristic pink coloring and sweet outside brown meat of our famous pork barbeque. Combined with our traditional side dishes and a glass of sweet tea and you're in High Cotton, Outer Banks Barbeque at its very best.

Reviewed By 325binbin - Wilmington, Delaware

My Family and I have been coming to High Cotton for 10 years! Every time we go in the owner remembers us. The food is delicious and reasonably priced. There is an option for every member of your party — from salads to classic Carolina BBQ. The service is very friendly and quick. Even is there is a wait, don’t hesitate because it moves quickly and the food is worth it. Can’t wait to go back again!

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