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Duck NC Restaurants including Southern Shores

For such small towns, Duck and Southern Shores have a good number of restaurants and 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.

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Aqua Restaurant

  • 1174 Duck Road
  • Duck

Aqua Restaurant on the waterfront is a must-stop while out and about in Duck. Serving lunch and dinner, Aqua offers fresh regional cuisine, exquisite wines, creative cocktails and beers in a casual yet elegant setting. The local fresh fish, natural meats and community farmed ingredients make Aqua a Duck destination. Enjoy lunch favorites such as a crab cake sandwich, fish tacos or the Rockin Rueben while dining inside or out. The view from the patio is gorgeous. On the outdoor decks or inside, come by and relax and enjoy music, sunsets and good times with family and friends. And there’s a spa upstairs…seriously.


Blue Point

  • 1240 Duck Road, The Waterfront Shops
  • Duck

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 dining, even if it is only lunch. The wine list and other bar offerings are extensive and well thought out and can be enjoyed this summer as the sun sets on the recently added patio bar. Lunch and dinner are served daily year round (no lunch on Mondays). Reservations are accepted for dinner only.


Duck Pizza Company

  • 1171 Duck Road, Scarborough Lane Shopping Center
  • Duck

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, On the Pond at The Waterfront Shops
  • Duck

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

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.


Sunset Grille and Raw Bar

  • 1264 Duck Road
  • Duck

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

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.

Bonnie’s Bagels

  • 5549 N. Croatan Highway, MP 2, The Marketplace
  • Southern Shores
  • (252) 255-2888

Outer Bankers have come to love the delicious bagels, spreads and sandwiches at Bonnie’s Bagels. Even New Yorkers agree the bagels are fantastic — they are made from scratch on the premises every day and served with hand-blended cream cheese flavors. The baked goods don’t stop there — Bonnie’s serves hand-made cinnamon rolls, fresh muffins and apple and cherry turnovers. Coffee, cappuccino and lattes are available as is WiFi service in the cafe and plenty of comfortable seating for hanging out. For lunch, choose from salads and spreads (featuring house made hummus) or made-to-order deli-style sandwiches and subs with Boar’s Head meats and cheeses. Choose from bagels, bagel chips, a freshly made baguette (or another loaf of homemade bread baked on the premises) and pick up some salads to go with it — chicken salad, tuna salad, potato salad or fruit salad. Deli trays are available if you call ahead.

Coastal Cantina

  • 1240 Duck Road, The Waterfront Shops
  • Duck
  • (252) 480-0024

This open-air restaurant overlooking the sound is a fabulous place to enjoy a great sunset, food and drinks and the only place in Duck to enjoy a Tex-Mex meal for lunch and dinner. Gather around the Mexican-tiled bar for beer, wine or frozen margaritas and feast on fresh-made guacamole, fried tortillas, burritos, quesadillas and many more favorites concocted by the talented and trusted chefs at Coastal Provisions. There’s live music in-season starting at 6 p.m. to sunset. Coastal Cantina opens daily at 11 a.m.

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 have 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.

Cosmo’s Pizzeria

  • 5591 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 2, The Marketplace
  • Southern Shores
  • (252) 261-8388

Cosmo’s offers great 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.

Cravings Steak & Seafood

  • 1209 Duck Road
  • Duck
  • (252) 480-0032

Cravings Steak & Seafood is a full-service restaurant and bar serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, with the only drive-thru window in town for meals to go. Breakfast features Craving’s coffee and cappuccinos in addition to signature breakfast sandwiches ranging from bacon, egg and cheese to Crab Cake Sunrise. Lunch and dinner menus vary slightly, featuring Coastal Provisions crab cakes, seafood pots, fresh local seafood and prime steaks and burgers. The Restaurant has about 40 indoor seats with patio seating outside. They also feature live music and have a full bar. Hours are from 8 a.m. to past dinner daily in season. Call or visit their website for off-season hours.

Duck Deli

  • 1223 Duck Road
  • Duck
  • (252) 261-3354

When you’re in the mood for something different, Duck Deli offers a departure from the standard Outer Banks seafood menus. Barbecue is the specialty of the house. It’s cooked on site, so just follow your nose to the rich, smoky aromas. Duck Deli makes North Carolina-style pork barbecue and Kansas City-style beef and chicken barbecue with red sauce along with ribs, chicken and wings. The full range of traditional sides and salads is here, including baked beans and cole slaw. They also offer a good selection of sandwiches, soups and salads. Seafood is not big on the menu, though you can get a crab cake and some of owner Ken Forlano’s stellar smoked fish to top off a Caesar salad. Duck Deli serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily in season. Everything is available for take-out. This spot has been a fixture in Duck for more than 20 years with the same owners. They do not serve beer or wine.

Duck Donuts

  • 1190 Duck Road, Osprey Landing
  • Duck
  • (252) 480-3304

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. There are also locations in Corolla, Kitty Hawk at MP 1 on the Beach Road and in Kill Devil Hills at MP 8.5 on the Bypass. All shops open at 6 a.m. (Corolla 7 a.m.) and offer expanded hours during the summer.

Elizabeth’s Café and Winery

  • 1177 Duck Road, Scarborough Faire
  • Duck
  • (252) 261-6145

The proprietor of Elizabeth’s Café, Leonard Logan, has a passion for wine and food — and the combination of the two. With a vast selection of wine offerings, Elizabeth’s focuses on pairing incomparable wines with the perfect foods for the ultimate palate pleaser. Logan’s efforts, with the help of Chef Brad Price, have been widely recognized by the dining industry. This restaurant has won a list of awards so long it’s impossible to list them all here; the most impressive may be the “Best Fine Dining Wine Restaurant in the United States” for 2003 by Santé Magazine. The staff makes an effort to be approachable and welcoming to all levels of wine enthusiasts. Elizabeth’s offers six-course prix fixe wine dinners, or you can order a la carte items off the menu and make your own choices from the wine list. Reservations are recommended. On Wednesdays from 2 to 7 p.m. in the summer months, during Scarborough Faire’s Faire Days, join Elizabeth’s on the shaded porch for jazz music in the courtyard.

Hawaiian Island Coffee and Ice Cream

  • 1190 Duck Road, Osprey Landing Shopping Center
  • Duck
  • (252) 261-1666

At Hawaiian Island you can cool down with a snowball – shaved ice doused with flavored syrup – in 70 flavors. Hawaiian Island also sells ice cream, homemade fudge, drinks, smoothies, coffee and espresso-based drinks, and you have to try their signature espresso shake. Take your treats down to Osprey Landing’s soundfront deck for a great view.

Kimball’s Kitchen

  • 1461 Duck Road, Sanderling Resort
  • Duck
  • (855) 773-6857

Overlooking the tranquil waters of the Currituck Sound, Kimball’s Kitchen (formerly The Left Bank) offers spectacular panoramic views and directly faces the best sunsets the eastern seaboard has to offer. Kimball’s Kitchen strives to serve the bounty of local farmers and fishermen by serving grass-fed prime steaks and fresh, locally caught seafood that changes daily. Daily pasta and risotto specials as well as an extensive raw bar and Wine Spectator wine and champagne lists are also offered. Children are welcome and served smaller portions of the regular menu at half off. Call for seasonal hours and information on private events.


Outer Banks Restaurant Tours

  • Various Meeting Places in Kitty Hawk, Duck and Corolla
  • (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? The Duck Walking Tour takes you on foot from one end of the quaint town to the other, sampling great food and strolling on the boardwalk where you’ll have gorgeous views of the Currituck sound. The Kitty Hawk/Kill Devil Hills Driving Tour transports you in their company vehicle to the rock stars of the Outer Banks restaurant scene, and the Corolla Driving Tour features a short ride in their vehicles on the north end of Corolla where some surprising plates of delicious food await you. Even if you are a return visitor or if you are fortunate enough to live here, these restaurant tours allow you to revisit your old favorites and rediscover them in a whole new, more personal way. Outer Banks Restaurant Tours also offers a Brews and Bites Tour on Wednesdays and a Winery Tour on Thursdays. New to the schedule for 2014 is a BBQ class: Secrets of a BBQ Master! Tours start the week of May 19, 2014, and run through the end of September 2014. Reservations are required.

Pizzazz Pizza

  • 1187 Duck Road, Loblolly Pines
  • Duck
  • (252) 261-8822

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 anywhere from Southern Shores to Sanderling. 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 from his wood-burning oven, including filet mignon, crispy duck and seafood. Beyond the wood-fired oven, 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. Sandwiches are only available at lunch. Red Sky is open for lunch and dinner, and it has a full bar with an exciting wine list. Red Sky Café 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.

Rita’s Ice

  • 5597 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 1, The Marketplace
  • Southern Shores
  • (252) 441-4237

Rita’s Ice is a great place to cool off with a refreshing treat. They serve such favorites as Italian ices, cream ices, frozen custard and a variety of signature specialty frozen drinks, milkshakes and Blendinis. You’ll also find sugar-free ices and gelatis, low fat, no fat and real fruit options and more than 30 topping selections. Check out their other location when you are in Kill Devil Hills.

Roadside Bar & Grill

  • 1193 Duck Road
  • Duck
  • (252) 261-5729

In a charming 1930s cottage right along N.C. Highway 12, The Roadside is a Duck institution. You can dine al fresco on the outdoor patio, enjoying the sights in the heart of Duck, or settle into a booth or up to the bar in the cozy interior. The Backside Bar is now open and features live music on weeknights, movies and surf flicks on a gigantic screen, low-country boils and seasonal oyster roasts all in a cozy, secluded atmosphere behind the cottage. The Roadside’s cuisine is contemporary, and many dishes have a decidedly Southern influence. For example, shrimp and grits with red-eye gravy is a staple on the starter menu. Fresh seafood, of course, is a highlight here. You can order from the steam bar, slurp up some fine clam chowder, sink your teeth into a fish sandwich or swoon over lobster stuffed with crabmeat. Lunch is casual, with soups, salads, sandwiches and a variety of starters. Dinner takes it up a notch with entrees of seafood, chicken, pasta and vegetarian options. The menu changes often and with every season. A full-service bar is available.

Shun Xing

  • 5537 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 2, The Marketplace
  • Southern Shores
  • (252) 261-5099

Shun Xing is one of only a few Chinese restaurants on the Outer Banks. They offer the full range of Chinese specialties for taking out or eating in. You’ll find beef, pork, seafood and vegetarian entrees, soups, fried rice, noodles and delicious egg rolls. The restaurant opens at 10 a.m. daily year round.

Sooey’s BBQ

  • Scarborough Faire
  • Duck
  • (252) 449-2271

Owned and operated by fifth generation Dare County locals, Sooey’s BBQ specializes in authentic eastern North Carolina pork barbecue, slow-smoked ribs, beef brisket, pulled barbecue chicken and Southern fried chicken. Their savory pulled-pork BBQ and ribs are made from an Outer Banks recipe with roots as deep as those on their own family tree. All the favorite homemade sides are here too, including potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans, mac and cheese, corn bread, onion rings and killer hushpuppies. Appetizers, wings, burgers, sandwiches, salads and kids’ favorites are also available. You can sit down and eat in the restaurant, but Sooey’s excels at take-out, prepared family meals and catered events; call ahead for large orders. They also have locations in Corolla and Nags Head. Sooey’s will make barbecue a tradition in your family too.

Starbuck’s Coffee

  • The Marketplace
  • Southern Shores
  • (252) 255-0790

We think you know what you’ll find here. Starbucks offers coffee and espresso-based drinks, Chai, tea and pastries, snacks, coffee accessories for sale and free WiFi.

Sunset Ice Cream and Cappuccino

  • 1240 Duck Road, The Waterfront Shops
  • Duck
  • (252) 261-3553

Sunset Ice Cream is strategically located so that when you’re ready for a break from shopping at The Waterfront Shops, you’re there. In its waterfront location with a great view of the sound and marsh, Sunset serves Edy’s ice cream, a great selection of fresh fruit smoothies, milk shakes, sundaes, drinks, coffee and espresso. Kids love it here because they can watch the ducks while they eat. Sunset is open until 10 p.m. for the summer months.

Sweet T’s Coffee, Beer & Wine

  • 1211 Duck Road, Duck Common
  • Duck
  • (252) 480-2326

Sweet T’s Coffee, Beer & Wine is a great casual place to hang out in Duck. Being a full-service coffee shop, you can expect all the coffee drinks you love plus pastries, muffins, bagels and, of course, free WiFi. With a large selection of wine and craft beer, you can enjoy a glass of wine or a draft beer on the tree-shaded deck or pick up a bottle and mix your own six pack to go. Sweet T’s serves light snacks, so it’s the perfect place to come before or after dinner. They often have live music in the late afternoon and evenings and host wine and beer tastings regularly. Hours in-season are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays.

The 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 Jeffrey Russell, is making a serious effort to establish the resort as a dining destination. Russell is reinventing the Sanderlings 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 and Sunday brunch are 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.

The Pizza Stop

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

The Pizza Stop bakes fresh, New York–style pizzas in its own stone oven. All dough is made in-house with bottled mineral water. Choose from a variety of specialty pies or create one of your own with the fresh, often organic, veggies and toppings. They also serve subs, pasta dishes and salads and beer. You can eat in, take out or get free delivery in Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores and the Town of Duck.

The Sweet Duck

  • 1171 Duck Road, Scarborough Lane Shopping Center
  • Duck
  • (252) 715-1878

This is a fabulous little shop that’s an eclectic venue. They serve all of Sea Salt Grille’s (a restaurant owned by the same folks in Kitty Hawk) homemade pastries including éclairs, cannolis, fresh cookies and turnovers as well as hand-made Belgian chocolates and fresh natural Gelato, made by Chef Debra. To go with your sweet treat, check out the gourmet coffee, lattes, cappuccinos, macchiato, espressos, teas and wines. Splurge on Gelato cakes, whole pies and cakes made daily. New this summer is a beer and wine bar that will feature an array of craft beers and boutique wines for tasting and taking home. Sweet Duck is open seven days a week from the end of March until the end of November with reduced hours for December; they’re closed January and February.

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