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Dinky's Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
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57980 Highway 12, above Village Marina, Hatteras Island, NC 27943
+1 252-986-2020
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Port Hope, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant has a great atmosphere. The views of the sound are beautiful. The menu is variable, unfortunately they only have fried clam strips when they are in season(July). Their other seafood is fresh and always delicious. Caesar salads are superb. It is however expensive.It is sometimes a little noisy unless you book a little later in the eve.

Thank beachseeker2016
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had dinner at Dinky's and it was fantastic. It may be the best dinner we've had in the Outer Banks. We both had the seafood platter and it was a generous amount of food--plenty really. And it was prepared perfectly. The cocktail sauce was amazing, with just enough zing from the horseradish to make the eyes water and the... More 

Thank Mark E
Avon, North Carolina
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016 via mobile

We had a girls night out here and EVERYONE WAS HAPPY! The food was amazing from start to finish. The staff is fun and friendly and the atmosphere is perfect for a nice night out with family or friends. We got there after dark but it must be mentioned that they are waterfront so get there early for the sunset... More 

Thank mimi_dezignz
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016

Wine & drink lists are extensive. 2nd floor water/marina view. Very good service. Pam was great, as was our seafood.

Thank CharlesNewt0n
Jackson, Wyoming
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34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Had seafood stew (winter dish) it was good and plentiful. Shrimp, scallops, fish and veggies. Fresh bread was good. Apps were steamer clams and she crab bisque..all good. Wife had a Thai chili seafood dish with jasmine rice. Total with tip for 2 = $100 (no alcohol).

Thank Michael W
Northern Virginia
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41 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

Located in an unassuming building next to the marina, it's easy to drive right by this hidden gem of a restaurant. So glad we took some local advise and stopped here for dinner. Our timing (and table) were perfect because we were treated to a gorgeous sunset just as we were finishing our fabulous dinner. My husband ordered the jumbo... More 

Thank Scrpbkr
Baltimore, Maryland
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258 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

My wife and I ate here for two of the six nights we were in Hatteras Village. Our first was on a Sunday evening and the noise level was overwhelming. But if you set that aside, the food is excellent and the service efficient. We were told we'd have to wait a half hour for a table, but seats were... More 

Thank stan w
Augusta, Georgia, USA
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016 via mobile

it was late but we got in before they got real crowded. hostess and all available help was excellent in accommodating our disabled person with their elevator. our waiter Park was very busy but at tentative. the food was, well, incredible. out of 5 of us we had 4 different dishes and they were all delicious and plentiful. even our... More 

Thank 816-G33T
Birmingham, AL
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76 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

The hostess when we went was not interested in hosting and came off as plain unfriendly. Once past her the experience was really nice. Excellent food, drink and very good service.

Thank NeccoQueen
Alexandria, Virginia
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016 via mobile

A delicious meal every time! We love Dinky's so much that we even order the crab bisque soup to go so we have soup for the week. The seafood is always so good and prepared very well. This time, we had the tuna, Parmesan crusted grouper, fried scallops, and the peel and eat shrimp. Each dish was perfect and mouthwatering.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Scenic view, Romantic, Special occasions
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: +1 252-986-2020

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?