Oak Island Restaurants Guide - Salt & Sand Realty and Vacation Rentals

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Oak Island Restaurants Guide

Tucked away along the peaceful coast of North Carolina, Oak Island is a hidden gem just waiting for avid travelers and food lovers to discover! While its pristine beaches and charming vibes are significant draws, the island’s vibrant culinary scene truly sets it apart. From seafood shacks and dive bars to upscale dining spots serving delicacies like lobster and filet mignon, Oak Island restaurants have a wide variety of eats to please everyone in your group during your next visit.

Join us as we dive into the best restaurants on and around the island, giving you the inside scoop on where to dine while you’re here:

Swain's Restaurant

8317 East Oak Island Dr, Oak Island, NC 28465
Down-to-earth eatery offering classic seafood grub such as fried oysters & shrimp, plus a salad bar.

Island Way Restaurant

1407 E Beach Drive, Oak Island, NC 28465
Fine dining with panoramic oceanfront views of the Atlantic and Ocean Crest Fishing Pier. Featuring prime steaks & fresh seafood served in a casual ambiance. Open for dinner daily throughout the year. Also, open for lunch between Memorial day through Labor Day.

KoKo Cabana

705 Ocean Drive, Oak Island, NC 28465
Enjoy oceanfront views and casual dining near the Oak Island Pier. Offering an extensive menu and a wide range of drink options with outdoor and indoor seating available. Stop by on your way off the beach for lunch or join the festivities for dinner.


4722 E Oak Island Drive, Oak Island, NC 28465
The island vibes are here! Kai-Joe’s offers Hawaiian inspired specialty tacos, nachos, and burritos with an east coast flare. This must-experience taco and burrito stand is located near Middleton Park. Outdoor picnic-style seating is available.

Little Bits Grill

5902 E Oak Island Dr, Oak Island, NC 28465
When you’re ready for a quick lunch with mouth-watering burgers in Oak Island, this is certainly the place! Alongside burgers, their menu includes sandwiches and various lunch plates. Lunch starts at 10:30am and goes until 2pm. Closed Tuesdays and Sundays.

Shagger Jacks

8004 E Oak Island Drive, Oak Island, NC 28451
Shagger Jacks has it all — burgers, seafood, tacos, flatbreads, and more! Plus, the homemade key lime pie is a must. Featuring a relaxed atmosphere and affordable prices, you’ll find something for everyone on their menu. Indoor and outdoor seating is available.

Bob’s Dogs

8903 E Oak Island Drive, Oak Island, NC 28465
The best hotdogs on the island in an eclectic and fun atmosphere! You’ll find creative specialty hotdogs like the Oak Island, Parrot Dog, and Alligator on the menu, along with a variety of burgers and sandwiches. And, don’t miss out on the fresh-squeezed lemonade!

Pepperoni Grill at the Beach

4320 E Beach Drive, Oak Island, NC 28465
Hand-tossed, thin-crust New York style pizza.. stromboli, calzones, hot and cold sandwiches, wings, and more! And, when you’re looking for something creative, they have over a dozen specialty pies like the Tony Soprano, Big Kahuna, and Kickin Chicken.

The Bar-B-Que House

5002 East Oak Island Drive, Oak Island, NC 28465
Lip-smackin', mouth-waterin' hickory smoked BBQ! The Bar-B-Que House offers true hickory smoked pork, homemade sauces, and generous portions. A must stop if you love North Carolina style BBQ. Closed on Sundays. Catering is also available.

Joseph’s Italian Bistro

5003 O'Quinn Boulevard SE, Southport, NC 28461
Nestled off the Intracoastal Waterway at South Harbour Village with water views, Joseph’s is the place for upscale Italian cuisine on Oak Island! Outside seating is available, and they also offer two private dining spaces for intimate gatherings.

Fishy Fishy Cafe

106 Yacht Basin Drive, Southport, NC 28461
Beautiful Intracoastal Waterway views and sunsets can be found here! Located in Southport, Fishy Fishy Cafe offers a casual dining experience with indoor and outdoor seating available. Plus, live music is also available during the warmer months.

Provision Company

130 Yacht Basin Drive Southport, NC 28461
Located minutes away in Southport, you’ll find spectacular views of the Intracoastal Waterway! Provision Company is known for their delicious grilled yellowfin tuna and seasoned steamed shrimp. Plus, the menu has a wide variety of other items.

Frying Pan Restaurant

319 West Bay Street Southport, NC 28461
Waterviews, amazing food, and southern hospitality! Frying Pan Restaurant in Southport NC features fresh local favorites such as homemade sweet potato biscuits, pan-seared seafood, various fried seafood specialties, and an assortment of desserts.

Rusty Hooks Dockside Grill

4907 Fish Factory Road SE, Southport, NC 28461
Known for our fun waterfront dining with exceptional service. Their menu features fresh local seafood, fresh catch platters, blackened Mahi tacos, jumbo-lump crab cakes, jerked chicken, fish-n-chips, cream of crab soup, burgers, and more!

Fixins OKI

8300 East Oak Island Dr, Oak Island, NC 28465
Southern inspired breakfast and lunch menu including biscuits and gravy, grits, fried green tomatoes, ect.
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