Welcome to the Crystal Coast, where the beaches are beautiful, the outdoor recreation is endless, and the dining is truly one-of-a-kind. And if you’re looking for locally-caught seafood, well, we’ve got just about an endless supply. The Crystal Coast is home to over 85 outstanding local restaurants and businesses that offer a huge variety of flavors, styles, and atmospheres—here are are some of the local favorites.
Dine on Locally Caught Fish with the Carteret Catch Program
One of the best things about buying seafood on the Crystal Coast is that you can be sure you’re buying local, thanks to the Carteret Catch program. This agreement between restaurants and the local fishing industry guarantees fresh seafood caught locally at over 20 Crystal Coast businesses. Look for the “participating business” sign on the window to be sure you’re dining fresh!
Crystal Coast Favorite Local Restaurants
All of the following restaurants are not only top-rated local favorites, but participants in the Carteret Catch program!
Blue Moon Bistro, Beaufort
Rated one of the “Top 25 Great Restaurants from the Crystal Coast” in Raleigh Metro Magazine, Blue Moon Bistro is a quirky downtown cafe with a classy, upscale vibe and some truly unique menu options.
Front Street Grill & Stillwater Cafe, Beaufort
Enjoy the scenic waterfront views of Taylor’s Creek and Carrot Island’s wild horses as you dine on a selection of fresh natural ingredients and wild-caught native seafood.
The Ruddy Duck Tavern, Morehead City
This waterfront cafe backs to a dock so you can enjoy the scenic views of boats drifting in to harbor as you relax in a unique boating atmosphere and choose from fresh seafood, burgers, salads, sandwiches, and even Cajun-inspired flavors.
Amos Mosquito’s Swampside Cafe, Atlantic Beach
Its waterfront location provides beautiful sunset views over Bogue Sound while its marsh decor and unique selection of “flavors from the far reaches” provide the backdrop for a truly one-of-a-kind dining experience.
El’s Drive-In, Morehead City
It’s definitely a unique Crystal Coast dining experience! Don’t miss out on sampling one of the “Best Burgers in America” (according to Cooking with Paula Deen) in an old-fashioned drive-in setting featuring unique takes on the classic burger—like the “Shrimpburger”—delivered to your car by a carhop.
Red Fish Grill, Morehead City
Island Grille, Atlantic Beach
Fine dining meets casual environment in the oceanside Island Grille of Atlantic Beach. This popular wine-and-dine retreat is much-loved for its unique gourmet concoctions and its ever-fresh local catches.
Ready to Come Taste the Flavors of the Crystal Coast?
The food is good and life is even better here on the Crystal Coast! And that means it’s time for you to contact Linda Rike Real Estate so you can explore the communities of the Crystal Coast to find the perfect location for your vacation dream home. Buying a vacation home just got easy!