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Diamond Shoals

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46843 Hwy 12, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
+1 252-995-5217
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good34%
  • Average14%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“sushi” (97 reviews)
“clam chowder” (55 reviews)
“hush puppies” (64 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Sushi, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
46843 Hwy 12, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The food has always been good! Our group enjoyed the Salad Bar and some had the grits and shrimp and said it was great. Most of our trips down this way we visit this location.

Thank jhais28374
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for a seafood dinner. Husband and I got crab stuffed mushrooms for appetizer and split a Captains Platter. Hush puppies served automatically. I confess I ate five. They were delicious. Solid dining experience but nothing special.

Thank GordonsvilleGal
Keith G, Owner at Diamond Shoals, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Glad to hear everything hit the spot! Thanks for coming by to share a meal with us, and I hope you'll come see us down the road for another seafood dinner. Best wishes, Keith Gray, Owner

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This local favorite restaurant in Buxton has the best crab bisque ever. I always order their fried grouper and a bowl of this tasty soup. Our first dining experience started in 2006. We have dined at Diamond Shoals every year since. This is the best...More

Thank BrianBorsch
Keith G, Owner at Diamond Shoals, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

You've got excellent taste, Brian! I'm thrilled to hear our crab bisque and fried grouper have been such a hit, and thank you for all the support over the years. It's always a pleasure to welcome you in, so I look forward to next time...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I called ahead to ask if they could handle a party of 11 last Saturday night. They were already working on our table when we got there... very accommodating! Marcia from the rope shop in Manteo suggested we stop here and we were glad she...More

Thank Jennifer B
Keith G, Owner at Diamond Shoals, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We were happy to have everyone come in for a great time, Jennifer! I'm delighted to hear that the crab-stuffed grouper was a hit, along with the sushi. We'll always have something tasty when you're in the mood for a good meal, so swing by...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took wife of almost 29 years out to eat today as we are on a much needed vacation I think this is a least the third visit while on vacation here.We did go at lunch I ordered oyster basket and my dear wife ordered the...More

Thank rodney012
Keith G, Owner at Diamond Shoals, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

It's wonderful you and your wife enjoyed everything about your meals here, and it's great our oyster basket was your favorite. Thanks for sharing, and I hope you'll visit us again the next time you're here! Best, Keith Gray, Owner

Reviewed March 8, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I enjoy eating at Diamond Shoals Restaurant. Diamond Shols is simply good food. The seafood platter is a favorite choice of mine that I would definitely recommend. The wait staff are very accommodating and kind. It’s a place where you will eat...More

Thank markcU465BJ
Keith G, Owner at Diamond Shoals, responded to this reviewResponded March 15, 2018

Mark, we always love seeing you and your wife here for your favorite seafood platter, and I'm thrilled you've always been happy with our service, too. We can't wait to welcome you back for another meal. Best, Keith Gray, Owner

Reviewed March 5, 2018 via mobile

We are stranded in Buxton due to flooding as many are... restaurant was happy to take our money for a mediocre breakfast but closed for dinner. No one thought about where us stranded people would eat dinner. Not a single restaurant open. Your website said...More

Thank Debbie H
Keith G, Owner at Diamond Shoals, responded to this reviewResponded March 10, 2018

Our website lists our hours, Debbie, but sometimes emergencies like flooding happen. If you ever want to check in before you come by to see if we're open, giving us a call is the best way to do that: (252) 995-5217. Regards, Keith Gray, Owner

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Reviewed March 2, 2018 via mobile

Stopped for breakfast. Husband noted a fried chicken dish and was told he couldn’t order it until 11:30. It was 11:20. Our server would have rather been anyplace else. She was abrupt and curt. I’ve had better food at Denny’s and this place is pricey...More

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Keith G, Owner at Diamond Shoals, responded to this reviewResponded March 8, 2018

I'm sorry to hear about the poor experience -- that certainly doesn't live up to the quality experience we're known for. I'll check in with the team to see what went wrong, and appreciate you letting me know about this. Kind regards, Keith Gray, Owner

Reviewed February 12, 2018

I drove down to Buxton just to get away and satisfy my seafood craving. This place was perfect in every way. I ate dinner here Friday and Saturday evenings. The fried Captains platter was shrimp, clam strips, oysters, scallops, crab cake and grouper fillet. Lightly...More

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Keith G, Owner at Diamond Shoals, responded to this reviewResponded February 17, 2018

Both Friday and Saturday evening were a pleasure! From our Captain's Platter to our Seafood Trio, we make sure each and every dish is absolutely phenomenal, so you can always count on us when you need to satisfy a seafood craving. Thanks so much for...More

Reviewed February 7, 2018 via mobile

This was one of the only places open for breakfast in the off season. I think it is better known for seafood, but the breakfast was good. Nothing special, but nothing to complain about either!More

Thank Lisa S
Keith G, Owner at Diamond Shoals, responded to this reviewResponded February 12, 2018

I'm glad you had an enjoyable time with us, Lisa! That said, we always aim to make each meal special, so let us know if something isn't living up to your expectations -- we'd be more than happy to fix that up. Thanks for giving...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 46843 Hwy 12, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Hatteras Island  >  Buxton
  • Phone Number: +1 252-995-5217
Located adjacent to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Diamond Shoals Restaurant has been serving up the finest local fare for decades. Known for its friendly atmosphere, fresh seafood and southern hospitality, folks have been coming back to Diamond Shoals, year after year, for its award winning clam chowder and crab bisque, homemade crab cakes, and Hatteras Island's only sushi bar. Enjoy a selection of steaks, sandwiches, the island's largest salad bar, an extensive kids menu, and fresh seafood caught by local fishermen.
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