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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2019 Winner


$20 - $50
American, Seafood, International, Contemporary
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Add: Chicken $6, Shrimp $8, Tuna $10, Scallops $12
Spinach, Apple & Goat Cheese^^
Baby Spinach, Pickled Red Onion, Granny Smith Apples, Candied Walnuts, NC Goat Cheese, Strawberry Jalapeno Vinaigrette. Pair with Sileni, Sauvignon Blanc or Planet Oregon, Pinot Noir
USD 11
Heirloom Tomato & Arugula^ ^^
Baby Arugula, Assorted NC Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, Basil Pesto, Olive Oil, Aged Balsamic. Pair with Kim Crawford, Sauvignon Blanc or Charles Smith, Vino Rose
USD 11
Café Caesar^ ^^
Baby Romaine Hearts, Sundried Tomatoes, Parmesan Cheese, Garlic Croutons. Pair with Outlot, Chardonnay or Imagery, Pinot Noir
USD 10
Organic Mixed Green Salad^ ^^
Daily Salad Mix from Our Garden, NC Cherry Tomatoes, English Cucumber, Shaved Red Onion, Greek Feta, Raspberry Pomegranate Vinaigrette. Pair with Mezzacorona, Pinot Grigio or Champs de Provence, Rose
Crab Bisque^^ ^^^
Domestic Blue Crab, Blackened Cream, Local Shrimp Stock. Pair with Poulet & Fils, Brut or Reata, Chardonnay
USD 10
Smoked Surf & Turf Plate
Grilled Smoked Andouille Sausage, House Cured Cold Smoked Salmon, Cajun Remoulade, French Baguette, Pickled Red Onion. Pair with Moet & Chandon Imperial, Brut or Torres, Tempranillo
USD 13
Mussels in Putanesca^^ ^^^
Fresh East Coast Mussels, Spicy Putanesca, Garlic Bread. Pair with Santa Margherita, Prosecco, Chateau De Costis, White Bordeaux or Daou, Cabernet
USD 12
Pork Belly and Scallops^^ ^^^
48 Hour Cured Cheshire Pork Pan Fried, Pan Roasted Diver Sea Scallops, Fresh Baby Arugula, Spiced Berry Compote. Pair with Soter, Chardonnay or Chateau L'Ombriere, Bordeaux
USD 12
Drunken Tuna Ceviche^^ ^^^
4 oz. NC Sashimi Grade Tuna, Red Onion, Diced Tomato, Scallion, Tequila, Lime Juice, Cilantro, Warm Chips. Pair with Veuve Clicquot, Brut or Basa, Spanish Blend
USD 14
Baked Brie Bites^^
NC Brie, Puff Pastry, Sriracha Berry Chutney, Honey. Pair with Moet & Chandon Imperial, Brut or Champs de Provence Rose
USD 10
Hereford Beef Selection*
Choice of 8 oz. Filet or 12 oz. NY Strip, Gouda & Scallion Mashed Potatoes, Sun Dried Tomato Demi Glaze, Veggie of the Day. Make it a Surf & Turf: Shrimp $8, Tuna $10, Scallops $12, Crab Cake $12. Pair with Rymill, Shiraz or Mt. Veeder, Cabernet
Lump Crab Cakes^^ ^^^
Domestic Petit Lump Crab & Holy Trinity, Citrus Sweet Potato Puree, Cajun Remoulade, Veggie of the Day. Pair with Mezzacorona, Pinot Grigio or Outlot, Chardonnay
Full Plate USD 32
Small Plate USD 22
New Zealand Lamb Chop* ^
6 Bone Rack of Lamb Roasted, Fried Red Potatoes with Onions & Peppers, Black Pepper Jus, Veggie of the Day. Pair with Cotes De Beaune, White Burgundy or Armador, Carmenere
Full Plate USD 40
Small Plate USD 30
U10 Sea Scallops^^ ^^^
8 oz. Grilled Diver Sea Scallops, Asparagus and Arugula Salad, Strawberry Jalapeno Vinaigrette. Pair with Rainstorm, Rose of Pinot Noir or Black Chicken, Zinfandel
Full Plate USD 30
Small Plate USD 20
Hudson Valley Duck*
Pan Roasted Duck Breast, Black Peppercorn Mashed Potatoes, Sun Dried Tomato Bordelaise, Veggie of the Day. Pair with Reata, Chardonnay or Emmolo, Merlot
USD 32
Shrimp & Grits^^ ^^^
NC Shrimp, Andouille Sausage, NC Tomatoes, Grilled Asparagus Spears, Cajun Cream, Crispy Goat Cheese Grit Cake. Pair with Boya, Sauvignon Blanc or Imagery, Pinot Noir
USD 28
Blackened Grilled Tuna* ^ ^^ ^^^
Lightly Blackened Local Tuna Steak, White Bean Cassoulet, Fall Veggie Slaw. Pair with Wente, Chardonnay or Whiplash, Malbec
USD 28
Chipotle BBQ Chicken^^
NC Chicken Grilled, Pan Fried Sweet Potato with Apple and Andouille, Chipotle BBQ Sauce, Veggie of the Day. Pair with Chateau De Costis, White Bordeaux or Edmeades, Zinfandel
USD 28
Fresh Catch* ^ ^^^
Catch of the Day Pan Roasted, Red Wine & Parmesan Risotto, Saffron Cream, Veggie of the Day. Pair with Veuve Clicquot, Brut or Soter, Chardonnay
Thai Curry Veggies^
Summer Veggies, Coconut Cream, Thai Red Curry Broth, Rice Noodles. Pair with Hugel, Alsace or Black Chicken, Zinfandel
USD 18
Add: Chicken USD 6
Add: Shrimp USD 8
Add: Tuna USD 10
Add: Scallops USD 12
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Reviewed October 5, 2019

We chose Cafe Pamlico for our anniversary dinner, and they did not disappoint! The food was phenomenal and the view was breathtaking. Our server, Cody, was great as well. Drunken Tuna Ceviche, Caesar Salad, Crab Bisque, and Pork Belly for appetizers. Filet Mignons, NY Strip,...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 1, 2019

Loved this restaurant. Ambiance is very good. Great views from inside or outside. Food is wonderful. Service is great. A bit pricey but if it is as good as this I don't mind. I highly recommend this place!!

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed October 1, 2019

I added the turn key package during our stayand never worried about where to eat for breakfast and dinner. The Cafe Pamlico has fresh, delicious meals daily with large portions to make sure you satisfied. Cafe Pamlico's staff has spoiled me and my wife while...More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed September 26, 2019

I always make it a point to dine here whenever I'm in the area. The food is always excellent, the selections at the bar are possibly the best on the island and the service is great. Add to this the view of the sound and...More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed September 26, 2019

The Cafe Pamlico goes hand-in-hand with the Inn experience. We were late arrivals for our stay, but the Owner insisted we have dinner since we had not eaten. The dining staff were incredibly generous in their acceptance of our being seated five minutes before closing...More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed September 25, 2019

We had our wedding and small reception here on May 23, 2019. Gina and the Inn staff made planning and our day stress free and wonderful!! It is a beautiful place for a wedding (and just in general!!) and the food was excellent!!! We plan...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed September 21, 2019

Had an awesome dinner this week @ Cafe Pamlico. We chose a window seat overlooking the Sound. We both ordered the filet mignon and they were cooked to perfection. Our waiter, Cody, was outstanding and we had a couple special requests which he took care...More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed September 13, 2019

My wife and I were on the OBX and wanted to explore Hatteras Island. We drove all the way down and had dinner at Cafe Pamlico, based on its ranking on trip advisor. It was even more delicious than we expected! The restaurant is charming...More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed September 3, 2019

Four of us arrived in advance of our reservation and were seated fairly quickly but that is were the service collapsed. It was a long time before our server arrived and even longer before our drink order arrived. We reordered drinks when our first order...More

Date of visit: August 2019
OBX_Innkeeper, General Manager at Cafe Pamlico, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2019

John, We cannot apologize sufficiently for your experience. You dined with us just before the arrival of Hurricane Dorian. Many of our staff had already evacuated; we were open primarily as an outlet for locals before the storm. As most were local and know us...More

Reviewed August 28, 2019

Steve, thanks for making our visit with you so special! Your staff are amazing, friendly and talented. Love what you have created nestled away in a gem of a location. Keep up the great work!

Date of visit: July 2019
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Bob W
December 18, 2019|
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Response from bestnanaever | Reviewed this property |
First, make sure the Inn is still there after the Hurricane!!!
Priscilla M
May 23, 2017|
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Response from OBX_Innkeeper | Property representative |
We do not have lobster as a regular menu item. We do have it on special from time to time, but you would have to call a week or so before your visit to know for sure.
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