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Flying Melon

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181 Back Road, Ocracoke, NC
+1 252-928-2533
17:00 - 21:30
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Madison, Virginia
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We enjoyed the Flying Melon twice. This is the BEST dining experience on Ocracoke. The atmosphere is welcoming and casual, and the vast menu offers a variety of choices along with daily specials. Be sure to try one of the bartenders special cocktails. The second time we visited we skipped dinner and were welcome to enjoy another unique cocktail and... More 

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Boone, North Carolina
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Broad, unique menu. Grilled fish was great. Service was excellent. Short wait on table for 4. waiting crowd grew during the evening. Looked like owner/operators were onsite - frequently the sign of a good restaurant.

Thank bcmozart
New Bern, North Carolina
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

The waitress was amazing on New Years Eve. We had early reservations for 6:30 to avoid drunken debauchery but still had to contend with an obnoxious diner at a nearby table. Despite pleas to the staff they were ineffective at controlling the other guest who dominated the dining room with a booming voice and inappropriate language. The amazing meal we... More 

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

We have eaten at the Flying Melon at least one other time while visiting Ocracoke. It was in walking distance to our hotel, but it was the last weekend they were going to be open for the season! Not enough business to stay open all year, apparently. Food was excellent.

1 Thank FtDeSotogirl
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

The Flying Melon ~ Over the Moon Wonderful! Something for everyone - Whether it is a light lunch with a nice Sparkler or course Supper with all the extras - a MUST visit for all ages!

Thank Mollie B
Conway, South Carolina
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48 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

This place was recommended by locals as the best restaurant on Ocracoke. The food was excellent and definitely lived up to the reputation. For my wife and I, however, the setting inside just did not have a warm feeling. The service was good, but we were seated very close to two separate parties of two..........each very close to us on... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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71 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Another great experience. Molly was great as always. There is just not a better dining experience on the island! We have tried all the restaurants and the Flying Melon remains Number 1. From the service to the quality, and flavor of the dishes; all were flawless. This restaurant is not to be missed when visiting Ocracoke. I look forward to... More 

Thank 1984Gastronome
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

We love the Flying Melon. Michael's recipes are delicious, many with a little Cajun/Creole influence, and executed very, very well. I ate here 3 times this last trip to the island and all were memorable. Great service by Jenny and Kathy highlighted delectable meals. The appetizers there - local oysters, from Ocracoke, which are amazing, mahi ceviche, fried green tomatoes... More 

Thank Trip P
Melbourne, Florida
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360 reviews
248 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Although a little difficult for us to find the staff talked us there, turn by final turn until we parked near entrance. Obviously I will give their entire staff from reception to bar to server an outstanding. We were quickly seated and waited on with drinks promply served. We sat upstairs at top of circular stairway overlooking bar and entrance.... More 

Thank c0de7777
Asheville, North Carolina
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

We'd read about the Flying Melon for a couple of months. But a recent hurricane and the late season made it a question mark for us. It shouldn't have been. While the one server in our section was walking his legs off he didn't shirk on service or sound advice regarding the menu. When we go back this will be... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 181 Back Road, Ocracoke, NC
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Ocracoke
  • Phone Number: +1 252-928-2533

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Suffolk, Virginia, United States
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?