NC Coast Grill & Bar

4.7
98 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
NC Coast Grill & Bar, a new waterfront restaurant in Duck, NC, offers impressive Currituck Sound and sunset views as well as boat dockage and outdoor dining right on the Duck boardwalk. But we’re so much more than a pretty place to eat. If you’re looking for an Outer Banks restaurant that’s low-key, modern, fresh and fun, with an eclectic, chef-driven menu, craft beers and creative cocktails, this is the Duck, NC, restaurant for you.

NC Coast’s open kitchen, snazzy concrete bar and upscale coastal decor create a vibrant, hip atmosphere for gathering with family and friends over drinks, snacks, shareable plates and meals right at the water’s edge.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 98 people are saying
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Windy
Wilmington
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

While the service and food were good, the price point was high. The mixed drinks were especially expensive and only of average quality. Another issue was the noise level. We were seated in the middle of the room and had a difficult time talking with each other due to the noises around us. The outdoor dining is at least quieter. I would recommend NC Coast with the understanding of the price points and noise level.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another delicious meal at our favorite restaurant! The staff is always pleasant and food top-notch!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great steamed shrimp! Husband loved his Curry dish and I liked the tastefully fit bowl with chicken. I was surprised by how spicy it was so if you don’t like spicy it’s not for you! It also came with white rice which is not what I’d put in a “healthy” option. Service and atmosphere is great.

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KarenD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent selection of food for all different diners! The service was great and the food was prompt. You need reservations!

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RobinH
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

NC Coast is a favorite! Everything is delicious, the service is outstanding, and the vibe is fun. I highly recommend it!

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NAC825
New England
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We had a 6:30 reservation and they wanted to sit us near the door. We requested to be away from the door and they said the tables were for 7pm reservation. Same number of seats why wouldn’t you sit your first reservation there? She moved us to different location near another door and it was very cold and drafty when people in and out.
Some in our group were still eating and the waitress asked if we wanted dessert and then brought check and boxes when still eating. Felt rushed. Also would be nice to have different dessert options and not just fried dough.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our second visit to NC Coast. This time we ordered the chef board. It was so so good!! I can’t believe we ate it all! And the dessert afterwards was yummy! I’m still happily full. Can’t wait to go again!

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BernadetteS
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Excellent service. Cauliflower appetizer is best on the beach. Great crab cakes.

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RalphB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorites. We can always depend on a delicious meal with excellent service. Last night did not disappoint. They were working with a reduced menu due to supply issues and a very busy weekend. The menu still had plenty of delicious choices.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!

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Holly
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the Chef’s board and it was fantastic. We had plenty for the 4 of us and finished with those yummy beignets. Would definitely order it again.

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vipElizabeth
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our house is within walking distance of NC Coast, and whether we were driving by, or walking by on the boardwalk, we’d noticed that it has been busy since it first opened. The reviews are consistently good, and since a lot of restaurants that we typically choose are closed for the season, we thought we’d give it a try. We were all happy that we did - it’s easy to make reservations on Open Table, and we were seated right away. The service was attentive, and the food was very good. The salads that we ordered to start were quite large, and could have easily been split for 2 people. We ordered a variety of things, and the feedback was good on everything — gumbo, tuna, seafood trinity, chicken and the goat, and both the Caesar and the beet salads. It’s a fairly small space, with an open kitchen, so it’s definitely loud, and can make conversation a challenge. Has kind of a fun bar scene vibe, but the food is far better than one might expect in that setting. We all decided we would definitely go back. Thank you for a delicious meal!

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Foodwinefun
Wilmington
30 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Like many restaurants during Covid they seemed to be struggling with having enough staff. That being said all of the staff members we encountered were doing their absolute best while juggling many extra duties. It is also notable that they were all very friendly and accommodating considering the situation.
There was a wait to be seated but once we were seated the food came readily and was delicious.
I love that they have healthy options that are full of flavor. A beautiful view is another reason we will definitely return.

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RyanP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Menu is very limited for some diners. Server was attentive

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DonaldH
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We love Nc coastal. We missed our favorite fish and chips but the meal we ordered was very tasty

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SusanC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant on the sound side. Good food, simple fare.

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CraigL
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was Christmas Eve and was an excellent dinner, service and experience.

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ScottTraveler
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and location. Always an excellent experience.

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Visitor
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a Blue Pointe devotee, I was pleasantly surprised by the superb food and minimalist ambiance.

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Gkauf3
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We each had gumbo and shared the seafood trio. They were both outstanding! The flavors in the gumbo stood out and seafood and pasta had fantastic flavor.

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vipskbritman
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful service

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vipDiningDiva
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Great food, great service, and great atmosphere. We will be back!

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MicheleL
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Very disappointed in service and food. Ordered a cosmo which was mainly lime juice. The redo was mainly cranberry juice. Two other specialty drinks were good. Crab dip didn’t have much crab. The duck wasn’t crispy and the sauce looked like it was added after the duck was cooked. The scallop, shrimp and lobster pasta dish was ok but nothing special. We ordered a side of Mac’n cheese and it came out 20 minutes before the entree.

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular Thanksgiving Dinner, awesome service and an incredible sunset. Thanks for a window table and for turning out to look after us on the most important holiday of the year; we had a great evening.

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RickinNC
Greensboro
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the sunset on the sound. Excellent food and the servers were friendly and took care of us well. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent. They accept reservations which is nice ..many places in OBX do not. Make sure you order the beignets for dessert!

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LarryS
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place. NC Coast never disappoints. I asked the staff to tell Wes that his chairs are sub-par and not comfortable. That is the only flaw in an otherwise great restaurant. Food is exceptional, service is very good. This is one of our favorites in Duck.

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried the Chef’s Board so we could sample several of the delicious sounding menu items. The food was outstanding! I high recommend trying. The service was amazing as well. The restaurant has a very cozy classy ocean vibe. Cannot wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Such a beautiful place!

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RayL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Chef’s board definitely the way to go.
Terrific food.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was very good. Service was very good.
Everyone at the table thought chairs are vey uncomfortable

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CatherineW
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were celebrating our 30th year wedding anniversary. This place was recommended by our host. When we arrived 20 minutes early then our reservation time, we were seated right away. Our table was ready so we did not have to wait. Our server Zaya S was very attentive to us and provided the best service and recommendations for us. She checked on us often which is great. Our meal was delivered quicker than we expected and was delicious. Hopefully we’ll return next year or sooner. Will ask for Zaya again. Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING!!! Great atmosphere, great view and amazing food! My husband and I got the chefs board to share- highly recommend! You get a little bit of everything (including desert) it was so good! Very creative and refreshing menu, will be visiting again!

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wes did it again. The food was great as always. We ordered the Chef’s board and our daughter had the crab cakes. The board gave us a decent-sized sample of various items from the menu. This is perfect for people like us, as we are always undecided about what to order...we got to try it all! We also had the poutine fries which were amazing, and the beignets were the perfect end to the meal.

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vipKarenH
Wilmington
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food and ambiance was excellent. Have a friend visiting and tonight was her first visit; she wants to return tomorrow evening!

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Dave
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chefs board is absolutely the best meal experience on the Outer Banks. Every mouthful on that perfectly curated smorgasbord is fabulous! This is my go-to every time we have visitors.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great option for dinner!! Staff is phenomenal and food is outstanding. Wes always does an amazing job with his menus.

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LizL
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the 5th time we have eaten at NC Coast Grill and every time it has been a wonderful experience. The food is excellent and the service is exceptional.

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vipKKent
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We drove from Virginia Beach to have lunch there on Saturday. Everybody had a great meal. The pimento oysters were wonderful?

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RavenF
Norfolk
8 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place to return on our mini vacations away! Thank you

FAQs

NC Coast Grill & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (252) 261-8666.

NC Coast Grill & Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 98 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.