Manteo Restaurants

Let's see, what can we say about Manteo restaurants through a truly local lenses? Well, the better question is where to start? First, Manteo hosts a vast variety of styles, cuisine and atmospheres, so there are places for all eaters, group sizes and occasions. We have old school establishments, where the regular crowd bustles in for signature deli sandwiches. Manteo restaurants also embrace several international influences, and you can sample flavors from Central America, the Mediterranean, China and the Southwest. Since we’re on the Outer Banks, there’s no shortage of seafood-centric spots. If you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion, there are spots with creative gourmet food, drinks and views to make every experience memorable. From brew-pubs to retro diners, Manteo’s eateries will keep you well fed and coming back for more. Want a great local tip for Manteo restaurants? If you're tired of waiting for an hour or more at beach restaurants during the summer, just take the quick trip over the bridge to Manteo’s tucked away gems.

Manteo Restaurant Tips and Tricks

Lots of Manteo restaurants have fantastic views of the water, and many are located right in the heart of downtown on the waterfront. This makes them walkable from bed and breakfasts and inns in the downtown area. Shall we go on about the other fantastic aspects of Manteo restaurants, such as the ability to dine under the stars at so many of them? Maybe we’ll let you discover them for yourself instead.

Another note to keep in mind is that the pace of life is more laid back on Roanoke Island, so unwind with a cocktail while you’re here. After all, our bartenders have time to be true mixologists, and you get some of the tastiest mixed drinks here you've ever had. 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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Manteo Restaurants by Location or Category

1587 Restaurant

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

1587 is an 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, and you’ll be... read more

1587 is an elegant restaurant on Roanoke Island. It exudes cosmopolitan class with soft lighting,... read more

Avenue Waterfront Grille

Manteo Restaurant
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

Manteo and Roanoke Island Restaurant
106-A Sir Walter Raleigh Street, Manteo
(252) 423-3400
207 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Waterfront Shops, Downtown Manteo, Manteo
(252) 423-3118
794-F 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

Manteo 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

Manteo Restaurant
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 location on Budleigh Street, beside the Pioneer Theater, the restaurant serves made-to-order 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

Lost Colony Brewery & Cafe

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

For award-winning locally brewed beer and creative cuisine, head to Lost Colony Brewery & Café. This longtime local restaurant has the chops of any urban gastropub but with the friendliness and welcoming atmosphere of small-town Manteo. Notable for bringing a touch of city style to the downtown Manteo waterfront, the restaurant and pub are located at the intersection of Queen Elizabeth Avenue and Sir Walter... read more

For award-winning locally brewed beer and creative cuisine, head to Lost Colony Brewery & Café.... read more

Poor Richard's Sandwich Shop

Manteo Restaurant
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