Ortega'z Southwestern Grill brings some cultural spice to downtown Manteo along with a little flash of star quality. The restaurant and its owners, Marcelo and Lisa Ortega, were featured in an episode of the Food Network's popular show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives with Guy Fieri. The specialty of this Southwestern-inspired restaurant is sourcing local ingredients including local catch seafood, produce and even coffee. Large portions at affordable prices enhance the value of an Ortega'z meal. House-made specialties include a Southwestern-encrusted rib eye, a full rack of barbecued ribs, tequila-lime chicken, build-your-own fajitas, local seafood from Wanchese harbor, healthy salads and soups and more. Desserts include homemade cheesecakes, flan and churros (apple-filled pastries drizzled with caramel icing). Ortega'z serves beer and wine, with a wine list dedicated to the regions where the owners grew up – Northern California and Chile – and also has a full bar. The atmosphere is colorful and casual, and in warm weather you can dine outside on the patio.
Ortega'z Southwestern Grill and Wine Bar
201 Sir Walter Raleigh Street, Manteo