We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Cafe Pamlico

49684 NC Highway 12, The Inn on Pamlico Sound, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
+1 252-995-4500
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good11%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“filet” (44 reviews)
“duck” (23 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
American, Seafood, International, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
49684 NC Highway 12, The Inn on Pamlico Sound, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
Write a Review
Reviews (609)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year

121 - 130 of 609 reviews

Reviewed June 29, 2016

My partner and I, had dinner here for my birthday. We chose this place based on previous Trip Advisor suggestions. Cafe Pamlico, has a beautiful view of the bay (request a table by a window) and the fresh catch of the day, was great, however...More

Thank GinnieNY
Reviewed June 28, 2016

We had great drinks from a friendly bartender and the meal was top notch! We both had the filet, mashed potatoes (best I have ever had!) and asparagus. Eating on the deck in perfect weather was really special! The servers were great-anyone walking by our...More

Thank perkinsjuli2
Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

Food was delicious, service amazing and the view is breathtaking. Definitely the best restaurant on the island. Classy and elegant. A true foodie find and gem.

Thank Amy M
Reviewed June 26, 2016

The well prepared and beautifully displayed food was another highlight of our experience at Café Pamlico.

Thank Mary D
Reviewed June 25, 2016

The views of the sound are really lovely although if there are more than two in your party, I don't know that you have the same view we did from the table pictured. The crab and corn bisque was among the best that I've had....More

Thank Nancy L
OBX_Innkeeper, Owner at Cafe Pamlico, responded to this review

While we strive for consistent excellence, and are glad for all the things this guest enjoyed, we extend our apology for an under cooked potato and what appears to be a heavy hand with pepper. Our published policy is that it is right, we will...More

Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

Sunset dining outdoors on the patio, Tuna Wellington yummy but not as rare as requested, nice wine list, probably the best key lime pie we have ever had. Service was ok, new so a step off their game, but friendly. Live music was superb, both...More

Thank OlyRanger
Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

Loved it! Crab cakes were great, and the wife had the grilled chicken special and enjoyed it as well. Berry-misu for dessert! Service was also spot on. We'll be back.

Thank mcgowan2398
Reviewed June 21, 2016

I suffer from many food allergies and it has proven challenging to find foods without any allergens. Cafe Pamlico made sure to inquire about my allergies and took precautions so as not to risk cross-contamination with other foods. Even though I was allergic to all...More

Thank Grace C
Reviewed June 17, 2016

This was a delicious meal in a lovely space. Fresh caprese salad from the gardens outside....red snapper with a citrus sauce to die for on coconut jasmine rice.....elegant wines...wonderful waiter (Josh) and desserts we ate even though we were too full for dessert ....because who...More

Thank Kathy B
Reviewed June 16, 2016

The Food is divine!! Service was great and super friendly but not overly intrusive. The Scallop Appetizer was great, Blue Crab Cakes, fantastic, pan-seared red snapper over coconut rice, to die for!!! Dessert, Key Lime Pie and Creme Brulee, none better anywhere. A true culinary...More

Thank christiehales
Nearby Restaurants
Buxton Munch Company
443 reviews
2.12 miles away
Frisco Sandwich Company
181 reviews
3.80 miles away
Gingerbread House Bakery & Pizza
182 reviews
2.91 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
1,874 reviews
2.46 miles away
Equine Adventures
166 reviews
2.52 miles away
Canadian Hole
56 reviews
3.97 miles away
Fatty's Treats & Tours
48 reviews
2.82 miles away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Priscilla M
Do you have lobster
May 23, 2017|
Answer Show all 2 answers
Response from dchalhoub | Reviewed this property |
There wasn't lobster on the menu. Good luck at that restaurant
Priscilla M
Do you have lobster
May 23, 2017|
What is your answer?
Posting guidelines
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
Improve this listing

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
Special occasions, Scenic view, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
8:00 am - 10:00 am
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 am
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 am
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 am
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 am
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 am
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 am
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
  • E-mail
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.