dine on the Crystal Coast

Casual Dining

Few experiences stir the senses like dining on freshly caught seafood along the ocean’s edge. Our long history of fishing combined with North Carolina’s rich culinary culture has created a landscape of restaurants with roots as deep as the waters. Our Carteret Catch program even ensures you know which ingredients are caught or grown locally.

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Port of Call

A casual dining restaurant with a panoramic view of beautiful Bogue Sound! Located in the HEART of Salter Path, NC. We offer a mouth-watering menu adorned with certified angus beef, fresh local seafood, traditional Salter Path dishes, and many Port of Call originals. We have all ABC Permits and an extensive beer and wine menu that is sure to please. While you’re here, be sure to explore the rich heritage of the Salter Path people and become part of the evolution of this quaint fishing village.

1160 Salter Path Rd, Salter Path, NC, United States



Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries

Craving the timeless taste of delicious French Fries, ice-cold Pepsi and a juicy cheeseburger, fixed just the way you like it? Bring the whole family to Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries! At Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries, we’re all about the American classics you know and love, from crispy onion rings to old-time rock n’ roll. Along with our fun, 50s-style atmosphere, you’ll enjoy favorites like our famous frozen custard, delicious hot dogs, mouthwatering cheesesteak sandwiches, delicious hot wings, and much, much more.

5000 Hwy 70, Morehead City, NC 28557

(252) 773-0586


Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries

Craving the timeless taste of delicious French Fries, ice-cold Pepsi and a juicy cheeseburger, fixed just the way you like it? Bring the whole family to Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries! At Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries, we’re all about the American classics you know and love, from crispy onion rings to old-time rock n’ roll. Along with our fun, 50s-style atmosphere, you’ll enjoy favorites like our famous frozen custard, delicious hot dogs, mouthwatering cheesesteak sandwiches, delicious hot wings, and much, much more.

8700 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28594, United States

(252) 354-7100


The Beaufort Cafe

This Beaufort restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Beaufort Cafe is one of the best restaurants on the beautiful Beaufort waterfront.

817 Cedar Street, Beaufort, NC 28516, United States

(252) 728-4400


4 Corners Diner

Located in the heart of Atlantic Beach serving breakfast all day, along with classic diner menu items.

100 E. Fort Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach, NC 28512, United States

(252) 240-8855


Black Sheep

The Black Sheep Pizza Co. features brick-oven pizza, salads, charcuterie and cheese plates, craft beers, wines, and craft cocktails. We offer both indoor and seasonal outdoor seating on the Beaufort boardwalk.

Set among a collection of restaurants and shops on historic Front Street, Black Sheep is an excellent option for visitors who want to dine with an accompanying on-the-water view. Visitors and locals alike who would like to dine with view of Carrot Island and its wild horses, or experience the bustle of Taylor’s Creek, find the perfect spot in Black Sheep. Nestled in the heart of Beaufort, Black Sheep is a great destination for casual waterfront dining.

510 Front Street, Beaufort, NC, United States

(252) 269-7272


Clawson’s 1905 Restaurant & Pub

Clawson’s homemade kitchen is known for killer shrimp & grits, fresh seafood, certified Angus Beef burgers and our variety of “Pub Food,” fresh sandwiches and salads and desserts.

All year long our pub offers beer features and drink specials. Each month we feature one North Carolina brewery, and we kick it off with a free tasting on the first Friday of the month.

425 Front St., Beaufort, NC 28516, United States

(252) 728-2133


Crab’s Claw

Pastry and Executive Chef Antoinette M. Oberci (Toni) has an extensive background with food, wine and pastries.  She and her staff specialize in quality Fine Caribbean Cuisine,  preparing only the freshest “Hand Selected”  locally caught fish.  The Restaurant is admired by many who come year after year to enjoy creative dishes while  overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.  Established in 1997, Celebrating 18 Years on the Crystal Coast!

201 W. Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, NC 28512, United States

(252) 726-8222


Dragon King

Chinese restaurant and buffet. Best Chinese food in town! Eat in or take out.

1728 live oak street Beaufort, North Carolina

(252) 728-2121


Tsunami Buffet

Chinese food buffet and sushi

5167 US-70 #210, Morehead City, NC 28557

(252) 222-7672


Off The Hook

Our restaurant features local products, but infuses dishes we have experienced as we traveled around the world during our careers in baseball and surfing, and from working on a ship in the Gulf of Mexico.

We’ve taken dishes from other areas, infused it with local seafood, and created a menu that has a Caribbean-Central American feel with a Carteret County flare.

Our atmosphere is a little more modern, more contemporary than you would typically find on the Morehead City waterfront. In our opinion, we have the best location and the best ambiance of any building in Morehead, and that’s for a building that’s been here since the 1920s!

We invite you to join us for dinner, Sunday brunch, or one of our live music events. Relax and relish our view of the Morehead City waterfront while enjoying your favorite beverage.

105 S 7th St. Morehead City, NC 28557

(252) 499-9150


Pita Plate

Greek, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food -Walk-Ins Welcome, Good For Groups, Good For Kids, Take Out, Catering and Waiter Service.

5167 Hwy 70 W, Ste 200, Morehead City, North Carolina 28557

(252) 222-0949


Infusion Cafe

We are a Cafe dedicated to sharing our knowledge of the teas and coffees that we carry. We have over 100 world infusions, including teas, rooibos, mates, fruit infusions, herbals and numerous freshly roasted single origin coffees! Our menu has a variety of hand crafted items including salads, sandwiches, soups, quiche, and desserts and scones.

We are a tea room! Formal Tea Service available with reservations from 2:00-4:00 PM. Our formal tea service includes our three teired server and your choice of teas from our vast selection. (24 hours notice required.)

We are a coffee house! Live acoustic music scheduled for most weekends during our weekend evening hours! (Call or stop by for more details)

We host showers and special events.
Catering for all types of Events available!!

Check out our “1st Saturday” Tea Events and our “3rd Saturday” Destination Dinners. These memorable events are posted in our EVENTS section, on the wall!

1012 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557, United States

(252) 240-2800


Jackie’s American Grille

At Jackie’s you will enjoy wonderful appetizers, house specialties, gourmet burgers, fresh seafood and signature steaks prepared by Chef Lewis Clements and his talented crew. Fine cuisine, modern ambiance and impeccable service will enable a truly memorable dining experience. To complement the unique dining, Jackie’s bar offers a full dinner menu, specialty cocktails, premium wines, and a wide array of craft, domestic, and drafts to suit every palate. Or maybe the bar menu, great company and nightly events is what you’re craving.

Accommodates 75 inside or 30 outside.

9106 Coast Guard Road, Emerald Isle, NC 28594, United States

(252) 354-8111


Morehead Burger Co.

Angus Beef, Local Seafood, Fresh Ingredients, Great Burgers!!!

4045 Arendell St, Morehead City, North Carolina

(252) 646-8570


The Dock House Restaurant

The Dock House Restaurant was established in 1978. The Dock House, as the locals call it, has been serving the folks in Beaufort, North Carolina on the beautiful waterfront over looking Taylor’s Creek for over 30 years. The Dock House is a well known spot for listening to live music in Carteret County. Check out our music calendar for events on our boardwalk or in our newly renovated upstairs lounge. If you are looking for a cool place to eat you have found the spot. Dine inside or out on our patio overlooking the wild ponies on Carrot Island and the Rachel Carlson Reserve across Taylor’s Creek.

500 Front St., Beaufort, NC 28516, United States

(252) 728-4506


Thai Sticky Rice

We only use fresh products. We believe that by preparing all dishes from scratch, using only high quality, fresh ingredients, provides our customers with the best tasting and healthiest meal that will leave your taste buds desiring more.

Our owner is from Thailand as are our experienced Thai chefs and wait staff and they provide first class service with a smile in the finest of Thai character and tradition. We invite you to come by and dine with us and you will be sure to return often.

4426 Suite 9 Arendell Street Morehead City, NC 28557

(252) 222-3500


Grumpy’s Diner

Feeling hungry for some good ol’ Southern breakfast and lunch in laid-back, downtown Morehead City? Look no further, grumps!

Formerly known to locals as Pete’s Diner, Grumpy’s was opened by Pete “Grumpy” Marucha in order to dish out Southern, Down East cuisine for all to enjoy.

Homemade corn-beef hash, chicken salad, skillets, burgers, and so much more! Specials available daily. Come stop by Grumpy’s and enjoy our friendly, right-at-home restaurant.

907 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557, United States

(252) 726-5100


Longhorn Steakhouse

LongHorn Steakhouse restaurant serves the highest quality beef, ribs, chops, and more in an inviting western atmosphere. It’s more than just a great steak.

5120 Hwy 70, Morehead City, NC 28557, United States

(252) 222-0396


Southern Salt Seafood Company & Waterfront Restaurant

A historic Morehead City restaurant with a fresh new sea-to-table concept. Our fresh seafood is harvested by local fishermen; cleaned and prepared on site.

701 Evans St., Morehead City, North Carolina 28557

(252) 726-2166



“Moonrakers,” named after the rectangle sail flown at the uppermost height of a three-mast 17th-century ship, will be a state-of-the-art, upper-casual dining, full-service restaurant with rooftop dining and bar lounge area located in the Beaufort Historical District.

A dining destination offering friendly, neighborly service, along with excellent food, Moonrakers Coastal Cuisine features a captivating dining room and bar overlooking the waterfront on the ground floor including 14-foot open ceilings, display kitchen, custom mural, acoustical sails, dedicated wine wall and a wood fired brick oven. The comfortable décor is centered around an inviting, light and airy coastal theme atmosphere featuring amazing original artwork of the area and sounds of local musicians for entertainment. The ground floor also includes a covered open-air dining space overlooking the coastal waterway.

The open-space second floor caters to larger group events accommodating up to 110 guests. Additional space and booking information is available, please call.

Finally, Moonrakers’ rooftop features an elevated Sky Deck with bar & lounge. At 35 feet, the name is appropriate and represents an important aspect of what the restaurant experience offers, amazing views of the waterfront and surrounding historic Beaufort.

326 Front St, Beaufort, NC 28516, USA

(252) 838-0083


The Spot Grill

The Spot Grill in Beaufort is serving up the best Cheeseburgers and Hot Dogs around. This restaurant has been cooking up these old fashioned American favorites for over 60 years!

202 Wellons Dr, Beaufort, NC 28516, United States

(252) 728-4020


Fat Fellas BBQ & Grille

We specialize in BBQ that is cooked on site and served with our secret sauces.  Fat Fellas also has daily “down home” specials such as our famous Conch Chowder, BBQ Ribs, Southern Fried Chicken plus a variety of daily vegetables.  We also serve an extensive breakfast menu which is served daily beginning at 6:00 am.

133 East Chatham Street, Newport, NC 28570

(252) 223-3299


Amos Mosquito’s Restaurant & Bar

Amos Mosquito’s is a casual, fine dining restaurant that serves an eclectic, made from scratch menu. We have a unique, outdoorsy décor and a covered patio overlooking Bogue Sound.

703 E. Fort Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach, NC 28512, United States



Floyd’s 1921

Since opening in 2005, Floyds 1921 Restaurant and Catering has become a local’s favorite for lunch, dinner, and catering.

The atmosphere at Floyds is half the dining experience. Housed in one of Morehead City’s finest historic homes, Floyds offers intimate dining for two, seating for larger parties, or private rooms for group dinners or lunches.

You can meet many of Floyds regulars at the bar where you can enjoy a mixed drink, cold beer, or some of the finest wines offered on the Crystal Coast. Or relax on our patio, enjoy a cold bevearge, and listen to live music from the area’s top musicians.

We look forward to seeing you at Floyds!

400 Bridges Street, Morehead City, NC 28557, United States

(252) 727-1921


The Trading Post

This is the place to be. You can come enjoy a casually sophisticated atmosphere, enjoy great southern food, and make memories in the back yard.

8302 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, North Carolina 28594

(252) 424-8284


RuckerJohns Restaurant and More

We are so pleased to welcome you to RuckerJohns! We are a family-owned business that first opened our doors in Emerald Isle over 25 years ago. Through the years our menu and locations have expanded, opening in Wilmington in 1993 and adding a third location in Greenville in 2008. As we have grown, our commitment to quality has remained the same. You can always expect fresh, delicious food made in-house daily. We cut our own fries, prepare our own salad greens and our dressings are homemade. We hand cut our steaks in-house and use Certified Angus Beef, even for our hand-pattied burgers. We use all-natural turkey and ham for our sandwiches, and our coffee is Certified Fair Trade. Everything is made to order, and your satisfaction is our utmost priority. If you have any special requests or dietary needs we are happy to accommodate you.

8700 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle, NC 28594, United States

(252) 354-2413


Cox Family Restaurant

If you like home cooking, you will absolutely love Cox’s! It’s good food at a good price with great customer service! It’s the best around and you will definitely enjoy all our daily specials!! Come and visit us!

4109 Arendell St, Morehead City, North Carolina 28557

(252) 726-6961


Red Fish Grill

The Red Fish Grill menu strikes a balance of land and sea. Because we focus on local seafood, be sure to ask about our daily fresh fish specials!

711 Evans Street, Morehead City, NC, United States

(252) 648-8269


Monkey Bar & Grill

Monkey Bar & Grill in Atlantic Beach NC has the best drinks in Atlantic Beach.

1010 West Fort Macon Road, unit 14, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512, United States

(252) 726-2552


T&W Oyster Bar

A landmark in Western Carteret County, T&W Oyster Bar has been serving up the best selection of seafood and steamed oysters since 1971. Come check us out!

2383 Hwy 58, Swansboro, North Carolina 28584

(252) 393-8838


The Ruddy Duck Tavern

The Ruddy Duck Tavern serves hamburgers, flounder, crispy duck and everything in between. No matter which fare you choose, you are sure to have a meal bursting with flavor. Ruddy Duck Tavern serves only fresh local seafood.

509 Evans Street, Morehead City, NC 28557, United States

(252) 726-7500


Idle Hour Biergarten

The Idle Hour Biergarten is a modern, beach-side take on a German beer garden. Our food is all made from scratch in-house using fresh local ingredients.

121 East Atlantic Boulevard, Atlantic Beach, NC, United States

(252) 773-0008


Five Guys Burgers & Fries

Made-to-order burgers, hot dogs, fries and more. Enjoy unlimited free toppings and free peanuts while you wait. Located on US HWY 70 behind Dicks Sporting Goods.

5136 Highway 70 W, Morehead City, NC 28557

(252) 808-0110


Refection Foods

Eating healthy should be easy and convenient. Refection Foods offers a quick way to grab a bite to eat, without settling for fast food options. Our restaurant in Morehead City provides healthy food options for those looking for an expedited meal. We’re not here to sell you meal plans or get you to join a gym. We offer quality food options without the added sodium and without being  smothered in the extra fat and sauces. You know what your body needs for sustainability, and at Refection Foods we aim to help you meet your goals with what YOU want.

4047 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557, USA

(252) 499-9341


Angie’s Lighthouse Cafe

Family friendly restaurant. We are serving the finest breakfast, lunch and dinner. We will have some of the best seafood that eastern N.C. has to offer.

833 Highway 58, Cape Carteret, NC, United States

(252) 393-1224


Texas Steakhouse & Saloon

Texas Steakhouse offers fire-grilled steaks, salads of all kinds, seafood, chicken, ribs and other Texas classics. Take out too!

We are Steakology® experts here at Texas Steakhouse & Saloon, where there are menu items to suit every taste – from our signature fire-grilled steaks to our big-as-the-all-outdoors salads, seafood, chicken, ribs and other Texas classics.

Come on in and enjoy our fast and friendly lunch or dinner service – or bring a taste of Texas to your home or office with our carryout service

5025 Executive Dr., Morehead City, NC 28557, United States

(252) 240-2633


Kountry Kitchen

Kountry Kitchen was established November 5, 2005. Owners JR & JoAnn Marion have been in the restaurant business for over 20 years. We offer daily specials, fresh vegetables, homemade desserts, and breakfast all day. We look forward to serving you, your family, and friends home cooking at its best. We look forward to your patronage.

5380 Hwy 70 W # I, Morehead City, NC 28557, United States

(252) 240-0046


Carteret Cafe

The Carteret Cafe is serving up the Best Breakfast and Lunch on the Crystal Coast. Located on highway 24 in Cape Carteret NC, the Carteret Cafe is convenient to Emerald Isle, Swansboro, and Morehead City NC. Everything at the Carteret Cafe is homemade and cooked to order. You’ll find that the Carteret Cafe has the best food around at reasonable prices. It’s just good ol down home cookin! The staff of the Carteret Cafe is ready to serve. With over 30 years of experience, they not only know how to cook it up, but also how to treat you right. So, when you’re on the Crystal Coast be sure to stop in to the Carteret Cafe and treat yourself to some homemade goodness with a side of southern hospitality.

1000 W. B. McLean Drive, Cape Carteret, NC 28584, United States

(252) 764-0304


Oceanana Pier House Restaurant

Since 1959 the Oceanana Pier and Pier House Restaurant has been providing a fun place to eat and fish for families in Atlantic Beach. The Pier House was completely renovated in 2014 and our lunch and dinner menus have been updated to include excellent seafood at reasonable prices. And, as always, we still serve the “Best Breakfast on the Beach.

700 E Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512, United States

(252) 726-0863


The Banks Grill

Welcome to the Crystal Coast’s newest and best place to get a delicious made-to-order breakfast and lunch. Come in and relax as you spread your homemade jelly onto your XXL, fresh-baked biscuit. Or savor a great cup of coffee as we ready a plate of our made-from-scratch biscuits and gravy using our own hand-mixed sausage.

Come back for lunch and revel in our “beachy” atmosphere while partaking of our incredible, locally caught tuna salad. Our outstanding food, service and atmosphere will make you want to visit “The Banks” over and over again.

Stop by and see us or call in your to-go order. Delivery is available for large orders. With advanced notice we can even have your order ready early for your offshore fishing trips.

2900 Arendell Street, Suite 3, Morehead City, NC 28557, United States

(252) 499-9044


Full Circle Cafe

Full Circle Café offers a range of delicious cuisine. The menu includes Asian influenced ramen noodle bowls, American style burgers, fresh catch seafood, and wood-fired brick oven pizzas. The ever-changing wine list and craft beer selection is unparalleled. Please bring the entire family and let our experienced staff serve you. Thank you for coming Full Circle, and be sure to visit our sister restaurant Blue Moon Bistro, on the Beaufort waterfront.

708 Evans Street, Morehead City, NC, United States

(252) 728-5800


Nelson Bay Cafe

Nelson Bay cafe-family dining, serving breakfast lunch and dinner. Specializing in local seafood, chicken and steaks. Daily lunch and dinner specials.

604 US Hwy 70, Sea Level, NC 28577, United States

(252) 225-0202