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 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

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

"Good food, good price, good service," is the Brantley's way. Monday through Friday, from 11 AM to 2 PM, Brantly's lunch buffet provides different specials each day and a complete salad bar. Weekday evenings offer the salad bar and menu items. Friday night the hot bar is open again with a...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

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518 S. Water Street
Oriental, NC
(252) 249-1388

The view of the boats in the marina on the river adds a dynamic atmosphere to this restaurant where you can enjoy beer battered shrimp, crab cakes, Italian dishes, and much more, including delicious desserts that you must try....more about O'Town Restaurant

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1111 Broad Street
Oriental, NC 28571
(252) 249-1050

Tuesday through Saturday from 11 AM to 9 PM The Silos Restaurant is open for lunch, dinner, and toe tappin' music. It's the local favorite for your choice of pizza, pasta, burgers, hoagies, and salads to name a few. Just behind The Silos is the Red Rooster Bar with live music...more about The Silos Restaurant

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

Alliance Restaurants

12268, NC 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 including New York Style pizza and sub sandwiches, pasta, salads, stromboli and great sauces. The hand-painted tables present bright scenes of grapes and wines drenched in light and color that are...more about Little Italy Pizza

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