Top 3 Seafood Restaurants on the Outer Banks

If you’re like an estimated 2.7 million other people who know a good thing when they see it, your next vacation is going to be at the Outer Banks, North Carolina.

The good things you’ll see include over 100 miles of clean, enticing beaches where you can surf, swim, sunbathe and just have a blast. Choose from art shows, music events, lots of unique shops and eating, of course. Two things you will NOT do when you vacation at the Outer Banks is be bored or go hungry.

Many of these fine restaurants offer delicious seafood dishes…but which are the best?

The Inside Scoop on the Outer Banks Seafood Restaurants

“Tasty”, “delicious”, “melt in your mouth” and “outstanding” are just a few choice words you’ll hear in reference to the seafood restaurants found on the Outer Banks. So which ones are tops? You can’t go wrong with the following three.

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1) Sugar Creek Seafood Restaurant

Location: 7340 S Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC

With its reasonable prices and delicious locally caught seafood, there’s a reason why this waterfront restaurant in Nags Head is a highly recommended stop for those seeking a seafood dinner. Supplied by local fishermen, the seafood here is as fresh as you would expect, with personal touches on familiar dishes that will bring you back again and again.

Well-known for its crab dishes, from crab bisque to fried soft-shell crab dinners, Sugar Creek Seafood Restaurant also has mouth-watering shrimp, oyster, scallop, flounder, yellowfish tuna and a sampler plate for those who simply can’t choose from all this deliciousness.

Two dining rooms, an outside deck and a remodeled gazebo adds ambiance to fine food and you can watch the sunset over the Roanoke Sound as you eat some of the finest seafood on the Outer Banks.

2) Tale of the Whale

Location: 7575 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC

Also located in Nags Head, Tale of the Whale is a family-owned establishment on the waterfront on the Nags Head to Manteo causeway. In operation for over 38 years, this family-friendly restaurant is a favorite of locals and visitors alike.

Locally-caught dishes include stuffed flounder, blackened fish salsa and grilled fish with creamy tarragon sauce. Choose two or three locally caught fish and get your choices blackened, marinated or glazed.

A waterfront gazebo, outdoor dining and live music make Tale of the Whale one you won’t want to miss! Keep in mind that this restaurant is open seasonally, and you should call ahead at (252)-441-7332 to find out if they’ll be open during your vacation here.

3) Avenue Waterfront Grille

Location: 207 Queen Elizabeth Ave Ste 5, Manteo, NC

Proclaiming itself “not your typical seafood restaurant”, Avenue Waterfront Grille in Manteo has seasonal local catch fish sandwiches, local blue crab bisque, crab dip, blackened local shrimp and tuna sushi style, along with many non-fish dishes including specialty burgers and gourmet pizzas.

Its cuisine is described as “innovative” and people rave about the friendly service and fantastic fish tacos! A causal, airy setting and a spectacular view of the water makes this a great place to kick back, relax and enjoy what the local seafood cuisine has to offer.

Where to Stay on the Outer Banks

Finding the right place to stay for your Outer Banks vacation is as important as finding the best restaurants!

Let Cola Vaughn Realty help you find the right and vacation rentals on the Outer Banks. From 1 – to 5-bedroom vacation homes and condos to cottages and more, you are sure to find exactly what you’re looking for to enjoy the Outer Banks in total comfort.

Call us at 252-573-2811 to discuss our vacation rentals on the Outer Banks and let us help you find that home away from home, where you’ll be able to visit the fine seafood restaurants discussed here…and so many other fine dining establishments and attractions!


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