Restaurants in Corolla NC

Local Information on Every Corolla NC Restaurant 

Choosing where to dine in Corolla, NC, is an enviable task. Discriminating vacationers demand top-quality dining, and Corolla NC restaurants have stepped up to serve them well. Whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch or dinner, fast fare or intimate dining, you’ll find it here.

There are four fast-food chains here, but all of the other restaurants in Corolla NC are locally owned, allowing for creativity and individuality you’ll never be able to find at a chain. We have to say that that’s one of the aspects of Outer Banks restaurants that locals are most proud of — that even given the hundreds of dining choices here, only a tiny percentage of them would be found anywhere else. 

Seafood is the main event in almost every Outer Banks restaurant because that’s what is the freshest and that’s what everybody wants. Tuna, mahi mahi, rockfish, flounder and a variety of other fish, plus blue crabs, clams, shrimp, scallops, mussels and oysters are the most popular catches. If you’re here in early summer, don’t miss a chance to taste the regional delicacy of fresh soft-shell crabs. Of course, local chefs also serve meats, pasta, vegetarian offerings and fresh regional produce. Mainland Currituck County is home to many farms, so fresh vegetables are available year round.

Corolla NC restaurants are able to serve liquor in addition to beer and wine, so expect to find a full bar in many establishments. In the height of summer, restaurants can be quite crowded. This is a testament to their quality, but it’s also a sign that you need to make reservations. You should know, too, that dining out in extremely large parties can be taxing to some restaurants, while others can handle it with ease. If you must dine out en masse, always call ahead to make sure your restaurant of choice can accommodate a large party (and to give them a warning that you’re coming).

Dining is casual here, even in the finest restaurants. Dressing up means putting on long pants (or nice shorts) and a collared shirt or a sundress. Most restaurants in Corolla NC close for at least part of the winter and early spring, though a few stay open year round. Call ahead if you’re visiting in the off-season.

Corolla NC Restaurants by Location or Category

Agave Roja — Modern Mexican

807-B Ocean Trail, Monteray Plaza, Corolla
(252) 453-0446

Agave Roja's modern Mexican fare is celebrating its fifth year as a tasty part of the Corolla restaurant scene. A little more upscale than the traditional Mexican restaurant but still relaxed and casual, Agave Roja is a place to sit down and savor a meal. The interior is contemporary, with tile, woodwork and colorful reds and oranges that lend a lively style. Enjoy Mexican fare... read more

Big Buck's Homemade Ice Cream

794F Sunset Boulevard, Timbuck II, Corolla
(252) 453-3188
3810 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 715-0779
207 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Waterfront Shops, Downtown Manteo, Manteo
(252) 423-3118
106-A Sir Walter Raleigh Street, Manteo
(252) 423-3400

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

ClamBake OBX

5561 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 2, Kitty Hawk
(252) 489-4754

Let ClamBake OBX bring the fun and excitement of an old-fashioned clam bake right to your front door this summer. ClamBake OBX services areas from Corolla to Hatteras. They will come to your house and do all the work so you can relax and enjoy your vacation. A clam bake includes lobster, crab legs, shrimp, clams, mussels, corn on the cob, red potatoes, pearl onions... read more

Fat Crabs Rib Company

1159 Austin Street, Corolla Light Town Center, Corolla
(252) 453-9931

This is a great local dine-in or take-out restaurant with a very casual family atmosphere. The menu features seafood including soft-shell and hard-shell crabs (hard shells are served either live or cooked), Alaskan or king crab legs by the pound (when available), scallops, shrimp, clams, mussels, oysters and fresh fish, plus slow-cooked barbecue including North Carolina pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked ribs and chicken. Don’t... read more

Giant Slice Pizza

785 Sunset Boulevard, TimBuck II Shopping Village, Corolla
(252) 453-3199

Giant Slice Pizza has been a Corolla favorite since 1994. Located in TimBuck II, Giant Slice bakes hand-tossed, New York–style pizza in their stone ovens with your choice of more than 18 toppings. Other popular choices are their appetizers, stromboli, calzones, subs, baked wings and Italian desserts. They offer dine-in, carry out or delivery service that is free from Pine Island through Ocean Hill. They... read more

La Dolce Vita

798C Sunset Boulevard, TimBuck II Shopping Village, Corolla
(252) 453-0069

With recipes handed down from within the family, La Dolce Vita is a celebration of family, friends and coastal Italian cuisine. Favorite items from their menu are the mussels, crab and shrimp penne vodka, hand-tossed, thin-crust pizzas and mini Italian crab cakes, and they offer nightly seasonal specials as well. They have plenty of shaded tables on their two sound-view decks, so get there in... read more

Mike Dianna's Grill Room

777 Sunset Boulevard, Corolla
(252) 453-4336

Mike Dianna’s Grill Room has become a legendary Outer Banks restaurant. Fine dining with a casual atmosphere, it is most well known for its excellently prepared meats — offering all-natural and USDA Prime beef, pork, chicken and veal — cooked over a hardwood grill. The fresh, local seafood is treated just as beautifully, and there are daily pasta specials. The distinctive wine selection has won... read more

Outer Banks Coffee Company

807 Ocean Trail, Monteray Plaza, Corolla
(252) 453-0200

The sunny-orange atmosphere in the coffee shop is enough to wake you up, but you’ll want to try the coffee too — they have quite a variety and it’s roasted fresh in the shop to delight your olfactory senses. All the usual coffee drinks are offered as are tea and homemade pastries and other sweets, all baked in the Coffee Company’s bakery. They have newspapers... read more

Pizzazz Pizza

603 Currituck Clubhouse, The Shoppes at the Currituck Club, Corolla
(252) 453-8858
1187 Duck Road, Loblolly Pines Shopping Center, Duck
(252) 261-8822
2515 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 10.5, Nags Head
(252) 261-1111

Pizzazz is a pizza favorite on the Outer Banks. They’ve been around since 1986 because they make consistently great pizza with generous toppings and the service is friendly. Choose from gourmet menu creations or stick with the traditional. Pizzazz also makes hot subs, salads and wings. You can eat in for lunch or dinner or have your pizza delivered. Call for off-season hours. And, if... read more

Salt Water Grill

811 Ocean Trail, Corolla
(252) 453-2101

Salt Water Grill Carolina Coastal Kitchen's menu focuses on items that show a fresh take on classic dishes. Start your experience (and that’s what owner Chuck Read insists you will have here) with grilled, bacon-wrapped local shrimp with house citrus barbecue sauce or the Angus beef brisket that's been house-roasted for 12 hours and served on a roll with house-made blackberry barbecue sauce. The menu... read more

Sooey's BBQ and Rib Shack

807 Ocean Trail, Monteray Plaza, Corolla
(252) 453-4423
1177 Duck Road, Scarborough Faire, Duck
(252) 449-2271
3919 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 12.5, Nags Head
(252) 449-6465

Owned and operated by fifth generation Dare County locals, Sooey’s BBQ specializes in authentic eastern North Carolina pork barbecue, slow-smoked ribs, beef brisket, pulled barbecue chicken and Southern fried chicken. Their savory pulled-pork BBQ and ribs are made from an Outer Banks recipe with roots as deep as those on their own family tree. All the favorite homemade sides are here too, including potato salad,... read more

Sundogs Raw Bar and Grill

807 Ocean Trail, Monteray Plaza, Corolla
(252) 453-4263

For lunch and dinner, this is a great family-friendly restaurant. The grill offers an array of appetizers along with steamed seafood, salads, sandwiches, burgers and full entrees like Fish Tacos and Jambalaya created by Chef Bryan Maher. Be sure to check out their new raw bar that features several varieties of oysters and other delicacies, plus they have daily happy hour specials including 33% off... read more