Welcome to Cafe Pamlico at the Inn on Pamlico Sound, Hatteras Island’s premier casual fine dining restaurant. We offer exceptional cuisine, wedding and special event hosting and gourmet catering on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. We are open year round to the public and lodging guests for breakfast and dinner. Breakfast is served each morning regardless of season. Our dinner schedule is seasonal, ranging from five nights a week in offseason (late November through mid March) to six nights in shoulder and peak season.


We are currently open for Indoor and Covered Patio Dining!

Breakfast Seating Monday-Saturday  8 – 10:30am & Sunday 8am – 1pm

Dinner Seating Monday-Saturday  5 – 8:30pm

Live Music: Tuesday-Thursday on our Covered Dining Patio


Reservations are required for Breakfast and Dinner, with Dinner Reservations often times filling up days in advance. Please call our restaurant at 252-995-4500 for reservations or more information on Cafe Pamlico and our services.

The Inn presents a relaxed casual fine dining experience, and welcomes families and children. The average dining experience lasts about 2 hours. We encourage you to enjoy the service and setting.

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“At Cafe’ Pamlico at The Inn on Pamlico Sound, tables spill out from the window lined dining room onto a soundfront deck…dishes like crab cakes with chive whipped potatoes, sweet corn succotash, and lemon horseradish aioli or duck breast with roasted potatoes, sauteed mushrooms, and arugula, and balsamic fig reduction…all beautifully presented.”
-Taste of the South Magazine, August 2012


Hatteras Island Style

Cafe Pamlico’s mission is to provide a world class 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. The fish we serve each evening is frequently taken from the nets of friends that very morning. We are committed to supporting local farmers and artisan food producers first, sustainable resources second, and organic third.

The Cafe serves elegant gourmet dinners prepared by our world class chefs from four to seven nights each week, depending on season. Dinner reservations are highly recommended, as the restaurant is often filled to capacity by reservation. We are open to the public every morning for our famous casually elegant breakfasts, called “Best on the Outer Banks” by National Geographic Traveler.

Cafe Pamlico is committed to extending gracious hospitality beyond the walls of our restaurant and into the community. We manage our organization in an ecologically sensitive and economically sustainable manner, driven by genuine concern for our environment and the jobs we create in our community, and always in accordance with the customer satisfaction policies of our business model. We invite you to learn more about Cafe Pamlico by downloading our current brochure, or by getting in touch with us.

Whether dining in one of our intimate well appointed dining rooms, at our elegant copper topped bar, or al fresco on one of our soundfront decks, you will experience exceptional food and service which the Times of London described as “Fabulous” while surrounded by the natural beauty and grandeur of the Pamlico Sound and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

“Our visit to Cafe Pamlico was beyond delightful. The setting is lovely, the food is delicious and beautifully presented, as are the cocktails, and the service was perfect… It was a perfect end to a perfect day in the OBX.”


“We spend every Valentine’s Day at this place because we are locals. It is very romantic and the food is very good. The price is in-line with a place of this caliber. I would recommend it if you are trying to impress your date or your spouse.”