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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 23 September 2016

My husband and I ate here last night for our anniversary. We started on the deck with gorgeous views of the sound. Our server, Dallas, was excellent- he made perfect recommendations and was attentive but not overbearing. We had fried calamari and caprese salad for...More

Thank Rachel M
Reviewed 22 September 2016

Absolutely the best in the Banks for fine dining, scenic views and atmosphere. Culinary herbs right from their garden!

Thank PamiRN
Reviewed 18 September 2016

This was our second visit for dinner at Cafe Pamlico this year. The service is great, the food is over-the-top. We had 11 for dinner and the staff was not only able to accommodate us, they had a private room with a large enough table...More

Thank Debbie M
Reviewed 16 September 2016

Tried many of their breakfast entrees and the hash was the best. Pancakes would have been good, but no maple syrup and no fresh berries. The scrambled eggs were boring, they have an entire garden, through some of those herbs in there. French toast was...More

Thank WanderlustByNature
Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

It was a breezy evening when we arrived. The scents from both the sound and the kitchen both wetted our appetites. The service was very friendly and above board. Choosing to be seated outside on the patio we had to feel a bit chagrined as...More

Thank Wing1966
Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

I found this location to dine out after proposing and called to confirm their hours. I was told they were open until 9pm and didn't need a reservation. When we arrived the parking lot was packed. The path up to the restaurant was very charming,...More

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OBX_Innkeeper, Owner at Cafe Pamlico, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2016

While there is room for individual misunderstanding, the only aspect of truth in this review is that our manager told the couple it was not possible someone told them not to make a reservation. In peak and shoulder season, we are often full by reservation....More

Reviewed 13 September 2016

We have had our fancy eat out night at Cafe Pamlico for many years. We were seated in the porch area but the accomadations have been upgraded from prior years. It was a little loud with another big party there. Anne was our server as...More

Thank Joan B
Reviewed 13 September 2016

We sort of stumbled across Cafe Pamlico. The setting in the evening was fun and there was a live guitarist playing. The atmosphere was just right. The mosquitos were active but the restaurant thoughtfully provides bug spray. The food was OK and certainly above the...More

Thank dave_b15
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Our annual date-night spot has the most amazing sunset views over the sound. Fun seasonal cocktails and the food is great as well. The only down-side: mosquitoes. The restaurant provides plenty of natural and conventional bug repellent, but sometimes that just isn't enough... We were...More

Thank ehs107
Reviewed 8 September 2016

Unfortunately, I planned my vacation the week of Hermine's visit, and I spent much of my trip cooped in on a flooded street. With a couple of days left to go, I looked for a nice dinner out to salvage what I could of my...More

Thank Teri G
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Questions & Answers
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
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  • 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
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, View, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
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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