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Diners' Choice: Great for scenic views restaurants in Coastal North Carolina

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking restaurants that have the most scenic view in Coastal North Carolina? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of The Oyster Rock Waterfront Seafood restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3105)
$30 and under
Seafood
Calabash
About the restaurant
Welcome to The Oyster Rock, a family-owned and operated waterfront Calabash seafood restaurant specializing in excellent seafood and raw bar items, mixed with a flavorful variety of mouth-watering beef, chicken and pork dishes, along with sandwiches and burgers all prepared in house every day using only the freshest and finest ingredients from local and regional suppliers and the beautiful Atlantic Ocean right outside our doors.

Overlooking the scenic Calabash River and its pristine estuaries and relaxing atmosphere, The Oyster Rock provides the most amazing view around, from our indoor and outdoor seating areas and bars featuring more than 24 domestic and imported beers on tap, 30 wines by the glass and a delicious collection of specialty cocktails.

If you would like to order carryout, orders may be placed by calling 910-579-6875.
Top review
FredButterfield
Dined 2 days ago
My wife and I chose Oyster Rock to celebrate our 46th wedding anniversary. Our meal was sumptuous and the service was outstanding. The doors opened at 4:00pm (which was the only time we could get a following-day reservation), and there was already a line forming outside; moreover, by 4:30pm, the dining room was completely full — all of which speaks to the immense popularity and well-earned reputation of this restaurant. Lord willing, we are already planning to come back again next year!
A photo of Aqua Restaurant and Spa - Duck, NC restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1343)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Duck
About the restaurant
Due to limited capacity for indoor dining, please contact us for reservations.
Outdoor seating is available on a first come basis.

Summertime has arrived! Live music nightly on our waterfront lawn!

The most beautiful waterfront restaurant in Duck on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, offering fresh regional cuisine in a casual, yet elegant setting. Now in our 16th season, we applaud our outstanding staff for their commitment to providing an exceptional experience for every AQUA guest.

Our Chef creates exquisite specialty dishes using locally caught fish and seafood, locally farmed seasonal ingredients, and all-natural meats. Carefully chosen innovative wine, craft beer, and cocktail lists perfectly complement Chef’s savory creations. Our desserts are made in house from the freshest ingredients, so it’s okay to try all of them!

Gorgeous sunsets, live music, and good times with friends and family make AQUA the place where delicious food and beautiful memories happen.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
The food was excellent, and the service couldn’t be beat. Aqua offers a wide variety of food. I have many food allergies, and Aqua was able to accommodate my needs. The server was very attentive to us. Oh, and make sure you save room for the key lime pie!
A photo of NC Coast Grill & Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (341)
$30 and under
Seafood
Duck
About the restaurant
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.
Top review
StephanieD
Dined on Mar 28, 2024
Great food and service! Luke (our server) was outstanding. We will most definitely be returning.
A photo of Cafe Pamlico restaurant
4.7
4.7 (262)
$31 to $50
Unspecified
Buxton
About the restaurant
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.
Top review
PeterD
Dined 2 days ago
Great food, well prepared. Lots of choices on the menu for all tastes. Beautiful location.
A photo of The Village Table and Tavern restaurant
4.6
4.6 (730)
$31 to $50
American
Duck
About the restaurant
Welcome to casual waterfront dining at its best. Yes, we have a stunning waterfront location overlooking the Currituck Sound, but our goal is to be a great restaurant that just happens to have a great view. From casual, familiar fare to elevated, creative originals, we offer something for everyone. Our menu includes crave-worthy appetizers, fresh salads, inspired sandwiches, creatively prepared local seafood, and scratch-made desserts. To complement our food, we serve local and international craft beers, an exceptional selection of wines, and craft cocktails that capture the essence of a seaside tavern. For a special occasion or a casual bite after a day at the beach, The Village Table & Tavern is THE gathering place for family and friends in Duck.
Top review
abbie
Dined 7 days ago
Great food and drinks. We eat here each time we visit Duck.
A photo of Edgewater 122 restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1463)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Southport
About the restaurant

Elevated dining experience on the water in Southport,NC.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Outstanding waitress and amazing waterfront views of the sunset. Chef’s preparations were excellent and crafted drinks were well executed. Will be recommending Edgewater 122 to family and friends.
A photo of The George on the Riverwalk restaurant
4.5
4.5 (616)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Wilmington
About the restaurant
The George on the Riverwalk is in the downtown area of Wilmington, North Carolina. A great location, along with the great food, have helped to make this a very popular eatery. You can find inside or outside seating right on the river. As one of the only dog friendly restaurants in the area, we welcome your furry friends! We provide heated decks in the winter as well as amazing views of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, the USS North Carolina Battleship and amazing sunset views year around! Whether you choose to visit us by car or boat, we provide 3 hour parking vouchers for the lot across the street and have a 90ft floating dock located directly on the Cape Fear River!!




Top review
Vikingx53
Dined 7 days ago
Wonderful place on the river walk/ we went here by traveling to river walk from our hotel. That is itself a Very pleasant experience. They were very organized - gave us an outside table that had a spectacular view of the river . The service was spotting the the chicken with roasted goat cheese topping was very very good . I would definitely head there again!
A photo of 34° North Restaurant restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1526)
$31 to $50
American
Beaufort / Morehead City
About the restaurant
Visitors, boaters, and locals alike will enjoy the newest dining destination on the Crystal Coast

Our waterfront restaurant features locally inspired Eastern North Carolina cuisine with fresh local seafood, hand cut steaks, and seasonal ingredients. 34° North is renowned for its cuisine which is rooted in local farms and pristine waters.

Our menus grant guests a passport to experience delicious locally inspired cuisine and hand-crafted specialty cocktails amidst a relaxed island setting overlooking Taylor’s Creek.

34° North, serves breakfast, lunch, and upscale dinner daily.

34° North captures the island ambiance unique to its Beaufort locale. Dine inside or on the outdoor patio, a covered open-air dining space overlooking Taylor’s Creek and Rachel Carson Reserve, home to over 30 amazing wild horses. The outstanding island views constantly change. Reservations are recommended at all times and outside seating is by request and is not guaran
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
We had a great time and our waitress Haley was wonderful. The experience could not have been better.
A photo of Solstice Wrightsville Beach restaurant
4.4
4.4 (65)
$31 to $50
American
Wrightsville Beach
About the restaurant
Solstice Kitchen + Cocktails is the place to indulge in spectacular food and stunning ocean views. Our award-winning Chef, William Roberts has designed a menu that is loved by locals and traveling foodies alike. Come taste your way through our market-fresh menu of coastal-American dishes and handcrafted drinks. We have a passion for market-fresh ingredients, honest cooking, and a beach-elegant atmosphere that’s welcoming to all.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
It was a very special Fathers Day for our family and Solstice did not disappoint. Our needs were met with a seaside table, waitress was attentive and friendly and the food was spectacular. After dinner easy access to the beach was enjoyable. Only wish was to have more selection for the dessert menu.
A photo of Steam Restaurant - Embassy Suites restaurant
4.0
4 (605)
$30 and under
American
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Steam is bringing American cuisine to Wilmington using locally sourced goods & ingredients. With an extensive wine & beer selection, plenty of cocktails, indoor/outdoor seating, & beautiful views of the Cape Fear River, Steam is your go-to local restaurant.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 23, 2024
The short ribs were delicious and the service was excellent
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