Art's Place on the Beach Road in Kitty Hawk is an icon of Outer Banks life and offers great views of the Atlantic Ocean from the top deck.

Once upon a time the Outer Banks had a pretty good selection of places to go for a bite to eat or a drink and a view of the Atlantic Ocean. Now…not so much. 

But there are still a some places to go that fit the bill—a drink a meal and a wonderful view.

Outer Banks Fishing Pier-Fishheads

The Outer Banks Fishing Pier is a rambling, ramshackle looking pier in South Nags Head. It’s a real favorite of locals, both the pier and Fishheads, the restaurant.

It’s a bit rustic, but service is good, the food fresh and there’s live music most evenings.

Nags Head Pier-Pier House Restaurant & Capt. Andy’s Oceanfront Tiki Bar and Grill 

 “You Hook ‘Em – We Cook ‘Em!” That’s the catch phrase for the Pier House Restaurant, and yes, they will clean and cook your catch.

A very relaxed atmosphere and a great place to take kids with a great seating area that has fantastic views of the ocean.

There’s live music every night at the bar.

Art’s Place

It doesn’t get much more local than Art’s Place in Kitty Hawk. An icon of Outer Banks life, this is the place to go for a burger and a beer at lunch.

They recently put an outdoor deck on top of the restaurant, and the views from second floor and wonderful.

A great place, by the way for brunch—but don’t expect some chef to be fixing the food. This is as all-American as it gets.

Rundown Cafe

Another mainstay of Outer Banks life, Rundown Cafe is a great place to go for a live music with a drink and a bit to eat.

Located on the Beach Road in Kitty Hawk, the road curves away from the Ocean just a bit in front of Rundown, so the view aren’t quite as good as Art’s Place just down the road. But it’s still worth a visit.