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Restaurant Locations - Kitty Hawk

Restaurants - Kitty Hawk

Kitty Hawk is a great place to eat out. You’ll find everything from Eastern North Carolina barbecue to tasty vegetarian cuisine. Most restaurants feature delicious local seafood, as you might have guessed.

Some dress it up with exotic flavors and presentations, and some dress it down with traditional sides like hushpuppies and French fries. But you’ll soon discover that it’s all delicious. Kitty Hawk is home to several local favorite spots. Read on to discover where locals go for their barbecue, bagels, hot dogs, burgers, veggies and milkshakes. But don’t just take our word for it - dine out and discover your own favorite places!

Note that, as you enter the Outer Banks from the north over the bridge from Currituck, all the restaurants on the right-hand side of the road (the side with the Home Depot) are in Kitty Hawk, while those on the left are in Southern Shores. We cover those eateries in the Duck/Southern Shores book and tabloid or online at Remember that locals call Croatan Highway—aka U.S. Highway 158—The Bypass, and they refer to Virginia Dare Trail—aka N.C. Highway 12—as the Beach Road. Those simple names are just easier to remember!


Ocean Boulevard

  • 4700 N. Virginia Dare Trail, Beach Road, MP 2.5
  • Kitty Hawk

Ocean Boulevard is a casual yet upscale restaurant, which means you can enjoy a special evening out in the comfort of your sandals. They are, after all, just steps away from the ocean. Ocean Boulevard’s culinary team serves an American bistro-style menu and has been praised in Southern Living magazine as well as The Washington Post. The menu changes seasonally but always includes lots of beautiful preparations of local seafood, regional poultry and meats, nightly chef specials and decadent desserts. They have a comprehensive wine list and a full bar with their own martini menu. Come here for live entertainment on Friday nights after dinner. Their oceanside patio is one of many unique features; it’s an enjoyable hangout during the summer and you can often catch some live music during the week. Ocean Boulevard is open nightly for dinner year round. Reservations are suggested.


Papa John’s Pizza

  • 3809 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4.5
  • Kitty Hawk

This popular pizza chain has made a name for itself by using high-quality ingredients to make their pies. They offer all the favorite toppings plus specialty pizzas like spinach alfredo and barbecue chicken and bacon. Also on the menu are side dishes including wings, cheese sticks and chicken poppers. You can pick up an order at their Kitty Hawk location. Papa John’s delivers within Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills, and they are open for lunch and dinner.



  • 3708 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4.5, Harbor Bay Shops
  • Kitty Hawk

Trio is an exciting retail and tasting destination with an inviting yet cosmopolitan vibe that sets it apart from other casual venues on the Outer Banks. Comprised of both a gourmet retail wine, beer and cheese shop as well as a bistro with a wine bar and tap house, Trio gathers the best from the worlds of wine, beer and cheese for your enjoyment, either on the premises or in the comfort of your home. In their retail shop you’ll find more than 2,000 wines from around the world, several hundred craft beers and dozens of artisanal cheeses hand-cut to order. The bistro menu, served lunch through late night, features casual fare that is at once familiar yet with that special Trio twist. Choose from creative appetizers, cheese plates, fresh salads, gourmet paninis and Chef Neil’s not-to-be-missed desserts. The beach’s largest selection of rotating craft brews awaits you at their copper-top bar. Twenty-four bottles of wine are presented in self-service tasting machines where you can sample wines priced from $10 to $100 per bottle for as little as $1 per taste! In the upstairs mezzanine you’ll find comfortable lounge seating, a free pool table, access to free WiFi and the tasting bar where you can sample award-winning North Carolina wines. Trio also offers live music several nights a week featuring local artists playing everything from jazz to bluegrass to rock.

Art’s Place

  • 4624 N. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 2.5
  • Kitty Hawk
  • (252) 261-3233

Art’s Place is famous among locals not only for their hamburgers served with hand-cut French fries, but also for their warm and friendly staff. The tiny restaurant has been a fixture on The Beach Road for more than 30 years and is a local’s favorite for the extremely affordable menu. Some favorites include chicken fillets, steak and cheese sandwiches, breaded and fried mushrooms, and sweet potato sticks, plus plenty of options for kids. Breakfast at Art’s includes eggs, bacon and homemade biscuits with sausage gravy. They have a full bar and a small roof deck, and are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner all year round. Stop in for happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. every night. Enjoy Open Mike Nights Monday through Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. See you there!

Baldies Burgers

  • 2042 N. Virginia Dare Trail, Beach Road, MP 6.5
  • Kitty Hawk
  • (252) 441-0443

Baldies Burgers has relocated to Kill Devil Hills near the historic Avalon Pier. Baldies serves up scrumptious burgers, hot dogs and Philly cheesesteaks in a family-oriented cafe. Be sure to try one of their enormous milkshakes or sundaes from their new ice cream bar. Searching for delivery? Baldies Burgers has an 8-mile delivery radius. They are open Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

Barefoot Bernie’s Tropical Grill & Bar

  • 3730 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4.5
  • Kitty Hawk
  • (252) 261-1008

Barefoot Bernie’s is open year round for lunch and dinner. They pride themselves on offering big portions at reasonable prices. Menu items include seafood, steaks, chicken, pastas, large salads, sandwiches and gourmet pizzas. A large, varied kid’s menu is also available. Check out their specialty frozen drinks and martinis or have your own favorite wine, beer or spirits with their full ABC permit. Large party reservations are always welcome. In the summer they have late-night food; call ahead for details.

Big Buck’s Homemade Ice Cream

  • 3810 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4.5, Buccaneer's Walk
  • Kitty Hawk
  • (252) 715-0779

For a tasty treat, head to Big Buck’s Homemade Ice Cream. Choose from more than 50 flavors of made-from-scratch ice cream plus sherbet, sorbet and soft serve. You can get any flavor made into a shake, split, sundae or float, even a brownie sundae — yum! Big Buck’s has an espresso bar and all the espresso-based coffee drinks you need to pick up your day. Candies and taffy are also available. Try Big Buck’s handmade Belgian chocolate or one of their fresh fudges like red velvet. Check out the Big Buck’s T-shirts.

BK Shuckers

  • 4020 N. Croatan Hwy., The Bypass, MP 3.5
  • Kitty Hawk
  • (252) 261-7800

BK Shuckers is a new combination sports/oyster bar and grill featuring Direct TV sports packages, the NFL ticket and pay-per-view events including Ultimate Fighting Championship contests. Unlike many sports bars, which often have little to offer beyond TVs and beer, BK Shuckers pairs its sports focus with a strong emphasis on great food. Get started with appetizers ranging from Bases Loaded Potato Wedges, Macho Nachos or bacon-wrapped scallops to the Grand Slam Platter with its chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks, potato skins and dipping sauce. Satisfy your vegetable fix with a selection of salads including the fully loaded BK’s Signature Chef Salad, the Par Fajita Salad and the Carolina Rigger Cobb Salad. Soups include a creamy she crab, New England clam chowder and homemade chili in either cups or bowls. Of course, any self-respecting sports bar has to have wings, and BK Shuckers presents four varieties with your choice of five saucing options! The steamer offers oysters, clams, shrimp and crab legs. Burgers, wraps and sandwiches (including shrimp or oyster po’ boys), steaks and pastas round out the menu. Some of the best local live music can be enjoyed on the deck. BK Shuckers is open Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Black Pelican Oceanfront Cafe

  • 3848 Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 4
  • Kitty Hawk
  • (252) 261-3171

The Black Pelican is located at The Beach Road, directly across from the ocean. They have a deck bar with great ocean views and, of course, lots of fresh seafood on the menu. Choose from steamed seafood, steaks, dishes with exotic Pan-Asian flavors, or pizza from their wood-fired brick oven that locals love. Each night they offer an eclectic list of chef’s specials, and they have a kids’ menu with lots of choices for the little ones. Save room for one of their home-baked desserts; you’ll see what we mean when you pass the display case on your way in. The Black Pelican serves lunch and dinner every day plus a late-night menu that is served at the bar and in the restaurant until 11 p.m. This is a lively place where you can find a fun bar scene. They are open all year.

Capt’n Frank’s

  • 3800 N. Croatian Highway, The Bypass, MP 4.5
  • Kitty Hawk
  • (252) 261-9923

This restaurant is all about their hot dogs. The same family has been serving Oscar Meyer’s here since 1975. They have foot-long, quarter-pound and, for the less adventurous, regular dogs. Try the Junkyard Dog, which is topped with just about everything. Every meal is made to order, and the service is fast and friendly. Besides hot dogs, they also have barbecue, chicken fingers, chicken fillets and steak sandwiches. The cheese fries are out of this world. In the summer months you can chow down on steamed shrimp in the evenings. Capt’n Frank’s is open for lunch year round, and they stay open until 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday in season. In the off-season they are closed on Sundays.

Duck Donuts

  • 5230 N. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 1
  • Kitty Hawk
  • (252) 261-3312

Here’s a real Outer Banks treat, listed by Disney Family Magazine readers as a must-stop while visiting the Outer Banks. These doughnuts are made fresh to order and are served warm. Choose your coating (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, lemon or peanut butter ) and then your topping (peanuts, coconut, sprinkles and more). Sinfully good! Order by the dozen to bring home to the family. They also serve locally roasted premium coffees, juices and cold drinks and are now serving breakfast sandwiches and fresh-baked muffins. Be sure to check out their other locations in Corolla, Duck and Kill Devil Hills.

Good Life Eatery

  • 3712 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4.5
  • Kitty Hawk
  • (252) 480-2855

The Good Life Eatery occupies a beautiful space that is great for rehearsal dinners and private parties. With ample seating and a diverse menu, the dry bakery case is chock-full of delicious bagels, turnovers, cinnamon rolls, croissants and muffins. Take a look at their cold bakery case where there is something for everyone. Their menu features gourmet salads, sandwiches, wraps, paninis and homemade soups for lunch and dinner. Relax with a glass of house wine or mug of specialty coffee by the fireplace and waterfall. Check out the cold beer case with more than 100 varieties as well as a wide selection of wine for every palate. Custom catering is a big part of their operation. From 10-300 guests, Good Life can provide convenient catering both on and off the premises. Good Life is open seven days a week at 7 a.m. in season. You can get a full breakfast every day until 1 p.m. You should definitely try one of their featured breakfasts served in a personal frying pan. Free WiFi is available for customers.

High Cotton BBQ

  • 5230 N. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 1
  • Kitty Hawk
  • (252) 255-2275

High Cotton is owned and operated by a native North Carolina family that was born and raised in the heart of barbecue country. They serve authentic, eastern North Carolina–style pork barbecue. The pork is smoked for hours over hickory, hand-chopped and then seasoned with a light, vinegar-based sauce that doesn’t overpower the natural flavor of the smoked meat. The Southern fried chicken is crisp and delicious. The smoked chicken is so tender it falls right off the bone, and the Texas-style beef brisket is smoked, sliced and served with a tangy sauce. The St. Louis cut ribs are the local’s favorite for good reason. Portions here are generous. They serve traditional side dishes like cole slaw, baked beans and fresh vegetables plus hush puppies and French fries. The sauces are homemade and available for purchase. They have a children’s menu. This is a great place to feed a crowd, and they have a speedy to-go counter for take-out. Check out their convenient to-go packages and bring home your own pig-pickin’. The restaurant also offers catering. High Cotton serves lunch and dinner every day in season and closes for a short time in the winter.

Hurricane Mo’s Beachside Bar and Grill

  • 120 E. Kitty Hawk Road, just off the Beach Road, MP 4
  • Kitty Hawk
  • (252) 255-0215

Hurricane Mo’s is just steps from the ocean and has an intimate, beachy atmosphere. On the menu you’ll find fresh seafood, steaks, chicken, pasta and sandwiches. Daily specials are offered at lunch and dinner. Kids will be happy with the selections on their children’s menu. They have a full bar and happy hour specials from 3 to 5 p.m., including 10-cent shrimp, 25-cent wings and $1 tacos. Hurricane Mo’s is open year round for lunch and dinner, and you can get take-out if you prefer. They offer free WiFi for customers to use. Check them out if you’re looking for fun. If you are after fun and sun, have a drink and bite to eat on their new outdoor covered deck overlooking the ocean.

Jimmy’s Seafood Buffet

  • 4117 N Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4
  • Kitty Hawk
  • (252) 261-4973

Jimmy’s is a family destination offering a variety of Outer Banks seafood and more than 100 tempting dishes from both land and sea, including homemade soups and made-from-scratch desserts. When it comes to seafood, the owner says “size does matter,” so dig in to the largest crab legs and shrimp around town. Early birds get a free lobster tail with their adult buffet, and lobster claws are included in the buffet until 4 p.m. in season. Come right when Jimmy’s opens at 2:30 p.m. to enjoy all-you-can-eat lobster until 4 p.m. On Saturday nights, it’s all you can eat lobster night all night long! Jimmy’s also has many to-go options like fried platters, steamed dinners and the handy carry-out seafood buckets. The clambake-style seafood buckets make enjoying great, steamed seafood at home a snap. Jimmy’s even delivers right to your door, or you can call ahead for convenient curbside pick up. They open for dinner at 2:30 p.m in season and 4 p.m. in the off-season and have live nightly entertainment. While you’re waiting for a table, there are free pony rides for the kids, and you can play cornhole or putt-putt too.

John’s Drive-In

  • 3716 N. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 4.5
  • Kitty Hawk
  • (252) 261-6227

John’s Drive-In is famous for its milkshakes and free puppy cups — ice cream for our four-legged friends. Locals and tourists alike are addicted, making this a busy stop, but the speedy service moves things right along. The only thing that might take a while is choosing what kind of shake to have since they have a long list of flavors including fruit and other sweet choices. Try a combination like banana-peanut butter-chocolate, and you might not have room for lunch. But you’ll wish you did, with the fried mahi sandwiches and juicy hamburgers served here. For those looking for a lighter option, try the new grilled mahi and vegetable melt. Food is served to-go style, and there are several umbrella-shaded picnic tables. John’s is open every day but Wednesday from spring through fall with newly extended hours for Thursday through Saturday nights during the summer.

La Fogata Mexican Restaurant

  • 3924 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4.5
  • Kitty Hawk
  • (252) 255-0934

The two La Fogata restaurants, one in Nags Head and this one in Kitty Hawk, are locals’ favorites for inexpensive, delicious meals. The extensive menu of authentic Mexican specialties is impressive and the complimentary warm tortilla chips and spicy salsa hold you over while you decide. There’s a full bar and a childrens’ menu. If you’re heading to Hatteras Island, check out their location in Avon.

Longboards Island Grill

  • 3833 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4
  • Kitty Hawk
  • (252) 261-7377

Longboards is a casual dining spot for lunch and dinner. Choose from seafood, chicken, pasta, pizza, sandwiches and salads. They offer their full menu nightly until 1 a.m. Two different daily happy hours get you 30% off appetizers—the first is from 4 to 6 p.m. and the second is from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. This is also a great nightspot with live entertainment, several pool tables, games and a large bar. They are open year round.

Max’s Bagels & Deli

  • 4007 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 3.5
  • Kitty Hawk
  • (252) 255-3111

At Max’s you’ll find 13 varieties of fresh-baked bagels and lots of homemade spreads. They also have fresh-cooked breakfast sandwiches with eggs and meats. For lunch, choose from a full line of deli sandwiches, made with quality Thumann’s meats and cheeses. You can eat in or take it out. Max’s is open every day except Tuesday for breakfast and lunch but is closed for the month of January.

OBX Taqueria

  • 2606 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 6
  • Kitty Hawk
  • (252) 255-2239

OBX Taqueria offers the most authentic Mexican food this side of the border. This take-out only spot boasts fresh made corn tortilla tacos for only $1.75. If you are in the mood for something heavier, try a Mexican sandwich called a torta or a large burrito. They also serve super refreshing authentic drinks in flavors such as melon and horchata. Available are sweet Mexican pastries and rolls. OBX Taqueria is open Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 8p.m. They are closed on Saturdays.

Outer Banks Taco Bar

  • 3723 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4.5, Ocean Plaza
  • Kitty Hawk
  • (252) 261-8226

The Outer Banks Taco Bar is an authentic Mexican restaurant featuring the inspired flavors of Central and South America with lots of fresh, made-from-scratch ingredients. Owner Gabe Stabley prides himself on offering high quality, fresh food like corn tortilla tacos hand-pressed to order, crunchy tacos fried in-house, burritos, quesadillas and empanadas as well as some hard-to-find treats like house-spiced yucca fries, sweet plantains, local fresh fish tacos and more. The space features an all-wood bar with lots of draft beer choices as well as Central American and domestic bottles. The free fix-it-yourself salsa bar features homemade salsa, sauces, condiments and veggies.

Pizzazz Pizza Company

  • 4146 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 3.5
  • Kitty Hawk
  • (252) 255-0050

Pizza is the perfect food when you’re feeding a crowd, and Pizzazz even offers free delivery to get it to your crowd quickly and without hassle. In addition to pizza, they also feature subs, wings and salads. If you’re eating in, enjoy the buffet, including a huge salad bar, at lunch and dinner.

Rundown Cafe

  • 5218 N. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 1
  • Kitty Hawk
  • (252) 255-0026

Rundown Cafe serves island cuisine in a casual atmosphere. The food is a fusion of Pacific Rim and Caribbean flavors, and they have a substantial menu of vegetarian options. Upstairs you’ll find an authentic surf bar with a brand new, super large, ocean view deck where you’ll find live music in season. This is a great family-friendly restaurant since the menu is very affordable and there are lots of choices for kids. Rundown serves lunch and dinner seven days a week in the summer. You can also order take-out here. They are closed from the end of November until March 1.

Sanya Sushi Bar

  • 3919 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4
  • Kitty Hawk
  • (252) 261-1946

Sanya offers a vast selection of Asian fusion, Chinese, Thai and Japanese food, including sushi and hibachi. The large menu means they are bound to have something for everyone in your party, including a few selections for children.This is a great choice if you are looking for a quieter atmosphere, and you can sit at the sushi bar, try a table or a cozy booth. They offer a full bar and are open for lunch and dinner daily. Look for Sanya Sushi bar in front of the Holiday Inn.

Sea Salt Grille

  • 4716 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 2.5
  • Kitty Hawk
  • (252) 261-7325

The folks who guided the popular Argyles for nearly a quarter-century have initiated a fun and exciting new concept in beach dining. Sea Salt Grille serves a casual, small plate menu consisting of flatbreads, appetizers, filet mignon, ahi tuna, sliders, lobster and more, each for about $12 during happy hour, which runs from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. every day. Daily food and drink specials and regular live musical entertainment are an essential ingredient of Sea Salt Grille’s low-key, upbeat atmosphere. Argyles is still available to serve your catering needs for weddings, corporate events, birthdays, retirements, anniversaries, fundraisers and other events. Call for information.

Spanky’s Grille

  • 4105 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 3.5
  • Kitty Hawk
  • (252) 261-1917

Spanky’s Grille is a casual, family-friendly restaurant with an interesting decor complete with monkeys. It also happens to be very affordable. The locals love the hand-formed burgers, homemade crab cakes, fresh hamburger steaks, grilled chicken, chili-cheese fries and hot dogs. Ask about the Viking Burger challenge. Spanky’s is open for lunch year round and Wednesday through Saturday nights in the summer season.

Stack ‘em High

  • 3801 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4.5
  • Kitty Hawk
  • (252) 261-8221

In business for more than 30 years, Stack ‘em High is a great breakfast stop filled with everything you could ever want for breakfast. In this family-friendly restaurant, you’ll go through a line to select your own beverage, fresh fruit, cereal or muffins and a complete line of breakfast items that are then prepared fresh the minute you order. Choose from delicious breakfasts like pancakes — short or high stack — with fresh fruit, pecans or plain. They also have waffles, omelets (try the crab meat and cheddar or the shaved ham), bacon, sausage and more. For those looking for lunch, they also have a light sandwich selection like BLTs, hot ham & cheese and even PB&Js for the little ones. Find a seat in the dining room, and they’ll bring your breakfast to you piping hot. Stack ‘em High is family owned and operated. They serve breakfast every day all-year round. There is a second Stack ‘em High located in Kill Devil Hills.

Sweet Frog—Premium Frozen Yogurt

  • 3700 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4.5
  • Kitty Hawk
  • (252) 715-1965

Sweet Frog—Premium Frozen Yogurt has a novel concept: pick your soft-serve yogurt flavors, dispense as much as you want then top it the way you want it from the topping bar. The cashier weighs your creation and you pay by the weight. The yogurt is all natural, low fat and healthy, and you can choose toppings that are healthy too, like nuts and real fruit. Of course, they have candy toppings too. Sweet Frog is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily in the summer months; call for off-season hours. Look for the pink building in Kitty Hawk.

The Salad Bowl

  • 5230 N. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 1.5
  • Kitty Hawk
  • (252) 715-3977

For those of you who have (smartly!) sworn off fast food, you’re going to love this place. At The Salad Bowl you can get healthy, tasty, nutritious food fast. Yes, it’s “fast food,” but it has no resemblance to the chains you all know. Fresh salads, wraps, smoothies, juices and frozen yogurts provide lots of great choices for breakfast (try one of their yummy parfaits!), lunch or dinner. And it’s all up to your individual taste: You choose all the ingredients you want for your salad or wrap from their long list of options, or you can go with one of their signature options. Same with the smoothies or juices. It’s a fantastic new option for those who want to eat well—and happily!

Vilai Thai Kitchen

  • 5230 N. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 1
  • Kitty Hawk
  • (252) 441-8424

From take-out to indoor seating to a few tables outside, Vilai Thai is the place for authentic and exciting dishes. Experience their yummy soups, pad thai, spring rolls and more. Looking for a refreshing beverage to pair with your flavorful meal? Be sure to try something from their beer, wine and sake menu. Vilai Thai is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. And Sundays from noon to 9 p.m.

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