Duck Restaurants Including Southern Shores

Duck NC Restaurants — Every One!

For such small towns, Southern Shores and Duck restaurants have some pretty sophisticated dining options.

Whether you want delivered pizza or upscale cuisine matched with a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list, you’ll find what you’re looking for. Most Duck NC restaurants, like so many on the Outer Banks, stick to American fare, with an emphasis on seafood. That doesn’t mean there aren’t creative chefs here; you’ll find some very innovative preparations of seafood, meats, fresh produce and traditional ingredients. Southern Shores restaurants include a couple of chains (ever heard of a little place called Starbucks?), a great pizza place and a wonderful gourmet foods market/cafe.

Duck restaurants can boast of three of the top food and wine destinations on the Outer Banks. You can sip coffee in a front porch rocker, have a romantic dinner with a sound view, savor wine under a canopy of live oaks, eat al fresco while listening to jazz, catch sports on a bar TV, grab a slice of pizza, lick an ice cream while feeding ducks or take the whole family out for a seafood dinner.

In the summer, when there are way more people than there are Duck restaurant seats, you may want to eat out early or late or make a reservation (where possible). The least crowded nights at Duck restaurants and Southern Shores restaurants are, maybe surprisingly, Friday and Saturday nights. That’s because of scheduled arrivals and departures at the vacation rental companies. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are typically the busiest nights in the summer, local restaurateurs say. In the off-season, Duck dining is much more relaxed and accessible. Some restaurants close in the dead of winter, but there is always something open. Several Southern Shores and Duck restaurants are now staying open year round. Both towns have full ABC permits, so you can order beer, wine or liquor at restaurants that have those options.

We’ve arranged the Duck NC restaurants in alphabetical order. When they are located in a collection of shops, we give the shopping center’s name for the address; if it’s a stand-alone establishment, the address is given as Duck Road, which is the same as N.C. Highway 12. All the Southern Shores restaurants are in The Marketplace or Southern Shores Crossing, on the northern side of N.C. Highway 158, near the intersection where you turn north to head to Duck. Click on the Restaurant Featured Plates link to the left for detailed, information that’s updated daily by the restaurants themselves—what’s featured today, reservation policies, large group accommodations, pricing, payment options, hours of operation and more.

Duck Restaurants by Location or Category

Duck Restaurants | Southern Shores Restaurants

Blue Point

1240 Duck Road, The Waterfront Shops, Duck
(252) 261-8090

Blue Point established Duck as an Outer Banks dining destination when it opened in 1989 and has since put the tiny town on the foodie map. The restaurant is lively and offers fantastic views of the Currituck Sound. The menus are creative, upscale, Southern and coastal, changing seasonally to reflect the fresh local and regional ingredients that are available. The dinner menu offers salads, soups, starters and entrees of seafood, beef, pork, duck and pasta. Lunch is a civilized mix of salads, sandwiches and entrees with an emphasis on dining, even if it is only lunch. The wine list and other bar offerings are extensive and well thought out and can be enjoyed in summer as the sun sets on the patio bar and lawn. Lunch and dinner are served daily year round (no lunch on Mondays during the in-season, and no lunch or dinner on Mondays in the off-season). Reservations are accepted online or by phone. 

ClamBake OBX

5561 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 2, Kitty Hawk
(252) 489-4754

Let ClamBake OBX bring the fun and excitement of a good old-fashioned clam bake right to your front door this summer! ClamBake OBX services areas from Corolla to Hatteras. They will come to your house and do all the work so you can relax and enjoy your vacation. A clambake includes lobster, crab legs, shrimp, clams, mussels, corn on the cob, red potatoes, pearl onions and smoked sausage. All of their seafood is fresh and locally caught for the best Outer Banks flavor. There are also several dinner entrees to choose from for a barbecue on the lawn. They offer prime choice USDA meats including pork, beef and chicken with all the trimmings. ClamBake OBX will set everything up buffet style and you serve your own beverages. They can serve six to 600 guests and have menus that are child friendly, and they will even clean up afterward! 

Coastal Provisions Oyster Bar and Wine Bar Cafe

1 Ocean Boulevard, Southern Shores Crossing Shopping Center, Southern Shores
(252) 480-0023

Coastal Provisions Market is now Coastal Provisions Oyster Bar & Wine Bar Café serving full-service lunch and dinner featuring their award-winning cuisine, full bar and now a fantastic selection of oysters in the new Oyster Bar. A contemporary menu of top quality local ingredients and Outer Banks catch expertly prepared and served in an unpretentious atmosphere has garnered this place wide acclaim. You'll also find great small plates, wine pairings, beer flights and cocktails with daily specials for lunch and dinner. Lunch begins at 11 a.m. with dinner starting at 5 p.m. Reservations are suggested for dinner and for larger parties. The dining room can easily accommodate larger parties from 10 to 30. Call ahead for availability.

Duck Donuts

1190 Duck Road, Osprey Landing, Duck
(252) 480-3304
601 Currituck Clubhouse Drive, Currituck Club, Corolla
(252) 453-3210
5230 N. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 1, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-3312
710 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 8.5, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 480-3320

Make a beeline for Duck Donuts where you will find warm, delicious and made-to-order donuts. Duck Donuts makes its donuts fresh on site, and you have the option of each one being dipped in vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, lemon, peanut butter or maple glaze then sprinkled with your favorite toppings. You can watch your donuts being made then have the warm donuts boxed up to take home — if they make it home! They also carry a wide selection of Under Armour and OBX hats and visors for your pre- or post-donut workout. Fresh-roasted premium coffees, orange juice and other beverages are offered. All the shops are open from 6:30 a.m. (Corolla 7 a.m.) to 9 p.m. during the summer season.  

Duck Pizza Company

1171 Duck Road, Scarborough Lane Shopping Center, Duck
(252) 255-0099

Duck Pizza Company's menu features a wide selection of creative pizza combinations with plenty of varieties to choose from. Featuring all fresh ingredients, you can also create your own pizzas or choose from subs, calzones, stromboli, salads or wings. Be sure to check out their ever-popular two-foot-long cheese steaks on authentic amoroso rolls! They offer three sizes of pizza — small, large and their extra large one that's really huge at 18" and 12 slices — and make the crust fresh daily. They also offer a variety of wine and ice cold beer. Eat in, take out or take advantage of free delivery to southern Pine Island, Duck and Southern Shores. Duck Pizza is open for lunch and dinner daily in season. 


Duck's Cottage Coffee and Books

1240 Duck Road, The Waterfront Shops, Duck
(252) 261-5510

Located in one of Duck’s oldest buildings, Duck’s Cottage has been making coffee history for more than a decade. Daily coffees represent the freshest seasonal offerings, from an artisanal roaster along with their best-selling Coconut Crunch coffee. Also on the menu are espresso drinks (hot or iced), herbal teas and chai lattes, the best biscotti, pastries, a selection of East Coast metro papers and WiFi. A handpicked, eclectic selection of books, including a strong local section, can help you while away a morning or afternoon on the front porch of this former hunt club. Duck’s Cottage opens every day at 7 a.m. (except Christmas).

Fishbones Raw Bar and Restaurant

1171 Duck Road, Scarborough Lane Shopping Center, Duck
(252) 261-6991

A good place to gather your friends, Fishbones has a friendly, laid-back atmosphere that will have you lingering over a beer long after you’ve finished eating. Starters will get you going with favorites such as wings, calamari and coconut shrimp. Then you can choose from amazing conch or clam chowders, salads, sandwiches, burgers, fried seafood baskets, seafood from the raw and steam bars, daily specials or entrees including fish, shellfish, beef, pasta and chicken. Fishbones is open for lunch and dinner daily. Call in for take out. The bar area has seven TVs running for the people who are hanging out.

Lifesaving Station Restaurant

1461 Duck Road, The Sanderling Resort, Duck
(855) 421-4166

The Lifesaving Station is the Sanderling Resort’s family-oriented, casual restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Sanderling Resort, under the culinary direction of Executive Chef Charles Mereday, is making a serious effort to establish the resort as a dining destination. Mereday is reinventing the Sanderling's two restaurants, The Lifesaving Station and Kimball’s Kitchen, into places to enjoy the best of the locally grown produce and seafood with a farm-to-table approach. The Lifesaving Station menu features contemporary American Cuisine. Breakfast is available with traditional fare and beyond-the-ordinary touches. Lunch includes salads, soups, appetizers, sandwiches and entrees. Dinner focuses on Coastal Carolina Cuisine with creative preparations of local seafood and natural beef. Children are welcome for all meal periods with kid-friendly menus. The restaurant is housed in an 1899 U.S. Life-Saving Service Station, and the decor pays homage to the building’s unique history. Large parties are welcome.


Pizzazz Pizza

1187 Duck Road, Loblolly Pines Shopping Center, Duck
(252) 261-8822
603 Currituck Clubhouse, The Shoppes at the Currituck Club, Corolla
(252) 453-8858
2515 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 10.5, Nags Head
(252) 261-1111

Pizzazz is a pizza favorite on the Outer Banks. They’ve been around since 1986 because they make consistently great pizza with generous toppings and the service is friendly. Choose from gourmet menu creations or stick with the traditional. Pizzazz also makes hot subs, salads and wings. You can eat in for lunch or dinner or have your pizza delivered. Call for off-season hours.

Red Sky Café

1197 Duck Road, Duck Landing, Duck
(252) 261-8646

Red Sky is an inviting café with a creative menu of contemporary coastal cuisine. Chef Wes Stepp turns out some incredible fare, including filet mignon, crispy duck and seafood. The kitchen prepares seafood, pasta and chicken creations plus sandwiches, salads, soups, appetizers and desserts. The daily specials are always worth trying. Top-quality, flavor-rich ingredients round out all the offerings, and the sides are usually as show stopping as the featured dish. Red Sky is open for lunch and dinner, and it has a full bar with an exciting wine list. Red Sky Cafe offers full meals to go, and they also have a Chefs On Call service in which they cook for you at your place. Red Sky opens at 11 a.m. daily.


1 Ocean Boulevard, Southern Shores Crossing, Southern Shores
(252) 261-0224

A local favorite, Steamers has been dishing up fresh and gourmet cuisine to beachgoers since 1994. Their dine-in/take-out restaurant serves high-quality steamed, grilled and fresh fried seafood as well as signature items such as baby back ribs, vegetarian black bean soup and classic Key lime cake. Diners can enjoy their meal at Steamers’ new full-service, 80-seat location at the heart of Southern Shores where they’ll also find a full bar, gorgeous ocean views from their back deck and a family friendly kids menu. Take-out diners can choose from an a la carte, Big Group and Steamer Pots To Go® menu, the original Outer Banks New England Style Clambake, and the ultimate beach party fare. Steamers is open year round with no break between lunch and dinner. Be sure to ask about their personalized catering options for events both large and small! 

Sunset Grille and Raw Bar

1264 Duck Road, Duck
(252) 261-3901

This restaurant comes by its name honestly. It’s on the Currituck Sound, perfectly oriented to those nightly sunset shows. To better enjoy the sinking sun, you can dine outdoors on the huge, newly renovated waterfront deck if you choose. Sunset Grille has a Caribbean theme: Jimmy Buffet, tiki lights, colorful décor, island drinks and fare … you get the idea. It comes together as casual and fun and very family oriented. The lunch and dinner menus are focused on seafood with many Key West- and Caribbean-inspired dishes. Raw and steamed seafood, salads, chowders, a variety of appetizers, lunch entrees, burgers, sandwiches and dinner entrees of seafood, beef, chicken, pasta and ribs are available on the menu, along with tempting desserts, and this year they have a new breakfast menu. Sushi is served nightly. Sunset is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and later for the nightlife crowd. There is a DJ or karaoke Monday through Friday nights in season.

The Paper Canoe

1564 Duck Road, Duck
(252) 715-2220

The Paper Canoe features fresh, simple food in a polished casual atmosphere with a stunning waterfront view. Entrees and Old World wood-oven pizzas are prepared with local seafood and locally grown vegetables. An ever-changing chalkboard features daily selections like homemade pasta, locally caught seafood and rustic wood-oven specialties. Ten craft beers on tap and an extensive wine list will have you lingering well after dinner. The Paper Canoe is located on the Currituck Sound on the north end of Duck, across from the Sanderling Inn. It's open for dinner daily. 

Treehouse Coffee Co.

1177 Duck Road, Scarborough Faire Shops, Duck
(406) 531-4516

Treehouse is Duck's newest gourmet coffee shop serving North Carolina's Counter Culture Coffee and local pastries and offering the best in coffee retail and accessories. Stop in for a relaxing cuppa Joe and to visit with friends.

Wave Pizza Cafe

1190 Duck Road, Osprey Landing Shops, Duck
(252) 255-0375

Located on the Duck boardwalk overlooking the Currituck Sound, Wave Pizza Café is a family-run operation offering 30 years of culinary experience. Hand-tossed, made-to-order pizzas baked in a stone oven with only the freshest ingredients are the specialty here, but there are also sandwiches and salads made from quality ingredients. Complement your meal with their large selection of craft beer, available on draft or by the bottle, and their spectacular wine selection that’s offered by the bottle or the glass. A local favorite, Wave is open for lunch and dinner, and you can enjoy your meal either inside or out on their waterfront deck. Time your visit for sundown and you’ll get a free sunset show with your meal! Take-out is also available.