Restaurants in Emerald Isle, NC

Where there’s sun and waves there’s always a healthy appetite, and you won't have to leave Emerald Isle to find delicious food. In the Emerald Plantation complex bring the whole gang for a huge New York style pizza at Michaelangelo’s Pizza, or for juicy cheese steaks and cheese burgers fill up at the Highway 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries. Be sure to catch a glimpse of the enormous turtles poking their noses out of the water when you stroll near the railing by the canal which borders Emerald Plantation. Beside the canal, Rucker Johns Restaurant is a family-friendly restaurant which offers fresh and affordable dishes and the tastiest honey-drizzled croissants. For a special occasion, be sure to taste the cuisine at Kathryn’s Bistro and Martini Bar. There are plenty more local favorites on the island.

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Emerald Isle Restaurants

8921 Crew Drive
Emerald Isle, NC 28594
(252) 424-8400

The Caribsea Restaurant offers modern coastal cuisine: fish, prime, and raw. Head Executive Chef and Managing Partner, Patrick Hogan, brings his years of culinary expertise to the table. Specialty dishes may include tuna with pickled rhubarb, fennel oil and fried basil, prime certified Angus beef, and sustainable local seafood prepared at the...more about The Caribsea Restaurant

8802 Reed Dr.
Emerald Isle, NC 28594
(252) 354-1120

El Zarape offers tasty Mexican food at affordable prices. From enchiladas and tacos to shrimp burritos and an array of house specialties, El Zarape brings the taste of Mexico to the old South. There are so many good things to choose from, it's hard to recommend just one. A couple of...more about El Zarape

311 Mangrove Drive
Emerald Isle, NC 28594
(252) 354-7775

A local favorite, Flipperz is a family-friendly bar and grill and much more. The extensive menu includes lunch dishes such as the Seaside Sandwich, Pat-the-Builder's Ribeye Sammich, and Beth's Bronx Bomber, and a menu for the Lil' Sailor. The dinner menu includes a huge variety of delicious appetizers, salads, burgers, steaks, and seafood...more about Flipperz Family Bar and Grill

9106 Coast Guard Road
Emerald Isle, NC
(252) 352-8111

Jackie's American Grille menu includes unique appetizers such as, battered dill pickles on a spear with dipping sauce,  piggin' wings, and steam bun tacos. If you have room after the pre-meal selection or a cup or shrimp and corn chowder, then you'll have to pick up a fork and knife to...more about Jackie's American Grille

8002 Emerald Drive
Emerald Isle, NC 28594
(252) 354-6200

For fine dining Kathryn's Bistro is the place to celebrate any special occasion. This family-owned restaurant offers high quality seafood and selections of Certified Angus Beef. When you taste Kathryn's Maryland-style Crab Cakes or their Carolina Classic shrimp and grits, you will be returning for their nightly specials. The martini bar offers thirty different...more about Kathryn's Bistro and Martini Bar

9104-C Coast Guard Road
Emerald Isle, NC 28594
(252) 354-1211

The secret of Lazzara's Pizza is their commitment to use only 100% real cheese and to bake their hand-tossed pizza dough fresh every day. Their slogan is "True Italian... True Pizza!" and the results are outstanding. Lazzara's menu includes pizza, calzones and strombolis, subs, appetizers, desserts, salads, and pasta dishes. They...more about Lazzara's Pizzas and Subs

Various Locations, NC

Fresh hand-tossed NY style pizzas and a variety of favorite Italian dishes are what keep the locals returning to Michaelangelo's. Ask about the all-you-can-eat-pizza offer and other dine-in specials. They also make your favorite sub sandwich with the freshest ingredients, Calzones, Stromboli, and even cheeseburgers and hot dogs. There are seven...more about Michaelangelo's Pizza

8700 Emerald Drive
Emerald Isle, NC 28584
(252) 354-2413

Bring the whole family to RuckerJohns to enjoy great food in a casual, contemporary atmosphere. Dinner entrees, prepared to order, include fresh seafood, pasta, barbecue shrimp, ribs, steaks, chicken and pork chops. Favorite appetizers include fried calamari, hot crab dip and chicken wings. For lunch, try the grilled Cajun chicken salad,...more about RuckerJohns Restaurant

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Emerald Plantation Unit 16
8700 Emerald Drive, NC
(252) 354-3030

Use two hands for the hearty burgers you'll find at The Shark's Den. This sports bar and grill is located in the Plantation Shopping Center behind the Emerald Isle Books and Toys store and beside the movie theater.  Their menus includes much more than burgers, sandwiches and dinners to soup and...more about The Shark's Den Sports Bar and Grill

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8302 Emerald Drive
Emerald Isle, NC
(252) 424-8284

Southern cuisine and Southern hospitality is this restaurant's specialty. Beginning with appetizers, there are southern fried crab balls on a bed of pineapple slaw,  fried green tomatoes, and collard dip for house fried pork rinds. The lunch menu ranges from fried chicken to bologna sandwiches. Drop by for dinner and enjoy...more about The Trading Post

7802 Emerald Drive
Emerald Isle, NC
(252) 354-6592

This friendly market is a deli, diner, and gift store all wrapped up in one. They offer Boar's Head meats and fine deli cheeses, exquisite desserts to carry out or to eat in their cozy dining area.  The menu includes a variety of sandwiches, salads, breakfast plates, and more. The Village...more about The Village Market

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