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

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

Serving modern Mexican fare, Agave Roja is celebrating its sixth 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 local artwork, tile, woodwork and colorful reds and oranges that lend a lively style, and... read more

Serving modern Mexican fare, Agave Roja is celebrating its sixth year as a tasty part... read more

Big Buck's Homemade Ice Cream

Restaurant in Corolla, NC
794-F 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

For a tasty treat, head to Big Buck’s Homemade Ice Cream. Choose from more than... read more

ClamBake OBX

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

Take a load off and let ClamBake OBX do some of the work of feeding your family! They'll bring the fun and excitement of an old-fashioned clam bake right to your front door, or you can choose from 14 other menus with their in-house chef services. ClamBake OBX serves areas from Corolla to Hatteras Island, and they will come to your house and do all the... read more

Take a load off and let ClamBake OBX do some of the work of feeding... read more

Corolla Cantina

Restaurant in Corolla, NC
1159 Austin Street, Corolla
(252) 597-1730

Corolla Cantina is the place for fresh, Baja-inspired Mexican food. It opens at 11 a.m. for lunch and dinner. The decor of the cozy cafe reflects its menu: bold, refreshing and laid back. Owner Nadya Williams makes you feel as if you’re stepping into her own kitchen, greeting you with a genuine smile and hearty laugh. Start your meal with the spiked queso to share,... read more

Corolla Cantina is the place for fresh, Baja-inspired Mexican food. It opens at 11 a.m.... read more

Fat Crabs Rib Company

Restaurant in Corolla, NC
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 sold 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

This is a great local dine-in or take-out restaurant with a very casual family atmosphere.... read more

Giant Slice Pizza

Restaurant in Corolla, NC
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 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 can... read more

Giant Slice Pizza has been a Corolla favorite since 1994. Located in TimBuck II, Giant... read more

Ike's Bites 'n More

Restaurant in Corolla, NC
814 Ocean Trail, Corolla
(252) 597-3305

Brought to Corolla by the same people who run the popular Uncle Ike's Sandbar & Grill, Ike's Bites 'n More offers quick, delicious meals via counter service. It's in the old Burger King building next to OB Gas & Convenience, but you'd never know it was formerly a fast-food chain. Renovations, local artwork, 12 TVs, shuffleboard and arcade games make this is a hip and... read more

Brought to Corolla by the same people who run the popular Uncle Ike's Sandbar &... read more

Mike Dianna's Grill Room

Restaurant in Corolla, NC
777 Sunset Boulevard, Corolla
(252) 453-4336

Mike Dianna’s Grill Room has become a legendary Outer Banks restaurant. Offering fine dining in a casual atmosphere, it is most well-known for its excellently prepared meats – 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 as well as a menu just for... read more

Mike Dianna’s Grill Room has become a legendary Outer Banks restaurant. Offering fine dining in... read more

Oh My Dog & Other Little Bites

Restaurant in Corolla, NC
1159 Austin Street, Corolla
(252) 597-3294

Hot dogs are a crowd pleaser, and you can get them here – in an astounding variety from plain corn dogs to the Corolla Dog with fried mozzarella and chili. There's more than dogs here, though. Fries, tots, chili cheese fries, wraps, salads, sandwiches, baskets and more round out the menu to keep everybody happy. Oh My Dog serves breakfast too, with breakfast sandwiches, omelets,... read more

Hot dogs are a crowd pleaser, and you can get them here – in an... read more

Outer Banks Coffee Company

Restaurant in Corolla, NC
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 senses. All the usual coffee drinks are offered, as are tea and homemade pastries and other sweets, all baked fresh. Stop in for something cold, like an iced... read more

The sunny-orange atmosphere in the coffee shop is enough to wake you up, but you’ll... read more

Philly Steak Subs

Restaurant in Corolla, NC
807-F Ocean Trail, Corolla
(252) 453-4239

You don't have to go to Philadelphia to get an authentic Philly cheese steak. You can get one right here in beautiful Corolla at Philly Steak Subs. This casual eatery and bar is owned and operated by a family of Philadelphia transplants, so they know it's not a Philly cheese steak unless it's served on an Amoroso roll. You can keep yours classic or try... read more

You don't have to go to Philadelphia to get an authentic Philly cheese steak. You... read more

Pizzazz Pizza

Restaurant in Corolla, NC
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

Pizzazz is a pizza favorite on the Outer Banks. They’ve been around since 1986 because... read more