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46843 Hwy 12, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
+1 252-995-5217
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6:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Dessert
Description: Located adjacent to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Diamond Shoals...
Located adjacent to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Diamond Shoals Restaurant has been serving up the finest local fare for decades. Known for its friendly atmosphere, fresh seafood and southern hospitality, folks have been coming back to Diamond Shoals, year after year, for its award winning clam chowder and crab bisque, homemade crab cakes, and Hatteras Island's only sushi bar. Enjoy a selection of steaks, sandwiches, the island's largest salad bar, an extensive kids menu, and fresh seafood caught by local fishermen.
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Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine

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  • 43
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great fresh Seafood

This place is within walking distance of the Lighthouse View Motel. They have an excellent fresh/raw & cooked to order local seafood selection. Very reasonably priced.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
Jeff G
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Watkins Glen, New York
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Asheville, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

The service was good, beer was cold and the food was ok. A bit pricey when compared to the cost of a good seafood meal all the way over in the mountains of Asheville.

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Watkins Glen, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

This place is within walking distance of the Lighthouse View Motel. They have an excellent fresh/raw & cooked to order local seafood selection. Very reasonably priced.

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Bartonsville, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

I had both the sushi and breakfast here and both were terrific. Get the Captains Potatoes if you're ordering breakfast.

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Maryland
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

We visited for dinner. The hush puppies were very good. Not greasy at all. My husband had the Mahi special and said it was good. Since there is nothing on the menu for vegetarians, I ordered a side baked potato and a side of the vegetable of the day. I thought the price of one trip to the salad bar... More 

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Bastrop, Louisiana
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We stopped for lunch and had the popcorn shrimp basket. It was great!! Most places drown anything in too much batter and fry it to death, but this was completely opposite. Deff would eat here again. Nice staff and brought us everything we asked for.

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Keith G, Owner at Diamond Shoals, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by for lunch! Means a lot to hear you enjoyed the popcorn shrimp basket. Can't wait to welcome you back. Best, Keith Gray, Owner More 

Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

We argued over which was best tomato basil crab bisque or clam chowder. We all agreed grilled tuna was best we had in Obx. Great hospitality, the real NC hoapitality

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Keith G, Owner at Diamond Shoals, responded to this review

Luckily, you can always have both here! Thanks for stopping by. Best, - Keith Gray, Owner More 

Ottawa, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I've had tuna all over. And this was as good as the VERY expensive dinner in Washington we had earlier in the week. They were very good with service. Food was excellent.

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Keith G, Owner at Diamond Shoals, responded to this review

Happy to hear our tuna was on par with the fancy stuff! Thanks so much for all the kind words. Best, Keith Gray, Owner More 

Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015 via mobile

the restaurant was recommended to us by a local tour guide. It didn't disappoint. Popcorn shrimp was excellent-lightly breaded and yummy. Service was excellent.

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Keith G, Owner at Diamond Shoals, responded to this review

Happy to hear your tour guide led you right to us, Amy! The popcorn shrimp is definitely a house favorite, and I'm delighted it was prepared to your liking. Hope to see you again the next time you make it out to Buxton! Safe travels, Keith Gray, Owner More 

Avon
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Breakfast is great, the Hotcakes are larger than the plate! Corned beef hash is really tasty too. Lunch you must try their Clam chowder, or fried oysters (in season). They have a Fish house is attached and can steam or blacken seafood to go!

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Keith G, Owner at Diamond Shoals, responded to this review

Earl, glad to hear that you enjoy both breakfast and lunch with us. Here whenever you need more. Thanks, Keith Gray, Owner More 

Takoma Park, Maryland
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

A lucky chance took us to Diamond Shoals on a very cold night this February. We both ordered the seafood platter, and were impressed with the food overall. Good hush puppies (light, hot, without onion or anything sweet). Scallops, oysters & shrimp excellent - grouper superb. Crab cake OK. Clam strips not my thing, but my partner, from New England,... More 

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Keith G, Owner at Diamond Shoals, responded to this review

Daphne, glad you took a chance on us! Thanks for letting us know you had the best seafood on Hatteras at our place. Hope to see you again soon. Best, Keith Gray, Owner More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 46843 Hwy 12, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Hatteras Island  >  Buxton
  • Phone Number: +1 252-995-5217

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 30
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Seafood, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine

Description

Located adjacent to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Diamond Shoals Restaurant has been serving up the finest local fare for decades. Known for its friendly atmosphere, fresh seafood and southern hospitality, folks have been coming back to Diamond Shoals, year after year, for its award winning clam chowder and crab bisque, homemade crab cakes, and Hatteras Island's only sushi bar. Enjoy a selection of steaks, sandwiches, the island's largest salad bar, an extensive kids menu, and fresh seafood caught by local fishermen.
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?