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Anyone on the east coast of America can tell you that North Carolina is home to some of the best beaches that the Atlantic has to offer. With this proximity to the ocean comes an abundance of delicious seafood. Here’s a list of the best NC seafood restaurants for eating the freshest catches.
For those who love local charm and casual dining, the Harbor House Seafood Market is the perfect spot. Located in Hatteras, this popular market is owned and run by the beloved local Ms. Vicki who can provide you with her scrumptious seafood as well as her knowledge and advice about the area. Beyond simply selling fresh seafood that can be purchased and eaten at home, this market is known for the prepared seafood dishes, such as seafood enchiladas or crab burritos.
Harbor House Seafood Market, 58129 Hwy 12, Hatteras, NC, USA +1 252 986 2039
In the busy city of Raleigh one upscale restaurant stands out as the best place to find seafood away from the shore. 18 Seaboard offers a varied option of sauces made in-house so that diners can tailor their seafood to their particular tastes. Although this venue lacks the beach views of some of the other establishments, 18 Seaboard offers rooftop seating so diners can take in the beautiful Raleigh skyline.
18 Seaboard, 18 Seaboard Ave #100, Raleigh, NC, USA +1 919 861 4318
Eating in a restaurant isn’t simply about the food; it’s about the experience. This spot is located in a historic renovated home that was converted into a restaurant. Floyds 1921 is the place for southern charm and atmosphere that epitomizes North Carolina. But the fun certainly doesn’t stop there, Floyds has a large and lively outdoor dining area where live music serenades diners while they eat and drink to their hearts’ content.
Floyds 1921, 400 Bridges St, Morehead City, NC, USA +1 252 727 1921
On your next family beach trip to the Outer Banks, stop by Salt Water Grill in Corolla. The menu features varied offerings of both fried and steamed seafood as well as sandwiches. Don’t forget about the ‘big plates’ for after those long days when you’ve worked up an appetite riding the tides. The Salt Water Grill is perfect for a family affair and has options for those who are gluten free or vegetarian to keep everyone in the group happy.
Salt Water Grill, 811 Ocean Trail Corolla, NC, USA + 1 252 453 2101
For diners looking to try something new but still wanting to ensure they will have a quality meal, 1618 Seafood Grille is the perfect spot. The menu features seafood classics with flare, such as calamari with wasabi glaze and paprika flounder with avocado salsa. Patrons consistently rave about the amazing service and food presentation along with the exquisite taste of the food. The local craft beer selection is vast, and the servers are said to be helpful in making selections and suggesting pairings.
1618 Seafood Grille, 1618 W Friendly Ave, Greensboro, NC, USA +1 336-235-0898
Those who are fans of Surf City’s sunsets should head over to Beauchaines 211 for their next dinner out. This ‘casual fine dining’ establishment has many of the traditional menu items expected of a seafood restaurants, but with a recent revamping, the menu has also been given new life. Frequent visitors rave about the appetizers, including the Cajun fried oysters and sweet chili calamari, and the stuffed flounder.
Beauchaines 211, 211 S Topsail Dr, Surf City, NC , USA +1 910 328 1888
In Nags Head, Blue Moon Beach Grill is loved by locals. The varied menu, prompt service, and generous portion sizes keep many diners coming back, so it is understandably busy during the evenings. Get there early to avoid the queue, or even better, grab a seasonal beer, glass of wine, or one of the signature cocktails and sit at the bar or on the deck as you wait.