One of my favorite things about living in the Outer Banks is the Sunsets. No two are exactly alike. Sometimes, the colors are so vivid it takes your breath away. I don’t know why, but winter sunsets seem to be more vibrant than summer.
I like to catch the sunset on the sound in a pontoon boat. It is a quick ride to a spot right off Martins Point. Often times we will take some cocktails and appetizers to fully enjoy the bounty. The most memorable sunset was when a fog rolled in from the east, blanketing the homes on the shore and making them lit from within like they were on fire! I couldn’t believe my eyes, it was amazing.
Sometimes we take the boat to our favorite restaurants to enjoy the sunset and a great meal. Here are some favorite places to enjoy a sumptuous meal and a breathtaking sunset. No extra charge for the sunset.
Aqua – 1174 Duck Rd, Duck, NC
This award winning, sound front restaurant in Duck, is so well known for the excellent sunset view that they post the sunset time each day on their website. The food is higher end with entrees priced under $30. There is something for every palette, from steaks, seafood, duck and even vegetarian selections.
Sunset Grille & Raw Bar – 1264 Duck Rd, Duck NC
This Caribbean themed restaurant is a fun family destination. Take a stroll out on the dock to immerse yourself in the sunset. Sit in the outdoor dining area, or at one of the Tiki bars, sushi bar or the raw bar and enjoy your food and drink. There is so much to do, you could spend the whole day and eat all 3 meals.
Rent a waverunner and buzz around the sound. Or enjoy the Outer Banks, like I do, with a sunset cruise on a pontoon boats. The restaurant offers a 2 hour cruise for up to 10 people, complete with appetizers. After the cruise, get priority seating for dinner. Entrée prices range from $16.99 to $32.99.
Blue Point – 1240 Duck Rd, Duck NC
While Duck is not the only place to enjoy the sunset in the Outer Banks, it does have some great restaurants and I couldn’t just choose one. The Blue Point is located next to the Waterfront Shops, a great destination for an evening stroll on the boardwalk at sunset.
This well regarded restaurant was established in 1989 and is known as the original farm to table restaurant with simple, fresh, seasonal dishes. Entrees are prices under $40 with unique choices like pheasant; as well as seafood, beef and pork. The back bar features live music in the summer and is a great place to enjoy a cocktail and watch the sunset.
Waterfront Shops – 1240 Duck Rd, Duck NC
More of a destination than a single restaurant, the waterfront shops are located with a soundfront boardwalk connecting boutique shops, gallery, restaurants and even ice cream. Stroll the boardwalk and do some shopping before the sunset and relax on the benches to enjoy the view.
Coastal Cantina is a great stop on the boardwalk to get Tex-Mex favorites like quesadillas, soft tacos and burritos. Almost all items are under $10 and include unusual selections like the Pato Taco with duck confit with queso fresco cheese.
Pamlico Jacks – 6708 S. Croatan Hwy Nags Head, NC
Easily assessable on the bypass at milepost 15.5 in Nags Head is a local favorite, Pamlico Jacks. I always look forward to company events or holiday parties catered by this team; because the food is always outstanding! You will know you are in the right place when you see the ship, the Pamlico Pearl, with the outside bar. There is something for everyone on the menu. The unusual selections include fried green tomatoes, lobster mac & cheese or shrimp and grits. The children’s menu even includes a steak selection. Pick an outside table or a table in front of the large window inside to get the most out of the sunset.
Tale of the Whale – 7575 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC
Located on the causeway in Nags Head is the Tale of The Whale an Outer Banks favorite since 1980. The soundfront location has a lovely pier with plenty of benches to surround yourself by water while enjoying the sunset. Most entrees are under $30 with a bountiful selection of seafood, steaks and pasta.
The Outer Banks is full of restaurants offering excellent food. Why not get a bonus by viewing the sunset while you dine out? Let Eillu be your guide to the Outer Banks; whether visiting, purchasing or selling real estate.