Duck Restaurants

Outer Banks / Duck

Best Places to Eat in Duck

Don’t let the quaintness fool you, Duck is overflowing with hidden restaurant gems around every corner. Roadside eateries, happening raw bars, live music, soundside dining rooms and hot sunsets characterize many Duck NC restaurants. As many people do, traveling around Duck on foot or by bicycle is a preferred method of transportation around the tiny town, and the same goes for heading to breakfast, lunch or dinner. No matter which Duck vacation rental you choose for your next Outer Banks vacation, the perfect eatery is just around the corner. So take a look at some of our preferred Duck NC restaurants to make the most out of your culinary experience here on the OBX.

Best Places for Casual Dining

Fishbones Raw Bar & Grille logo

Fishbones Raw Bar & Grille

A kid-friendly, hopping spot for seafood, pub eats & drinks in a casual, tiki-themed environment with TV’s to watch sports and live music on select nights.

Casual Dining
Red Sky Cafe logo

Red Sky Cafe

Memorable meals in a cozy atmosphere right in the heart of Duck Village. Offering lunch, dinner and chefs-on-call catering.

Casual Dining
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Cravings Steak & Seafood

Breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual atmosphere in the heart of Duck Village. Full service restaurant and bar.

Casual Dining
Roadside Bar & Grill logo

Roadside Bar & Grill

Seafood-centric American dining in a quaint renovated house with an upstairs bar & grill. Roadside Bar & Grill also offers live music and a backside bar for an entertaining outdoor experience.

Casual Dining
Sooey’s BBQ & Rib Shack logo

Sooey’s BBQ & Rib Shack

Low-key local chain serving BBQ sandwiches and platters, plus fried chicken and southern sides.

Casual Dining
Sunset Grille & Raw Bar seafood

Sunset Grille & Raw Bar

Caribbean-style seafood in a waterfront setting with an outdoor deck and tiki bars, as well as a raw and sushi bar. Complete with specialty drinks and a full kids menu, Sunset Grille & Raw Bar is the perfect place in Duck to bring the whole family while on your Outer Banks vacation, and offers a spectacular sunset view from the upper, lower, and outside dining areas.

Casual Dining

Best Places for Fine Dining

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Aqua Restaurant & Spa

Aqua Restaurant offers fresh regional cuisine, exquisite wines and casual dining in an elegant waterfront setting on the Outer Banks. Overlooking peaceful waters, Aqua Spa is the oasis of serenity on the Outer Banks with a full menu of spa services that are designed to renew and relax you during treatments using only organic products.

Twiddy Preferred Fine Dining
The Blue Point interior

The Blue Point

Overlooking the Currituck Sound from the Waterfront Shops in Duck, The Blue Point offers a unique spin on your traditional favorites for lunch, dinner and drinks. Call for dinner reservations.

Fine Dining
Eastside Restaurant food

Eastside Restaurant

Located in Duck’s Scarborough Faire Shopping Village, Eastside Restaurant is one of the newest spots in town! Formerly Elizabeth’s Cafe & Winery, Eastside Restaurant is not only an upscale yet comforting restaurant and bar but has quickly become a local favorite.

Fine Dining
Kimball’s Kitchen food

Kimball’s Kitchen

High-end eatery with scenic views and French-inspired New American meals, boasting an extensive wine list.

Fine Dining
The Lifesaving Station food

The Lifesaving Station

An truly unique restaurant, the Lifesaving Station at the Sanderling Resort in Duck is just what it sounds like. It is actually located inside the historic Caffey’s Inlet Life Saving Station No. 5. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, this well-known and locally loved destination is impressive and upscale, while maintaining a southern charm that many vacationers look for in an Outer Banks restaurant. New Southern fare in memorabilia-filled digs in an 1870s rescue station is what you will find here.

Fine Dining
The Paper Canoe food

The Paper Canoe

A wood-fired oven, ale house and wine bar, The Paper Canoe is a delicious gourmet eatery featuring the freshest local ingredients and seafood. From ethnic twists down to eclectic variations on classic southern favorites, the unique food style sets the tone for this fine waterfront dining location in Duck.

Fine Dining
Sanderling Resort food and wine

Sanderling Resort

Experience summer Outer Banks style! Refresh and revitalize at the Spa at Sanderling, enjoy coastal Carolina cuisine at their restaurants and take advantage of a full range of kids and family activities.It's all open to the public!

Twiddy Preferred Fine Dining

Best Places for Deli, Bakery, & Sandwiches

The Sweet Duck desserts

The Sweet Duck

Gelato, chocolates, hot dogs, flatbreads, pastries, wines, gifts and more is what you will find in this little eclectic sweet shop located among the other great Scarborough Lane shoppes.

Deli, Bakery, & Sandwiches
Tullio’s Bakery & Cafe exterior

Tullio’s Bakery & Cafe

Enjoy pastries and donuts fresh out of the oven, as well as other breakfast items, including bagels, croissants and more.

Deli, Bakery, & Sandwiches

Best Places for Coffee, Ice Cream, & More

Donutz On a Stick & Ice Cream donuts

Donutz On a Stick & Ice Cream

Donuts, Ice cream and coffee treats - great for the whole family!

Coffee, Ice Cream, & More
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Duck’s Cottage

Delicious coffee, espresso and specialty coffee drinks, as well as pastries and healthy breakfast and snack options, nestled within a local bookstore featuring well-known works alongside some of our local authors’ works. A great atmosphere for a relaxing morning pick me up or a mid-afternoon pit-stop.

Coffee, Ice Cream, & More
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Duck Donuts

A famous Outer Banks vacation treat! Where the donuts are "warm, delicious & made to order!"

Twiddy Preferred Coffee, Ice Cream, & More
Outer Banks Popcorn Shoppe Duck location

Outer Banks Popcorn Shoppe

Selling over 18 flavors of handmade gourmet popcorn, made in-store daily. Enjoy a munch on the beach or take home the perfect souvenir.

Twiddy Preferred Coffee, Ice Cream, & More
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Sunset Ice Cream

Ice cream, smoothies and coffee with a beautiful view of the sound. The perfect way to end the day: a spectacular sunset and a sweet dessert!

Coffee, Ice Cream, & More

Best Places for Specialty Spirits

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Sweet T’s Coffee Beer & Wine

A unique find serving up specialty coffees, teas and breakfast fare, but known locally for their great selection of craft beers and wine, located in a tree-house type establishment with a shaded deck in the heart of Duck.

Specialty Spirits

Best Places for Pizza

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Duck Pizza Company

Family-owned shop offering specialty pizzas, as well as wings, salads, wraps, calzones, sandwiches and more. They even do catering! Eat-in, carry-out, or enjoy free delivery to Southern Shores, Duck and southern Pine Island.

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Pizzazz Pizza

As this Outer Banks classic covers a large scope of the area, Pizzazz Pizza offers delivery from Corolla to South Nags Head, and any of its three locations can be reached by calling one phone number. Also available for take-out or dine-in at a quaint selection of indoor booths and outdoor seating.

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Wave Pizza Cafe

A local favorite, this relaxed pizza parlor is serving up specialty pizzas, subs and craft beers, situated on a waterfront deck with live music daily.