What better place to enjoy delicious than the Outer Banks? The docks of Wanchese are a hub for seafood. The fishermen leave early in the morning and spend their day out at sea wrangling in deliciousness. Some have made it a visit during their vacation: hitting up the docks when the fishermen are coming back in for the day.
If you're on vacation and you'd prefer to forgo restaurant wait times, and would like to personalize your fresh catch, then we've got the resource for you! Listed in order from the docks of Wanchese to the north.
618 Harbor Rd. Wanchese, NC
In the mood for great seafood? Give O’Neals Sea Harvest a try. Located on the bustling shores of the Wanchese harbor, this family owned and operated seafood wholesaler hand selects some of the catch that crosses their docks daily to offer to the public.
Have a recipe you’re dying to try? Chances are you can find what you need in their retail store. Rather let someone else do the cooking. O’Neals serves a select menu of seafood, sandwiches, and desserts.
Skip the middlemen. Come to O’Neals Sea Harvest and get your seafood where its caught, cleaned, and cooked.
57 Harbor Rd. Wanchese, NC
Fresh Catch Seafood is a fish processing and packaging facility owned and run by local fishermen. We take great pride in our hard work and long hours dedicated to providing locals, vacationers, wholesalers, and fishermen with the freshest, highest quality seafood the Outer Banks offers.
101 Grey Eagle St. Nags Head, NC
Since 1985, Whalebone Seafood Market, located at the 16½ milepost on the bypass in Nags Head, has been the place for locally sourced North Carolina seafood in the area. Having lifelong relationships with the local Outer Banks fishermen (some of whom are cousins!) our market offers a daily selection of hand-picked, top-quality seafood from the surrounding waters. Upon entering our market, you will find a unique display of the freshest seafood available and a friendly, knowledgeable staff that can educate you and guide you to an unforgettable seafood feast. When you buy from us, we guarantee it's the freshest Outer Banks seafood you can get anywhere.
3711 S. Croatan Hwy. Nags Head, NC
Located just a stone's throw from the Atlantic Ocean and snuggled next to Jockey's Ridge (the tallest sand dune on the east coast) in Nags Head, North Carolina, you'll find Austin Fish Company, a family owned and operated seafood market.
"We have been in the same business in the same location for over 50 years" says Jimmy Austin, owner of the quaint seafood market. Jim, a true native of the Outer Banks, was always proud to inform you that Austin's is one of the oldest seafood markets on the Outer Banks.
Jimmy was a commercial fisherman on the beach for years before he started his seafood business. "I've been in the seafood business all my life" remarked Jim, "and have served the east coast of the United States from South Florida to New England." Together with wife Sandra and daughter Debbie, the Austin's have proven for years that Austin's offers the freshest seafood available anywhere!
3022 South Croatan Highway
Greentails Seafood Market & Kitchen strives to utilize and showcase fresh local Outer Banks seafood. We are committed to creating innovative takes on traditional seafood dishes as well as supporting the livelihood of the large network of local fisherman and their fisheries. Our ever-changing selection will reflect what the ocean and sound have to offer.
1314 Colington Rd. Kill Devil Hills, NC
Locally owned, Billy’s Seafood was established in 1971, offering the freshest seafood on the Outer Banks! Open April through November, visit us on Colington Road in Kill Devil Hills to check out our fresh off-the-boat local seafood including crabs, clams, shrimp, oysters, and fish.
Local blue crabs cooked daily; all crabs are #1 male crabs. Call ahead to place your order for crabs so it’s ready when you are!
5424 N Croatan Hwy. Kitty Hawk, NC
Carawan Seafood Company was founded in 1980 with the goal of offering the freshest local seafood at a friendly shop that could become a part of the community. In business for over 37 years, many members of the local community can recall eating, playing, and shopping at our store. We are a family-owned business, and over the years, our family has grown to include our friends and neighbors here in Kitty Hawk. Kitty Hawk is our home, and we are proud to be considered one of its landmarks. We look forward to serving you and your family for years to come and hope to see you soon at the shop!
1216 Duck Rd. Duck, NC
Dockside N Duck Seafood Market has been owned and operated by a local family of commercial fishermen and farmers since 1987. We take pride in selling the freshest, local seafood available on the Outer Banks.
After a stop at Dockside, there’s nothing left for you to do to create southern meal, except prepare the fresh seafood or steak you’ll find at the market. From our homemade bread to appetizers, sides, hush puppies, and delicious pies, we have absolutely everything you need for a down home feast, all in one place!
1242 Duck Rd. Duck, NC
We proudly offer the largest selection of local and North Carolina groceries on the Outer Banks and the largest selection of wine and microbrews in Duck, NC. We are famous for having the best steaks on the Outer Banks as well as our grass-fed beef, local and wild caught seafood, and simply the best vegan and gluten-free food in the area. For take-out, call ahead to see what’s on the menu this week. Visit our Groceries to Go page for grocery pick-up. Our regulars will tell you that a trip to the Outer Banks is not complete without a hand cut, Certified Angus steak aged for 21 days and a sampling of fresh seafood such as Wild Alaskan salmon, Wild American steamed shrimp, and the best crab cakes on the Outer Banks. We can cook your dinner for you, cater special events, bake your favorite pastries and pies to order, and special-order wine. Our staff knows our customers’ needs whether they are renting a vacation home on the Outer Banks for a week or popping in on a regular basis. Special dietary needs are always accommodated. At Tommy’s Market, we offer a level of personalized service that only a family-owned grocery story can provide. Let us know how we can best serve you.
501 Old Stoney Rd. Corolla, NC
Fresh seafood straight from the local Outer Banks waters to your plate since 2001! Bluewater Seafood Market sources the best local seafood seasonally available. In addition to all the seafood you could need, we carry all the core ingredients for that perfect preparation. Bluewater Seafood provides fresh seafood, fried and steamed seafood, and buckets of seafood cleaned and pre-prepared for you to cook and enjoy. Stop by our location in Corolla, NC to pick up freshly caught seafood for you and your family today!
787 Sunset Blvd. Corolla, NC
For more than 100 years the Grandy family has been growing the finest quality produce on the shores of the Currituck Sound, and the family tradition continues today. Owned and operated by Julie and William Grandy, the Seaside Farm Market located at the corner of the Tim Buck II shopping center in Corolla NC, is where you’ll find the best gifts nature has to offer.
The Seaside Farm Market has a complete selection of local, in-season produce including sweet corn, vine-ripened tomatoes and peaches picked fresh from the tree. They also carry locally made jams, BBQ and seafood sauces, local farm-fresh cheeses, and fresh herbs. It’s truly one-stop shopping here as you can also find fresh seafood, local wine, and beer. Stop on in!
819 C Ocean Trl. Corolla, NC
Established in Duck in 1987, Dockside North Seafood Market in Corolla consistently provides the best selection of fresh and prepared seafood on the northern Outer Banks. Stop by today and browse our store, in person or online--we're certain you'll find something delicious to satisfy your seafood craving! Fast, friendly, and always fresh!
No matter if you're a landlubber or high tider, Dockside makes it easy and convenient to get the best seafood on the Outer Banks. Call ahead and place your order, or just stop by, and we'll take care of the rest! We're open seven days a week during the season.
If you'd like to come visit the Outer Banks, grab yourself some local seafood to soup up, then check out www.southernshores.com and we'd be happy to get situated near the salty sea!