Kitty Hawk Restaurants

Outer Banks / Kitty Hawk

Best Places to Eat in Kitty Hawk

There’s something for everyone, but we at Twiddy & Company know that sometimes it might be hard to choose, so we have put together a little list of some of the favorites with both vacationers and locals alike, to help you answer that age-old question,“where do you want to eat tonight?”

As one of the most centrally located towns on the Outer Banks, Kitty Hawk is as accommodating to visitors as it is fun, with a myriad of different types of restaurants and eateries found in little clusters all around town. Take a drive down the “Beach Road” and you will encounter multiple roadside gems along the way, or get back on the bypass and stop at one of the numerous places that catch your eye.

Best Places for Casual Dining

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Art’s Place

A local favorite and long-running burger bar overlooking the Atlantic Ocean just across the “Beach Road,” this tiny but unique spot features delicious burgers, breakfasts and live music inside and out back in the yard.

Casual Dining
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Bad Bean Baja Grill

The popular local spot for delicious Baja cuisine outgrew its former location and has recently moved from Kill Devil Hills, north, to the former Pizzazz Pizza building on the bypass in Kitty Hawk. Try a salsa sampler and one of their delicious margaritas of the day!

Casual Dining
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Barefoot Bernie’s Tropical Grill & Bar

Refreshing island cuisine with a little something for everyone. From pastas, salads and seafood, to chicken and steak dishes, to diverse blends of Asian and Caribbean concoctions, the food at Barefoot Bernie’s isn’t your run-of-the-mill fare, but there’s such a great selection that there’s a good chance everyone will find something they love. With a full bar, and a lean menu to boot, swing in for a drink, lunch or dinner or something light to satisfy your urge for some tasty Outer Banks cooking.

Casual Dining
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Black Pelican

A laid-back restaurant in an old life saving station serving up stone oven pizzas, fresh seafood, steaks, homemade desserts and a late-night menu to enjoy at their full bar, both inside and out on the deck overlooking the ocean.

Casual Dining
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Capt’n Franks

An old-fashioned hot dog joint that has been serving hot dogs, seafood and beer to the Outer Banks since 1975!

Casual Dining
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Henry’s Restaurant

A down-to-earth, no-frills Outer Banks staple serving breakfast lunch and dinner year-round since 1989.

Casual Dining
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High Cotton Barbecue

Hickory-smoked bbq, traditional sides and sweet tea mark this Outer Banks restaurant as an excellent destination for people looking for an authentic North Carolina BBQ meal.

Casual Dining
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Hurricane Mo’s Beachside Bar & Grill

Come right off the beach and step into this energetic tiki bar, serving lunch, dinner and a happening happy hour. Featuring live music and a rooftop deck, Hurricane Mo’s in Kitty Hawk is a fun place to swing in for full plates or appetizers, steamed shrimp and more!

Casual Dining
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I Got Your Crabs Shellfish Market and Oyster Bar

If you’re looking for crabs on the Outer Banks, this locally-owned and family-operated establishment has just what you need. Take out bushels of crabs, oysters, and steamer pots, as well as anything off of their delicious menu, featuring homemade soups and their famous fried oyster tacos. Their friendly oyster bar is happy to accommodate you for dining in as well.

Casual Dining
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Josephine’s Sicilian Kitchen

Authentic Italian cuisine, with a rotating weekly menu, depending on the freshest ingredients available and the inspirations from the Sicilian chef, Josephine. Families are welcome.

Casual Dining
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John’s Drive In

An Outer Banks classic, John’s Drive In is a mainstay for both locals and repeat vacationers to the Outer Banks. Found on the “Beach Road” in Kitty Hawk, this delightful walk-up-window restaurant adorned with picnic tables filling the parking lot, will take you back in time, while exciting your taste buds with one of their signature milkshakes or famous dolphin sandwiches.

Casual Dining
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La Fogata Mexican Restaurant

Authentic Mexican cooking offered up through an extensive menu of traditional favorites and eclectic new recipes. Both locations featuring a family-friendly dining room, as well as a full bar.

Casual Dining
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Masala Bay Grill

A taste of India with a view of the OBX. Indian seafood, meats and vegetables on the most scenic stretch of the Albemarle and Currituck Sound. Relax in the tastefully decorated open air dining room or take a step away from the expansive views to focus on the freshest most flavorful dishes in the main dining room. 

Casual Dining
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Pok’s Art

Thai and other internationally-inspired dishes fill the menu of this acclaimed local restaurant. Chef Pok is well-known for creating delicious, unique dishes in a small but friendly restaurant. Available for dine in, take-out, and delivery.

Casual Dining
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Rundown Cafe

A local favorite featuring caribbean-inspired cuisine, diners can enjoy a meal in the dining room, or upstairs by the indoor bar or out on the deck, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean just across the dunes. With live music, daily specials, and unforgettable food and cold drinks, Rundown Cafe is a little slice of the islands brought to the Outer Banks.

Casual Dining
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Stack’em High Pancakes

The original Outer Banks pancake house, featuring a hearty breakfast in a family atmosphere at a good price. Serving the Outer Banks since 1985.

Casual Dining
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Vilai Thai Kitchen

Family-owned and operated thai restaurant serving daily specials, sushi, and some of the most delicious Thai food around, all in a quaint, inviting and friendly atmosphere.

Casual Dining

Best Places for Fine Dining

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Ocean Boulevard

A delightful bistro and martini bar situated just across the Beach Road from the dunes overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this local favorite features an extensive wine and bar menu selection to go with some of the most decadent small and large plates around. Featuring seafood, steak and vegetarian options, too, Ocean Boulevard is a welcoming yet upscale way to enjoy a meal on the Outer Banks.

Fine Dining

Best Places for Deli, Bakery, & Sandwiches

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American fast food restaurant franchise selling submarine sandwiches and salads.

Deli, Bakery, & Sandwiches

Best Places for Coffee, Ice Cream, & More

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Big Buck’s Homemade Ice Cream

With more than 50 different homemade ice cream flavors, Big Buck’s Homemade Ice Cream has been an Outer Banks favorite since 1996. You can create your own custom ice cream cake or enjoy delicious homemade chocolates, too. Voted Best of the Beach in 2014 and 2015, it’s a surefire win for ice cream lovers!

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
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Outer Bean Juice and Java

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, but always with a health-conscious approach, Outer Bean Juice and Java offers freshly-squeezed juices, coffee, smoothies, salads and more.

Coffee, Ice Cream, & More
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The popular one-stop coffee shop offering up daily brews, specialty concoctions and frozen blends, as well as an assortment of breakfast pastries and sandwiches, can be found in Corolla and Kitty Hawk.

Coffee, Ice Cream, & More
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Zen Pops

Decadent and healthy homemade popsicles and custom vegan cupcakes to cool you down after the day at the beach or satisfy that sweet tooth.

Coffee, Ice Cream, & More

Best Places for Specialty Spirits

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Trio Wine, Beer & Cheese

With an extensive selection of wines from around the world, more than 250 beers with a focus on microbrews, and over 50 artisanal cheeses, the retail shop at Trio is a one-stop-shop for your specialty spirit needs. The bar and bistro also boasts a delightful atmosphere, often featuring live local music to enjoy along with one of their many carefully-chosen wines or beers from their 24-rotating craft taps.

Specialty Spirits

Best Places for Pizza

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Max’s Pizza Company

Stone oven New York-style pizzas made with signature hand-tossed crusts are a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Also featuring salads, pasta dishes and more for dine in, take out, and delivery.

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Papa John’s Pizza

A takeout and delivery chain featuring pizzas, wings, breadsticks and desserts.