Lifestyles of Carteret County
Dining on the Crystal Coast
Dine fresh on the Crystal Coast! As a coastal community with deep fishing roots, the Crystal Coast specializes in fresh-caught seafood. In fact, the Carteret Catch initiative guarantees a fresh-fish experience in 20 local restaurants who’ve partnered with local fishermen to bring diners only the freshest tastes of the North Carolina coast! But whether you’re a fan of an ocean-caught meal, or you're looking for something a little more land-based, you'll find plenty of great options to satisfy your cravings.
Take a look at some of the top restaurants on the Crystal Coast!
Top Restaurants of Atlantic Beach
Top Restaurants of Beaufort
Clawson’s 1905 Restaurant & Pub
Southern favorites, like spicy shrimp and grits, served up fresh alongside award-winning beer.
Front Street Grill at Stillwater Café
Unique dishes, like sweet potato ravioli with blackfin crab, are served in a charming waterfront bistro in the heart of the Historic District.
French grace meets southern hospitality in a country grocery setting, complete with crave-worthy dishes like Thai Rubbed Roast Duckling.
Farm-to-table and sea-to-table eats served up in a down-to-earth setting on the Beaufort waterfront.
Classic American flavors, cocktails, and live music in a casual waterfront setting complete with a tiki bar and outdoor patio.
Ultra-fresh seafood served in a truly unique setting of 14-foot open ceilings, custom murals, acoustical sails, and a dedicated wine wall.
Top Restaurants of Emerald Isle
Top Restaurants of Morehead City
Ruddy Duck Tavern
Choose from an eclectic mix of burgers, thin-crust pizzas, and ultra-fresh seafood while enjoying the beautiful waterfront setting.
Cooking with Paula Deen names its chili-, slaw-, mustard-, and chopped onions-topped burger as one of the "Best Burgers in America".
Red Fish Grill
Unique and laid-back atmosphere meets beautiful presentation and undeniably delicious classic and twisted dishes.
Southern favorites, seafood, and live music blended for an evening filled with delicious flavors and plenty of fun.
Unique new takes on classic American favorites, brick oven pizza, and craft beers in a homey and comfortable space for a down-home Southern feel.
Locally-sourced eats for ultra-fresh flavors, plus unique cocktail blends and a chic-yet-comfortable setting.
Casa San Carlo
Authentic, delicious Italian food in a laid-back, casual neighborhood setting—the perfect blend of cozy and comfortable.
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The dining here is pretty exceptional—but it's not all about the food! Discover the world of possibilities that await in the Crystal Coast!