Restaurants in Oriental/Pamlico County, NC

Atmosphere is just as much a part of dining as the meal itself in the restaurants dotted along the sailing capital of Oriental, NC and surrounding Pamlico County. Several restaurants will offer outdoor dining or patios right on the water as a reminder that your meal, particularly seafood, didn't travel far to reach your plate.

The residents of Oriental are a social bunch as well, so many of the more intimate restaurant settings offer a chance to meet and hang out with friends. That's also why you'll find such a high number of restaurants and bars with outdoor seating, each providing an opportunity to dine, dance and mingle.

Coastal cuisine and gourmet meals are a staple for dining in Oriental. Local offerings like shellfish off the grill and oysters from the raw bar serve up a more classic dining experience but don't be surprised to find roasted lamb, lobster or sushi either. Just because Oriental is small and a little off the beaten path doesn't mean the chefs cook for simpler palates.

No meal is complete without dessert and Oriental has plenty of fresh bakeries and coffee shops to appease your craving. End any meal or start the next one with handmade pies and cinnamon buns, or smoothies and lattes.

There's one other important point to keep in mind. As the sailing capitol of North Carolina, Oriental is used to having visitors that are only able to stop in for a short trip and those that need to grab a meal on the go. So feel free to call ahead with a takeout order as most restaurants are willing to accommodate.

Whether you are looking for fast food, a gourmet meal, sit-down dining, local seafood or a little of each, you have several outstanding restaurants, raw bars, coffee shops, cafes and grills to experience.

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Oriental Restaurants

The Bean on the Harbor Oriental/Pamlico County Restaurants
304 Hodges St.
Oriental, NC 28571
(252) 249-4918

From a high stool at The Bean's large window overlooking Oriental Harbor, a customer may sip fresh-brewed, organic, fair trade coffee, enjoy a bagel or Danish and write a grocery list or plan a bike route. At one of the intimate square tables, a couple can sip smoothies or lick ice...more about The Bean on the Harbor

Broad Street Grill Oriental/Pamlico County Restaurants
802 Broad St.
Oriental, NC 28571
(252) 249-2707

Broad Street Grill presents creative coastal cuisine with fresh, local seafood , steaks and specialty pizzas. Serving indoors or at cafe-style outdoor tables, the grill offers wonderfully prepared and beautifully presented dinners and desserts. Surprisingly, take-out is available for those days there is no time to sit. The full bar offers domestic...more about Broad Street Grill

Toucan Grill & Fresh Bar Oriental/Pamlico County Restaurants
103 Wall St.
Oriental, NC 28571
(252) 249-2204

Toucan Grill & Fresh Bar is one of the most inviting places to eat in the town of Oriental, NC. Offering indoor seating and a wide deck overlooking the water, the atmosphere is just right for an evening of fresh, local seafood. Chances are good that you'll want to begin with...more about Toucan Grill & Fresh Bar

900 Broad St.
Oriental, NC 28571
(252) 249-3509

Brantley's Village Restaurant has been in and out of the family and is now back in. The Normans owned this restaurant in 1978 and cooked for town folks and visitors for about 15 years. They sold the business, but nobody did it they way they did and after a few years,...more about Brantley's Village Restaurant

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205 S. Water St.
Oriental, NC 28571
(252) 249-2000

Located just off the water, M&M's Cafe offers cozy in-house and sheltered outdoor dining. Owner Dave Sargent makes sure patrons leave full and happy. M&M's is known for its seafood and steaks but on the menu everyone finds something delicious. Pastas, rack of lamb, lobster and soft-shell crabs are always available...more about M & M'S Cafe

401 Broad St.
Oriental, NC 28571
(252) 249-3557

Although the restaurant was damaged during Hurricane Irene in late 2011, Chef Jeff Tomczak continues to please his customers with a relaxed bar atmosphere. While the restaurant is expected to be back in operation by June, visitors can still enjoy a limited menu, full-service bar and live entertainment in season, including...more about Oriental Steamer Restaurant and Tavern

Alliance Restaurants

Little Italy Pizza Oriental/Pamlico County Restaurants
2268, N.C. Hwy. 55 E.
Alliance, NC 28509
(252) 745-5400

Little Italy Pizza and Subs opens at 11 AM and closes at 9 PM seven days a week. Fresh Italian treats includine New York Style pizza and sub sandwiches, pastas, salads, stromboli and great sauces. The hand-painted tables present bright scenes of grapes and wines drenched in light and color that...more about Little Italy Pizza

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