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Oceana's Bistro

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40774 Hwy 12, Avon, Hatteras Island, NC 27915
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8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Drinks, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Open all Winter and Very Good

Oceana's Bistro is one of the few restaurants open all winter, and for that reason it ranks HIGH on my list! I LOVE their fish tacos because they use wahoo and because they have fresh mango salsa on them. One order is not enough for me, but they are priced as an appetizer. Just order extra! Every... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Linda M
Wilson, North Carolina
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Avon, North Carolina
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food, really good prices, and a good atmosphere for the family or friends just wanting to chill at the bar. My family loves to hit up there $1 taco Tuesday's. They have daily specials, and taco Tuesday is a local favorite! They have a fun staff, very friendly and attentive, and good cooks! We always have good service. Love... More 

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Wilson, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Oceana's Bistro is one of the few restaurants open all winter, and for that reason it ranks HIGH on my list! I LOVE their fish tacos because they use wahoo and because they have fresh mango salsa on them. One order is not enough for me, but they are priced as an appetizer. Just order extra! Every night there is... More 

Thank Linda M
Winchester, Virginia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spend 3 weeks in the fall in Avon and this is our go to restaurant. Many places are shutting down for the season so options are often limited. The food is consistently good and the staff are always friendly. We have tried almost every item on the menu and have yet to be disappointed. Their daily specials are terrific... More 

Thank A H
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As previously stated by other reviewers OBX is a ghost town in January. This restaurant was recommended by our hotel. We had dinner here two nights and couldn't get enough of the popcorn shrimp! Piping hot, crispy and perfect!

Thank Maxine B
Morrisville, North Carolina
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Outer Banks, NC, in January is like a ghost town. However, Oceana was a very alive stop. The food was excellent, oyster special on a Friday were superb. I enquired where they cam from, and it was local and fresh. Table service was A+, friendly and prompt. In summer, I suspect one must wait to get in. Worth the wait.

Thank BumpyBob
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

We ate here late one evening during the winter season when there weren't many options and we were very pleased with the food and the service both. We would definitely stop in during the peak season and enjoy this place again.

Thank Mike T
Hickory, North Carolina
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10 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

There is better seafood in the NC mountains than here. The oysters were small in a hard fried batter. Some thought they must have come pre-fried. The other folks in our party thought their dinner was good. My mother and I love fried oysters. They're not very good here. For everything else, the food was OK to good. My son-in-law... More 

Thank Dan S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I recently visited OBX during the thanksgiving week. We stayed in Avon and discovered Oceana by default. We originally wanted to try another restaurant but upon arrival they were closed for the season. So, we decided to try Oceana despite some of the "not great" reviews. I'm glad we did. It was a small rustic place. We... More 

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Clifton, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

Don't know about lunch and dinner. Biscuits were not as fresh and "southern" delicious as I hoped they would be.

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Lenox, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 303 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

While touring the area we stopped here for lunch based upon T/A reviews and were very glad we did. Everything we ordered, including sides, was either very good or excellent, and prices are very fair for the quality of the food. Steamed clams app's were tender and tasty. The grilled Mahi sandwich was a standout. The Mahi was moist, tender... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 40774 Hwy 12, Avon, Hatteras Island, NC 27915
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Hatteras Island  >  Avon
  • Phone Number: 252-995-4991

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?