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Cafe Pamlico

49684 NC Highway 12, The Inn on Pamlico Sound, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
+1 252-995-4500
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  • Excellent82%
  • Very good10%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Seafood, International, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
49684 NC Highway 12, The Inn on Pamlico Sound, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We made a reservation for the outdoor patio seating one evening. The hostess attempted to seat us directly next to the live performer, I mean literally a foot away from the speaker system. I couldn't hear myself think, let alone converse with my partner over...More

Thank Tyria
OBX_Innkeeper, Owner at Cafe Pamlico, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are sorry you were not pleased with your experience, and wish you had spoken with any of our staff to indicate anything not to your liking, which our records indicate you did not. Our policy is that it is right, we will make it...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed at the Pamlico Inn, while we stayed there we ate at the Cafe. We tried the crab cakes for a appetizer. We ordered one because we were told they were huge. When it arrived at our table, we went "WOW" what a great...More

Thank Cathy S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were staying in Kill Devil Hills but, based on reviews, drove 90 minutes to have dinner at Cafe Pamlico. On the plus side, we were able to get a table on the open air patio on a nice evening and got a beautiful view...More

Thank Baritone48
OBX_Innkeeper, Owner at Cafe Pamlico, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

While we are glad you enjoyed our facility and ambiance, we are quite disappointed you found our food and service only average. Our published policy is that it is right, we will make it right, or it is with our compliments. Please reach out directly...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our party of 14 could not say enough great things about this restaurant last night. It was our last dinner together on vacation in OBX and it was absolutely perfect. Our waiter, Dallas, was professional and helpful while also genuinely friendly and kind to all...More

Thank Kristen F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a lovely meal, perfectly prepared by a wonderful chef and served expertly by Dallas. Wine list and cocktails are spot on. We will be back

Thank travelersRichmondVa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Can't say enough positive things about the staff and food. Dallas was a great server, polite and attentive. For the large part of 15, it was a private area. Dallas was knowledgeable on the daily specials and the rest of the menu as well as...More

Thank Kristopher D
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I visited Cafe Pamlico on August 18th with a small group of family for a wedding reception long after dinner hours, which was wonderful that they were accommodating for the late night reception. Personally I had the mushroom bisque, which was delicious! As well as...More

Thank Trevor L
Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

Awesome food. Atmosphere is excellent. Views of sunset are spectacular. When we are on Hatteras Island, we always make a trip here. Great restaurant and staff.

Thank bwckicmommy
Reviewed 16 August 2017

I have dined here on a number of occasions and I have never been disappointed. Great seafood, very well prepared and always very fresh. The view is spectacular.Watching the sun set over the sound is always special. I encourage you to try this restaurant on...More

Thank William S
Reviewed 16 August 2017

The food, the atmosphere and the staff are wonderful! We enjoy dining at Cafe Pamlico every year. The sunsets over the sound are beautiful!!

Thank ReneeB0827
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Priscilla M
23 May 2017|
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Response from OBX_Innkeeper | Property representative |
We do not have lobster as a regular menu item. We do have it on special from time to time, but you would have to call a week or so before your visit to know for sure.
27 November 2016|
Response from OBX_Innkeeper | Property representative |
Paula: Below appears of our email to you on 7/19/16, which was also part of our review response. Note that the end clearly states that you are invited to call when returning to the island so we could provide you with... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$35 - US$50
Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, View, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
08:00 - 10:00
17:00 - 21:00
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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
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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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