Manteo, NC, Restaurants

Including Restaurants Near Manteo, NC

Rest assured you will eat well on Roanoke Island. For such a small island, it has a good share of restaurants.

Manteo, NC, restaurants are found in the historic waterfront area and along the main highway; Wanchese also sports several great places to eat. Except for a few fast food chains on the main highway (McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Dunkin Donuts and Subway), the rest of the restaurants on Roanoke Island are independent establishments with character you won’t find anywhere else. If you don't know this area well, the island is divided into the town limits of Manteo, the town of Wanchese and then the rest of the island that doesn't fall within those two specified areas.

Local fare at Manteo, NC, restaurants revolves around what’s the freshest: seafood. If you haven’t eaten crispy fried oysters, silky she-crab soup or the spindly legs of a soft-shell crab at a Manteo, NC, restaurant, you haven’t fully tasted this island. As a major hub for trawlers and fishing vessels, Wanchese is a serious commercial seafood center. Boats from all over bring their catches straight to the Wanchese fish houses, where the seafood is prepared for market.

But seafood isn’t all there is. This is eastern North Carolina, after all, so expect to find genuine, down-home country cooking and Carolina-style barbecue as well as fresh local produce at most restaurants on Roanoke Island. Meat eaters will not be disappointed, and most restaurants can happily accommodate vegetarians and vegans. Manteo, NC, restaurants can also boast of an expanded ethnic palate with Mexican, Chinese and Peruvian fare.

Visiting Manteo, NC, Restaurants

Most Manteo, NC, restaurants do not require dinner reservations except, possibly, the upscale 1587 Restaurant. You may have to wait a few moments for a table at some places, but the wait for restaurants on Roanoke Island will definitely be shorter than at the beach. In fact, many Outer Banks locals know that the secret to an enjoyable dinner during the busy summer months is to forgo the beach and dine at a Manteo, NC, restaurant where things are a little less crazy.

Manteo establishments can serve mixed drinks as well as beer and wine. We even have our own Manteo brewery! Most local restaurants cut back their hours in the off-season, and several take a break for a month or so in the winter. If you’re considering visiting one then, be sure to call ahead first and make sure that they’re open.

Roanoke Island Restaurants by Category or Location

Manteo Restaurants | Wanchese Restaurants | Nags Head/Manteo Causeway

Basnight’s Lone Cedar

7623 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head/Manteo Causeway, Nags Head
(252) 441-5405

This Outer Banks landmark restaurant at the top of many locals’ lists of favorite places. The service is genuinely friendly, and the portions are more...read more

This Outer Banks landmark restaurant at the top of many locals’ lists of favorite places....read more

Big Buck's Homemade Ice Cream

Manteo Restaurant
Multiple locations

For a tasty treat, head to Big Buck’s Homemade Ice Cream. Choose from more than 50 flavors of made-from-scratch ice cream plus sorbet and soft serve....read more

For a tasty treat, head to Big Buck’s Homemade Ice Cream. Choose from more than...read more

Carolina Bar-B-Que Company

Manteo Restaurant
908 U.S. Highway 64, Manteo
(252) 305-8844

If you love authentic pit-cooked eastern North Carolina barbecue, this is your place. On Highway 64 close to the Dare County Government Complex,...read more

If you love authentic pit-cooked eastern North Carolina barbecue, this is your place. On Highway...read more

Darrell’s Restaurant

Manteo Restaurant
521 S. U.S. Highway 64, Manteo
(252) 473-5366

Darrell’s is a family-style seafood restaurant that’s a locals' favorite and has been operated by the Daniels family for more than five decades. It...read more

Darrell’s is a family-style seafood restaurant that’s a locals' favorite and has been operated by...read more

One of the most well-known and trusted caterers on the Outer Banks – a legend since 1985 – Kelly’s offers family-style meals as well as individual meals for...read more

One of the most well-known and trusted caterers on the Outer Banks – a legend...read more

Lost Colony Tavern

Manteo Restaurant
208 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Manteo
(252) 423-3033

For locally brewed beers and perfectly accompanying British pub-style cuisine, head to Lost Colony Tavern in downtown Manteo. The tavern...read more

For locally brewed beers and perfectly accompanying British pub-style cuisine, head to Lost Colony Tavern...read more

NouVines

Manteo Restaurant
105 Budleigh Street, Manteo
(252) 339-1634

Downtown Manteo finally has a wine bar! It's a cozy, comfortable place with the slightly urban feel of a remodeled historic downtown building, in this case...read more

Downtown Manteo finally has a wine bar! It's a cozy, comfortable place with the slightly...read more

Outland Seafood

7463 U.S. Highway 64/264, Manns Harbor
(252) 473-2860

A locals' favorite for fresh seafood, Outland Seafood is perfectly situated for picking up fresh, local seafood on your way to the Outer Banks from the west...read more

A locals' favorite for fresh seafood, Outland Seafood is perfectly situated for picking up fresh,...read more

Roanoke Island Market

Manteo Restaurant
207 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Manteo
(252) 473-1914

Acai bowls and fresh-pressed juice in Manteo? Yes, it's true! Roanoke Island Market is the place for coffee, juice, smoothies, toasts, salads, paninis, acai...read more

Acai bowls and fresh-pressed juice in Manteo? Yes, it's true! Roanoke Island Market is the...read more

Something or Other Treats & More

Manteo Restaurant
107 Budleigh Street, Unit F, The Phoenix Shops, Manteo
(252) 489-0087

This little market has everything you need to stock up for charcuterie night or pack the picnic basket. You'll find meats, cheeses, crackers, pickles,...read more

This little market has everything you need to stock up for charcuterie night or pack...read more

Stripers Bar and Grille

Manteo Restaurant
1100-A S. Bay Club Drive, Manteo
(252) 475-1021

Stripers has a great waterfront location at Shallowbag Bay Marina, and they offer plenty of opportunities to enjoy the water views. You can eat on the...read more

Stripers has a great waterfront location at Shallowbag Bay Marina, and they offer plenty of...read more

White's Shopping Center

Manteo Restaurant
7395 U.S. Highway 64/264, Manns Harbor
(252) 473-2256

White's Shopping Center in Manns Harbor is not your typical gas station. When you're traveling to the Outer Banks on 64/264, they are the last convenience...read more

White's Shopping Center in Manns Harbor is not your typical gas station. When you're traveling...read more