Ocean Isle Beach Restaurant Guide

Ocean Isle Beach NC Restaurant GuideThe North Carolina Coast is home to some of the best restaurants in the south! When you’re planning your Ocean Isle Beach vacation, make sure you plan on eating out at a couple of the area’s finest restaurants.

Whether you’re in the mood from casual dining to elegant meals, we’ve got it all from fresh seafood, fantastic barbecue, burgers, pizza, and island-style cuisine. Use this restaurant guide to help you decide where to eat in Ocean Isle Beach, NC!

Ocean Isle Beach

Antonio’s Deli, Pizza and Grille 5990 Beach Drive SW 910-579-0001 Pizza, Sandwiches, Appetizers
Big Nell’s Diner 6828 Beach Dr. SW 910-579-6461 Breakfast, Sandwiches, Burgers, American
Beaches Burgers 6551 Beach Dr. SW 910-575-7777 Burgers, Hot Dogs, Sandwiches
Castaway Grille 112 Causeway Dr. 910-579-7788 Breakfast, Sandwiches, Burgers, Seafood, Take Out
Causeway Gourmet 100-7 Causeway Dr. 910-575-1084 Sandwiches, Salads, Pasta, Seafood, Take Out
Dawg House 6415 Beach Dr. SW 910-579-8834 Burgers, Sandwiches, Breakfast, Take Out
Drift 20 E 2nd St 910-579-3664 Coffee, Breakfast, Sandwiches, Bakery
Joey O’s Pizzeria 6931 Beach Dr. SW 910-575-3222 Pizza, Wings, Sandwiches
Loader’s Island Grille 120 Causeway Dr. 910-575-4797 Barbecue, Burgers, Sandwiches, Steaks, Salads, Seafood
Pelican’s Perch 8 East 2nd St. 910-579-0102 Appetizers, Sandwiches, Seafood, Bar
Pogie’s Waterfront Bar & Grill 14 Causeway Dr. 910-579-0099 Seafood, Sandwiches, Burgers, Bar
Roberto’s Ristorante 6737 Beach Dr. 910-579-4999 Italian, Pasta, Seafood, Steaks, Bar
Sandbar Sports Grille 125 Causeway Dr. 910-579-7263 Seafood, Sandwiches, Appetizers
Sharky’s Waterfront Restaurant 61 Causeway Dr. 910-579-9177 Seafood, Pizza, Burgers, Sandwiches, Bar, Take Out
Sugar Shack 1609 Hale Beach Rd. 910-579-3844 Jamaican, Seafood, Steaks, Bar
The Isles 417 W. 2nd St. 910-575-5988 Pasta, Seafood, Appetizers, Bar
The View at Brick Landing 1822 Goose Creek Rd. 910-754-5540 Seafood, Sandwiches, Appetizers, Bar


Sunset Beach

Crabby Oddwaters 310 Sunset Blvd. 910-579-6372 Seafood, Pasta, Salads, Bar
Fibber McGee’s 1780 Queen Anne St. 910-575-2271 Irish, Seafood, Burgers, Appetizers, Bar
La Cucina 1780 Chandler’s Ln. 910-579-9777 Italian, Pasta, Steaks, Bar
Las Palmeras 1720 Chandler’s Ln. 910-575-2882 Mexican, Appetizers, Bar, Take Out
Sarah’s Kitchen 1649 Seaside Rd. SW 910-575-3777 Sandwiches, Salads, Diner, American
The Grille on Sunset 430 Sunset Blvd. 910-575-7757 Take Out/Delivery Only, Seafood, Sandwiches, Southern
Twin Lakes Seafood 102 Sunset Blvd. 910-579-6473 Seafood, Sandwiches, Salad, Pasta, Bar


Holden Beach

Archibald’s Deli 2991 Holden Beach Rd SW 910-842-6888 Sandwiches, Salads, Bakery, Desserts, Breakfast
Betty’s Waterfront 1045 B-Var Rd SW 910-842-3381 Seafood, Salad, Sandwiches
Capt. Pete’s 103 S. Shore Dr. 910-846-9988 Seafood, Appetizers, Pasta, Burgers, Sandwiches, Bar
Castaway’s Raw Bar & Grille 112 Ocean Blvd West 910-842-5743 Seafood, Pasta, Ribs, Burgers, Sandwiches, Bar
Main Street Grille 3408 Holden Beach Rd. 910-842-1862 Breakfast, Burgers, Sandwiches, Pasta, Salad, Bar
Mama Brava’s Pizza 119 Holden Beach Rd. 910-754-5151 Pizza, Pasta, Sandwiches, Salad, Take Out
Mermaid’s Island Grille 102 Jordan Blvd. 910-842-4999 Appetizers, Seafood, Salads, Burgers, Bar
Patronie’s Pizza 2625 Holden Beach Rd 910-842-7900 Pizza, Wings, Sandwiches, Pasta, Italian, Take Out
Provision Compay 1343 Cedar Landing Rd. 910-842-7205 Seafood, Sandwiches, Burgers
Seafood Barn 3219 Holden Beach Rd 910-842-2177 Seafood, Steaks, Sandwiches



Bagel Dock 10009 Beach Dr. 910-575-1200 Breakfast, Bagels, Bakery, Deli, Sandwiches
Becks Seafood 1014 River Rd. 910-579-6776 Seafood, Steaks, Appetizers, Bar
Bella’s Pizza & Deli 10136 Beach Dr. 910-579-0000 Pizza, Italian, Wings, Salad, Sandwiches, Pasta
Boundary House 1045 River Rd. 910-579-8888 Appetizers, Seafood, Steaks, Pasta, Burgers, Bar, Take Out
Calabash Deli 9929 Beach Dr. 910-579-9801 Sandwiches, Salads, Bakery
Calabash Seafood Hut 1125 River Rd. 910-579-9500 Seafood, Sandwiches, Take Out
Capt. Nance’s 9939 Nance St. 910-579-2574 Seafood, Sandwiches
Capt. John’s Seafood House 9887 Oak St. 910-579-6011 Seafood, Salads, Appetizers, Steaks
Christopher’s Pizza 9869 Ocean Hwy W 910-575-4500 Pizza, Italian, Wings, Salad, Sandwiches, Pasta
Derbster’s 10101 Beach Dr 910-579-8834 Appetizers, Burgers, Sandwiches, American Diner
Dockside Seafood House 9955 Nance St. 910-579-6775 Seafood, Salads, Pasta, Appetizers, Steaks
Ella’s of Calabash 1148 River Rd. 910-579-6728 Seafood, Salad Bar, Steaks, Sandwiches
George’s Pancake House 9941 Beach Dr. 910-579-6495 Breakfast Buffet, Lunch Buffet
Grapevine 9991 Beach Dr. 910-575-6565 Mediterranean, Steaks, Seafood, Pasta, Burgers, Bar
Gravy Southern Eatery 1165 Carlyle St. 910-579-4733 American Diner, Burgers, Sandwiches, Seafood
Sunrise Pancake House 10008 Beach Dr. 910-575-1001 Breakfast, Lunch, Sandwiches, American Diner
Tony’s Pizza 1150 River Rd. 910-579-3531 Pizza, Italian, Pasta, Sandwiches



Angelo’s Pizza 110 Shallotte Crossing Pkwy 910-754-2334 Pizza, Italian, Pasta, Salads, Sandwiches, Bar
Chili’s 104 Shallotte Crossing Pkwy 910-755-5033 Appetizers, Sandwiches, Burgers, Steaks, Salads
Duffer’s Bar & Grill 4924 Main Street #1 910-754-7229 Sandwiches, Burgers, Pasta, Seafood, Take Out, Bar
Hwy 55 Burgers & Shakes 4501 Main Street 910-754-7571 Burgers, Sandwiches, Hot Dogs, Milkshakes, Diner
Inlet View Bar & Grill 1800 Village Point Rd. 910-754-8439 Seafood, Sandwiches, Burgers, Appetizers, Bar
Jerome’s Steak & Seafood 4909 Main Street. 910-754-8680 Steaks, Seafood, Salad Bar
Osaka Japanese Steak House 110 Shallotte Crossing Pkwy 910-755-6188 Japanese, Hibachi, Sushi, Take Out
Purple Onion Cafe 4647 Main Street Suite 1 910-842-6420 Breakfast, Bakery, Sandwiches, Salads, Burgers
San Felipe Mexican Restaurant 110 Shallotte Crossing Pkwy 910-755-7278 Mexican, Appetizers, Bar, Take Out
San Jose Mexican 5051 Main Street 910-754-9181 Mexican, Appetizers, Bar, Take Out
Smithfield’s Chicken n’ Bar-BBQ 4670 East Coast Ln. 910-754-5522 Chicken, Barbecue, Sandwiches, Sides, Take Out
Starz Grille 349 Whiteville Rd. NW 910-755-2386 Appetizers, Sandwiches, Burgers, Pizza, Bar
The Cozy Corner Cafe 4501 Main Street 910-754-4211 Sandwiches, Wraps, Soups, Salads, Dessert
The Grille 4736 Main Street 910-754-6190 Seafood, Sandwiches, Take Out, Breakfast
Wing & Fish Company 4764 Main St 910-754-9858 Appetizers, Burgers, Seafood, Wings, Salads.
Zeng’s Garden 4734 Main Street 910-754-5280 Chinese, Buffet, Seafood


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Camp OIB Summer Camp

Ocean Isle Beach Summer CampCalling all children ages 4-10.  Join us this summer at Camp OIB and enjoy spending time doing arts, crafts, games, story time and much more.

CAMP OIB is available on a first come basis to all children ages 4-10. Participants are limited to 35 per day and no advance reservations are allowed. CAMP OIB is located at the Ocean Isle Community Center 44 East First Street, Ocean Isle Beach. Registration for camp is held daily Monday-Thursday beginning at 9:30 AM and ending promptly at 9:50 AM, in order to allow for the fun to begin. Activity participant forms must be completed for all participants each day prior to the start of camp.The season for CAMP OIB officially begins mid June and continues until mid August. If a heat advisory is issued on any particular day, camp will be cancelled for the safety of all participants. Be sure to check our Government TV Channel 8 for weather cancellations. Camp time is from 9:30 am to 11:30 noon. Camp activities will not be held on July 4th due to the holiday. All children must be accompanied by an adult during the entire program.A typical program for each day’s activities is as follows:

Opening now … It’s a Puppet Show at the NEW OIB Theatre. Dance the Limbo, make your own pinwheel and build sandcastles. And don’t forget to bring your video camera – it will be a great photo op.
Come enjoy crafts and story time with Nemo and Baby Sea Turtle. Make a kite and catch a sea breeze! Don’t forget to bring your camera to catch the action!


Activities for the entire family are scheduled each Wednesday including a Power Squadron Safety Day, a Walking Scavenger Hunt on the island or or Olympics on the Beach.


All hands on deck as we march to the Flag Parade and play the Cannonball Treasure Hunt. Then it’s off to enjoy pirate flag crafts & “Jimmy and Pirate Talk” story time. You never know when Captain Greybeard will pay a visit so be sure to bring your camera!

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Easter Weekend Special

Easter Special The Winds Resort Ocean Isle Beach NCBring the whole family for a tropical island escape, closer than you think! The Winds Resort is an intimate, oceanfront island resort surrounded by palms, bananas and hibiscus flowers ideal for families of all sizes. The Winds has oceanfront rooms, suites and 4-6 bedroom Resort Cottages.  The resort also features three pools (one indoor heated ), complimentary hot breakfast buffet,  and an oceanfront poolside Tiki Bar and Restaurant.

Stay 3 Nights and Receive the 4th Night FREE! Rates From $117.50

Valid Dates: 04/02/2015 – 04/06/2015

The Easter Bunny is Coming to The Winds!

Saturday, April 4th marks The Wind’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt! The Easter Bunny is busy hiding his eggs all over the Fun Court at The Winds and he’ll be there to officiate the hunt! At 1:00 p.m. kids ages 2 – 10 can bring their Easter baskets and join the hunt for fun, games and prizes.

This is great fun for the whole family. Parents and grandparents will love watching the excitement as the children hunt for Easter eggs and play games!

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Offer is not valid on existing reservations and may not be combined with other packages or offers. 


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Days at the Docks Festival

Days at the Dock FestivalCome join the fun Saturday April 25th and Sunday April 26th for Holden Beach’s Days at the Docks Festival.

Holden Beach Days at the Docks FestivalThe event began with vendors selling their wares under the Holden Beach Bridge. Started in the 1980s, the Springtime festival called “Days at the Docks” hosts over 50 arts and crafts vendors and a dozen food vendors. The festival starts at 9am and goes until 5pm at the Holden Beach Pavilion. The festival is free admission.

Days at the Docks is free to the public with free parking and free live entertainment including some great beach music all day. For the kids, there will be inflatable rides, huge kites flying overhead and a free children’s area with games and face painting. Walk around the festival or stop by the Pavilion and have a seat to listen to some great bands. For those who love to dance there is plenty of space to shag or line dance.

Around 3:30 pm (depending on the tides), the world famous “Bopple Race” takes place. Buy your “Bopples” from any merchant prior to or at the festival for a dollar. The Holden Beach Mayor and commissioners toss the “Bopples” from the atop the Holden Beach bridge and the currents carry them toward the designated finish line. If your Bopple is first or second to cross the finish line, you win a handsome prize. Bopples will sell for $1.00 each, 6 for $5.00, and a full sheet for $35.00. There will be 3 – $100.00 prizes (you don’t need to be present to win) What’s a “Bopple?” Sorry, you’ll have to attend to find that out.

For more information visit their website www.greaterholdenbeachmerchants.com

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Wine Down—Island Style Package!

The Winds Resort Wine Down Island Stye PackageYou don’t need to travel abroad to explore vineyards and taste great wines, it’s all right here along the North Carolina Coast. Discover beautiful beaches and drink in the local flavor with this charming vacation package. Sit back, relax, and wine down—Island style!

This package is for two people for two nights and is valid seven days a week.

From March 13th, 2015 through June 5th, 2015 the package rate is $395.00 for two people.

Wine Down–Island Style Package Includes:

  • Two night’s accommodation in an oceanfront Orchid Spa Room, Azalea Petite Suite, Wisteria Mini Suite, Jasmine Guest Room, or and Island View Camellia Guest Room.
  • A bottle of champagne or sparkling cider delivered to your room.
  • Tour the Silver Coast Winery with wine tasting.
  • Chauffeured door to door transportation in a luxury sedan to winery.
  • Dinner for two at your choice of: Sharky’s Waterfront Restaurant or Roberto’s Italian Ristorante
  • Hot Southern Breakfast each morning
  • Complimentary bikes to explore the island
  • Discounts to area restaurants and shops

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Please call 800.334.3581 to make your restaurant reservations and schedule your winery tour at least 5 days prior to your arrival. Roberto’s Italian Ristorante is available Monday through Saturday.


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How to Find Sand Dollars

How to Find Sand DollarsEven the most seasoned beachcomber is excited and pleased to find a whole, intact sand dollar on the beach. A common sand dollar is another name for a particular type of “flattened” sea urchin. The common sand dollar is found in the Northern Hemisphere in temperate and tropical waters. On a good day at Ocean Isle, Sunset or Holden Beach, you might find many sand dollars ranging in size from one to approximately four inches in diameter.

Sand dollars live on sandy or muddy flat areas of the ocean floor in shallow water near land. They often live in colonies. Female sand dollars release eggs that are fertilized externally. Interestingly, the newly hatched larvae can clone themselves as a means of self-defense. If threatened, they can double their numbers by halving their size, thereby lessening the chance of being detected. The larvae go through a few stages of development before forming an external skeleton that houses the animal’s internal organs. The skeleton is called a “test” and it is this sun-bleached skeleton that beachcombers find. If you find a sand dollar that is brownish and covered with short, dark, fur-like spines, the animal is alive and should not be removed from the beach.

A live sand dollar’s spines are covered with small hairs called “cilla.” By moving the cilla and spines, sand dollars are able to move across the sea beds in which they live. Mature sand dollars have few predators and can live up to ten years.

Beachcombers are most likely to find sand dollars at low tide, especially after a storm. The sun-bleached shells will be extremely fragile and will crumble or break easily. To preserve the sand dollars that you bring home, rinse them several times in fresh water, then soak them for 15 minutes in a water/bleach solution. When the sand dollars are dry, carefully paint them with a mixture that is half water and half white glue. The glue solution will make them less likely to break. Your beautiful sand dollars will last a long time if treated with care.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina has several sand dollars in its extensive shell collection. You can also see and handle live sea urchins in the museum’s touch tank. Admission is free for museum members. Non-member all-day admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, $4 for ages 3-4, and free for ages 2 and under. For more information, call 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.


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Start Planning Now: The Ultimate Vacation Activity Guide

Whether you’re planning a quiet couples getaway or a fun family vacation, we’ve assembled a complete vacation activity guide to help you plan your next vacation to the Carolina coast!

Ocean Isle Beach Area

Free Summer Concerts Vacation Activity GuideFree Summer Concerts
What’s better than an outdoor concert? A FREE outdoor concert! All summer long, all over Brunswick County there are great bands playing free shows featuring the best in beach music, rock n’ roll, Motown, country, oldies, and shag! All you have to do is show up! You can find out the schedules, the locations, and the band playing on the Coastal NC websites or by searching for Community Events on the Brunswick Parks website


Museum of Coastal Carolina
A visit to the Museum of Coastal Carolina is a treat for all ages. With interactive programs and exhibits on coastal reefs, marine life and even sharks, the whole family will have a blast! The museum emphasizes all of the wildlife and marine life that can be found on the coastal area of North Carolina and hopes to educate visitors on how to preserve it.

The museum provides fun activities like summer camps, touch tank feedings, beach bingo, and arts and crafts for kids! Make sure you check it out on your next vacation!


Ingram Planetarium
Interested in Science? Head to Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach and check out all they have to offer! The planetarium offers a state of the art Sky Theater showing live star shows and laser light shows set to Pink Floyd, The Beatles, U2, the Best of Country Music, and Metallica. They also have a Hurricane Simulator, step inside and experience what it’s like to be inside of a real hurricane with winds ups to 78 mph.

There are lots of exhibits to teach everyone, young and old, about space and our solar system. The best part about Ingram Planetarium—it’s all free! That’s right, admission is free, so stop in and learn about the great unknown.


Planet Fun Bowling & Arcade
Need a break from the beach? Take your kids to Planet Fun Bowling & Arcade for some family fun! Planet Fun has everything from bowling to mini golf to arcade games and laser tag. And next door is Starz Grille serving burgers, nachos, wings, salads, pizzas, sandwiches, steaks, seafood, and pasta.  Check out their website for great family deals and specials!


Silver Coast WinerySilver Coast Winery Vacation Activity Guide
Just minutes from the beach, Silver Coast Winery has been making its own wines and offering tours for over 10 years. Here you can enjoy a wine tasting of their award winning wines, tour the vineyard and production facilities, and browse the gift shop and art gallery. You can even take a bottle or two home with you!


Ocean Isle Beach & Sunset Beach Ghost Walks
Come and hear about forgotten Civil War battles, haunted trains, lost ships, ghost planes, lights that baffle scientists, whiskey smugglers, haunted plantations, amazing apparitions, legends of lost treasure, and haunted houses, all here on Ocean Isle and Sunset Beach!

The walks are approximately 1 mile with stops along the way. Tours leave from Salty’s on Ocean Isle Beach and from the Trading Company on Sunset Beach. For more information about dates and tour times visit their website.


Bald Head Island Lighthouse Vacation Activity GuideOak Island Lighthouse
Completed in 1958, the Oak Island Lighthouse was once the second brightest lighthouse in the world. Standing at 169 feet tall, the beacon of light on the Cape Fear River is available for tours year round. Reservations are required during winter months, but during the summer it is open to the general public with no reservations. All tours are free of charge.


Bald Head Island Lighthouse
Visit Bald Head Island Lighthouse and step back in time! The original tower was first built in 1795 but was torn down; the still standing lighthouse was erected in 1816. The lighthouse played an important part in American History and Civil War. You can tour the tour by boarding the Bald Head Island Ferry in Southport, NC and either taking the 5-minute walk or bike/golf ride to the lighthouse (there are no cars allowed on Bald Head Island!) Hours and rates are available on their website.


Myrtle Beach, SC

Brookgreen GardensBrookgreen Gardens Vacation Activity Guide
This is a must-see Myrtle Beach attraction! Named one of the Top 10 Gardens in the US by Coastal Living Magazine, Brookgreen Gardens will take your breath away. The sprawling attraction offers visitors a unique opportunity to see beautiful sculpture, amazing gardens, and a zoo—all in one place!

Brookgreen offers guided tours, special programs, and exhibits for all ages. It’s a wonderful place to visit no matter what season!


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How to Fish for Crabs


How to Fish for CrabsCrabbing’s a fun and easy way to spend a few hours at the beach. What makes crabbing unique among the different kinds of fishing is how easy it is—it’s a great activity for kids. Follow the steps below and start fishing for crabs!

1. Purchase some turkey or chicken parts from your local grocery store. Necks, wings and backs work best, but crabs aren’t all that picky about their bait. Whatever’s available will do.

2. Tie the bait to a long strand of string or very thin rope (durable string works best). There’s no special method for tying great crab-bait knots, so experiment and don’t be afraid to start over if your knot doesn’t hold.
(*Note they also make special crab catching pots or baskets that require less work.)

3.Wade out into the water, or go to the edge of your dock and cast your line. If the bait doesn’t sink, try again but first tie a small fishing weight to the end of the string. This will keep the bait down where the crabs can find it.

4. Wait patiently for a crab to grab onto your line. If you’ve picked a good spot, you’ll hopefully get a nibble or two in the first half-hour. If not, pull in your line and cast it out somewhere else on the beach.

5. Once you’ve got a crab on the line, maintain tension in the string as you pull the crab in, don’t pull too hard. Keep a dip net handy for catching the crab when it arrives.

6. Scoop your dip net into the water and seize the crab. This can be tricky with rushing currents and especially waves, so it helps to have someone else nearby to work the net while you watch the string.

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“Take A Beach Break” Package!

Take a Beach Break“Take A Beach Break” for Two with Dinner!

This package is for a two night stay for two people.

You and your loved one deserve a break, come enjoy Ocean Isle Beach at its prime!

Enjoy quiet days at the beach, a great dinner at local restaurants, and a “break” from it all!

October 1st through February 28, 2015 the package rate is from $197.00 for two people

Package Includes: 

  • Two night’s accommodations for two in an Island Side Garden View Camellia Guest Room
  • A bottle of Champagne or Sparkling Cider
  • Dinner for two at Sharky’s Waterfront Restaurant or Roberto’s Italian Ristorante
  • Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet for two each morning
  • Free Water Aerobic classes

    Click Here To Book This Package Online!

Package is subject to advance reservation and availability. Please call 800.334.3581 two days prior to your arrival to make your dinner reservation. Roberto’s Italian Ristorante is available Monday through Sunday.

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A Brand New Look for The Winds Resort!

We’ve been working hard all winter and spring to make The Winds the best it’s ever looked. We’ve upgraded several of our rooms, gardens, and outdoor spaces. We want to make sure you have your best vacation with us! We’d love for you to see some of our hard work. Check out this video and our photo gallery to see what we’ve been up to:

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The Winds Resort Beach Club

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