Nags Head Restaurants

Outer Banks / Nags Head

Best Places to Eat in Nags Head

Nags Head boasts some of the best local seafood restaurants on the Outer Banks, varying from quaint to your quintessential OBX beach fare. If you’re looking for more than just fresh local seafood, however, Nags Head restaurants also offer everything from traditional breakfasts, Carolina barbecue, and delectable lunch creations to authentic Japanese and Mexican restaurants, too.

Whether you’re dining on a pier as waves crash beneath you, stopping by a roadside dive, or stepping into one of the finest restaurants on the Outer Banks for an elegant evening overlooking the sound, Nags Head has just what you’re looking for when it comes to true, authentic Outer Banks dining.

Best Restaurants in Nags Head, NC for:

Best Places for Casual Dining


Blue Moon Beach Grill

The Blue Moon Grill is a quirky, fun-filled dining experience, serving southern comfort food, with a creative twist and flair.

Casual Dining

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

Lucky 12 Tavern

Featuring 20 beers on draft, another 90 by the bottle or can, and 40 specialty martini recipes, Lucky 12 Tavern is a favored watering hole among locals and visitors alike. Not to mention they have affordable dining options like local seafood, burgers, chicken wings, New York-style pizza, a kids menu and more.

Casual Dining

Sam & Omie’s

A down-to-earth Outer Banks classic breakfast spot that has as much history as it does character and good food!

Casual Dining

Sooey’s BBQ & Rib Shack

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

Casual Dining

Tortuga’s Lie Shellfish Bar & Grill

An Outer Banks favorite with a Caribbean flare, Tortuga’s Lie Shellfish Bar & Grill' is home to some of the beach's finest fare, from mouthwatering appetizers to dinners and desserts.

Casual Dining

Taiko Japanese Restaurant

Since 2000, serving fresh sushi and an array of Japanese entrees in a quaint yet casual, family-friendly atmosphere.

Casual Dining

Best Places for Fine Dining


Basnight’s Lone Cedar Cafe

Fresh daily catch of local seafood, a panoramic view of the Roanoke Sound and friendly Outer Banks hospitality are trademarks of the Lone Cedar Cafe.

Fine Dining

Tale of the Whale

Family-owned and operated for 35 years, Tale of the Whale in Nags Head serves fine dishes of fresh, local seafood, steaks, salads and more, while guests can enjoy dining overlooking the Roanoke Sound!

Fine Dining

Owen's Restaurant

Family-owned and operated for 70 years, Owen's in Nags Head serves fine dishes of fresh, local seafood, steaks, salads and more. This is the oldest single-family owned restaurant in the state and is always high on our recommended list.

Fine Dining

Best Places for Deli, Bakery, & Sandwiches



American fast food restaurant franchise selling submarine sandwiches and salads.

Deli, Bakery, & Sandwiches

Waveriders Coffee & Deli

A delicious assortment of fresh sandwiches, paninis, espresso drinks, as well as a wine and specialty beer bar, all set in a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere, accompanied often by live local music.

Deli, Bakery, & Sandwiches

Best Places for Coffee, Ice Cream, & More


Dairy Queen

A popular fast food chain featuring soft serve ice cream and their legendary “blizzards.”

Coffee, Ice Cream, & More

Dunkin Donuts

Long-time running chain restaurant serving signature donuts, delicious coffees and breakfast sandwiches for people on the go!

Coffee, Ice Cream, & More

Front Porch Cafe

Fresh brewed coffees, organic blends, specialty coffee drinks, pastries and more to start your Outer Banks morning off RIGHT!

Coffee, Ice Cream, & More

Best Places for Pizza


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.

Specialty Spirits