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Cafe Pamlico

49684 NC Highway 12, The Inn on Pamlico Sound, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
+1 252-995-4500
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  • Excellent79%
  • Very good11%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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49684 NC Highway 12, The Inn on Pamlico Sound, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
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Reviewed April 17, 2017

We were guests at the Inn so breakfast was complimentary ... take advantage, it's wonderful!!! We had originally planned to have dinner there one evening during our stay but ended up doing so twice. The food was excellent both times, as was the presentation and...More

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Reviewed April 15, 2017 via mobile

We had an ocean view table which was amazing. The meal was outstanding. I had the short ribs with fresh spinach and mashed potatoes. My husband had a seafood dish with mussels and shrimp and clams. Both meals were outstanding. We each had an alcoholic...More

Thank rpstrobel
Reviewed April 2, 2017

We LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Café Pamlico. It was an upscale dining experience with very professional staff and an extensive wine list. The food was delicious and the servers were very attentive. It was the hi-lite of our visit to Buxton.

Thank Janet F
Reviewed March 28, 2017

First of all, if you are a guest at the Inn at Pamlico Sound, breakfast is included in your room rate. What a treat it is with fresh muffins or scones every morning, along with excellent breakfast fare. We had dinner at the Cafe twice...More

Thank Pete-Jean2090
Reviewed March 28, 2017 via mobile

Stop what you are doing and get to Cafe Pamlico. Seriously. The staff and chefs here are amazing. We had breakfast here every morning of our stay and there are so many wonderful things to say. 1, the staff is amazing. Melinda is one of...More

Thank Andrea P
Reviewed March 24, 2017

This is one of the most beautiful places along route 12 soundside, to have dinner! The inn also offers rooms for over night stays and the grounds surrounding the location is alive with fresh vegetables, herbs etc. that are in season at the time of...More

Thank crewAvon
Reviewed March 23, 2017

Stopped in by chance & it was Taco Thursday - great meal - fish tacos, shrimp tacos & steak tacos - $5.00 each. The meal came with some nice home made chips & dip. And I believe they have different specials on different nights. Very...More

Thank Barbara K
Reviewed March 19, 2017 via mobile

Stayed at the Inn for the weekend and enjoyed several meals here at Cafe Pamlico. It is waterfront dining with a beautiful view. The service was excellent! Everyone was so nice! They had a musician playing acoustic guitar on Friday night by the bar ~...More

Thank hkycpl
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Reviewed March 4, 2017 via mobile

I had dinner and breakfast here with my husband as we were staying at the Inn. The dinner was the quality of fine dining, with an atmosphere defined by comfort (which is what we love). I had the shrimp and grits and I was not...More

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Reviewed March 3, 2017

It was my birthday, and we were visiting in the dead of winter. Not a lot of options for first class dining! Came here after driving for a while. My poor husband almost stroked at the bill, but anything for me I suppose lol. I...More

Thank CoachJTL
OBX_Innkeeper, Owner at Cafe Pamlico, responded to this review

We are glad for this guest's observations on the quality of our food, that they loved their entrees, and found our desserts quite tasty. We are a bit perturbed by her reference to their dinner bill causing a medical emergency; our menu costs for food...More

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Priscilla M
Do you have lobster
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Priscilla M
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I first gave this restaurant a negative review on their website, and later put it on TripAdvisor when I wasn't satisfied by Steve's phone call - last summer . The promised voucher to try again gratis never came. There were a number of things that were problems that I listed. The food and location were great. It was a shame that the service was such a huge problem. The server kept apologizing, but then she repeated the exact same things to make our last-night-at-the-beach dinner such a catastrophe. Good to know it wasn't just us unsatisfied!
November 27, 2016|
Response from OBX_Innkeeper | Property representative |
Paula: Below appears of our email to you on 7/19/16, which was also part of our review response. Note that the end clearly states that you are invited to call when returning to the island so we could provide you with... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$35 - $50
Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts American Express
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Scenic view, Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:00 am - 10:00 am
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 49684 NC Highway 12, The Inn on Pamlico Sound, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Hatteras Island  >  Buxton
  • Phone Number: +1 252-995-4500
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Cafe Pamlico provides a world class casual fine dining experience through exceptional food, outstanding detail oriented service, an inspired wine and cocktail program, and gracious attentive Southern hospitality. Our contemporary coastal cuisine is driven by locally sourced seafood, meats, and produce. Our menu changes frequently in accordance with the fresh ingredients our chefs discover on the island, most notably the fresh local seafood we feature. We are committed to supporting local farmers and artisan food producers first, sustainable resources second, and organic third. Reservations are highly recommended.