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Restaurants - Rodanthe, Waves & Salvo

This page provides information for restaurants in Rodanthe, Waves & Salvo, NC on the Outer Banks.


Atlantic Coast Café

  • 25150 N.C. Highway 12, across from the KOA Campground
  • Waves

Expect great food and awesome service at the Atlantic Coast Cafe in Waves — featuring a comfortable, clean, casual beach atmosphere, friendly staff and free WiFi. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Stop in for great breakfasts and fresh coffee, lunches that showcase stuffed grilled wraps, tasty burgers, unique Reubens (crab cake, shrimp, classic), their famous marinated or Cajun grilled tuna, possibly the best chicken strips east of the Mississippi, delicately fried seafood baskets, a hefty chef salad, double-shelled fish tacos, creamy shrimp and grits and lots more, including a kids menu. Smoothies, café mochas/lattes, chai tea, fresh muffins, killer desserts and a variety of sodas, juices, beer and wine all add up to an enjoyable and affordable Hatteras Island meal. The full menu is available for take-out. 


Good Winds Seafood & Wine Bar

  • 24502 N.C. Highway 12, Waves Village Kiteboarding Resort
  • Rodanthe

Whether you’ve worked up an appetite kiteboarding on site or you just want a meal with a water view, Good Winds is a good choice on northern Hatteras Island. With its second-floor perch over the Pamlico Sound and a deck for outdoor dining, it’s the place to watch the sunset. The menu features familiar local seafood — tuna, grouper, scallops, shrimp, crab cakes, fresh catch of the day — along with some more exotic offerings like house-cured bacon. And you can choose from appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, fish tacos, salads, seafood entrees, pasta, noodle bowls, chicken and ribs. Everything is chef-prepared and made from scratch. A kids’ menu is available. The bar has one of the most extensive wine and craft beer selections on Hatteras Island as well as a full liquor license, and it’s a good place to hang out after a ride in the wind. Good Winds is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week in season. The Early Bird deal from 3 to 5 p.m. daily offers 20 percent off all food items except all-you-can-eat specials. There’s an all-you-can-eat fried shrimp special on Tuesdays. On Fridays there’s a fresh fish fry and live music from 6-10 p.m.

Beach Mugs

  • 24267 N.C. Highway 12, Pamlico Station
  • Rodanthe
  • (252) 987-2005

Beach Mugs serves coffee and all sorts of espresso-based drinks, tea and delicious smoothies and baked goods. Internet access is available on your computer or theirs. This shop also houses The Glass Bead bead shop, where you can make your own jewelry from thousands of beads. All the jewelry-making supplies you’ll need are available here. They also sell jewelry and photography by local artists.

Boardwok South

  • 26006 N.C. Highway 12, St. Waves Plaza
  • Waves
  • (252) 987-1080

Boardwok South brings something for the adventurous palates of Hatteras Island. Boardwok offers delicious Asian-style entrees from the wok, incorporating fresh vegetables, seafood, chicken, rice and noodles into flavorful, healthful dishes. There’s also an Americanized side to the menu with surf and turf entrees (try the “steak and cake”), crab cakes, scallops, kids’ offerings and excellent sides. The steaks are hand cut and the seafood is local and wild. The owner does 95 percent of the cooking, so it’s guaranteed made to order and consistently good. Boardwok South’s atmosphere is clean, comfortable and relaxing, and there’s a nice tiki bar serving beer and wine. Boardwok serves dinner Monday through Saturday nights and is closed Sunday.

Dairy Queen

  • 25199 N.C. Highway 12
  • Waves
  • (252) 987-1228

This location offers a pick-up window and drive-thru for ice cream and all of Dairy Queen’s frozen treats as well as hot dogs and drinks.

Forbes Candies HWY 12 Coffee and Tea Company

  • 24502 N.C. Highway 12, Waves Village Kiteboarding Resort
  • Rodanthe
  • (252) 987-2320

Forbes Candies HWY 12 Coffee and Tea Company offers the sweets that Forbes Candy in Nags Head is known for — saltwater taffy, fresh fudge and chocolates. At this location they also offer coffee, including a full espresso bar offering specialty coffee and espresso drinks. The blended frappuccinos are a customer favorite. They mix up smoothies and sell 20 varieties of loose tea. In the bakery case are cinnamon rolls, muffin tops, New York Bagels and a variety of other treats. Summer hours are 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Frank’s OBX Dog House

  • 25972 N.C. Highway 12
  • Waves
  • No phone

Across from the Waves Post Office at milepost 41.5, you’ll find Frank’s OBX Dog House, serving all-beef hot dogs piled with delicious toppings including sauerkraut and NY sweet onion sauce. Feel free to make your own combination or choose one of theirs. They also serve brats with spicy brown mustard, potato salad and nachos piled high with chili, onions, jalapenos and cheese, along with refreshing Italian ices and beer. This restaurant is for take-out only, but they have picnic tables on site. It’s kid and dog friendly.

Leonardo’s Pizza

  • 26006 N.C. Highway 12, St. Waves Plaza
  • Waves
  • (252) 987-6522

Leonardo’s offers delicious, fresh-made, New York-style pizza with a variety of toppings, plus salads, calzones and hearty subs stuffed with all the favorite fillings. They sell individual slices at lunch. Leonardo’s is located at St. Waves Plaza in Waves. You can pick up your order or have it delivered in Rodanthe, Waves or Salvo. Call for seasonal hours.

Lisa’s Pizzeria

  • 24158 N.C. Highway 12
  • Rodanthe
  • (252) 987-2525

Lisa’s, in business since 1986, is legendary on Hatteras Island. Everyone comes here for lunch or dinner to chow down on Italian favorites like hand-tossed pizza, calzones, lasagna, manicotti and spaghetti. Submarine sandwiches, wraps and burgers are also on the menu. The side dishes are excellent, including salads, fried mushrooms and broccoli, chicken wings and outstanding garlic cheese bread. They serve beer and wine. Small and casual, Lisa’s is great for eating in, but they also offer take-out and free delivery after 4 p.m. in the Tri-Villages.

Marilyn’s Deli

  • 23532 N.C. Highway 12, Island Convenience
  • Rodanthe
  • (252) 987-2239

There’s a constant flow of customers at this convenience store deli counter, so you know that’s a sign the food is delicious. The deli’s breakfast offerings include fresh-made biscuits and breakfast platters, breakfast sandwiches on croissants, muffins, bagels, toast or biscuits and more. For lunch you can get deli sandwiches, hot meats and vegetables, fried chicken and french fries with daily specials available Monday through Friday. The service is quick, and you can eat inside or out. This is a great place to pick up a quick meal and all the ice, drinks, tackle and supplies you’ll need for a fishing trip or beach day.

Maxximmuss Pizza

  • 24782 N.C. Highway 12
  • Rodanthe
  • (252) 987-0050

If you’re hankering for a classic New York-style thin crust pie, hop on over to Maxximmuss Pizza in Rodanthe. Using only the freshest ingredients, this pizza shop also offers a nice selection of gyros, falafel, hummus, calzones, appetizers, chicken wings, salads, subs, strombolis and more. They have gluten-free pizza and dessert available as well as vegan-friendly options. It’s all available for pick-up and delivery, and they’re open from April through October.

StingWray’s Bar & Grill

  • 24394 N.C. Highway 12
  • Rodanthe
  • (252) 987-1500

StingWray’s is a causal, lively, Caribbean-themed restaurant serving local seafood (think tuna, mahi mahi, shrimp and oysters), appetizers, sandwiches, steaks and a kids’ menu. Dine on the deck overlooking the sound if you’d like, and if you’re traveling with Fido, StingWray’s has an additional deck that is pet friendly so your doggie can dine out too. StingWray’s has a full bar serving beer, wine and mixed drinks, and they offer entertainment (acoustic music, bands, horseshoe pits and cornhole boards). They also have karaoke on Thursday nights. StingWray’s serves lunch and dinner every day in season, but they close in the winter.  

Top Dog Café

  • 25202 Island Pine Drive and N.C. Highway 12
  • Waves
  • (252) 987-1272

Top Dog cafe has been a local icon serving great food for more than 19 years on Hatteras Island. They’re reputed to have some of the biggest and best burgers on the Banks, the largest of which is the two-pound Cyclone. The huge fish tacos are a legend of their own. Top Dog also offers innovative salads, wraps, appetizers, burgers, seafood, sandwiches and dinner entrees. Some of the favorite items are the Cajun crab wrap, Jamaican tuna wrap, crab melt, bacon-wrapped scallops, Portobello and Swiss burger, Parrothead Salad and Paradise Pasta. The screened porch atmosphere is relaxed and rustic “Keys style” casual — perfect for the whole family. Kids’ meals are available, and beer and wine are served. Top Dog is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week in the summer and is closed on Tuesdays and from 3 to 5 p.m. weekdays in the spring and fall.

Village Conery

  • 26204 Monitor Lane & N.C. Highway 12
  • Salvo
  • No phone

In need of a cool treat? The Village Conery has what you need — ice cream cones (choose from cake, sugar and waffle cones) milk shakes, floats, hurricanes, banana splits, Italian ice, sundaes and coffee coolers. They offer soft-serve vanilla and chocolate, constantly changing flavors of hand-dipped Hershey’s ice cream, plus healthy, hand-dipped frozen yogurt. Village Conery has sugar-free options too. They’ve recently added more outdoor seating. If you need a sweet treat to take back to your rental house you can grab half gallons of ice cream and ice cream cakes, too. There’s no phone so just stop by. They’re open daily from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. during the summer.

Watermen’s Bar & Grill

  • 25706 N.C. Highway 12
  • Waves
  • (252) 987-2000

Watermen’s Bar & Grill is a waterfront restaurant located in the big red building directly behind the REAL Flagship Store in Waves. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner every day and also offer Carolina Brewery beers on tap, wine, mixed drinks, a rum bar and world-class coffee. Watermen’s has live music on their waterfront stage, but in case of inclement weather there’s plenty of space indoors for live music too. They have gorgeous sunset views over the Pamlico Sound where you can watch the kiteboarders in action. Watermen’s Bar & Grill offers the choice of indoor or outdoor seating as well as an indoor and outdoor bar. You can also get take-out to enjoy at your home or on the beach.

Waves Market & Deli

  • 26006 N.C. Highway 12, St. Waves Plaza
  • Waves
  • (252) 987-2352

When hunger calls, head to Waves Market & Deli, a newly expanded grocery and delicatessen in the Tri-Villages. This is a great place to grab breakfast and coffee and pick up a picnic for the beach. The market sells beer and wine, fresh produce, chips and snacks, ice cream (just about every flavor of Ben & Jerry’s), popsicles and lots more. They have a great candy selection for your sweet tooth cravings. The take-out-only deli features hot and cold sandwiches with Boars Head meats and cheeses, chicken salad and pimiento cheese, vegetarian options, burritos and other Mexican specialties, house-smoked barbecue and hand-cut Belgian fries. Everything is homemade. Waves Market has an ATM machine. They’re open late, so this is the place to pick up late-night beer (including build-your-own six packs) and food. 

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