With Sweethearts candies flying off local grocery store shelves and restaurants releasing their special dinner menus for two, Valentine’s Day is certainly in the air on the Outer Banks. And if you plan on spending the holiday with your beloved, than I hope you already have plans in the works for this Friday.
Even if she already said these misleading words “I don’t want to do anything for Valentine’s Day this year,” you better have a dozen roses and a heart shaped box full of chocolate waiting in your car. Although a sizable amount of local restaurants on the Outer Banks are closed until March, there are quite a few spots that are re-opening their doors for the pending holiday.
Whether you’re an area resident or just visiting the OBX for a weekend getaway, I’ve taken the liberty of listing some suggestions on where to take your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day. You can thank me later.
Restaurants Open on Valentine’s Day
Established in 1989 by John Power and Sam McGann, the restaurant is located at the Waterfront Shops in Duck and overlooks the Currituck Sound. The Blue Point is one of the most upscale restaurant on the Outer Banks.
Dinner entrees are about $30 a plate and include delicious menu items like red wine braised beef short ribs to crispy cornmeal fried Carolina catfish.
1240 Duck Road / Duck, North Carolina / 252.261.8090
Make plans to visit Trio on Valentine’s Day and enjoy a special menu prepared by Chef Neil that includes special wines, craft beers, and unique menu items. Come with a empty stomach and enjoy scrumptious entrees that include oysters, avocado, truffles, honey, chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon.
Be sure to save room for dessert too. I recommend the dark chocolate goat cheese cheesecake or Guinness bread pudding. Dinner is $35 per person and starts at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, February 14.
3708 N. Croatan Hwy / Kitty Hawk, North Carolina / 252.261.0277
Grab your valentine and head to Franco’s on Friday and enjoy some of the very best Italian fare on the Outer Banks. Tucked away in a shopping plaza at Milepost 7, indulge on their delicious entrees like the Spaghetti Puttanesca or Chicken Parmigiana.
Be sure to save room for coffee paired with one of their delicious desserts!
1712 North Croatan Hwy / Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina / 252.255.2232
Their severs are friendly, their food is delicious, and their classic diner style interior is refreshing compared to the sea of beach themed restaurants on the Outer Banks. Kill Devil Grill may not be the fanciest restaurant in the area, but it’s certainly one of the best.
Choose from one of their nightly specials or order from their nightly menu. Your wallet and your date are sure to thank you for choosing Kill Devil Grill for your Valentine’s Day dinner.
2008 S. Virginia Dare Trail / Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina / 252.449.8181
Visited by Guy Fieri during the Outer Banks edition of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, Brine and Bottle is known for their tapas style plates that are very unique compared to every other area restaurant.
Enjoy one of their specialty beers or wines, and order a few small dishes to share with your valentine. Call ahead to make your reservation because they’re sure to fill up before Friday.
7531 S Virginia Dare Trail / Nags Head, North Carolina / 252.715.1818
One of the few restaurants on the Outer Banks with panoramic ocean views from the dining room, The Black Pelican is the perfect spot to bring your date on Valentine’s Day.
Dinner entrees are in the $20 range and you can have a 3-course meal for two including drinks for less than $100.
3848 North Virginia Dare Trail / Kitty Hawk, North Carolina / 252.261.3171
Relax at a quite table for two and enjoy a fine dining experience at JKs Restaurant on the Outer Banks. They’re known for their live wood fire grill and their juicy steaks cooked to perfection; never overdone.
Entrees range from about $25 to $30 dollars and they’re sure to have some type of special on Valentine’s Day.
1106 S Croatan Hwy / Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina / 252.441.9555
Certainly not the fanciest but definitely one of the best sit down restaurants on the Outer Banks, it seems almost impossible to have a bad dining experience at Blue Moon Beach Grill.
They serve amazing southern comfort food that’s prepared with a creative kick that sets it apart. They opened their doors back in 2009 and haven’t stopped growing in popularity.
4104 South Virginia Dare Trail / Nags Head, North Carolina / 252.261.2583
After being closed since the beginning of the year, the Outer Banks Brewing Station will re-open their doors on February 14. Take your valentine to this popular local spot and enjoy one of their specialty beers prepared in-house while you snack on a burger, salad, or seafood entree.
Stick around for late night fun with the DJ Sho Blacklight Party starting at 10:30 p.m.
600 South Croatan Hwy / Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina / 252.449.2739
After being closed for several weeks, Basnight’s will be reopening starting Valentine’s Day. They’re sure to have some sort of special dinner menu and if it’s anything like their holiday buffet, you won’t be disappointed.
They have some of the best local seafood including fresh daily catch fish prepared just the way you want. Your date will also enjoy the marvelous panoramic views of the Roanoke Sound as you enjoy the good food and warm, friendly hospitality from their staff.
7623 S. Virginia Dare Trail / Nags Head, North Carolina / 252.441.5405
Upscale dining on the Outer Banks without the crazy prices, Kelly’s is a charming locally-owned restaurant that’s known for several things: exceptional service, high quality food, friendly staff, and late-night entertainment.
Call ahead to book your reservation because spots are sure to fill up before Valentine’s Day. Also, don’t leave without trying one of their amazing desserts prepared by their award winning pastry chef.
2316 S Croatan Hwy / Nags Head, North Carolina / 252.441.4116
An upscale pirate themed restaurant (trust me it works), Pamlico Jack’s is re-opening for Valentine’s Day and they’ll have a special menu for you and your sweetheart to enjoy.
Reserve your table for an early dinner service because you’ll want to enjoy the breathtaking sunset on the sound as you and your loved one enjoy a delicious dinner.
6708 S. Croatan Hwy / Nags Head, North Carolina / 252.441.2637
Located right inside of The Tranquil House Inn on the Historic Manteo Waterfront, 1587 offers fine dining at its best. With dim lighting and a romantic backdrop of the sound visible through the restaurants large glass windows, you and your sweetheart are sure to have a memorable dinner on Valentine’s Day.
They’ll have a special holiday menu on Friday and I suggest you reserve you table as soon as possible by calling the number below.
405 Queen Elizabeth Avenue / Manteo, North Carolina / 252.473.1587
Boasting a seasonal menu that features lush local ingredients, Ocean Boulevard is an American Bistro that’s a terrific place to unwind a long day at the beach. Enjoy a fine wine out on the patio and savor one of their scrumptious menu items.
They have as special Valentine’s Day menu and reservations are sure to fill up soon. This is fine dining restaurant and sure to please your date.
4700 N Virginia Dare Trail / Kitty Hawk, North Carolina / 252.261.2546
Local fare with a Southwestern flare, Ortega’z is easily one of the best restaurants on Roanoke Island. The Food Network’s Guy Fieri stopped by the joint a few years ago, and increased their already large, loyal following.
Share a moderately priced entree and order a glass from their large selection of specialty wines.
201 Sir Walter Raleigh St. / Manteo, North Carolina / 252.473.5911
Don’t forget to call ahead and reserve your table. Just because it’s the winter time, doesn’t mean these restaurants won’t be packed for the special occasion.