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Dinky's Restaurant

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57980 Highway 12, (above Village Marina), Hatteras Island, NC 27943
2529862020
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 146
    Excellent
  • 64
    Very good
  • 30
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  • 8
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  • 8
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Delicious Food

My boyfriend and I weren't necessarily expecting to go out for a fancy dinner but found the most amazing food & drink at Dinky's. The crab bisque was the best I've ever had. I would definitely recommend it to someone heading to the Outer Banks. The view alone is absolutely breath-taking. We... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
brookeann521
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Schwenksville, Pennsylvania
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Schwenksville, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My boyfriend and I weren't necessarily expecting to go out for a fancy dinner but found the most amazing food & drink at Dinky's. The crab bisque was the best I've ever had. I would definitely recommend it to someone heading to the Outer Banks. The view alone is absolutely breath-taking. We were there at sunset so it was amazing.... More 

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Hermitage
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96 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This year we ate at Dinky's twice during our 7 day stay in Hatteras. Our family of five went one night and just my husband and I the other. Both dinners were delicious and everyone enjoyed their choice. My husband and I always order fish - usually the fresh catch of the day. Our children love the shrimp and bisque... More 

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Thank audikos
Maine
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37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

Dinky's is the restaurant we return to again and again every time we are in Hatteras. Friendly place with upscale food. Love the tuna appetizer, Oysters Rockefeller -- honestly, we've never had any app, main course, or dessert we didn't love, and we always leave with plenty of leftovers for lunch the next day.

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Thank MaineBiztraveler
Williamsport, Maryland
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

We kept asking around for recommendations of places to eat and were told of Dinky's by at least three different people from three different generations (young, middle age, mature). We were not disappointed. We had the fresh catch, Mahi, and seafood platter. The food was absolutely awesome!! Flavors you wouldn't expect from a seemingly modest sounding meal. Highly recommend!

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Thank Susan H
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

Our group of 8 had dinner at Dinky's Saturday evening for our last night on the island. What fantastic food! The server was attentive and readily available even though he had 5 tables to himself, 2 of which were larger parties. The food- oh my lord the food- was delicious. We had steamed mussels & clams, crab cocktail, and a... More 

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Thank surfwv
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

The blue crab ravioli was amazing. Hunks of blue grab the size of a quarter. The crab bisque was very good as well. I enjoyed the seafood trio pasta and the man got s filet with fried oysters. Great place!

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Thank M J
Cedar Knolls, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Awesome food & atmosphere. Great view of the sound & beautiful at sunset! Service was great & fish was very fresh!

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Thank MaryAnn D
Muncie,IN.
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015 via mobile

OBX in October, don't fret. Plenty of great places to eat, and this is a great one. Fantastic harbor view, great atmosphere, great food. Fine dining food, nice casual feeling.

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Donegal, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We have been going to Hatteras Island for 25 years and this is the first time that we have eaten at Dinky's Restaurant. We were told that it has been there for about 10 years. Don't let the name fool you. This is not a " diner " . It is a fine dining waterfront restaurant. Pricey but well worth... More 

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Patchogue, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

You expect excellent seafood on Hatteras, and Dinky"s doesn't disappoint. The service was great, just enough to keep the meal moving but not intrusive. Started off with the best spinach salad I ever had. That's right the BEST. If the meal stopped there this would have been a homer. It was followed up with the Thai shrimp. The dish had... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 57980 Highway 12, (above Village Marina), Hatteras Island, NC 27943
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Hatteras Island
  • Phone Number: 2529862020

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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