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Restaurant Locations - Nags Head

Restaurants - Nags Head

When visitors to Nags Head ask about the best place to eat, locals may hesitate. Don’t worry. It has nothing to do with the food served here. It’s because their brain immediately floods with countless choices from casual cooking to creative cuisine.

You can pick up a scrumptious deli sandwich and picnic on the beach or dine in award-winning restaurants. As the popular saying goes, “It’s all good.” Naturally you’ll discover plenty of seafood selections varying from traditional fried fish with slaw to tuna-, crab- and eel-filled Japanese dragon rolls. Warm up with Hatteras clam chowder, savor mesquite grilled tuna or fill up on steamers. Meat lovers will appreciate the local barbecue haunts and plentiful prime rib specials. From pizza to lobster, you’ll satisfy any morning, noon or night craving. Dining attire is your choice. It’s not unusual for casual clothing to be worn in fine dining establishments. This is the beach after all!

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!

Max’s Pizza Company

  • 3723 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, Ocean Plaza, MP 4.5
  • Kitty Hawk
  • (252) 261-3113, (252) 715-0833

Pizza to the Max! Max’s delicious pizzas come in three sizes, a 9” personal pan pizza as well as the traditional medium and large sizes, all made with their signature hand-tossed crust. Choose from a wide variety of toppings, including grilled all-white meat chicken, pepperoni, ground beef, Italian sausage, ham, bacon, meatballs, mushrooms, salami, onions, green peppers, black olives, spinach, Roma tomatoes, pineapple, feta cheese, banana peppers and jalapeno peppers. Also featured are Italian favorites such as calzones and strombolis. Looking for something different? Try Max’s fresh-pressed paninis or one of their hot and tasty oven-baked subs. On the lighter side, you’ll find Max’s crispy fresh vegetable salads, which include the “humongo” house salad, caesar salad, incredible chicken salad, Greek salad and chef salad as well as their tasty antipasto salad. While you wait, consider one of their popular appetizers: warm and crusty breadsticks, spicy buffalo bits and wings, fries and onion rings, mozzarella sticks, hushpuppies, jalapeno poppers and potato skins. Max’s serves lunch and dinner. Eat in, carry out or take advantage of their speedy delivery in Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills.

Mulligan’s Raw Bar and Grille

  • 4005 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 13
  • Nags Head
  • (252) 480-2000

Mulligan’s Raw Bar & Grille has a partially covered outdoor deck where you can enjoy lunch and dinner as well as live entertainment nightly in season. Enjoy the beautiful sunsets overlooking Jockey’s Ridge State Park and the ever-changing color spectrum of the Atlantic Ocean. They feature fresh, local seafood and produce and hand-cut steaks, and they have been voted as having the best burger on the beach in a local poll for seven years running. Do not miss this local favorite.

New York Bagels

  • 5000 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 14, Outer Banks Mall
  • Nags Head
  • (252) 480-0106

The bagels are fresh and the varieties and fillings are all delicious. You must experience their killer egg salad, lox or veggie cream cheese spread. This is a take-out restaurant only. Drinks include sodas, juices, water and, of course, fresh coffee. The hours change seasonally.

New York Pizza Pub

  • 2217 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 10
  • Nags Head
  • (252) 441-2660

Serving lunch and dinner, these folks feature so much more than pizza. They have great Italian entrees such as lasagna, chicken parmigiana and lots of pasta options, plus panini sandwiches, steaks, chicken and vegetarian entrees. Enjoy hearty salads, burgers and appetizers, such as their made-from-scratch potato skins, Buffalo wings and delicious garlic knots. The pub also features a full bar. Having a party or event? They can help you out with trays of their favorites.

Outback Steakhouse

  • 5220 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 14.5, Outer Banks Mall
  • Nags Head
  • (252) 441-3981

You’re most likely familiar with the delicious food Outback serves. Whether you choose the baby back ribs, prime rib, New York strip steak or lobster tails, you can’t go wrong. Plus that Bloomin’ Onion is such a guilty pleasure! Outback also offers a wide variety of crisp salads and freshly made soups and sides. Outback Steakhouse is open year round. Take-out is available.

Pier House Restaurant

  • 3335 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head Fishing Pier, The Beach Road, MP 11.5
  • Nags Head
  • (252) 441-4200

The owners of the Pier house Restaurant have made a great thing even better. They have added a third seating area, outside on the pier deck, with full service for drinks and food. Colorful tables and friendly service make this a great way to enjoy this oceanfront atmosphere. In addition, the famous porch over the water now has air-conditioning just like the regular dining room. Whether you want to sit inside or out, enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner selections including fresh steamed seafood, fried seafood sandwiches, steaks and chicken served up with optional sides such as cole slaw, hush puppies and fries. They’ll even cook your own catch if you like. They have a full bar and serve cocktails, wine and beer and feature live nightly entertainment on the deck during the summer. The Pier House is open daily April through November with dinner served through mid-October.

Pizzazz Pizza Company

  • 2515 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 10.5
  • Nags Head
  • (252) 261-1111

Pizza is the perfect food when you’re feeding a crowd, and Pizzazz even offers free delivery to get it to your crowd without any 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.

Sam & Omie’s

  • 7228 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Beach Road, MP 16.5
  • Nags Head
  • (252) 441-7366

Originally opened by a couple of fishermen as a pre-fishing breakfast stop, Sam & Omie’s celebrated its 75th season last year and shows no signs of stopping as they head toward the century mark! Stop here for a true Nags Head eating experience. The place exudes a beachy atmosphere and serves up plenty of tasty dishes morning, noon and night, including omelets, hamburgers, club sandwiches and prime rib and seafood dinners. Try the shrimp burger — it’s popular for a reason! A full bar makes this a social stop for locals and visitors alike. They are closed December through February.

Scammell’s Corner Surf Shop & Ice Cream Parlor

  • 6406 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 15.5
  • Nags Head
  • (252) 715-1727

Scammell’s, a family-owned and -operated shop, offers 48 hand-dipped Hershey ice cream flavors in cups, cones, sundaes, banana splits, shakes or floats. It’s a surf shop, too — a new shop that feels like it’s been here forever. They have custom boards hand-shaped by Tom Neilson, plus custom board fins, and they also rent boards and do surf lessons. Not a surfer but love the waves? You’ll find boogie boards and skim boards too. Scammell’s sells clothing and swimsuits from Lucy Love, Body Glove and Synergy. You’ll find great handmade Island sandals from Hawaii, teak tables and chairs, tie-dye items, custom-designed T-shirts, Himalayan rock salt lamps and lots of gifts for your friends back home.

Sonic

  • 5205 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 14
  • Nags Head
  • (252) 441-9030

You are probably already familiar with this chain restaurant. They have fast-food standards like burgers and hot dogs, but they also have good milk shakes and sundaes, fruit slushes, breakfast sandwiches, traditional tater tots and sweet potato tots, spicy jumbo popcorn chicken bites and more. There is not an entrance directly off The Bypass, so turn down one of the side streets nearby.

Sooey’s BBQ and Rib Shack

  • 3919 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 12.5
  • Nags Head
  • (252) 449-6465

Owned and operated by fifth generation Dare County locals, Sooey’s BBQ specializes in authentic eastern North Carolina pork barbecue, slow-smoked ribs, beef brisket, pulled barbecue chicken and Southern fried chicken (Sooey’s won Best Fried Chicken in the 2013 Taste of the Beach Barbecue Showdown). Their savory pulled pork barbecue and ribs are made from an Outer Banks recipe with roots as deep as those on their own family tree. All the favorite homemade sides are here, including potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans, mac and cheese, corn bread, onion rings and killer hush puppies. Appetizers, wings, burgers, sandwiches, salads and kids’ favorites are also available. You can sit down and eat in the restaurant, but Sooey’s excels at take-out, prepared family meals and catered events; call ahead for large orders. They also have locations in Corolla and Duck.

South Beach Grille

  • 6806 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 16
  • Nags Head
  • (252) 449-9313

With a truly affordable menu consisting of local seafood, lots of signature salads, sandwiches, lettuce wraps, Caribbean-inspired entrees, steaks and terrific homemade desserts, South Beach Grille is a great place to eat on the beach. Deck-top dining is available, with views of both the ocean and the sound, and you can enjoy a smoothie or a specialty drink from their full bar. Like wings? Then stop in on Friday and get wings in six flavors for 35 cents each and wash them down with the $2.50 domestic beer special of the day. South Beach has a good kids’ selection and offers extensive gluten-free choices and lots of options for vegetarians too. Your meal is prepared fresh to order; if you have any special dietary needs please inform your server. South Beach Grille is open Monday through Saturday during the summer. They are closed on Sundays.

Stone Oven Pizza

  • 7531 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head/Manteo Causeway, Caribbean Corners
  • Nags Head
  • (252) 441-7775

Stone Oven is a convenient stop off the causeway and features great pizza, calzones, sub sandwiches, a variety of appetizers including chicken wings and mozzarella sticks, plus salads, sodas and beer. They’ve got a beautiful soundfront location, and you can eat on the deck while overlooking the water. You can also take it to go. They offer free delivery all day within Nags Head and Pirate’s Cove (in the less busy times of year, they’ll deliver to Manteo and farther up the beach; just call and ask). Stone Oven is open year round.

Sugar Creek Soundfront Seafood Restaurant

  • 7340 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head/Manteo Causeway
  • Nags Head
  • (252) 441-4963

Offering a primo location right on the water, Sugar Creek has been serving the freshest seafood available to locals and visitors for years. The views of Sugar Creek and the Roanoke Sound are incredible. The outdoor walkways and decks on the property are great for strolling along and viewing the resident wildlife. Before dinner, enjoy a drink from their outdoor gazebo bar. Folks can also enjoy the newly expanded covered decks for awsome outside dining and specacular views of the Roanoke Sound. The fresh, local tuna, shrimp and scallops are expertly prepared at Sugar Creek and keep seafood lovers happy. Also on the menu are favorites like steaks, prime rib, chicken, ribs, pasta, salads, soups, burgers and sandwiches. Sugar Creek won the 2010 Taste of the Beach People’s Choice award for their Shrimp & Grits. They have a children’s menu. The newly expanded dining room easily accommodates large parties and special events like rehearsal dinners. Sugar Creek serves lunch and dinner daily in season and is open from March through December. Check out The Sugar Shack, located next door, for great take-out seafood and a quick bite.

Sugar Shack

  • 7340 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head/Manteo Causeway
  • Nags Head
  • (252) 441-3888

Sugar Shack is located right next to Sugar Creek Soundfront Seafood Restaurant. This is the place to pick up the freshest seafood around. Choose from steamed seafood like shrimp, lobster and king crab legs, or pick up a steamer bucket with a variety of seafood. They even serve fried seafood. In fact, the fresh fish sandwiches and boats (including Shack chips and slaw) they make here are some of the best we’ve ever eaten anywhere! Everything is cooked to order. They have increased their seating outside—the owner calls it shaded-deck dining. So you can dine inside or out, and either way you’ll have a fantastic view of the sound and super sunsets. They also stock beer. The Sugar Shack is a great way to feed a crowd at home, and they deliver within a 6-mile radius.

Taiko Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar

  • 5000 S. Croatan Highway, Outer Banks Mall, The Bypass, MP 14
  • Nags Head
  • (252) 449-8895

Taiko serves Japanese food, with lots of healthy and flavorful options. Great sushi, miso soup, tempura, seaweed salad (try it!) and tasty plum wine…yum! They also serve traditional preparations of shrimp, beef, chicken and noodles. This food is fresh and affordable. Taiko is open for lunch and dinner year round.

The Snowbird

  • 3530 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 12
  • Nags Head
  • (252) 480-0000

The Snowbird boasts more than 24 flavors of soft-serve ice cream, which is a really popular feature with kids. Locals and vacationers love the burgers, sandwiches and seafood at this drive-up stop. The treats here are served to-go only, but there are a few picnic tables and seats if you want to eat here. One of the best things about this little spot is that it’s open until midnight during the summer — in case you just have to have that ice cream well after the hour you should!

Thumper’s Coastal Grille

  • 2519 S. Croatan Highway, The Beach Road, MP 10.5
  • Nags Head
  • (252) 480-1613

Thumpers features a wide selection of all-American food, from appetizers such as nachos, chicken wings, crab and cheese dip, coconut, stuffed jalepenos and buffalo fried shrimp to a variety of handmade burgers and sandwiches (include barbecue, tuna steak, crab cake and a fresh fish Reuben). You can also satisfy your beach appetite with baskets of chicken strips, popcorn shrimp, fresh fried oysters and hand-breaded calamari served with fries and homemade slaw. Sides include onion rings, pasta, potato salad, cole slaw, black beans and rice, veggie of the day and more. Thumpers also offers a number of dinner entrees including a pasta of the day, house-cut steaks, Baja fish tacos, a pulled pork barbecue platter, a seafood platter and several other tasty options.

Tropical Smoothie Café

  • 2236 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 10, Plaza del Sol
  • Nags Head
  • (252) 441-3500

We love the fruit smoothies here, and there are many to choose from — low fat, weight gain (as if!), power, even smart smoothies! The cafe offers healthy breakfasts, salads, wraps and flat bread sandwiches. Have a sweet tooth? Try a dessert smoothie with Ghirardelli chocolate. Tropical Smoothie is open year round. Let them cater your next event.

Viva Mexican Grill

  • 2424 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 10.5
  • Nags Head
  • (252) 441-1601

If you’re a fan of build-your-own Mexican taco bars, you’ll love this new spot. You go down the line, telling them what you want — be it burrito, taco, taco salad — then specify the ingredients of your choice, including several meats and sauteed fresh veggies. It’s fast and fresh and good. The interior is punctuated with bright colors that complement the south of the border food. Best of all, a meal here is definitely in the wallet-friendly range.

Waveriders Coffee & Deli

  • 6705-A S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 15.5
  • Nags Head
  • (252) 715-1880

The only coffee shop on the southern end of Nags Head, Waveriders is a good stop for breakfast or lunch. For breakfast, there are muffins, pastries, bagels, hearty breakfast sandwiches and health-conscious choices such as yogurt with fresh fruit (yay!). The lunch selections include a variety of soups and sandwiches, all made with the trusted Boar’s Head brand. Anytime of day, enjoy brewed coffee or coffee drinks with a sweet treat like a brownie or muffin. Waveriders has free WiFi, of course! The shop offers bistro seating, leather chairs and couches and outdoor seating on the porch. It’s open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (though hours may be extended in summer).

Wonderberry Frozen Yogurt & Desserts

  • 4104 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 13, Surfside Plaza
  • Nags Head
  • (252) 255-0977

Wonderberry Frozen Yogurt & Desserts offers a choice of self-serve frozen yogurts in a variety of low- and non-fat flavors (eight flavors daily from an ever-growing selection) and has a topping bar complete with a multitude of fresh fruit options, dry toppings such as candy bar and cookie crumbles, M&Ms, coconut, granola, sprinkles and more in addition to several flavors of syrups from chocolate to raspberry and butterscotch. Coffees, teas, European-style cakes, scrumptious crepes, Belgian waffles and other snacks are also on a menu.

Yellow Submarine

  • 5000 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 14, Outer Banks Mall
  • Nags Head
  • (252) 441-3511

Yellow Submarine features hot and cold specialty subs featuring Boars Head meats. Definitely try their Philly Cheese Steak Sub — it’s great! They also offer pizza and fresh salads. Kids dig the chicken tenders and their own specialty pizzas and will stay entertained with the video games. Beverages include beer on tap, soft drinks and tea. Eat-in or take-out service is available, as is delivery within a specific area for a dollar fee.

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