Duck, NC, Restaurants

Including Southern Shores

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

Whether you want pizza delivery 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 of the Outer Banks restaurants, stick to American fare, with an emphasis on seafood. That doesn’t mean there aren’t creative chefs in Duck, NC; 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.

Visiting Duck, NC, Restaurants

In the summer, when there are way more people than there are seats at Duck, NC, restaurants, you may want to eat out early or late or make a reservation (where possible). The least crowded nights at the restaurants in Duck and Southern Shores 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, eating out in Duck, NC, 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, NC, 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.

Duck Restaurants by Location or Category

Duck Restaurants | Southern Shores Restaurants
 

Blue Point

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

The 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,... read more

The Blue Point established Duck as an Outer Banks dining destination when it opened in... read more

ClamBake OBX

3841 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 2, Kitty Hawk
(252) 455-8737

Take a load off and let ClamBake OBX do some of the work of feeding your family! They'll bring the fun and excitement of an old-fashioned clam bake right to your front door, or you can choose from 14 other menus with their in-house chef services. ClamBake OBX serves areas from Corolla to Hatteras Island, and they will come to your house and do all the... read more

Take a load off and let ClamBake OBX do some of the work of feeding... read more

Coastal Provisions Oyster Bar and Wine Bar Cafe

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

Opened in 2006 as a gourmet market, Coastal Provisions Oyster Bar & Wine Bar Café now serves full-service lunch and dinner featuring their award-winning cuisine, full bar and a world-class oyster bar with one of the largest selections on the East Coast. A contemporary menu of top quality local ingredients and fresh Outer Banks catch expertly prepared and served in an unpretentious atmosphere has garnered this place wide acclaim. You'll... read more

Opened in 2006 as a gourmet market, Coastal Provisions Oyster Bar & Wine Bar Café now serves full-service... read more

Cookshak Fried Chicken

Duck, NC, Restaurant
1187 Duck Road, Loblolly Pines Shopping Plaza, Duck
(252) 261-1156
2515 S. Croatan Highway Unit A, Nags Head
(252) 441-1156

If it’s Southern chicken, then it’d better be fried. At least, that’s what they believe at The Cookshak Fried Chicken. Their small menu lets them focus on preparing fried chicken and its fixings right, crafting each meal to feel like you’re sitting down to a big chicken dinner at Grandma’s country farmhouse. The restaurant serves food in family-size servings, and you can order half or whole birds and pair them with sides of fries,... read more

If it’s Southern chicken, then it’d better be fried. At least, that’s what they believe at The Cookshak Fried Chicken.... read more

Cosmo’s Pizzeria

Southern Shores, NC, Restaurant
5591 N. Croatan Highway, The Marketplace, Southern Shores
(252) 261-8388

Cosmo’s offers Italian-style food that’s worth seeking out. We think the crust is dandy — perfectly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside and with just a hint of sweetness. Choose from any of their fabulous pizza concoctions or create your own. Cosmo’s also offers salads, pasta dishes, subs, beer and wine. You can eat in or take it out.... read more

Cosmo’s offers Italian-style food that’s worth seeking out. We think the crust is dandy —... read more

Duck Pizza Company

Duck, NC, Restaurant
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. 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... read more

Duck Pizza Company's menu features a wide selection of creative pizza combinations with plenty of... read more

Fishbones Raw Bar and Restaurant

Duck, NC, 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

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A good place to gather your friends, Fishbones has a friendly, laid-back atmosphere that

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Pizza Stop

Southern Shores, NC, Restaurant
5385 N. Virginia Dare Trail, Sandy Ridge Shopping Center, Southern Shores
(252) 261-7867

The Pizza Stop bakes fresh, hand tossed, authentic New York–style pizzas in their own stone ovens. All dough, sauces and most of the dressings are made in house. Choose from a variety of specialty pies or create one of your own with fresh, often organic, veggies and toppings. They also serve subs, pasta dishes, salad, wine and beer. You can eat in, take out or... read more

The Pizza Stop bakes fresh, hand tossed, authentic New York–style pizzas in their own stone... read more

Pizzazz Pizza

Duck, NC, Restaurant
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. And, if... read more

Pizzazz is a pizza favorite on the Outer Banks. They’ve been around since 1986 because... read more

Red Sky Cafe

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

Red Sky is an inviting cafe with a creative menu of contemporary coastal cuisine. Chef Wes Stepp and his team turn 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... read more

Red Sky is an inviting cafe with a creative menu of contemporary coastal cuisine. Chef... read more

Sunset Grille and Raw Bar

Duck, NC, Restaurant
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 setting sun, you can dine outdoors on the huge waterfront deck. Sunset Grille has a Caribbean theme: Jimmy Buffett, tiki lights, colorful decor, island drinks and fare … you get the idea. It comes together as casual and fun and very family... read more

This restaurant comes by its name honestly. It’s on the Currituck Sound, perfectly oriented to... read more

The Paper Canoe

Duck, NC, Restaurant
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 menu 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... read more

The Paper Canoe features fresh, simple food in a polished, casual atmosphere with a stunning... read more