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Cafe Pamlico

49684 NC Highway 12, The Inn on Pamlico Sound, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
+1 252-995-4500
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  • Excellent79%
  • Very good11%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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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
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Reviewed yesterday

I had a table with a view of the sound. opted to eat indoors the first time. Forest salad was delicious and interesting. Short Ribs were melt in your mouth and they had my favorite dessert. what more could I ask? Service was excellent too

Thank khickey2017
Reviewed 2 days ago

The setting is lovely if you have a table looking out over the Sound. Our server was fairly attentive. I was hoping for the best based upon the reviews. Got our wine and we were served warm bread that was very tasty, but then it...More

Thank kldoor
OBX_Innkeeper, Owner at Cafe Pamlico, responded to this review

We are glad this guest enjoyed our facility and server, though we are distressed their grouper was overdone. We offer no excuse, only an apology. We wish the guest had brought it to the attention of their server or any manager rather than expressing it...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been coming to this area for over twenty years and we found this to be the best restaurant in the OBX. The food and the service was outstanding! A cozy atmosphere paired with an impeccable Sound-side view.

Thank Garland B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at the Inn the first week of May and reserved a table by the window for dinner our second night. Our meals were excellent. I had shrimp and rock fish and my spouse had shrimp and grits. The waiter was attentive and friendly...More

Thank Mengerrie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cafe Pamlico is a fantastic, fresh, and enjoyable dining experience with a relaxed and attentive atmosphere, a delicious menu with options for all kinds of diets, and a wonderful staff who make the experience very personal. My husband and I ate here every night for...More

Thank Merediva88
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had both dinner and breakfast here recently. Atmosphere is very nice with views of the sound from many tables. Breakfast was good. Dinner was excellent. Shrimp and grits presentation was a little different (good) and was extremely tasty. Maybe best I've ever had. Fish dish...More

Thank Andy C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food is great and the service is wonderful. We had the new menu - Ribeye, Tenderloin, Salmon, Flounder & Shrimp. I did not see anyone without a clean plate! Breakfast was great too. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a place...More

Thank Caitlin W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love seafood and I have eaten up up and down both coasts and in Alaska. The Carolina Coastal Cioppino is the best that I ever eaten. I also sampled my wife's oysters and the were also excellent. She also enjoyed a caesar salad created...More

Thank Carl A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From the moment we walked through the door, to the moment we left, we could not have anticipated a better reception. The food was phenomenal, the staff admirable, and the ambience superb. A special "Thank You" goes to Krystal for making us feel "at-home" and...More

Thank Bill P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is literally one of my favorite restaurants anywhere. The food is out of this world and the service can't be beat. I'm a vegetarian and my husband is not- they accommodate both of us beautifully!!!

Thank catherinehowe112
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Priscilla M
Do you have lobster
24 May 2017|
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Response from dchalhoub | Reviewed this property |
There wasn't lobster on the menu. Good luck at that restaurant
Priscilla M
Do you have lobster
24 May 2017|
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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!
27 November 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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$35 - US$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
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, View
Open Hours
08:00 - 10:00
17:00 - 21:00
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17:00 - 21:00
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17:00 - 21:00
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17:00 - 21:00
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17:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 10:00
17:00 - 21:00
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
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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.