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Seafood Restaurants & Family Restaurants


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Kitty Hawk, NC is the first beach town that greets you with a variety of Outer Banks restaurants. Long established and well known, the restaurants in Kitty Hawk have been serving visitors and locals for many years. Whether it be seafood restaurants or casual family-friendly restaurants, Kitty Hawk Restaurants have you covered! The Outer Banks Restaurant Guide answers the question of “where to eat in Kitty Hawk”.

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Many of Kitty Hawk’s residents live on the Outer Banks year-round. Therefore, most Kitty Hawk restaurants you encounter are places where the locals go. There’s no substituting for fresh seafood – can’t trick a local with frozen shrimp! Furthermore, when it comes to Kitty Hawk dining, there are a number of great little places to grab a quick sandwich on your way to the beach. Not to mention, the excellent breakfast spots as well (pancakes, anyone?).

Also, many Kitty Hawk restaurants are happy to pack your meal up to go if you’d like to enjoy it from the comfort of your rental home or at a picnic on the beach. All in all, for a fun, casual, authentic Outer Banks experience, Kitty Hawk is the place to eat!


Argyles OBX


Our owner & chef have been preparing the menu since 1989. Because of this, you can experience Farm to table goodness, featuring local seafood & free range wild game. As well as, fresh pasta, grass fed steaks, free range chicken, gluten free menu, & our bakery desserts.

Kitty Hawk Restaurants - Barefoot Bernies

Barefoot Bernie’s

Specializing in exquisite and refreshing island cuisine in a classy yet casual tropical ambiance, Barefoot Bernie’s Tropical Grill & Bar has become a true destination on the Kitty Hawk restaurants circuit. The diverse menu blends together cuisines as varied as Asian and Caribbean, Mediterranean and down-home American with ease, using fresh ingredients with a unique touch. All in all, the amount of options and variation ensures every member of your family will leave satisfied.


Black Pelican

The Black Pelican offers panoramic ocean views from our dining rooms and outside deck. Serves lunch and dinner daily. Fresh seafood, steaks, vegetarian dishes, sandwiches and wood oven pizzas are some of the items offered on our menu. The Black Pelican also has a menu designed just for kids. Furthermore, you can walk through maritime history while savoring an unforgettable meal as our unique building was constructed in 1874 and was a United States Lifesaving Station. We have comfortable dining rooms that will accommodate dinner for two or 22. Particularly, lunch and dinner can be served at our full service bar, along with some local color.

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Duck Donuts

You can not get a fresher donut anywhere. In fact, you’ll make a beeline for Duck Donuts where you will find warm, delicious and made-to-order doughnuts. Duck Donuts makes its doughnuts fresh on site. Most importantly, you have the option of customizing each one –  being dipped in vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, lemon, peanut butter or maple glaze then sprinkled with your favorite toppings.

Kitty Hawk Restaurants - High Cotton

High Cotton BBQ

Any trip to North Carolina isn’t complete without North Carolina barbecue. Specifically speaking, the unique flavor of eastern Carolina style barbecue can be experienced at its very best at High Cotton. The restaurant is filled with the aroma of slow cooked barbecue. As a result, you’ll work up an appetite as soon as you walk in. High Cotton uses Hickory coals to slowly smoke the barbecue, producing a sweet, tender meat that’s pink on the inside and brown on the outside.

Kitty Hawk Restaurants - I Got Your Crabs

I Got Your Crabs

I Got Your Crabs Shellfish Market and Oyster Bar is a locally owned and operated restaurant in Kitty Hawk, NC. When it comes to seafood restaurants, don’t miss this hot spot. While blue crabs will always be our focus, we’re proud to serve a variety of seafood. For example, delicious oysters, shrimp, crab legs, soft crabs, and fish for dine in or take out. And of course, enjoy cold beer or wine while we shuck for you. Crabs are available in dozens, half bushels, and bushels in season. Similarly, oysters are available in dozens, pecks, half bushels, and bushels in season.

Kitty Hawk Restaurants - Jimmy's Seafood Buffet

Jimmy’s Seafood Buffet

Size does matter, featuring the largest crab legs and shrimp on any buffet! 100-item menu includes all of your favorites. Hence, Jimmy’s is the ultimate of seafood restaurants. For instance, experience fresh local seafood, crab legs, hand-cut steaks cooked to order. Coupled with 90 frozen drinks for adults and kids. Carryout available with curbside pickup or delivery. In the meantime, enjoy Pony rides, putt-putt, and live music! Waiting is half the fun! Free lobster tail ’til 4pm. nightly, as well. Jumbo Alaskan crab legs and jumbo shrimp on buffet everyday! Lobster claws on buffet until 4pm. Not to mention, homemade dishes, desserts, and so much more.

Kitty Hawk Restaurants - Rundown Cafe

Rundown Cafe

White sand beaches, colorful fish, a good swell and a Guinness. ‘Rundown’ is the name of a Jamaican Seafood & Coconut Soup. We imported the name and the soup to the Outer Banks. Over the years we have travelled the world to gather recipes and ideas. As a result, experience a seafood restaurant with an eclectic fusion of Pacific Rim and Caribbean cuisine & Decor. With our ocean view, friendly smiles, and relaxed-casual atmosphere, the Rundown Cafe & Tsunami Bar brings the Island experience to you.

SandTrap Tavern

SandTrap Tavern

The first of its kind on the OBX, Sandtrap Tavern’s menu offers local, homegrown specialties prepared in our from-scratch kitchen all within a relaxing tavern-style motif. Because of this, your taste buds must decide between hand-crafted burgers and sandwiches to slow-smoked delicious creations. Conversely, to a delectably lighter menu featuring fresh salads with local ingredients.

Kitty Hawk Restaurants - Sanya Sushi Bar

Sanya Sushi Bar

Sanya has a complete sushi bar, with all your favorite rolls. Specifically, from delicious Lobster Roll to the Kitty Hawk Roll, there is something for everyone! More specifically, Sanya serves fresh and delicious sashimi. Tuna, Yellowtail to the more exotic Sea Urchin. Furthermore, Sanya offers an exclusive hibachi grill to the Kitty Hawk dining lineup. Hibachi Shrimp, Chicken, and even Filet Mignon. Hibachi Vegetables for the vegetarian!


Shipwrecks Taphouse & Grill

One of a kind! Among the selection of seafood restaurants, their menu of local fare will have your mouth watering! If you’re ready for a fun atmosphere, Shipwrecks has all aspects you can hope for. From a laid back brunch scene to a local musician spot! Above all, anytime is a good time to check it out!

Shun Xing

Shun Xing

Serving the Outer Banks for 20 years, we love and appreciate every and all of our delightful customers. In addition to Chinese cuisine, Shun Xing offers Szechuan, Hunan and Cantonese Style dishes. Sink your teeth into tasty dishes with chicken, pork, beef and seafood.


Southern Shores Pizza

The people behind Corolla Pizza have brought their New York style hand tossed pies and authentic cheese steaks to Southern Shores! Consequently, the beaches south of Corolla are glad that they did. Located conveniently in the Southern Shores Crossing shopping center, Southern Shores Pizza has become a great spot amongst all Kitty Hawk restaurants for lunch, dinner or takeout.

taco loco


Get Loco! Tacoloco is a delicious take on anything taco. Stop in and give your taste buds a ride. You can’t go wrong going for tacos, or going loco!

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TRiO Restaurant & Market

Welcome to TRiO where we’re all about simple pleasures, authentic flavors, and good times. In short, we’ve crafted our menu to enhance the natural goodness of exceptional ingredients through simple preparations. Another key point, our modern and clean atmosphere to make for an exquisite Kitty Hawk dining experience.

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