Lunch Like A Local 2024

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Lunch Like a Local 2023 – Outer Banks Lunch Restaurants 

Lunch Like a Local – No one knows better than a local the best lunch places the Outer Banks has to offer. Ssssh! We’re gonna tell their secrets! Lunch on the Outer Banks isn’t just a meal, it’s an experience. So when it comes to choosing a restaurant, be sure to head to one the locals love. Whether you want a sit-down meal, a quick bite, or a waterfront view, the Outer Banks is filled with authentic, local restaurants that are sure to become your favorite spots for lunching like a local. (Listed north to south) 

Lunch Like a Local 2023 will help find the best places to eat on the OBX. Surely, this list will help you better decide where’s the best place to relax, as well as the best restaurants to people watch and the best place to enjoy your vacation. Furthermore, simply take a break from the beach or from shopping, sit back and watch the world go by, and Lunch Like a Local. Find the best restaurant nearest you for lunch. 


Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar

No matter where you happen to be on the Outer Banks, if you are in the mood for oysters, Awful Arthur’s Oyster Bar is worth the drive. Awful Arthur’s has been named as one of the Top 10 Oyster Bars in the Country by Coastal Living magazine, and recognized by Esquire Magazine for its tasty steamed shrimp. It is also famous for its popular surf & turf, soft shell crabs in season, crab cakes, and steamed combos. Menu favorites also include scrumptious burgers, homemade pastas, and delicious sandwiches. Read More >>

2106 N. Virginia Dare Trail
Kill Devil Hills, NC





We focus on providing healthy, fresh, and natural dishes to satisfy the modern customer’s tastes and needs. Our main specialty cuisines are Japanese. All of our dishes are made with only the freshest of ingredients of the highest quality to achieve the best flavors and presentation. Our main ingredients are fresh seafood, and vegetables.


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Oishii Poke & Sushi

Oishii Poke and Sushi, is the first of its kind in Corolla. We utilize creative ideas, combined with the freshest ingredients possible to bring you the most unique and delicious poke and sushi experience Corolla has to offer. In Hawaiian culture “poke” means to slice into cross wide pieces.  As a create-your-own poke restaurant, guests can choose from a large selection of proteins, and toppings, creating their own personalized meal. Additionally enjoy our wonderful selection of Japanese starters, regular sushi rolls, house special rolls, and more. Whether you want to dine in, carry out, online order, or take a large party tray to go, Oishii has got you covered.


885 Albacore street, Corolla 27927
(252) 453-3722

Duck / Kitty Hawk

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Aloha Poke & Grill

Welcome to Aloha Poke & Grill, Kitty Hawk’s newest restaurant! We focus on fresh, good quality of ingredients as healthy way to dine.In Hawaiian culture, poke is one of the most well-known dishes. “Poke” means to cut or slice something into crosswise pieces. It is served as diced and finely raw fish or cooked meat, which is usually served in the main course but is also served as an appetizer. The ingredients in a modern poke bowl can be very widely, the nutrition content is very well.


Village Table & Tavern

Village Table & Tavern

Village Table & Tavern has something for everyone to enjoy, from inspired sandwich combinations to expertly prepared local seafood with a kick of creativity. Conveniently located just north of Duck, Village Table serves local and international craft beers, an exceptional selection of wines, and craft cocktails that will leave you wanting more.


High Cotton BBQ

High Cotton

If you want authentic North Carolina BBQ, you’ll love High Cotton, where these Tarheel natives slow smoke their barbecue over hickory coals and pair it with classic sides. There’s something for everyone, from beef brisket and ribs, to smoked, or fried chicken and Brunswick stew and barbecue. High Cotton is the perfect place to take a lunch break and get your NC BBQ fix. The menu also includes plenty of gluten-free options. Offering take-out.


SandTrap Tavern

Sandtrap Tavern

Stop by the Sandtrap Tavern and lunch like a local! Located on Sea Scape Golf Links with views of the ocean & the fairway. Sandtrap Tavern is fast becoming a local’s favorite. Sandtrap serves breakfast, lunch and dinner including daily specials. Enjoy everything from pancakes to handcrafted burgers. Dining at Sandtrap, provides a relaxing tavern atmosphere. The ‘Trap’s large bar features a plethora of 60” televisions and Carolina Keno! Sandtrap is truly a local’s dream, with the 19th hole being more than expected.


Sanyo Sushi Bar


Sanya has a complete sushi bar with all your favorite rolls. They also offer a delicious hibachi grill with shrimp, chicken, lobster, and vegetables for the vegetarian! Sanya offers a wide variety of Chinese favorites, from General Tso’s Chicken to delicious Moo Goo Gai Pan.


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Shipwrecks Taphouse & Grill. Located in Kitty Hawk. Shipwrecks is a locals and tourist dream. Offering Lunch, Dinner and Events, and a pet-friendly environment we truly are your one stop for all family fun!


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TRiO Restaurant & Market

If you’re in the mood for familiar favorites with a creative twist, head to TRiO Restaurant & Market in Kitty Hawk. Locals know they can count on TRiO to serve up fresh salads, delicious paninis, and inspired entrees such as crab pot pie and chicken prosciutto. And with one of the beach’s largest lists of wines by the glass and lineups of craft beer, you can always find the perfect pairing for whatever you’re enjoying!


Kill Devil Hills

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Jolly Roger

The Jolly Roger Restaurant is the oldest Italian Restaurant on the beach. We offer a wide variety of fresh caught local seafood, steaks, prime rib, home cooked favorites, and of course, the most famous breakfast on the beach. We are known all over for our huge portions and fun family atmosphere. Locals and visitors alike know that when they sit down at Carol Ann’s restaurant, they will be treated to a great meal with generous portions and friendly, hometown service.


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If you’re looking for an Outer Banks restaurant with a casual, island-style vibe and a crowd-pleasing menu, look no further than Goombays Grille & Raw Bar. A locals favorite since 1992, this Kill Devil Hills restaurant stands out in its vibrant chartreuse and aqua building on the Beach Road. Inside, our family-friendly atmosphere is just as lively and colorful with undersea murals, bright local artwork, fish tank and a collage of vintage license plates. Add tropical drinks and an abundance of seafood dishes, and you have a place that will transport you to an island state of mind. The menu appeals to all tastes with its shareable appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, wraps, pastas, quesadillas, grilled meats, ribs, Caribbean-style entrees and daily chefs creations for lunch and dinner.


Fuji Japanese Steakhouse

Fuji Japanese Steakhouse

As the Outer Banks only Japanese steakhouse, we offer locals and tourists a taste of some of the most ancient and flavorful meals from Japan. Our sushi and hibachi chefs have trained for over 6 years to reach a level of skill that is highly advanced. Let them entertain you with their tricks and be sure to bring your sense of humor. We are licensed with a fully stocked bar and offer patrons the option of eating at the sushi bar or one of the hibachi tables.


Khan's Mongolian Grill

Khan’s Mongolian Grill

What’s in your bowl!? Stop in for lunch or dinner and choose from an extensive variety of shaved meats, seafood, fresh vegetables, and signature sauces and spices for your custom creation. With thousands of combinations, there will be something for everyone.


American Pie

American Pie

Pizza baked to perfection and always piping hot, our Kill Devil Hills pizza has been a favorite for years on the Outer Banks. American Pie Drive-In has a full menu ready to order for take-out. Our ice cream is hands down the perfect dessert or a special treat on a hot summer day. Come right off the beach, come as you are and everyone in group will find a tasty treat to enjoy.


Nags Head

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Poke Box

Fresh Outer Banks seafood and customizable Asian flavors are at the tip of your fingers at one of Nags Head’s newest take out restaurants, Poke Box! Offering fresh, simple, and healthy options, each poke box is made-to-order, giving you the power to create your perfect meal!


Dirty Dick's Crab House

Dirty Dick’s Crab House

Dirty Dick’s Crab House takes lunchtime seriously. With 5 daily lunch specials starting at $10 and an all-day menu of popular sandwiches, the options are endless. We know our crab cakes – we’ve served more than one million of them to hungry guests! If you are looking for a mid-day feast with all-you-can-eat specials, head over to Dirty Dick’s, where we can handle hungry crowds of any size. Take-out is also available! 


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Tortuga’s Lie

Nestled among the dunes of Nags Head, you’ll find a delicious slice of The Caribbean known as Tortugas’ Lie. It’s one of the locals’ favorites on the Outer Banks. For lunch, you’ll find the best soups, salads, sandwiches, entrees, and steamers on the beach. Our personal favorites are the local tuna special or the baja burger. See exactly why this quaint little Outer Banks restaurant of ours is not only a locals’ favorite but the destination for hungry vacationers year after year.


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Sooey’s BBQ & Rib Shack

If you’re looking for delicious and traditional Southern fare in North Carolina, stop by Sooey’s BBQ & Rib Shack today! We’re proud to offer our Carolina BBQ on the Outer Banks with two, one-of-a-kind restaurant locations, in Nags Head and Corolla, for your dining convenience. Whether you’re looking for mouth-watering pulled pork, smoked beef brisket or Southern fried chicken, you’re sure to find the perfect dish at one of our popular BBQ restaurants.


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Miller’s Waterfront Restaurant

Truly an Outer Banks family tradition, Miller’s Waterfront Restaurant has been owned & operated by the Miller Family since 1982. Dedication to quality food and service shines through with every meal and is comparable only to our beautiful water views. 


Of course we want to discover local’s favorite lunch restaurants, but perhaps family friendly restaurants might really be what you’re looking for. What about later on the in evening? Perhaps you’re looking for the top choices to make for a special night out. It may be that you’re truly after a waterfront dining experience, or some top-notch sushi. Whatever it is you’re craving, The Outer Banks Restaurant Guide has you covered!

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