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“Absolutely Lovely Anniversary Dinner. . . .”
Review of Cafe Pamlico

Cafe Pamlico
Ranked #2 of 22 Restaurants in Buxton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$50
Cuisines: Contemporary, International
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Good for: Groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Description: 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.
Reviewed 18 April 2018

We dined both nights of our stay and each meal was just wonderful. The breakfast was fabulous with wonderful items to choose from. The restaurant was having trouble with their sound system but were quite responsive to getting it up and running again several times. The waterfront dining room is intimate and having some soft music made it more enjoyable. Compliments to the chef, excellent food!!!They grow strawberries, herbs and had fruit trees. The grounds were just coming to life at the time of our visit. Go, you will find it just wonderful...

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Thank Kengray
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

The food is absolutely fabulous as well as the view! The have quite a selection - you just can't go wrong. The service is incredible. Wish I had booked all my dinners here!!

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Thank kwr05
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Staying in Buxton for Spring Break, we secured a last-second 5 PM reservation here, becoming the first arrivals for Easter dinner.

We were given a table with a panoramic view of the Sound, calm and expansive, that put the four of us at instant ease. The Cafe had a prix fixe menu for Easter dinner; we elected to go à la carte instead. The options across the board were intriguing, and we would not have suffered either way.

Melissa, our server for the night, was wonderful. Generally we are an indecisive and annoying bunch, but she displayed grace in sticking with us through our selections—and changes of our selections. Our older son asked for a Virgin Mojito — Melissa had never had it ordered before — yet she nimbly navigated the back and forth between son and bartender to agree upon a recipe that nailed it. The rest of her service was just as attentive.

I had a seafood bisque that was rich and earthy without being overwhelming, followed by a seared tuna with wasabi sticky rice and a slightly spicy slaw that achieved a lovely balance of lightness and heat. The catch of the day was an exquisitely seasoned mahi that my wife had with a delicious risotto and a robust side of broccolini. My older son had an appetizer of Mexican-inspired tuna sushi rolls followed by a filet mignon entrée. My younger son had the seafood bisque as well, with a plate of garlic shrimp and pasta in a zesty tomato sauce. For drinks, my wife ordered a "Pamplemousse Fizz". It was tangy, and had an aromatic essence of rosemary. The pungent salt on the edges of her glass added a fine kick to the overall experience. After taking some time to skim through their drink menu, I finally decided on a Rosemary Maple Bourbon. Unlike my wife's delicate treat, my bourbon was powerful and decadent — exceeding my expectations. Everything was delicious; not a weak link to be found. The dessert was a fine finish; we split an apricot brandy creme brûlée and an apple crumb with vanilla bean ice cream. The brûlée had a perfect glassy crunch on the edges, and the filling was creamy and smooth. The apple crumb was warm and rich, with the complementary ice cream adding a satisfyingly cool touch.

Breathing the fresh sea air outside of the inn, we discovered a pathway leading to the sound. We took an elegant postprandial walk down the Inn's pier to the Sound to soak in the setting sun and watch the fish jump. It was an excellent background for our memorable dinner at Buxton.

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Reviewed 16 March 2018

Superb food and service in a relaxed setting. We chanced on Cafe Pamlico while meandering nearby, made a reservation for a few days later. Charming inn, kitchen garden outside, lovely view of the Sound through the sunroom windows. Outside tables all set for better weather. "Fresh & local" cuisine, good wine list, homemade desserts. Yum.

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Thank Daphne W
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Reviewed 16 March 2018

this was a third time back and as always the food and service were excellent!! This time we made it to see the sunset over the sound, which was outstanding!!

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Thank Michael M
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