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Dinky's Restaurant

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57980 Highway 12, above Village Marina, Hatteras Island, NC 27943
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our server was Dave, a seasoned professional with well educated suggestions, efficient service and interesting things to share about Hatteras. We had blue crab ravioli as a starter. It was delicious and the crab was served on top rather than in the pasta. The sauce was creamy and light, letting the flavor of the crab shine through. For entrees, we... More 

Thank Marcussax
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Our favorite place on the island. They say you get what you pay for and you do at Dinkys! I love the crab cakes and my fish allergy husband loves the chicken and pork! There may be a wait so grab a drink go hand out on the porch.

Thank Kim B
Madrid, Spain
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you used to come to this part of the world years ago, by comparison, you might be wowed by the food at Dinky's. This restaurant goes beyond the over-battered deep fried fish and hush puppies of the past, and does some creative combining of textures and flavors. Kind of like early nouvelle cuisine, big on concept but a bit... More 

Thank dreamtraveler187514
Poquoson, Virginia
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135 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Food & service were excellent got the Crab meat Ravioli, Shrimp Appetizer & The tuna cevichi all on point, loved the decor they close early about 9pm so dont be late.

Thank yorkhavenmarina
Harrisonburg, Virginia
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37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

For our last night on vacation we thought we would eat out. Some members of our party had been to Dinky's but I never had been. The food is excellent. The clams that were an appetizer special were amazing. I had the Brazilian Crab and shrimp Risotto and it was delicious as well. The food is quite pricey and the... More 

Thank Brenda P
Bethel Park, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took two 9 year old boys here for dinner last night. It was delicious. We shared calamari, fried goat cheese and each got fresh seafood. The crab cake was excellent.

1 Thank Heather R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant starts filling up quickly around 6pm. The place is nicely decorated, clean, with pleasant smooth jazz music from the speakers. There is a sunset viewing seating area but theres a big peach color house blocking the sunset. The food was delicious! Each plate is $27-$29 with larger platters at $40. The kids meal consists of 5 shrimp, mashed... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food and service was amazing! Carolina shrimp were mouth watering -- although they are fried, it is a light batter which allowed you to still taste the shrimp! Our waiter was very attentive and constantly refilled drinks and even split our check which the menu says they don't do. Will definitely be back and I'd recommend this place with an... More 

1 Thank Nicole M
Tysons Corner, Virginia
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56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Perhaps you think the long wait is a sign the food is great. I'd say it's because there's not a lot of choices locally. "Best in Hatteras" doesn't mean a whole lot. They don't take reservations, wait is long, place is loud. The expected wait time was wildly off too.

1 Thank JamesNewberry
Hershey, Pennsylvania
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44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant has very good food. There was a wait, the restaurant is small and loud. We found the staff to be very friendly and courteous.

1 Thank kledfoodlove

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Scenic view, Business meetings, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 57980 Highway 12, above Village Marina, Hatteras Island, NC 27943
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Hatteras Island
  • Phone Number: 2529862020

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