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Sandbar & Grille

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49252 NC Hwy 12, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
+1 252-995-3413
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Scenic view, Families with children
Description: We are a casual dining restaurant located on the Pamlico Sound in Buxton....
We are a casual dining restaurant located on the Pamlico Sound in Buxton. We have been serving lunch and dinner on the Outer Banks for 18 years now, six in Hatteras until Hurricane Isabel took our building away, and then we blew up the road to Buxton for the last 12 years. At this time lunch is served daily 11:30-3, and dinner is served nightly at 5pm. All of our soups are homemade, we serve an assortment of fresh seafood daily, as well as sandwiches, steaks, ribs, and pastas. Entertainment- Hatteras Island Free Poker League every Wednesday nite from May thru mid September. We have live music on the deck Thursday & Friday nites this summer, and we will have a band or DJ on some Saturdays. Check the website for dates!! Hope to see you there!!
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Sandbar

Good food and service. A little pricey! Busy place but we always have good food. The Tuna is fantastic!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Marcie0413
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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good food and service. A little pricey! Busy place but we always have good food. The Tuna is fantastic!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful restaurant friendly staff fantastic seafood gorgeous view game room for the kids but the food was fantastic

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Louisa, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Myself and boyfriend and my sister came here for drinks after dinner on a Friday evening in July. It seemed to be the only place open late. We sat at the bar and had several drinks. Bartender was friendly and the drinks were good. After a while, we noticed the place seemed to be filling up and turns out a... More 

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Green,OH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

After going to Ocracoke Island and feeling the usual touristy ripoff and subpar food for the price, I was pleasantly surprised at the great meal and quality of the drinks I received here. Like I said I was lowering my standards of from experiencing many low quality dinners from the Nags Head and Ocracoke area and just went here on... More 

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Florida, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Used to be my wifes favorite. Cooks change. The service was good. The sunset over the sound and view was awesome.The food was average.

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Lecanto, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015 via mobile

Had dinner here and the food was uniformly excellent. Calamari, Shrimp and Crab Alfredo, Blackened Scallops, Crab cakes and clams were all better than good. The service was good and also the sunset view. The prices are reasonable. The atmosphere is a bit spartan, but overall a very good place to eat on Hatteras Island.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Sandbar & Grille is located right on the sound, so if you get a table by the windows you will be treated to a wonderful view. I was a bit disappointed, however, that the inside of the restaurant did quite live up to expectations based on the building's location. I expected a bright and airy beachy decor, but the interior... More 

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Pleasantville, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

From the outside, the Sandbar looks great because it's right on the water. It is, but only a few tables can get a good view. The inside is rather tired looking, and it didn't seem overly clean to me. The clientele was not the classiest by any means: tank tops, shorts, sweat pants- definitely no need to get dressed up... More 

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Maui, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

We ate here at sunset, and enjoyed the views over the water. The food is wonderful, and the service was perfect. We had the fried oysters, and chowder. The Hatteras style chowder was a real surprise, because it was a clear broth, well seasoned. We each had a cup of it - I would have it again!

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North Canton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

There is some really good seafood on the Outer Banks, but this place is my favorite! Great bar, relaxed OBX atmosphere and incredible food - I highly recommend the Crab Stack, if this isn't available, go for the grilled tuna (blackened). Everything on the menu is delicious!!! The servers here are some of the most interesting people you'll ever meet.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 49252 NC Hwy 12, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Hatteras Island  >  Buxton
  • Phone Number: +1 252-995-3413

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 42
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view, Families with children

Description

We are a casual dining restaurant located on the Pamlico Sound in Buxton. We have been serving lunch and dinner on the Outer Banks for 18 years now, six in Hatteras until Hurricane Isabel took our building away, and then we blew up the road to Buxton for the last 12 years. At this time lunch is served daily 11:30-3, and dinner is served nightly at 5pm. All of our soups are homemade, we serve an assortment of fresh seafood daily, as well as sandwiches, steaks, ribs, and pastas. Entertainment- Hatteras Island Free Poker League every Wednesday nite from May thru mid September. We have live music on the deck Thursday & Friday nites this summer, and we will have a band or DJ on some Saturdays. Check the website for dates!! Hope to see you there!!

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