The Outer Banks has so many great restaurants, it is tough to pick one for that special occasion or to celebrate an important event. Of course, the food has to be outstanding. The atmosphere should be comfortable and inviting. Ideally, it should also have a view. The following 5 restaurants have a check in every column. You are sure to be pleased on that special dinner if you visit one of the following restaurants.
405 Queen Elizabeth Ave, Manteo
Located on the waterfront inside the Tranquil House Inn in Manteo, is 1587 restaurant where every seat has a lovely waterfront view. Perfect for a romantic dinner with exquisite service and top notch cuisine. The menu is not extensive but carefully selected. Seafood is locally sourced by O’Neals in Wanchese and produce is from Somerset Farm in Edenton. There is enough selection, including vegan, vegetarian and gluten free dishes, for every taste. Choices include seafood, steak and chicken delightfully prepared by world class chefs. Travel writers and restaurant critics highly recommend the experience. Southern Living states “Remarkably creative cuisine”.
Aqua Restaurant & Spa
1174 Duck Road, Duck
The delightful restaurant and spa is located on the sound front in Duck to capture breath taking sunsets with your meal. Featuring line caught fresh seafood, duck, chicken and beef expertly prepared with a gourmet twist. The menu also has gluten free selections. Wine Spectator awarded the restaurant Best of award of excellence in 2013. Also, a popular lunch spot. Live music on the deck 7 days a week from 7 to 10 pm.
1240 Duck Road, Duck
Located on the Duck Boardwalk on the sound, Blue Point is a wonderful location for exquisite sunsets. Recently, they have expanded to include an outside bar directly on the sound front with frequent live music offerings. One of the original “farm to table” restaurants with seasonal dishes to make the most of local ingredients. Selections use techniques of brining, curing, pickling, and smoking as well as coastal southern traditions. The She Crab soup always gets rave reviews.
Ocean Boulevard Bistro & Martini Bar
4700 N Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk
Located across from the Atlantic Ocean in Kitty Hawk, Ocean Boulevard is well known to locals and visitors alike. Menu selections include unusual starter items like local fig and goat cheese ravioli and lamb meatballs. Entrees range from Duck breast, rack of lamb, to more typical fare of roast chicken and New York Strip. The unusual pairings turn even the typical fare to something divine. The specialty martini bar is updated seasonally. Live music year round on Friday nights. The beach side patio is a great place to enjoy a cocktail before sitting down to your meal.
1029 Colington Rd, Kill Devil Hills
A little off the beaten track on Colington Road, but well-known and a favorite of locals. The restaurant is located in a converted Victorian house that retains a quaint, cozy vibe. The food and service is upscale with linen tablecloths and napkins, fresh flowers and expertly prepared dishes. Wide assortment of seafood, beef filets, pork and chicken. You will want to save room for the inspired deserts which receive rave reviews. The restaurant is nestled in the maritime forest with giant live oak trees and beautiful gardens.
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