Manteo Restaurants

Let's see. What can we tell you about Manteo restaurants from a true local's perspective? Where to start? First, there is a huge variety of styles, cuisine and atmospheres among Manteo restaurants. We have sandwich shops, places offering Central American, Chinese, Italian and Southwestern cuisine, seafood-centric spots, several anniversary-worthy restaurants, a brewery with pub food, a 50s-inspired eatery and more. Lots of these places have fantastic views of the water, and many are located right in the heart of the waterfront town of Manteo and are walkable from B&Bs in the downtown area. And, here's a great local's tip about Manteo restaurants: If you're tired of waiting for an hour or more in the summer to be seated at a beach restaurant, just take the quick trip over the bridge to Manteo! Touring the NC Aquarium or Elizabethan Gardens? Have lunch in Manteo. Traveling with your best four-legged friend? Stop into any of the four downtown Manteo restaurants that are pleased to have Fido as one of their guests in their outdoor dining areas. BTW, that's another fantastic aspect of Manteo restaurants -- the ability to dine under the stars at so many of them. And one other note: Because the pace is more laid back on Roanoke Island, our bartenders have time to be true mixologists! You'll get some of the tastiest mixed drinks here you've ever had. That alone is a pretty good calling card for many of you to try Manteo restaurants! Right? But, even if you're a teetotaler, you'll appreciate the dining scene of boats in the harbor, people strolling by and the ease of a small island town.

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1587 Restaurant

405 Queen Elizabeth Street, The Tranquil House Inn, Manteo
(252) 473-1587

1587 is by far the most elegant restaurant on Roanoke Island. It exudes cosmopolitan class with soft lighting, a copper-topped bar, polished wood, subtle lighting and a view of the harbor. Dining here is an intimate experience with servers that make you feel as if you’re their only customer. Food presentation is a priority, and all dishes are works of art. Taste is important, too,... read more

1587 is by far the most elegant restaurant on Roanoke Island. It exudes cosmopolitan class... read more

Avenue Waterfront Grille

207 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, The Waterfront Shops, Manteo
(252) 473-4800

If you want to see the water while you dine, Avenue Waterfront Grille is a good place to do it. Shallowbag Bay and Roanoke Sound are visible from every seat in the house, and their patio seating overlooks the Manteo docks. Whether you boat up to the Manteo docks or walk up from the waterfront, Avenue is all about maintaining the relaxed and fun attitude... read more

If you want to see the water while you dine, Avenue Waterfront Grille is a... read more

Big Buck's Homemade Ice Cream

106-A Sir Walter Raleigh Street, Manteo
(252) 423-3400
207 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Waterfront Shops, Downtown Manteo, Manteo
(252) 423-3118
794F Sunset Boulevard, Timbuck II, Corolla
(252) 453-3188
3810 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 715-0779

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 sherbet, sorbet and soft serve. You can get any flavor made into a shake, split, sundae or float, even a brownie sundae — yum! Big Buck’s has an espresso bar and all the espresso-based coffee drinks you need to pick up your day.... read more

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

Darrell’s Restaurant

523 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 dates back to 1960, when Darrell Daniels started the Polar Bear Drive-In. When the second generation came on board in 1972, the family changed the focus to a seafood restaurant and renamed it Darrell's Seafood Restaurant. Now the third generation is... read more

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

Hungry Pelican Deli and Ice Cream

205 Budleigh Street, Manteo
(252) 473-9303

The Hungry Pelican is known and loved for its fresh deli sandwiches and superb baked goods. In their new location on Budleigh Street, beside the Pioneer Theater, the restaurant serves sandwiches, salads and kids' fare along with hand-dipped ice cream and baked goods. With a big range of lunch choices, it's a great place to pick up a picnic before a boat tour from the... read more

The Hungry Pelican is known and loved for its fresh deli sandwiches and superb baked... read more

Hungry Pirate Waterfront Café

207 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, The Waterfront Shops, Manteo
(252) 423-3133

At the Hungry Pirate Waterfront Café you’re sure to find something to satisfy all your cravings. Bringing tastes of the Old World to the Outer Banks, their mouthwatering menu presents a top-quality selection of imported meats, cheeses and specialty seasonings, served with freshly baked breads and baguettes. Honoring Italian traditions, they prepare healthful fare focused on freshness and an international flavor that is simple, with... read more

At the Hungry Pirate Waterfront Café you’re sure to find something to satisfy all your... read more

Island Perk Coffee Shop

101 Budleigh Street, Suite A, Manteo
(252) 423-3565

Nestled in downtown Manteo, this spot serves the spectrum of specialty coffee drinks, both hot and cold. Pair your beverage with fresh bakery items such as scones and biscotti or cookies and treats from Sweater Box Confections. Or try some of their homemade cream-cheese spreads on a Barrier Island Bagel. Open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., this cafe offers a quick breakfast on the... read more

Nestled in downtown Manteo, this spot serves the spectrum of specialty coffee drinks, both hot... read more

Lost Colony Brewery & Cafe

208 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Manteo
(252) 473-6666

If you have been a fan of Full Moon Cafe for years (and who hasn't been?), fear not! The same friendly folks who have served you great food and drink under that moniker are still at the helm. But with the growing popularity of their attached brewery that was known as Lost Colony Brewery, they decided it was time to choose one name for the... read more

If you have been a fan of Full Moon Cafe for years (and who hasn't... read more

Poor Richard's Sandwich Shop

303 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Manteo Waterfront, Manteo
(252) 473-3333

Poor Richard's is the local meet-and-greet neighborhood sandwich shop by day and bar by night. It has two doors, one leading from the Manteo boardwalk and another off Queen Elizabeth Avenue. You can eat inside at a booth or table or sit outside on the patio right next to the water. You order at the counter, get your drink and your number then wait for... read more

Poor Richard's is the local meet-and-greet neighborhood sandwich shop by day and bar by night.... read more

Shaddai

112 U.S. Highway 64, Manteo
(252) 423-3013

Shaddai is an authentic Peruvian and international-style restaurant. Its specialty is Peruvian charcoal chicken, a rotisserie-style roasted chicken packed with the bold flavors that Peruvian cuisine is known for. You can enjoy your meal in their spacious, colorful dining room or take a meal home to your family. Though Shaddai does not serve alcohol, it offers a variety of delicious traditional Peruvian beverages such as... read more

Shaddai is an authentic Peruvian and international-style restaurant. Its specialty is Peruvian charcoal chicken, a... read more