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Cafe Pamlico, Buxton, NC

Cafe Pamlico

4.7
4.7
221 Reviews
$31 to $50
Unspecified
Cafe Pamlico's mission is to provide a world class dining experience through exceptional food, outstanding detail oriented service, an inspired wine and cocktail program, and gracious attentive Southern hospitality. Our contemporary coastal cuisine is driven by locally sourced seafood, meats, and produce. Our menu changes frequently in accordance with the fresh ingredients our chefs discover on the island, most notably the fresh local seafood we feature. The fish we serve each evening is frequently taken from the nets of friends that very morning. We are committed to supporting local farmers and artisan food producers first, sustainable resources second, and organic third. The Cafe serves elegant gourmet dinners prepared by our world class chefs from four to seven nights each week, depending on season. Dinner reservations are highly recommended, as the restaurant is often filled to capacity by reservation. We are open to the public every morning for our famous casually elegant breakfasts, called "Best on the Outer Banks" by National Geographic Traveler. Cafe Pamlico is committed to extending gracious hospitality beyond the walls of our restaurant and into the community. We manage our organization in an ecologically sensitive and economically sustainable manner, driven by genuine concern for our environment and the jobs we create in our community, and always in accordance with the customer satisfaction policies of our business model. We invite you to learn more about Cafe Pamlico by downloading our current brochure, or by getting in touch with us. Whether dining in one of our intimate well appointed dining rooms, at our elegant copper topped bar, or al fresco on one of our soundfront decks, you will experience exceptional food and service which the Times of London described as "Fabulous" while surrounded by the natural beauty and grandeur of the Pamlico Sound and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Buxton
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Gin and Tonic Your Tastebuds

    $120.00 per person

    Feb 26, 2024 only
    Join us for a 5-course, chefs table and gin cocktail dinner. The cost is $120 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Dinner starts promptly at 6pm.

What 221 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Great for brunch

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Healthy

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Great for scenic views

221 Reviews
  1. TomG

    Philadelphia

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great valentines dinner at cafe Pamlico. The food was excellent and the service exceptional. I would recommend cafe pamlico to anyone looking for a fine dining experience
    Cafe PamlicoResponded 1 day ago
    Tom, thank you SO much. Pls come back, bring friends and post your review to TripAdvisor

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  2. KarenG

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and beautiful view. Just a wonderful time. One of our favorite places to eat in OBX. Stand out service by waitstaff and really good cocktails! Never disappoints.
    Cafe PamlicoResponded on February 15, 2024
    Karen, thank you SO much. Pls come back, bring friends and post your review to TripAdvisor

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  3. PatrickN

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food! Tasty unique cocktails! Great view of water at sunset. We had a lovely experience
    Cafe PamlicoResponded on February 15, 2024
    Patrick, thank you SO much. Pls come back, bring friends and post your review to TripAdvisor

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  4. MichelleR

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent and the food was delicious. The half portion option was the perfect size for me. A really great idea that they offer that.
    Cafe PamlicoResponded on February 11, 2024
    Michelle, thank you SO much. Pls come back, bring friends and post your review to TripAdvisor

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  5. SuzieH

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best shrimp & grits! Fabulous wine. Fantastic service. Great acustic singer too.
    Cafe PamlicoResponded on February 1, 2024
    Suzie, thank you SO much. Pls come back, bring friends and post your review to TripAdvisor

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  6. CindyW

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu was varied and excellent - something for every taste.
    Cafe PamlicoResponded on January 29, 2024
    Cindy, thank you SO much. Pls come back, bring friends and post your review to TripAdvisor

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  7. NancyG

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow! The new winter menu is fantastic. The lobster and crab bisque and the scallop appetizer are both great. For dinner, we had the scallops, the shrimp and grits, the beef filet and the filet Neptune. Each meal was beautifully plated and delicious. The special cocktails had something for everyone and the wine list was well rounded. This was our first experience but it will definitely be a place we return to again and again.
    Cafe PamlicoResponded on January 29, 2024
    Nancy, thank you SO much. Pls come back, bring friends and post your review to TripAdvisor

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  8. MegK

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food and great service! Make a reservation :)
    Cafe PamlicoResponded on January 5, 2024
    Meg, thank you SO much. Pls come back, bring friends and post your review to TripAdvisor

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  9. AshleyM

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We waited for a later time so that we could get indoor seating but they put us outdoor. The room was supposedly heated but it was absolutely freezing, I had to wear my winter coat during dinner. We've been here before and loved it but this new years dinner they "dropped the ball" no pun intended. The 4 course meal looked amazing on the menu and the salad and tuna tataki was amazing, for the entree I order the lamb and lobster and the lamb was good but tiny and lobster was overcooked and burnt tasting- it was the worst lobster I've ever had. Dessert was great but I was too frozen to care. Not the best experience but I would give it a shot again with INDOOR seating and I definitely would never get lobster again. Yuck!

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  10. JonR

    West Virginia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Once again made a visit to the cafe at the Inn on Pamlico during the week after Christmas. Went for Sunday brunch on New Year's Eve, in prior years I've gone for dinner or brunch/breakfast. It's such a classy place regardless of the time of day or meal. Seated on time in a seat overlooking the sound. Excellent service throughout the meal including checking on me mid-way through and timely returning for the check. I had traditional eggs benedict which saw the eggs cooked perfectly with just the right amount of runniness and a nice hunk of ham instead of the traditional Canadian bacon. Well seasoned Hollandaise as well as perfectly cooked seasoned potatoes and a nice side of sausage. I'll always return for a meal when visiting Hatteras Island.
    Cafe PamlicoResponded on January 5, 2024
    Jon, thank you SO much. Pls come back, bring friends and post your review to TripAdvisor

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  11. JackieB

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cafe Pamlico is on our list of must stops every time we are in Buxton and it never disappoints. Great food, great drinks, great atmosphere. Good value. Doesn't get any better, really!
    Cafe PamlicoResponded on December 30, 2023
    Jackie, thank you SO much. Pls come back, bring friends and post your review to TripAdvisor

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  12. DaffneyS

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, atmosphere, people!! Very nice and exceptional!!
    Cafe PamlicoResponded on December 30, 2023
    Daffney, thank you SO much. Pls come back, bring friends and post your review to TripAdvisor

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  13. Scotty

    Greater Boston

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My steak was perfectly cooked to temperature. Server was excellent , food came out really fast. Really glad I find this hidden gem in the Hatteras Island area… will be back.
    Cafe PamlicoResponded on December 21, 2023
    Scotty, thank you SO much. Pls come back, bring friends and post your review to TripAdvisor

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  14. MattV

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place and by far the best off-season eats in the greater area!
    Cafe PamlicoResponded on December 15, 2023
    Matt, thank you SO much. Pls come back, bring friends and post your review to TripAdvisor

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  15. GregP

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dallas and Cody made our experience optimal! Their menu suggestions, attention and service were amazing!
    Cafe PamlicoResponded on December 11, 2023
    Greg, thank you SO much. Pls come back, bring friends and post your review to TripAdvisor

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  16. fromPelzer

    Charleston

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was excellent, including food and service
    Cafe PamlicoResponded on November 29, 2023
    Pelzer, thank you SO much! Please come back, bring friends, and post your review to TripAdvisor

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our second time dining at Café Pamlico. Restaurants from Avon to Hatteras can be wildly inconsistent, even from day to day, but this meal was just as good if not better than the one we had in June. They make one of the best shrimp and grits dishes I’ve EVER had (and I order them often—we even served them at our wedding), the salads are fresh and creative, but not off-puttingly so, and the desserts are wonderful, especially the bourbon chocolate pecan pie they served for Thanksgiving! I also appreciated the decent number of craft mocktails offered, since I don’t drink much anymore, though they have a solid wine, beer, and cocktail list. This place is a bit dressier than other OBX restaurants (though they happily served me in shorts and flip flops when we walked in over the summer) and the acoustics in the room can make it quite loud, even if there aren’t many people there. But the friendly service and exquisite food is not to be missed!
    Cafe PamlicoResponded on November 29, 2023
    , thank you SO much! Please come back, bring friends, and post your review to TripAdvisor

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  18. DonaldN

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service. The drink options fit the menu, I had a specialty gin cocktail. The fish and grits is outstanding.
    Cafe PamlicoResponded on November 29, 2023
    Donald, thank you SO much! Please come back, bring friends, and post your review to TripAdvisor

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  19. DCNative

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I’m a regular and the service could have been better. I spent $115 for just myself. The menu needs better descriptions. I commend the effort but it could still be better. Still best in a 50 mile radius but as a DC native with many top reaturamts to compare to… it needs tweaking. Will still come back.

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  20. JanD

    Chicago

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Decided to have Thanksgiving out and what a delightful experience. The turkey and sides were just what we’d hoped for. The deviled eggs appetizer with shrimp and crab were yummy. Justin was a very pleasant server. Light music in the background - a perfect Thanksgiving dinner.
    Cafe PamlicoResponded on November 24, 2023
    Jan, thank you SO much! Please come back, bring friends, and post your review to TripAdvisor

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  21. Kate

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Probably the best food in the Outer Banks! A little pricer but so good. Great cocktail menu as well. Will be back!
    Cafe PamlicoResponded on November 24, 2023
    Kate, thank you SO much! Please come back, bring friends, and post your review to TripAdvisor

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was tasty but cold. Service was friendly but way too slow. Convenient and cost effective for guests of Inn.

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  23. JeffD

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We both enjoyed our dinning experience. The food was excellent and the staff was professional, and friendly. Ours was a first class experience.
    Cafe PamlicoResponded on November 19, 2023
    Jeff, thank you SO much! Please come back, bring friends, and post your review to TripAdvisor

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  24. Johann

    Mexico City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, great vibe, comfy seating and great heating.
    Cafe PamlicoResponded on November 19, 2023
    Johann, thank you SO much! Please come back, bring friends, and post your review to TripAdvisor

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  25. LindaS

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food preparation was imaginative and well presented. The sides were part of the entree, not a casual afterthought.
    Cafe PamlicoResponded on October 29, 2023
    Linda, thank you SO much! Please come back, bring friends, and post your review to TripAdvisor

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  26. MeleciaK

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I enjoyed this restaurant. The view was amazing! The server was on top of everything. The food was delicious and presented well. Highly recommend!
    Cafe PamlicoResponded on October 25, 2023
    Melecia, thank you SO much! Please come back, bring friends, and post your review to TripAdvisor

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  27. Gigi

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed our weekend at the Inn and dinner! Service was excellent and the food was delicious.
    Cafe PamlicoResponded on October 23, 2023
    Gigi, thank you SO much! Please come back, bring friends, and post your review to the Inn on Pamlico Sound and Cafe Pamlico pages on TripAdvisor

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  28. SheilaM

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was great...view beautiful and food delicious. We are going back Friday 😬
    Cafe PamlicoResponded on October 21, 2023
    Sheila, thank you SO much! Please come back, bring friends, and post your review to TripAdvisor

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  29. AndyV

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always delicious food, excellent presentation, superior service and beautiful view.
    Cafe PamlicoResponded on October 17, 2023
    Andy, thank you SO much! Please come back, bring friends, and post your review to TripAdvisor

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  30. BrookeG

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had brunch and mimosas on our visit and it was a fabulous experience! Everything was exceptional from the staff, food and view. We highly recommend and will be back soon!
    Cafe PamlicoResponded on October 17, 2023
    Brooke, thank you SO much! Please come back, bring friends, and post your review to TripAdvisor

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  31. MatthewK

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great spot for sure, food was excellent, and so was the service. Only thing that could be improved would be the lighting… Too bright, and too white, would be much better with soft, white and dimmer bulbs!

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  32. Bonnie

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was exceptional! Our server, Dallas, was terrific and we enjoyed the live music.
    Cafe PamlicoResponded on October 12, 2023
    Bonnie, thank you SO much. Pls come back, bring friends and post your review to TripAdvisor

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  33. Barbara

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We wouldn't visit the OBX without dinner at The Inn on Pamlico Sound - service, food and atmosphere is superb - we plan on trying Sunday brunch next year. Keep up the good work!
    Cafe PamlicoResponded on October 12, 2023
    Barbara, thank you SO much. Pls come back, bring friends and post your review to TripAdvisor

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  34. FayD

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Over our weekend, we had two dinners, breakfast, and brunch. Each meal was inventive, beautifully presented, and delicious. The staff were fantastic, and the cocktails were on point. Highly recommend dining here!
    Cafe PamlicoResponded on October 3, 2023
    Fay, thank you SO much! Please come back, bring friends, and post your review to TripAdvisor.

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  35. LeilaC

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We eat here every year for our anniversary. Always the highlight of our trip. Great food and beautiful location. Originally sat inside but the noise level was extremely loud. The staff allowed us to move outside which was much quieter. We can’t wait until our next visit

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  36. BethP

    Orange County

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service from wait staff, beautiful scenery, delicious food with a moderate amount of variety
    Cafe PamlicoResponded on September 26, 2023
    Beth, thank you SO much! Please come back, bring friends, and post your review to Trip Advisor.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service were great! We went for breakfast and our party had the sausage and gravy biscuits, banana nut French toast, and Gouda grits! Super great. We’ll be back!
    Cafe PamlicoResponded on September 26, 2023
    Thank you SO much! Please come back, bring friends, and post your review to Trip Advisor.

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  38. Leslie

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Shrimp and grits were delicious! Beautiful patio view of Pamlico Sound! Waitress was pleasant!
    Cafe PamlicoResponded on September 26, 2023
    Leslie, thank you SO much! Please come back, bring friends, and post your review to Trip Advisor.

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  39. JohnR

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fantastic experience and the view is incredible!
    Cafe PamlicoResponded on September 26, 2023
    John, thank you SO much! Please come back, bring friends, and post your review to Trip Advisor.

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  40. KarenL

    Columbus

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall our experience was a four. My dish was a bit too spicy and it wasn’t represented that way. Other than that, the venue was delightful and service was exemplary.

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FAQs

Cafe Pamlico is rated 4.7 stars by 221 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Cafe Pamlico

49684 NC Highway 12, Buxton, NC 27920

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Buxton
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Sat 8:00 am–10:00 am Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Sun 8:00 am–12:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Unspecified, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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