Ocracoke Restaurants

For such a small and remote island, the multitude of impressive Ocracoke restaurants surprises many visitors.

You’ll be surprised at the number of great Ocracoke Island restaurants. Almost as surprising as their number is the variation among them. What are you hungry for? A classic basket of game fish and hush puppies, a steak dinner, a romantic evening complete with crisp tablecloths and twinkling lights, food truck quick eats, a pastry with coffee, ice cream or just a drink? Ocracoke restaurants’ diversity is also worth a mention. Flavors from Mexico, Thailand, Italy, Greece and the Bayou found at Ocracoke Island restaurants spice up the local dining scene. With so many options all within a short drive – or bike ride if you really want to do it the island way – dining ruts don’t exist among Ocracoke Island restaurants during the busy season. The off-season is a little different for Ocracoke restaurants. Many places close for the winter and part of the spring, but don’t worry – come Easter, they’re often up and running once again. If you’re visiting in the off-season, call ahead.

Ocracoke Restaurants Unlike Any Others

This island’s restaurants are owned by locals and operated by them too. The distinctive spirit and vibe of the community shape Ocracoke restaurants, making them places that locals frequent on a daily basis and beloved traditions for returning visitors. Just like the island’s independent and one of a kind spirit, the restaurant scene is proud of its individuality, and you won’t find any chain names here.

Seafood is the other trend that dominates Ocracoke Island restaurants. It’s local, it’s fresh and it’s nothing short of dang delicious – what more do you need to know? Forget farm to table; here the custom is boat to table, and sometimes that means literally. Head down to the harbor to see the boats unloading their catches at the fish house. Fish, crabs, clams, shrimp and oysters abound depending on the season, and much of it goes straight to the local restaurants. There’s more to island dining than seafood, though. Fresh produce, meats and all the usual offerings are available too. To learn more about what these kitchens are cooking up each day, find the Daily Specials at Ocracoke Restaurants here. 

Back Porch Restaurant

Ocracoke Restaurant
110 Back Road, Ocracoke
(252) 928-6401

The Back Porch is one of the island's great restaurants, providing a consistently pleasant dining experience. Their open-air screened porch dining room provides the space you need to be comfortable outdoor dining, and properly spaced interior air-conditioned dining also is available. Fresh, local seafood and produce are the stars of the menu, but hand-cut meats and poultry also shine. The menu changes seasonally, and taste...read more

The Back Porch is one of the island's great restaurants, providing a consistently pleasant dining...read more

Dajio

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

Dajio is nestled in the trees down in Ocracoke's waterfront village. Husband and wife team Doug and Judy Eifert prepare 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. The menu includes extensive gluten-free and vegetarian options. Bring in your catch, and they will...read more

Dajio is nestled in the trees down in Ocracoke's waterfront village. Husband and wife team...read more

Fig Tree Bakery & Deli and Sweettooth

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

Fig Tree Bakery & Deli and Sweettooth serves breakfast and lunch menu items that offer choices for every craving. Breakfast combinations are available on biscuits, bagels and English muffins. Deli sandwiches and wraps are made to order, as are salads with fresh ingredients. Enjoy breakfast or lunch under the umbrellas on the outdoor seating area or grab and go on the way to the beach...read more

Fig Tree Bakery & Deli and Sweettooth serves breakfast and lunch menu items that offer...read more

Howard’s Pub and Raw Bar Restaurant

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

Fun, eclectic and casual, Howard's Pub serves local fish, oysters, shrimp, juicy chargrilled burgers, salads, sandwiches and more every day from spring until late fall. Enjoy the air-conditioned dining room, the long wooden bar, the expansive screened porch with ceiling fans or the sky deck with an island view. The iconic bar features beers from craft and major breweries on tap and in bottles, wine...read more

Fun, eclectic and casual, Howard's Pub serves local fish, oysters, shrimp, juicy chargrilled burgers, salads,...read more

Jason’s Restaurant

Ocracoke 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. Don't miss the mouthwatering homemade desserts for the finishing touch for your meal.read more
Jason's Restaurant has a lot of loyal local customers because it serves tasty, traditional and...read more

Jerniman's

Ocracoke Restaurant
990 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
(252) 928-0308

Jerniman's is a collective campground, restaurant, gas station and golf cart rental business. The campground is the closest accommodation to the ocean on Ocracoke Island, less than a half-mile shy of the first beach access road. It offers 29 sites, 24 of which can accommodate RVs and campers. Tent camping is allowed, and all sites have adequate space for parking. The sites offer electrical and water...read more

Jerniman's is a collective campground, restaurant, gas station and golf cart rental business. The campground is...read more

Ocracoke Oyster Company

Ocracoke Restaurant
621 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
(252) 928-0200

Ocracoke Oyster Company appeals to locals and visitors, featuring local seafood with a large variety of oysters on the half shell. Serving fig wood-smoked barbecue, ribs, brisket and chicken, they also offer vegetarian options and a kids' menu. They have a large selection of craft beers. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner. read more

Ocracoke Oyster Company appeals to locals and visitors, featuring local seafood with a large variety...read more

Sorella's Pizza & Pasta

Ocracoke Restaurant
659 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
(252) 928-7777

Sorella's specializes in authentic Italian dishes, salads, pastas and, of course, pizza. The pasta dishes are sublime, and the pizzas are gourmet quality. The full menu is available for take out from their to-go window, and free delivery is available throughout the village. The menu options here are the perfect way to fill up hungry family and friends at the end of a busy day...read more

Sorella's specializes in authentic Italian dishes, salads, pastas and, of course, pizza. The pasta dishes...read more

The Breeze Nightclub & Bar

Ocracoke Restaurant
1050 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
(252) 928-0669

The Breeze is a live music venue and nightclub featuring live bands from near and far. Open Wednesday through Sunday, they feature bands several times a week and definitely every Friday and Saturday night, plus karaoke some nights. The full bar serves ice-cold beer, wine and all the favorite mixed drinks along with some great specialty cocktails. This is a private bar, so all patrons...read more

The Breeze is a live music venue and nightclub featuring live bands from near and...read more