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Duck NC Restaurants including Southern Shores

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 NC 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 | Southern Shores Restaurants


Blue Point

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

Blue Point established Duck as a dining destination when it opened in 1989 and has since put the tiny town on the foodie map. The restaurant is lively and busy and offers fantastic views of the Currituck Sound, while 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 <i>dining,</i> 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). Reservations are accepted for dinner only.

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. See their website for full menu selections. 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. They will even clean up afterward, but if you do your own cleaning up they will give you a discount. 

Donutz on a Stick

1216 Duck Road, Duck
(252) 261-0484

As the owners of this new sweets shop in Duck describe it, Donuts on a Stick brings the carnival to your mouth! Try out their warm doughnuts on a stick with 35 toppings to add flavor and fun. Or, if you're more in an ice cream mood, you can't miss with their nine twisted soft serve flavors, frozen yogurt and hand-dipped and homemade ice cream. They also serve coffees and flavored milks and have a mix and match candy section. While you're there, take a picture with the 6-foot duck!

Duck Donuts

601 Currituck Clubhouse Drive, Currituck Club, Corolla
(252) 453-3210
1190 Duck Road, Osprey Landing, Duck
(252) 480-3304
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 doughnuts. Duck Donuts makes its doughnuts 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 doughnuts being made then have the warm doughnuts 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-doughnut workout. Locally roasted premium Kill Devil Hills coffees, orange juice and other beverages are offered. All shops open at 6 a.m. (Corolla 7 a.m.) and offer expanded hours during the summer.

Duck Pizza Company

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

Duck Pizza Company's menu features a huge selection of creative pizza combinations with 24 varieties to choose from. The West Coast Pie with sun-dried tomato pesto, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, spinach, garlic and feta and the Southwest Pizza-Q with grilled chicken, barbecue sauce, cheddar, bacon, onion and pineapple are two of the most popular. You can also create your own or choose from subs, calzones, stromboli, salads or wings. 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 ice cold beer. Eat in, take out or take advantage of free delivery to southern Pine Island, Duck and Southern Shores. It’s 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 and Spa, 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 Marty Pollock, is making a serious effort to establish the resort as a dining destination. Pollock 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.


Outer Banks Restaurant Tours

Various meeting places in Kitty Hawk, Duck and Corolla, Kitty Hawk
(252) 722-2229

Outer Banks Restaurant Tours provides walking and driving tours of restaurants in three locations on the Outer Banks. On each tour, chefs and owners greet you, talk to you about their background, their restaurant, their food and their passions and give you a behind-the-scenes look at their restaurant. You are treated to delectable samples of signature dishes, paired with wine, beer or a mixed drink. Along the way, you’re also likely to learn a little history about the Outer Banks and local food sourcing and get a few wine or beer tasting tips. The best thing about these tours is that for the price of one dinner out, you are able to sample the cuisine at multiple restaurants in one afternoon. What better way to find the best places to eat if you are a new visitor to the area? You can enjoy tours to Duck, which is a walking tour, and the Corolla and the Kitty Hawk/Kill Devil Hills driving tours where you're driven in their company vehicle. Outer Banks Restaurant Tours also offers a Brews and Bites Tour on Wednesdays and a Winery Tour on Thursdays. Back by popular demand in 2015 is a BBQ class: Secrets of a BBQ Master! Tours start the week of May 18, 2015, and run through the end of September 2015. Reservations are required.

Pizzazz Pizza

603 Currituck Clubhouse, The Shoppes at the Currituck Club, Corolla
(252) 453-8858
1187 Duck Road, Loblolly Pines Shopping Center, Duck
(252) 261-8822
4146 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 3.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 255-0050
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.

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 Lane Shoppes, 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.

Tropical Smoothie Café

5385 N. Virginia Dare Trail, The Bypass, MP 1.5, Southern Shores
(252) 441-9996
2236 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 10.5, Nags Head
(252) 441-3500
7100 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 16.5, Nags Head
(252) 255-1516

Tropical Smoothie offers great fruit smoothies in such a wide variety that it's hard to choose a flavor, but they have more than smoothies. They also serve salads, wraps and sandwiches. Light fare and kids' meals are available. These are convenient spots for zipping in for a quick meal to take to the beach as a picnic.

Wee Winks Market

1213 Duck Road, Duck
(252) 261-2937

The first store ever to set up shop in Duck, Wee Winks celebrates its 39th year in business with a new building and an expanded selection. Keeping it fresh is what has kept this Duck staple rolling all these years, and this season is no exception. Breakfast sandwiches on fresh-baked biscuits and bagels as well as cinnamon buns baked every morning rounds out the 8-foot  pastry case full of muffins, crumb cakes, fritters, brownies and cookies. Late riser? Wee Winks now offers hamburgers, hot dogs and subs made to order as well as a full deli menu featuring Thumanns meats and cheeses sliced to order and an array of homemade cold salads. When planning dinner, stop in for fresh ground beef, steaks and boneless, skinless chicken. They even carry a few gluten-free items. Gourmet cheeses, dips, spreads and cured sausages round out the perfect menu. Don't forget, Wee Winks still carries all of the vacation essentials they are known for like snacks and drinks, beer (they have a large selection of microbrews) and 20 feet dedicated to some really great wines, ice, bread, milk, cereal, over-the-counter medicines, newspapers, cleaning supplies, suntan lotion and much more. Before you leave, pick a cigar from the large selection of fine ones in the humidor cabinet as a reward for getting everything on your list.