Hatteras Island: Best Places to Eat


A significant part of vacation centers around meal times and Hatteras Island is filled with fun and unique places to eat no matter what time of day. One of the best things about Hatteras Island restaurants is that there are no chains to be found. Not only is each place about serving good food that is freshly prepared, but they also offer an authentic, laid-back atmosphere that urges patrons to "chill out.” (in a good way).

Whether you are all about seafood or are a land-lover, there is a restaurant (or two or three) to serves what you crave. Most are very reasonably priced and offer exactly what guests to Hatteras Island crave. Even though most of our guests are scattered about in our Rodanthe, Salvo and Avon, NC vacation rentals, they are very close to Hatteras Island’s best places to eat. Here are a few of our favorites.

Buxton Munch Co. Restaurant, Osprey Shoppes, Buxton. This is a great lunch stop. It has delicious wraps, sandwiches, fish tacos, smoothies and the typical things you want at lunch and even a casual dinner. We always suggest to guests to grab lunch to-go and head to the beach for the day. Buxton Munch just expanded the inside to accommodate a dinner crowd from 5:30 to 8:30pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays when dinner calls for a fresh wrap with local seafood and an ice cold beer.

Diamond Shoals Restaurant, 48042 Highway 12, Buxton. Let’s talk chowder!! Diamond Shoals chowder was recently voted the #1 chowder at the Hatteras Island cook-off and it very much deserves the award. This long-standing establishment is located next to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and features some of the best food on Hatteras Island. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and features everything from crab cakes to fresh and local seafood to the island’s largest salad bar and kids’ food – basically a little bit of everything. Breakfast is always good with traditional southern breakfast fares. Oh, and Diamond Shoals has the only sushi bar on all of Hatteras Island. For those who want to fix dinner at home, stop by the Diamond Shoals Seafood Market to get locally caught seafood. Make sure you plan on eating at Diamond Shoals and don't forget to try the chowder!

Billfish Bar and Grill, Teach’s Lair Marina, Hatteras. A fairly new restaurant in town, Billfish Bar and Grill is one that is only open during the season (warm weather). Situated on Pamlico Sound, the restaurant’s guests love to sit outside and watch the fishing boats come in and the crews unload their catches. The Billfish menus offer everything for everyone from sandwiches to burgers to grilled fish and other seafood and salads. Even though the food is good, we always recommend this place because of the atmosphere. There is a large selection of beer and wine which adds to the whole thing.

Pop’s Raw Bar and Restaurant, 48967 Highway 12, Buxton. The minute you pull up to Pop’s, you know you are without a doubt in the Outer Banks. This is the place to go if you want fresh oysters, clams and other local favorites. And, yes, for you land lovers, Pop’s has burgers and other "regular” food too. Locals frequent this place so you know it is good. There is nothing like sitting down to a dozen raw oysters or freshly boiled shrimp with an ice cold beer.

Gidget’s Pizza and Pasta, 41934 Highway 12, Avon. Every guest at Elan Vacations always asks about pizza. That would be Gidget’s. Open for lunch and dinner, it has a cozy pizzeria atmosphere with everything that you expect to get at a pizza parlor. The very best part is that they deliver! And, whether it is the first night at your Hatteras rental or a lazy evening after a full day on the beach, dinner calls for pizza or something else on Gidget’s menu. It is not uncommon for us to order lunch from Gidget’s when we want pizza.

Something for Everyone on Hatteras Island

No matter what you crave, there is something for everyone on Hatteras Island. It is important to note, however, that some are only open during our "season.” If you visit our beautiful island in the off-season (basically when it is cold), it is best to check and see if they are open. Some are open all year simply because there are locals that live here year-round and like to go out to eat too. So just check first.