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Cafe Pamlico

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49684 NC Highway 12, The Inn on Pamlico Sound, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
+1 252-995-4500
08:00 - 10:00
17:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 10:00
17:00 - 21:00
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2016

My partner and I, had dinner here for my birthday. We chose this place based on previous Trip Advisor suggestions. Cafe Pamlico, has a beautiful view of the bay (request a table by a window) and the fresh catch of the day, was great, however we were served stale bread, which wasn't a good start and had me a bit... More 

Thank GinnieNY
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 June 2016

We had great drinks from a friendly bartender and the meal was top notch! We both had the filet, mashed potatoes (best I have ever had!) and asparagus. Eating on the deck in perfect weather was really special! The servers were great-anyone walking by our table checked on us!

Thank perkinsjuli2
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

Food was delicious, service amazing and the view is breathtaking. Definitely the best restaurant on the island. Classy and elegant. A true foodie find and gem.

Thank Amy M
2 reviews
Reviewed 26 June 2016

The well prepared and beautifully displayed food was another highlight of our experience at Café Pamlico.

Thank Mary D
Morgantown, West Virginia
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121 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2016

The views of the sound are really lovely although if there are more than two in your party, I don't know that you have the same view we did from the table pictured. The crab and corn bisque was among the best that I've had. I'd go back for it anytime. I had scallops with masked potatoes & asparagus; my... More 

Thank Nancy L
OBX_Innkeeper, Owner at Cafe Pamlico, responded to this review

While we strive for consistent excellence, and are glad for all the things this guest enjoyed, we extend our apology for an under cooked potato and what appears to be a heavy hand with pepper. Our published policy is that it is right, we will make it right, or it is with our compliments. We wish this guest had brought... More 

Olympia, Washington
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144 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

Sunset dining outdoors on the patio, Tuna Wellington yummy but not as rare as requested, nice wine list, probably the best key lime pie we have ever had. Service was ok, new so a step off their game, but friendly. Live music was superb, both the song list and her voice and guitar. Wear some bug spray that won't affect... More 

Thank OlyRanger
Phenix City, AL
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

Loved it! Crab cakes were great, and the wife had the grilled chicken special and enjoyed it as well. Berry-misu for dessert! Service was also spot on. We'll be back.

Thank mcgowan2398
1 review
Reviewed 21 June 2016

I suffer from many food allergies and it has proven challenging to find foods without any allergens. Cafe Pamlico made sure to inquire about my allergies and took precautions so as not to risk cross-contamination with other foods. Even though I was allergic to all of their desserts, they made ac special one that I could eat, and it too... More 

Thank Grace C
1 review
Reviewed 17 June 2016

This was a delicious meal in a lovely space. Fresh caprese salad from the gardens outside....red snapper with a citrus sauce to die for on coconut jasmine rice.....elegant wines...wonderful waiter (Josh) and desserts we ate even though we were too full for dessert ....because who can resist fresh berry tiramisu??? Best meal we had in the outer banks....and we had... More 

Thank Kathy B
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 June 2016

The Food is divine!! Service was great and super friendly but not overly intrusive. The Scallop Appetizer was great, Blue Crab Cakes, fantastic, pan-seared red snapper over coconut rice, to die for!!! Dessert, Key Lime Pie and Creme Brulee, none better anywhere. A true culinary experience worth every dime and we really thought our bill would have been higher. It... More 

Thank christiehales

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$35 - US$50
American, Seafood, International, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts American Express
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
08:00 - 10:00
17:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 10:00
17:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 10:00
17:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 10:00
17:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 10:00
17:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 10:00
17:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 10:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 49684 NC Highway 12, The Inn on Pamlico Sound, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Hatteras Island  >  Buxton
  • Phone Number: +1 252-995-4500
Cafe Pamlico provides a world class casual fine dining experience through exceptional food, outstanding detail oriented service, an inspired wine and cocktail program, and gracious attentive Southern hospitality. Our contemporary coastal cuisine is driven by locally sourced seafood, meats, and produce. Our menu changes frequently in accordance with the fresh ingredients our chefs discover on the island, most notably the fresh local seafood we feature. We are committed to supporting local farmers and artisan food producers first, sustainable resources second, and organic third. Reservations are highly recommended.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?