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Atlantic Coast Cafe

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NC Highway 12, Waves, Hatteras Island, NC 27982
(252) 987-1200
Today
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert, Takeout

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Visitor rating
  • 74
    Excellent
  • 59
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
good food, great atmosphere

My wife and I visited for lunch. The food was amazing!!! We had the Cajun Grilled Sandwich and Real Crabcake Sandwich. They were yummy!!! The staff is friendly. Great stop for a lunch. If you're ever in the area, definitely plan on making a stop here.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 8, 2015
purefires
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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163 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Huntingdon, Tennessee
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

My husband and I ate twice at this cafe. Both times the food was excellent and the service was great. There are very few restaurants in Waves. This is a gem! Try the fish! Great views of the harbor too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

My wife and I visited for lunch. The food was amazing!!! We had the Cajun Grilled Sandwich and Real Crabcake Sandwich. They were yummy!!! The staff is friendly. Great stop for a lunch. If you're ever in the area, definitely plan on making a stop here.

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Highland Heights, Ohio
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Don't let the looks deceive ... Yes you order at the counter, but the food is first rate. The fish bites was a generous serving of grilled Mahi- Mahi with fries and cole slaw and was very good. Other tables has fish tacos and various seafood baskets that also looked good and were being devoured and enjoyed.

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Greensburg PA USA
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We stayed at the KOA Campground across the street and it was easy. The food was fresh and very good. I would recommend it for anyone. We had coffee in the morning there , then stopped by for lunch. A great place for a fast bit or relax and hang out. A few beers are available and something on the... More 

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Lexington, NC
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26 reviews 26 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Probably the best fried oysters I've ever had. And they were huge. Staff was very courteous and efficient, and we enjoyed the outdoor seating. We would definitely go back to try other offerings.

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La Plata, Maryland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We stopped by for lunch while we were out sightseeing. I had the fish bites. They were grilled and served with Cole slaw and french fries. Husband had a hamburger and really enjoyed it

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Frisco, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

If you are looking for a great place to sit and do some work, stop here. It is awesome they have a bunch of local cuisine and a really great BELT(bacon, egg, lettuce and tomato)

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Leesburg, Virginia
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49 reviews 49 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

The place and seeing inside looked so promising. Went with high expectations from all the reviews and was hoping it will be too the cafe style standards I ran into at vacation destinations. Well, was very disappointed. Nothing tasted good nor bad. Just adequate to feed the hungry stomach. Disappointed to see them use all disposable things for such a... More 

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Akron, OH
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177 reviews 177 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We wanted to drive down the island as the sun was setting and see what was in Rodanthe and the surrounding area. this is a cute, rustic looking cafe that has fast, tasty food. The employees were friendly and checked on us many times. My husband enjoyed the crab cake sandwich and the my shrimp was fresh. We sat outside... More 

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Bedford, Indiana
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105 reviews 105 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 via mobile

we camp right across the street from the cafe. We have only gone for breakfast or breakfast sandwiches to go, but we do frequent the cafe each year, on our trip. Awesome crew and menu. Great pricing and always happy with service. They work hard in there to make our vacation easier, and it's always appreciated.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: NC Highway 12, Waves, Hatteras Island, NC 27982
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Hatteras Island  >  Waves
  • Phone Number: (252) 987-1200

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 8:30 pm

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