Best Restaurants inOBX – Everyone’s an Expert!

With yelp, trip advisor and google, these days its almost information overload on what restaurants to chose from. The Outer Banks is no different, plenty of fantastic choices and everyone is an expert! I mean really, what are the best restaurants in the Outer Banks?

Here at Live Swell, we never claim to be experts in anything, but one thing we do love is food and eating. So we can share what we like, and if you’re like us, you’ll probably like these places too. We love places that have a good vibe and feature quality ingredients. We have listed a few of our favorites from budget friendly to those go out and splurge nights. But really what our favorite thing to do is, is stop by a local market and pick up some fresh NC seafood and put together the perfect bbq with family and friends in the backyard or deck of one of our bungalows.  All of our beach bungalows have a grill on-site!!!

Stay tuned for the Live Swell Recipe Book and Cooking series! Coming soon!

So if you love eating, like a place with good vibe, good and tasty choices, this list just might be the perfect place to start your OBX culinary experience and find the best restaurants in the Outer Banks right for you!

P.S – If we had to pick our favorite spot – its a no frills fish market that’s got a great fried fish and great prices, just go to the Wanchese harbor and check out O’neal’s Sea Harvest, where the fish gets dropped off daily and have them fry you up something tasty, especially the soft shell crab!

Best Oysters Outer Banks

Do you like oysters? If so your are in luck, the muds of North Carolina’s OBX make for some excellent lesser known half shells!  The best oysters in the Outer Banks can be found at the Coastal Provisions Market in Southern Shores, about a 15 minute car ride from our beach bungalows.

You may be asking yourself why are these the best oysters in the outer banks? Good question, a couple reasons.  The place stocks local oysters from all over the OBX and they have well known oysters from all over the world, including Kumamotos from the Pacific Northwest.  Like to dress your oysters?  Well, they have the best condiments for the oysters too, particularly the couple of mignonettes they provide including one inspired by “Hog Island” in the SF bay area.

And the best part, wait!  The price is very affordable.  Regular rates are in the $2 per oyster range shucked!  If you go on Wednesday the best oysters in the outer banks are half price.  This is an unreal deal and I have not even mentioned the other offerings like the pork belly sandwich.  You will see!

Blue Crabs Outer Banks? Yes we got those:

Don’t want to deal with the restaurant but don’t want to cook either? 

Many local fish shops will steam outer banks blue crab shrimp on-site with great seasonings.  Just take it back home with ya!