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Cafe Pamlico

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49684 NC Highway 12, The Inn on Pamlico Sound, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
+1 252-995-4500
08:00 - 10:00
17:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 10:00
17:00 - 21:00
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Clifton, VA
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64 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2016

Please see my review about the Inn itself. We only had dinner one time. We had breakfast 4 times. Dinner was hot and breakfast was not.

Thank 69dude
North Carolina
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48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

Three of us dined here Friday night and could not have been more pleased with our experience. Everybody at the table tried different items from the menu and everything was delicious. The top hits seemed to be the calamari appetizer and the shrimp and grits. On the advice of our server we tried the new salted caramel dessert and she... More 

1 Thank mvhatteras
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 July 2016

Last year when we visited Buxton, we were unable to get reservations for the Café, so this year we made sure we reserved early. It was well worth the advance planning and the wait! We felt very welcome from the moment we arrived when the hostess greeted us and showed us to our table. Our server, Mandy was stellar. The... More 

1 Thank Sherri T
Ravenna, Ohio
1 review
Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

My husband and and I went to Cafe Pamlico twice while we spent a week at a house in Frisco. We had read reviews and it seemed this was the place to go for a "nicer" meal in the area. Well the reviews were right! The first meal, we were there in the late afternoon, the second on a Friday... More 

Thank maggyosweigert
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

We've been there twice now. The food is always excellent, the environment easy, and the view amazing. Always surprised it isn't packed!

1 Thank Clark R
OBX_Innkeeper, Owner at Cafe Pamlico, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. The reason we are not packed is that we deliberately fill primarily by reservation. We leave limited space for lodging guests who forget to make reservations, and use that capacity for walk ins if lodging guests don't need the tables. We have a core belief in a languid, unhurried, excellent dining experience. Rushing tables through... More 

Williamsburg, Virginia, United States
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

Grilled Caesar salad was a concept gone bad! Crab cakes were good but small given price point. Presentation was lacking. Not the fine dining experience I expected. Service was excellent. Not sure I'd return.

1 Thank Daddy-Oh52
OBX_Innkeeper, Owner at Cafe Pamlico, responded to this review

We are sorry this guest liked neither our popular grilled Caesar salad or our equally well reviewed crab cakes. We're also surprised they found our presentation lacking vs. the glowing comments and pictures posted by most dining guests. A challenge responding to this reviewer is that they reported a good experience to our servers and staff. We carefully check in... More 

Nags Head, North Carolina
1 review
Reviewed 4 July 2016

Our party of eight decided to go there, and it was a wonderful experience and delicious food. Some of the vegetables are grown in their gardens on site! Michael served us and was an excellent waiter along with being very pleasant and friendly. Thanks, Micheal!

Thank diannahollis
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

Food was delicious. Service was superior. The view of the sound was spectacular. Will definitely be coming back again.

Thank Liz W
Hatteras Island, North Carolina
1 review
Reviewed 30 June 2016

Fantastic food, pleasant presentation, aesthetic atmosphere, extremely nice staff. Vegan and vegetarian upon request, happy to accommodate dietary restrictions. Dedicated to local ingredients. Would absolutely recommend to a friend and return again.

Thank tg29120
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2016

My partner and I, had dinner here for my birthday. We chose this place based on previous Trip Advisor suggestions. Cafe Pamlico, has a beautiful view of the bay (request a table by a window) and the fresh catch of the day, was great, however we were served stale bread, which wasn't a good start and had me a bit... More 

Thank GinnieNY

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 35 - USD 50
American, Seafood, International, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner
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
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
08:00 - 10:00
17:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 10:00
17:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 10:00
17:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 10:00
17:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 10:00
17:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 10:00
17:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 10:00
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?