Restaurants in Ocean Isle/Sunset/Holden, NC

Ocean Isle Beach, NC Restaurants

You can find seafood at any restaurant in Ocean Isle Beach, NC and it will likely be served with the requisite sweet tea and hushpuppies. However, you won’t find any restaurants on the island. The closest ones to the island can be found on Causeway Drive where you will find Sharky's Restaurant. Sharky’s overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway and in addition to indoor seating, you will find a screened deck where you can enjoy your meal while watching the passing boats. Sharky’s is open for lunch and dinner daily and you can enjoy your favorite alcoholic beverage there as well because they have all ABC permits.

You may have a craving for Italian food while on vacation at the beach. You can indulge your craving at Roberto's Ristorante on Beach Drive. Roberto’s is family owned and has been in operation since 1985. Here you can dine on authentic Italian-American cuisine like homemade Italian pasta favorites as well as brick-oven baked pizza. This restaurant is open for lunch and dinner year-round. You can enjoy nightly chef specials, homemade desserts and your favorite alcoholic beverages.

If you are feeling adventurous and are looking for something different for dinner, try the Jamaican restaurant - you won't be sorry. Sugar Shack is located on Hale Beach Road, just off of Beach Drive. Because it is quite popular, the owners strongly suggest that you make reservations. The chef is Jamaican and features authentic Jamaican home cooking just like his mom used to make. You can also have steak, baby back ribs, tuna, crab, shrimp burgers and more as well as desserts and Guinness and Red Stripe beer. Sugar Shack is open year round and generally has entertainment on Saturday nights.

Holden Beach, NC Restaurants

There are no fast food restaurants on Holden Beach, NC, however there are locally owned restaurants where you can enjoy your meals while taking in the beauty of the ocean. Castaways Raw Bar & Grill on Ocean Boulevard specializes in seafood and is open only during the season. Open and airy with a casual, porchy atmosphere Castaways serves scrumptious food for lunch and dinner seven days a week. You won’t even need to leave the island for entertainment – you will find live entertainment nightly right here. You can enjoy fresh seafood including the Steamer Pot, Peel-n-Eat Shrimp, Shrimp and Grits and Oysters by the Bucket - steamed or raw. You may also have salads, sandwiches, beer wine and specialty drinks.

For more restaurant choices you can travel a short distance inland to Shallotte, NC. This is where all the fast food restaurants are located. But more than that, you will find some excellent locally owned restaurants here. In downtown Shallotte, NC in the cheers Plaza on Main Street is The Purple Onion Café. If you love good food you don’t want to miss it. You will find contemporary continental cuisine and traditional Southern-style food here. At the Purple Onion you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner and pick up some scrumptious baked goods on your way out the door.

At the family owned and operated Inlet View Bar & Grill located on Village Point Road you can enjoy a traditional breakfast with a water view. For lunch or dinner you will find that the shrimp and scallops are fresh from the ocean and the spicy hushpuppies are an old family recipe. You can also have poor boys, fried seafood, burgers, sea burgers and other sandwiches as well as locally baked desserts. You can reach the bar by riding the elevator to the second floor.

Sunset Beach, NC Restaurants

All of the restaurants in Sunset Beach, NC are in the mainland portion of the town. There are two excellent seafood restaurants here and you will also find an Irish Pub where you can indulge in pub style fare. Just a short drive to the south you will find Calabash which is filled with seafood restaurants specializing in Calabash style seafood.

Crabby Oddwaters Restaurant and Bar on Sunset Boulevard is located quite near to the new bridge. At this small, handsome restaurant you will find an enclosed deck overlooking a creek. The tables have holes in the center where you can pitch your shucked shells, and local seafood of all types is the focus. This restaurant also features a raw bar. Crabby Oddwaters is above Bill's Seafood and is open for dinner nightly during the high season.

You will find Twin Lakes Seafood Restaurant on Sunset Boulevard where many tables offer a panoramic view of the Intracoastal Waterway. The owners of the restaurant have family connections to the earliest seafood days of nearby Calabash. The menu includes and seafood specials that change nightly as well as beef and poultry. The chef has won a number of awards at the N.C. Oyster Stew Cook-offs.

Fibber McGees is an Irish Pub open seven day a week where you can order from an affordable menu including paninis, salads, wraps, fruits, cheeses, and daily specials. You can also enjoy weekend entertainment and a fully stocked bar.

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You will find seafood at just about every restaurant in the area and Calabash style seafood in Calabash, but if you are looking for entertainment you may want to try Castaways Raw Bar & Grill on Holden Beach. For a special night out check out Roberto's Ristorante in Ocean Isle Beach. At Crabby Oddwaters Restaurant and Bar you will find the experience and the food as unusual as the name of the restaurant. The following price codes are based on the average price for two dinner entrees only. For restaurants not serving dinner, the codes reflect mid-priced lunch entrees for two. Dual codes indicate that lunch and dinner prices vary significantly. The price codes do not reflect the state/county sales tax or gratuities.

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Sunset Beach

310 Sunset Blvd.
Sunset Beach, NC
(910) 579-6372

If the food weren't so darn good, this upstairs restaurant would still be worth a visit just to read the story of how it got its "damp and crawly name" (a story told in one easy-to-remember sentence of barely more than 400 words). This is a handsome restaurant with an enclosed...more about Crabby Oddwaters Restaurant and Bar

Ocean Isle Beach

65 Causeway Dr.
Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
(910) 575-5855

This open air, on the water restaurant is open 7 days from 11 AM until 9 PM. With a casual atmosphere as well as fantastic views of the Intracoastal Waterway and the charter fishing boat dock, this facility offers more than just great food but serves as an excellent entertainment/dining destination....more about Ocean Isle Fish Company Restaurant and Bar

6737 Beach Dr., N.C. Hwy. 179
Ocean Isle Beach, NC
(910) 579-4999

Family owned and operated since 1985, Roberto's offers authentic Italian-American cuisine and brick-oven baked pizza. Open for dinner year-round, the menu also features salads, homemade Italian pasta favorites, fresh seafood, veal, char-broiled steaks and nightly chef's specials. Don't miss the homemade desserts. Menu items can be packaged to take out, and...more about Roberto's Ristorante

61 Causeway Dr.
Ocean Isle Beach, NC
(910) 579-9177

If you you have been to Ocean Isle Beach, you know Sharky's. Owned by Sarah and Ray Harris since 1990, Sharkys, a favorite of the locals, is a great place to be. Sharky's goal is to provide a family-oriented restaurant for people who enjoy good food and a relaxed atmosphere. The...more about Sharky's Restaurant

1609 Hale Beach Rd.
Ocean Isle Beach, NC
(910) 579-3844

Don't miss this place. Since 1996 Sugar Shack has featured authentic Jamaican home cooking (yes, the chef/owner is Jamaican) in a colorful, intimate setting about a mile from the beach. Greenery, tropical artwork, and recorded reggae music add a happy island feel, while live music is offered on Saturdays. Sugar Shack...more about Sugar Shack

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