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Atlantic Coast Cafe

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$$ - $$$
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NC Highway 12, Waves, Hatteras Island, NC 27982
+1 252-987-1200
07:00 - 20:30
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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70 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

First time on the Outer Banks. We walked here for dinner after setting up in the campground. Looked like a nice establishment. My wife had the fried fish basket and I ordered the fried seafood basket. The best part of both were the fries which were excellent. Very crispy outside with a good flavor but not overcooked at all. The... More 

Thank Ed P
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Was exactly what we needed when we needed it. Wanted some good taste of seafood while we were out and about found it in Atlantic coast café. Loved that there was no high-pressure sales loved the view of the sunset the ease of the waitstaff friendly and welcoming. Delicious seafood platter and sunset couldn't get better than that. Even though... More 

Thank CBJ845
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was our second visit to the cafe. It's a quaint little business in Waves, very close to the KOA and Camp Hatteras campgrounds. The menu is full of deli/grill style fare with a focus on fresh seafood. We were disappointed that they were out of oysters for the Fired Oyster Po Boys we were longing for, but that is... More 

Thank Paul M
Billings MT
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Some of the recent reviews gave this place a high rating so we stopped for lunch on the Saturday before Easter. My husband and I ordered hamburgers and my son ordered a cheeseburger. They tasted like they had lots of filler in them and they weren't good at all. On the plus side, my son's cheeseburger had lots of cheese... More 

Thank cathy423
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 March 2017

In this area of the Outer Banks there are limited options for someone with celiac. This cafe had a very small selection, but the food was good. Had Fish Lettuce Tacos, and they were tasty. Note that as someone that has to eat gluten free, sometimes your standards can be lower. My rating is on that scale. My family enjoyed... More 

Thank camie00
Horsham, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 January 2017

If you're famished in the morning and don't feel like cooking for whatever reason, go on and eat here. Good Food, & good service

Thank Hunte2u
Glenolden, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

I had the pleasure of ordering not only a great breakfast wrap here but one of the best tuna sandwiches that I have ever had. My smoothie was delicious and the waitstaff provide good customer service.

Thank Francynew3
Allentown, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016

We ate here for lunch on Saturday afternoon of our vacation. They allowed us to have our two dogs out on the porch, which was very nice of them. You order inside at the counter and they bring your food out. The food was really really good- I had fresh grilled grouper 'bites' with actually good cole slaw (love the... More 

Thank Rachel M
Maple Shade, New Jersey, United States
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016

We last ate breakfast here 2 years ago. It's been a while only because we haven't been back in town since then. Awesome food and friendly service make the a must stop.

Thank John H
Dobson, North Carolina, United States
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016

On our trip, I decided to eat something I had never experienced before. I had the blackened maui maui BLT and it was the best sandwich I have ever put in my mouth. It is definitely a hidden gem. I would visit again just to eat here.There were 4 of us and we were all pleased!!!

Thank Karen L

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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, Cafe, Seafood
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
07:00 - 20:30
07:00 - 20:30
07:00 - 20:30
07:00 - 20:30
07:00 - 20:30
07:00 - 20:30
07:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: NC Highway 12, Waves, Hatteras Island, NC 27982
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Hatteras Island  >  Waves
  • Phone Number: +1 252-987-1200
Atlantic Coast Cafe. Great sandwiches, reubens, wraps, burgers, seafood, salads, smoothies, coffees . . . and the best breakfast for miles around! Family friendly. Free WiFi. Full menu available for take out. Catering menu available. Open 7 am daily, 7 days/wk, Mar-Oct. Handicapped accessible. NC Hwy 12, Waves (across from the KOA).

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