The Top Ocean View Restaurants in North Carolina

If you love the beach, watching the surf as you eat is one of the many pleasures the setting offers. And, you are in luck because there is no shortage of ocean view restaurants on North Carolina’s beaches! We have listed some the best all along the coast for you to enjoy.

The Top Ocean View Restaurants in North Carolina

Daddy Mac’s Beach Grille

Steaks, seafood & cocktails in a bright, airy space with an outdoor deck overlooking the ocean.
108 N Shore Drive, Surf City, NC 28445
Phone: 910-328-5577

Buddy’s Crab House & Oyster Bar

Seafood, BBQ, steaks & more are served in a casual shack with dollar bills festooning the walls.
101 Roland Avenue, Surf City, NC 28445
Phone: 910-328-1515

Ocean’s Edge Restaurant

Open, relaxed bar/eatery at St. Regis Resort offering ocean views and build-your-own seafood platters.
2000 New River Inlet Rd. #2701, North Topsail Beach, NC 28460
Phone: 910-328-0582

Surf City Ocean Pier Grill and Ice Cream

Conveniently located inside the Surf City Ocean Pier and home of the famous Mosquito Burger! Not quite fast food…but food done RIGHT! We provide fresh meat and produce in our Grill with some Carolina favorites like sweet tea, barbecue, Brightleaf Hotdogs and fresh never frozen hand pattied burgers. All made to order. Try our very own signature “Nor’easter”, or our Homemade Waffle Cones. Choose from 16 flavors of Hershey’s ice cream or our weekly Soft serve specials. Create a sundae or an old fashion milkshake with your lunch or dinner. The SCP Grill has it all.

Breakfast, Burgers, Sandwiches, Salads, Wraps, Ice Cream
112 S. Shore Drive, Surf City, NC 28445
Phone: 910-328-3521

Waterfront Seafood Shack

Walk-up window with outdoor tables & a menu of locally sourced seafood meals, plus ice cream.
9945 Nance St., Calabash, NC 28467
Phone: 910-575-0017

The Isles Restaurant & Tiki Bar

A family-friendly, beachfront eatery at the Islander Resort is open seasonally & features a bar.
417 W. 2nd St., Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
Phone: 910-575-5988

Ocean Isle Fish Company

Easygoing, waterfront restaurant offering seafood, sushi, & burgers & a tiki bar with marsh views.
65 Causeway Dr. , Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
Phone: 910-575-5855

Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar

Casual beachfront stop for coastal cuisine, with ocean views & live music at the nearby Tiki Bar.
1211 S. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Phone: 910-458-2000

Michael’s Seafood Restaurant

Known for its chowder, this casual seafood spot also serves steaks as well as beer & cocktails.
1206 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Phone: 910-458-7761

Cape Fear Boil Company

If you don’t know what a “boil” is…jumbo succulent shrimp, spicy andouille sausage, red bliss potatoes, corn on the cob and sweet vidalia onions are layered, seasoned to perfection and expertly cooked together. This restaurant has been dubbed the “Best Pot on the Beach.”
1140 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Phone: 910-707-3034

Bluewater Grill

Seafood & steaks headline the menu at this waterfront venue with a large patio and live music.
4 Marina St., Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
Phone: 910-256-8500

East Oceanfront Dining

Upscale resort eatery offering globally inspired American cuisine & a picturesque garden deck.
Located in the Blockade Runner Beach Resort.
275 Waynick Blvd., Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
Phone: 910-344-2513


High-end seafood spot offering outdoor dining on the rebuilt historic Crystal Pier.
703 S. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
Phone: 910-256-5551

Crab’s Claw Oceanfront Caribbean Seafood Restaurant

Casual stop for Caribbean fare, locally caught seafood, margaritas, mojitos & 2 oceanfront decks.
201 W. Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
Phone: 252-726-8222

The Oceanfront Grille

Family-friendly spot serving seafood & steaks with poolside tables & beach views.
1197 Franklyn St., Corolla, NC 27927
Phone: 252-453-4748

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