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 Logo

Not many restaurants actually sit out over the water, so relax and watch all the activity above and below the waterline. Made famous for local shrimp and a menu that serves everything from incredible prime rib to native crab cakes and the Outer Banks’ best seafood.


7340 S. Virginia Dare Trail
Nags Head, NC ‎


Outer Banks Basnights Lone Cedar Cafe

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.

Outer Banks Dirty Dicks seafood

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.

Outer Banks Duck Donuts

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.

Outer banks Fish Heads bar

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!

outer banks fresh fit cafe

 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.

outer banks millers waterfront

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.

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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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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.


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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