Ocracoke Restaurants

Info on Every Ocracoke Restaurant

You’ll be surprised at the number of great Ocracoke restaurants.

This small island’s restaurants are locally owned and operated and as individual as their owners. There are no chain establishments here on Ocracoke Island, and we’re darned proud of that fact.

Seafood is the top feature in nearly every Ocracoke restaurant. Head down to the harbor to see the boats unloading their catches at the fish house. Much of the catch goes straight to the local restaurants. Fish, crabs, clams, shrimp and oysters are the local catches. If you’re on Ocracoke Island during soft-shell crab season, usually in late spring, never miss a chance to eat one of these delicacies. There’s more to island dining than seafood, though. Fresh produce, meats and all the usual offerings are available here, and some Ocracoke establishments feature good old Southern cuisine. Breakfast is served in several local restaurants.

Island Food Fetcher is a business that will bring groceries, beer and island cuisine to your door with deliveries available from every island restaurant. Call them at (252) 588-2136

Dining options can be limited in the winter months, especially January and February. Call ahead if you’re visiting in the off-season.

Ocracoke Restaurants by Category


305 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
(252) 928-7119

Dajio is nestled down in Ocracoke's waterfront village. Husband and wife team, Doug and Judy Eifert, prepare sweet, succulent plates of locally caught fish, shrimp and oysters. They bring to the table a fusion of delicious, innovative and satisfying dishes from the surrounding sea, farms, breweries and vineyards. Chef Doug fires up the wood-burning brick oven to make homemade breads, artisan pizzas and roast organic whole chickens. This fun Outer Banks restaurant is open seasonally from March to November serving breakfast, lunch, shrimp hour and dinner. Enjoy the air conditioning interior or alfresco dining on the jasmine-filled patio and lively music at the Dajio bar many summer nights. The menu includes extensive gluten free and vegetarian options. Bring in your catch and they will cook it for you. 

Fig Tree Bakery And Deli And Sweet Tooth

1015 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
(252) 928-3481

The Fig Tree Bakery and Deli serves breakfast and lunch menu items that offer choices for every craving. Breakfast combinations available on biscuits, bagels and English muffins are the way to start your day. Deli sandwiches and wraps are made to order with fresh ingredients and satisfying flavor combinations for lunch on the go or under umbrellas in their outdoor seating. Don’t forget the Sweet Tooth to finish off your meal with a variety of homemade desserts, pastries and Ocracoke Fig Cake. 

Gaffer’s Sports Pub

1050 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
(252) 928-3456

Gaffer’s is a family-friendly setting with a pub atmosphere. Gaffer’s menu includes local fresh seafood, 1/2-lb burgers, shrimp nachos, a fantastic wings menu (50 cents from 3 to 5 p.m. daily), steaks and pasta dishes. They serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and a late-night menu year-round. Gaffer's offers a full bar menu and a great variety of brews. They have live music every night in season and off-season entertainment including karaoke, trivia and a free poker tournament. 

Howard’s Pub and Raw Bar and Restaurant

1175 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
(252) 928-4441

Howard's Pub is one of the most well-known bars and eateries on the coast of North Carolina. It seems that everybody who comes to Ocracoke goes to Howard's at least once during their stay. Fun-loving and casual, Howard's is open every day, from mid-March until late fall serving lunch, dinner and late-night dining. Fresh local shrimp, clams, fish, scallops and oysters are highlights, but there are also steaks, ribs, subs, burgers, salads, sandwiches and pizza. Kids have their own menu with the meals served on a Frisbee, emphasizing the family-friendly nature of this popular spot. More than 200 beers from around the world plus wine and cocktails are available. Sit indoors in the air-conditioned dining room, at the long wooden bar, or out on the expansive airy screened porch with circling ceiling fans. Live music on many nights, multiple large screen televisions, the infamous ring hook, foosball and wall-to-wall memorabilia make the Pub the fun spot to be for all ages. 

Jason’s Restaurant

1110 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
(252) 928-3434
Jason's Restaurant has a lot of loyal local customers because it serves tasty, traditional and reasonably priced food in a casual atmosphere. Pizza, pasta, subs, sandwiches, salads, steaks, chicken and, of course, fresh seafood are served for lunch and dinner. See their beer and wine menu for drink choices. Seating is available indoors and on the outside screened porch. Don't miss the mouth-watering homemade desserts for the finishing touch for your meal.

Jolly Roger Pub and Marina

410 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
(252) 928-3703

The Jolly Roger Pub and Marina is an open-air, waterfront restaurant perched directly on Silver Lake harbor. Casual lunches and dinners are served daily, offering a variety of fresh local seafood, humongous burgers, Mexican dishes as well as tasty appetizers. It's a favorite spot to sit with a cold drink and listen to live music while watching the sunset over Ocracoke's harbor. They're open seasonally, mid-April to mid-October.

Ocracoke Oyster Company

875 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
(252) 928-0200

Featuring local seafood with a large variety of oysters on the half shell, the Ocracoke Oyster Company appeals to locals and visitors. With a focus on fresh seafood, gumbo, house wood-smoked BBQ, ribs, brisket and chicken, they also offer vegetarian options as well as a kids menu. They have a large selection of craft beers. The restaurant is open daily at 11 a.m. for lunch and dinner. Enjoy live music on the screened porch during the summer and a new large outdoor pet-friendly deck and Corn Hole in the yard.