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Old Nags Head Cafe

  • 3948 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 13
  • Nags Head

Old Nags Head Cafe continues the Roderer family tradition of great food and hospitality they’ve been offering Nags Head diners since 1985. Housed in the historic Harris Grocery store on the beach road along Nags Head’s row of unpainted aristocratic cottages – the cottages that established Nags Head as a vacation destination—and across from Jockey’s Ridge, Old Nags Head Cafe offers traditional and contemporary Southern dishes as well as the best in fresh local seafood, chicken, chops, hand-cut Angus beef, pasta, soups, salads, sandwiches, daily specials and homemade desserts. They also started serving breakfast in 2013, and it fast became a favorite spot; the omelettes and French toast are fabulous! New for summer of 2014 is a limited lunch menu from 11 a.m. til 1 p.m. Old Nags Head Cafe has a full-service bar with an extensive beer and wine list. Take-out is available.

Cafe Lachine

  • 5000 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, Unit N1, MP 14
  • Nags Head
  • (252) 715-2550

Need a meal that’s fresh and quick but way healthier than fast food? Cafe Lachine is a small Nags Head eatery that serves freshly prepared, delicious fare for breakfast, lunch and early dinner. Eat inside in their new dining area, enjoy your meal outside at the bistro tables or order take-out. The menu includes sandwiches on homemade bread, soups, salads and baked goods, including breakfast pastries, cookies, cupcakes and custom cakes. Breakfast features muffins, scones and pastries plus egg and meat sandwiches and wraps. Lunch and dinner sandwiches include wraps, a Cuban press, a crab cake sandwich, egg and chicken salad and more, and the side dishes are creative (think three-bean salad, tabbouleh and sweet potato fries along with more traditional offerings). Cafe Lachine is open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. serving breakfast and lunch. They deliver lunch in Nags Head from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Ask about the picnics to go and the box lunch specials. They are also open for full-service dinners Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m to 9 p.m. and serve beer and wine along with their diverse menu. This is a great place to pick up dessert, and they need only 24-hours’ notice for a specialty cake.
Catering is one of Cafe Lachine’s specialties. The owners, husband and wife team Johanna and Justin Lachine, are cooking school graduates, and they have a great deal of experience in catering events of all sizes. Whether you need a party platter, an outdoor barbecue, a wedding buffet or sit-down dinner, they can fulfill your wishes. Check out their catering menus online.

Dunes Restaurant

  • 7013 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Bypass, MP 16.5
  • Nags Head
  • (252) 441-1600

Dunes Restaurant is a Nags Head tradition that’s been serving breakfast, lunch and dinner for 32 seasons. They have an award-winning breakfast menu that includes a hearty breakfast and fresh fruit bar daily in season. At dinner, there is an all-you-can-eat salad bar, Angus burgers and steaks and, of course, fresh-cooked, local seafood. If you like Southern fried chicken, this is a Dunes’ specialty. And on most nights diners can choose from a variety of delicious specials. Lunch is served starting Memorial Day weekend with burgers, salads and lots of local favorites. While you wait for a table, or whenever you just want a quick meal, the “R” Bar is a comfortable spot to grab a mixed drink, wine or featured North Carolina beers and lighter fare.

Dunkin’ Donuts

  • 2424 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 10.5
  • Nags Head
  • (252) 480-1629

Visit the two Dunkin’ Donuts locations on the Bypass (or their new location in Corolla next to Food Lion) for coffee, breakfast/lunch sandwiches and, of course, donuts. They serve breakfast all day, and they’re open 24-hours in the summer for all your coffee and donut desires!

Fish Heads Grill & Bar

  • 8901 S. Old Oregon Inlet Road, MP 18.5
  • Nags Head
  • (252) 441-5740

Geared up for their third season, Outer Banks Pier has open-deck dining! A roof over the deck just to the side of the pier house shades bar-style seating all around the edge and tables in the center. They are serving hamburgers, fries, steamed shrimp and veggies, fish tacos (yum!) and more. Wine and beer are available, and they also have some breakfast sandwiches for the early birds and anglers. They’re open every day and often have live entertainment during the summer.

Food Dudes Kitchen

  • 1216 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 9, Seashore Shops
  • Kill Devil Hills
  • (252) 441-7994

Food Dudes is a place that really is all about the food. With years of experience working in the best local kitchens, the Food Dudes are big on preparing the best food from the best seasonal ingredients. While the regular menu is simple enough to showcase the unique flavors of their food, their daily specials board really showcases their talents and the variety of options you’ll have to choose from. They feature vegetarian dishes, local seafood and organic and local produce from Currituck County farms whenever possible. You can dine in and enjoy beer and wine with your meal or get take-out. Food Dudes is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week and offers a nice Sunday brunch and taco night on Thursdays. The owner says “drop in and dine any time at milepost nine.”

Front Porch Cafe

  • 2515 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 10
  • Nags Head
  • (252) 480-6616

A community coffeehouse with deliciously fresh-roasted coffee, the Nags Head Front Porch features generous amounts of seating and parking and a lounge/art space to relax and enjoy your coffee and the hand-painted mural by local artist Dawn Gray. Front Porch is known for offering some of the best artisan-roasted coffee on the beach. They serve an array of specialty coffee drinks, teas and chai. Fresh pastries like croissants, muffins, cinnamon buns and turnovers are baked on site. In addition to the wide variety of whole bean coffees for sale, be sure to peruse the affordable wine selection. This is a great place to hang out — it’s open year round with free wireless Internet access, extended summer evening hours and a community bulletin board with local news and events. The Front Porch has two other locations, one in Kill Devil Hills at MP 6 and the other on the main highway in Manteo.

Grits Grill

  • 5000 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 14, Outer Banks Mall
  • Nags Head
  • (252) 449-2888

Grits Grill serves up monstrous portions of breakfast foods all day along, with huge fluffy biscuits and all the eggs, bacon and grit combos you can imagine. They also have lunch standards such as hamburgers, sandwiches, soups and salads. They’re open year round, daily from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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.

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 is celebrating its 76th season 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.


  • 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.

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 great stop for breakfast or lunch. For breakfast, they have amazing panini pressed breakfast sandwiches, muffins, pastries, bagels and health-conscious choices such as yogurt with fresh fruit (yay!). They also have gluten-free bread, bagels and locally made pastries! The lunch selections include a variety of panini pressed sandwiches and wraps all made with the trusted Boar’s Head brand. They also have several vegetarian options. They serve breakfast or lunch any time of day along with real fruit smoothies and frozen drinks. Waveriders has free WiFi, of course! The shop offers bistro seating, leather chairs and couches and outdoor seating on the porch. They are open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (though hours may be extended in summer).

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