seafood restaurants in Nags Head

Seafood Restaurants & More

Treat yourself to the taste of true Outer Banks cuisine by dining at one of Nags Head’s many established and beloved restaurants. Delicious, authentic coastal cuisine is what Nags Head Seafood restaurants do best – many are family-friendly restaurants with water views that just can’t be matched.

The restaurants that dot this beautiful landscape offer guests the most delectable dishes on the beach, infused with both local and international flavor, the freshest seafood restaurants featuring fish caught right off the coast and dozens of menu items considered favorites among the locals.

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Nags Head Restaurants – Waterfront Restaurants

Nags Head’s many restaurants on the water offer unbeatable soundside dining with breathtaking views of the Roanoke Sound and marshes. Dolphins, osprey, and otters all call the west side of Nags Head home, so you’re bound to spot some local wildlife while dining at one of these favorite kid-friendly waterfront restaurants.

If you’d prefer to take in the vistas over the Atlantic Ocean, Nags Head boasts some of the best piers on the East Coast and many offer popular family-friendly restaurants as well as waterfront bar service. So whether you are looking for local seafood served Nags Head style or just want to enjoy a refreshing drink ocean side, Nags Head’s restaurants on the water offer something for everyone.

Nags Head has some of the best restaurants you can experience on the Outer Banks. Whether you’re looking for history, pristine views, family-friendly fun, or a combination of all that, you’re sure to find it at restaurants in Nags Head!



Sugar Creek Seafood Restaurant

Sugar Creek Restaurant is famous for local shrimp and a menu that delivers everything from incredible prime rib to native crab cakes to Outer Banks’ best seafood. Not many Nags Head restaurants actually sit out, over the water… so you can watch all the activity above and below the water line. Then turn your eye to watch the sun set over the Sound. Soundfront walkways, gazebo & pier offer great views of waterfowl & wildlife.

7340 S Virginia Dare Trail
Nags Head, NC


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Basnight’s Lone Cedar Cafe

For generations, Outer Banks families made their livings and their daily meals from the bounty of local waters, caught fresh every day. The Basnight family continues this tradition by serving only the freshest Outer Banks seafood. Caught in local waters and brought to our docks daily by local fishermen, then cleaned and prepared right here at the Lone Cedar Café.

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Dirty Dicks Crab House

Fresh, local seafood with a New Orleans accent in our Nags Head Restaurant. The menu includes such Cajun hits as chicken etoufee, shrimp, oyster or pork chop po’ boy, Creole stuffed crabs, Louisiana crawfish, shrimp Creole over cheese grits, and for the brave, delicacies like fried frog legs and fried gator tail.

Duck Donuts

You can not get a fresher donut anywhere. 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, and you have the option of each one being dipped in vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, lemon, peanut butter or maple glaze then sprinkled with your favorite toppings.

Fish Heads

Fishheads Bar & Grill

Located on the Outer Banks Fishing Pier in South Nags Head, there’s no better place to enjoy oceanfront dining while listening to the best musicians on the beach. Locals love Fish Heads Bar and Grill for their happy hour specials, nightly live music and wide selection of beers on tap!

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Freshfit Cafe

The Outer Banks newest health-oriented cafe and juice bar located in Nags Head, NC. We are nutrition-oriented and health-focused and want to help you eat better, increase energy, and reduce stress, serving breakfast and lunch daily.

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Kelly’s Catering

For over 30 years Kelly’s has been a leader in Nags Head cuisine. We have served and entertained neighbors and guests, 3 million and counting. The Outer Banks, its heritage, and our local waters are important to us. We feature local seafood, Outer Banks Catch, and coastal cuisine. We are also proud of our Irish heritage which underlies our spirit and hospitality.


Lucky 12 Tavern

Lucky 12 is located on mile post 11 1/2 on the beach road in Nags Head. Opening daily at 11:30 AM and serving both lunch and dinner. Lucky 12 offers fun, affordable dining featuring local seafood, salads, burgers, kids menu, amazing chicken wings, boardwalk fries and our New York Style Pizza. Night owls take note: our pizza is served until 2 AM!

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Miller’s Waterfront Restaurant

Truly an Outer Banks family tradition, Miller’s Waterfront Restaurant has been owned & operated by the Miller family since 1982. Overlooking the Roanoke Sound in Nags Head, you can now enjoy your meal with a view from the new Waterfront Sunset Bar & Grill located upstairs where you will have a front row seat to kite-boarders, windsurfers and the most beautiful sunsets on the island.


Mulligan’s Raw Bar & Grille

Voted 2015 “Best on the Beach” for their Oyster Bar, Deck Dining and Burgers, Mulligan’s Raw Bar & Grille has something for everyone! While enjoying their three levels of decks with great views of the ocean and Jockey’s Ridge, have a juicy burger, some oysters from the raw bar, steamed shrimp or try their fresh local seafood favorites cooked just about any way you want!

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Nags Head Pier House Restaurant

We’re ready and waiting for you long before the sun comes up. Set your alarm and come watch the sunrise over a scrumptious homestyle breakfast. Visit our restaurant any time of the day and enjoy selections from our delicious menu. Our menu includes quality Carolina Seafood. Or, if you prefer, let us cook up your catch just the way you like it.

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Owens’ Restaurant

Since 1946, four generations of locals and visitors have experienced the famous food and hospitality of Owens’ Restaurant. The restaurant is legendary amongst Nags Head restaurants. They are known for serving the rich cuisine of the Coastal South, and influenced by the provocative culinary flavors of today. Menu highlights are fresh off the boat – seafood and shellfish, Whole Maine lobster, tender aged Angus beef, ribs, pasta, and outrageous homemade desserts. Come enjoy the cuisine of the coastal south at the flagship of Nags Head seafood and all Outer Banks Restaurants.

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Pamlico Jack’s

Pamlico Jack’s Soundfront Restaurant is a Nags Head restaurant that combines the natural beauty and local history of the Outer Banks with delicious island cuisine for a delightfully fun pirate-themed experience. We serve fresh Gulf Stream seafood, certified Angus beef, tasty homemade pasta selections in generous portions, and delectably decadent desserts. Our outdoor Rum Jumpers bar is an authentically replicated pirate ship, complete with sails and rigging, which leads you onto our large open-air soundfront deck with spectacular sunset views and live entertainment nightly in season.


Red Drum Tap House

Red Drum is a one of many established seafood restaurants in nags head. We have had the pleasure of serving fresh, hearty cuisine on the Outer Banks for over 10 years. With 18 micro and domestic beers on tap, we provide only the freshest local seafood, steaks, ribs, and much more in a family-friendly environment.

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Sam & Omie’s

Sam & Omies is a favor amongst Nags Head Restaurants for the locals’ and visitors’.  From the menu to the beverage selection and the staff, you’ll feel right at home. Southern style breakfast, lunch and dinner with a heritage of feeding hungry fishermen and local families since 1937. Saturday mornings feature delicious ‘fish cakes’, and Sunday is great for brunch and hearty ‘no-filler’ crab cakes. ‘Catch-of-the-day’ sandwiches, tacos and plates simply offer the best of Nags Head seafood at reasonable prices.


Sooey’s BBQ

For the finest Carolina BBQ and some of the best bone suckin’ ribs on the beach, you’ve found the right place! We’re known far and wide for having the best BBQ around, and we take pride in our reputation. So if you want to know what Southern food is all about, come on down to Sooey’s at one of our many locations: Corolla, Duck, Nags Head, and Frisco!

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Sugar Shack Seafood Market

Try The Sugar Shack Fresh Seafood Market for sandwiches, baskets and steamed buckets to go. Eat in or take home, fixed your way… fresh, steamed or fried, prepared to order. Seafood sandwiches, boats, fresh-fried “Shack Chips”, seafood by the pound, custom-built steamer buckets and more.

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Taiko Japanese Restaurant

Taiko has been in Outer Banks since 2000. We serve the area’s finest and freshest sushi assortment in our casual, family friendly atmosphere. Offering wide variety of authentic Japanese cuisine such as udon, yakisoba, katsu, shrimp tempera, teriyaki entrees, and much more. Try our exciting selection of starters and desserts. Children’s menu available. Large parties welcome.

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Tortugas’ Lie

Nestled among the dunes of the Outer Banks town of Nags Head, you’ll find a delicious slice of the Caribbean known as Tortuga’s Lie. Founded in 1989, Tortugas’ is a staple when it comes to Nags Head restaurants. Tortugas’ is home to some of the beach’s finest fare, from mouthwatering appetizers to dinners and desserts so delicious you can’t help but come back again and again.

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Yellow Submarine Pizza & Subs

Serving the Outer Banks since 1976. Delicious hand-tossed pizza baked in a real stone oven! Menu features gourmet pizzas, authentic philly cheesesteaks, oven-baked subs, fresh salads, chicken wings and kids’ menu. Beer on tap, foosball, video games and souvenirs for everyone. Carryout and free delivery. Deliciously casual Nags Head dining option.

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