Upscale Casual Dining 2017

 In Food & Dining, Upscale Dining

You’ll find that the Outer Banks is home to a variety of internationally recognized eateries that offer innovative, delicious fare. Featuring everything from the freshest North Carolina seafood and locally sourced veggies to prime cuts of Angus beef and classic Southern cuisine, there’s something to please every palate.

Owens Upscale Restaurant

Owens’ Restaurant
Celebrating their 71st season, the Owens’ family invites you to come visit them for some of the best Southern coastal cuisine the Outer Banks has to offer. Clara Owens’ crab cakes have been on the menu since 1946, and the recipe has remained unchanged ever since. Owens’ offers innovative, trendsetting menu items too, but maintaining the consistency and integrity of the food they serve is always of the utmost importance. Everything that can be sourced locally is done so, and the food is prepared simply and respectfully – something that can be felt with every bite. Whether you’re in the mood for the catch of the day or a prime cut of beef, Owens’ welcomes you to their table. 

Sanya Sushi Bistro
Dine in style as you indulge in the flavors of authentic Chinese, Japanese, or Thai food at Sanya Sushi Bar. With a complete sushi bar with all your favorite rolls, as well as the popular sushi happy hour, Sanya offers something for everyone in an upscale, classy atmosphere. Guests love the large variety of superior quality sushi at Sanya, from chef specialty rolls to sushi entrees. Sanya also offers delicious hibachi vegetables for vegetarians, along with a menu full of Asian favorites. Amazing appetizers, great specialty drinks, fresh beautiful sushi, mouthwatering entrees and delicious desserts combined with friendly service makes Sanya Sushi Bar the perfect place to dine out on your Outer Banks vacation.

Red Sky Café
If your group is looking for a place where the food is upscale but the atmosphere is still casual, Red Sky Café is a sure bet. Red Sky promises their diners cutting-edge coastal cuisine that comes straight from the boat docks of Wanchese and the fields of Currituck. “Our strength has less to do with a fancy chair you may be sitting in and more to do with what’s on your table,” says longtime Outer Banks chef and owner of Red Sky, Wes Stepp. Experience the down-home atmosphere of rustic, southern charm for either lunch or dinner menus. The kitchen is as exciting to sample from as it is entertaining to watch in their newly-renovated dining room.

Captain Georges Upscale DiningCaptain George’s Seafood Restaurant
Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant offers guests the ultimate seafood dining experience! You will be amazed by the unsurpassed quality of the cuisine, seasoned professional staff, and welcoming upscale atmosphere. Food is prepared fresh daily on premises, everything from the homemade salads and dressings to the secret seafood casserole recipes, freshly baked desserts, and authentic Greek pastries. Captain George’s has something to please every palate as their all-you-can-eat seafood buffet features more than 70 items including Alaskan snow crab legs, steamed shrimp, and Oysters Rockefeller. The Captain George’s family has been in business for more than 35 years. Come and enjoy the World Famous Captain George’s Seafood Buffet. Your ultimate seafood dining experience awaits.

Kimball’s Kitchen
Located on the soundside of the Sanderling Resort, Kimball’s Kitchen offers glorious views of the Currituck Sound, inspiring sunsets, outstanding service, and a world-class menu. Spotlighting freshly caught local seafood, certified Angus beef, handmade pasta, and an extensive raw bar selection featuring numerous varieties of local oysters, Kimball’s Kitchen creates a great dining experience with an upscale, coastally casual environment. Their menu is accompanied by a world class Wine Spectator award winning wine list and an array of hand-crafted cocktails. While a children’s menu is not available, children may dine off the dining room menu for half-size entrée portions. Kimball’s offers everything that is special about both the Sanderling and the Outer Banks.

Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern
A local’s favorite for a reason. For 31 years, Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern has been providing coastal hospitality with fine dining in the main dining room and upscale bar food and craft cocktails in the tavern. With classic dishes prepared to perfection, such as Filet Oscar, Oysters Rockefeller, and Seafood Bouillabaise, there’s something for everyone in your party. And everything is served with their signature sweet potato biscuits. Be sure to save room for a decadent dessert prepared by their pastry chef. Guests can also enjoy entertainment almost every night and Kelly’s unique building is well worth exploring, with every wall adorned with North Carolina artifacts and local art. Fine dining, combined with a delicious, varied menu and friendly service, it’s no surprise Kelly’s has become an Outer Banks fixture for more than three decades.

Grandstaff and Stein Book Sellers
Grandstaff and Stein Book Sellers is the Outer Banks’ first Speakeasy, featuring handcrafted cocktails and fine dining in an atmosphere that encourages guests to stay awhile and enjoy a curated dining experience. Join in the fun of whispering the name when entering through the “bookstore”, then step back in time where the music and ambiance welcome you into a romantic, cozy space that beckons back to the roaring twenties. Relax and enjoy one of their unique signature cocktails, or share a bottle of wine and hors d’oeuvres with friends. With a seasonal menu of the finest meats, fish, and poultry as well as vegetarian and gluten free selections, careful attention is paid to each dish. Reservations recommended.

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