Ocracoke Restaurants

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

You’ll be surprised at the number of great Ocracoke 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 spice up the local dining scene in Ocracoke. 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 in Ocracoke 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 shapes 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.

The other trend that dominates Ocracoke is the seafood. 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. 

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. Chef Doug fires up the wood-burning brick oven to roast organic whole chickens and to... read more

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

Fig Tree Bakery And Deli and Sweet Tooth

Ocracoke Restaurant
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... read more

The Fig Tree Bakery and Deli serves breakfast and lunch menu items that offer choices... read more

Gaffer’s

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

Gaffer’s has a cozy, family-friendly setting with a pub atmosphere. The menu includes local seafood, ½-lb. burgers, shrimp nachos, a fantastic wings menu (75¢ from 3 to 5 p.m. daily and all day on Sunday), 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... read more

Gaffer’s has a cozy, family-friendly setting with a pub atmosphere. The menu includes local seafood,... 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 mouth-watering homemade desserts for the finishing touch for your meal.

Jolly Roger Pub and Marina

Ocracoke Restaurant
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 seafood, humongous burgers, Mexican dishes and 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.... read more

The Jolly Roger Pub and Marina is an open-air, waterfront restaurant perched directly on Silver... read more