Restaurant Guide - Beaufort, NC

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326 Front Street (252) 838-0083

“Moonrakers,” named after the rectangle sail flown at the uppermost height of a three-mast 17th-century ship, is a state-of-the-art, upper-casual dining, full-service restaurant with rooftop dining and bar lounge area located in the Beaufort Historical District.
A dining destination offering friendly, neighborly service, along with excellent food, Moonrakers Coastal Cuisine features a captivating dining room and bar overlooking the waterfront on the ground floor including 14-foot open ceilings, display kitchen, custom mural, acoustical sails, dedicated wine wall and a wood fired brick oven. The ground floor includes a covered open-air dining space overlooking the coastal waterway. The open-space second floor caters to larger group events accommodating up to 110 guests. The rooftop features an elevated Sky Deck with bar & lounge.

305 Front Street

(252) 838-9032 

Now located in Beaufort's historic William Borden House, La Perla's cuisine is inspired by dishes found in Spain and Latin countries all over the world. The menu changes frequently - from Paella (Spain), Feijoada (Brazil), Mofongo (Puerto Rico), Cochinita Pibil (Mexico), Chupe (Peruvian Seafood stew), Pinxos, Huitlacoche Hanger steak, Peruvian chicken, to Ceviche (Peru and Panama) and many more. The wine list is focused on the regions of our food - most wines from Spain, Chile, Argentina and Portugal. The chef and staff are committed to serving only local sustainable seafood. Ingredients come from local farms. Reservations are recommended. 

Turner Street Market
133A Turner Street
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Fishtown Brew House
Beaufort's Downtown Brewery & Taproom
Opening Spring 2018
133B Turner Street


300 Front Street 
Chef-inspired burritos and tacos - a mix of traditional American, Asian Fusion and Mexican.

510 Front Street - 252-269-7272 - Open 11am to 10pm
Beaufort newest restaurant features brick-oven pizza, sandwiches, salads, charcuterie and cheese plates, wine, craft beer & cocktails. Casual indoor or outdoor dining on the Beaufort waterfront overlooking Taylor's Creek and the Rachel Carson Reserve. Reservations or walk-in service, as well as take-out.
The Spouter Inn 
Restaurant & Bakery 
218 Front Street 728-5190

    The Spouter Inn offers great food in a charming relaxing waterfront setting. Dedication to quality, consistency, and true southern hospitality have made it a favorite among locals and visitors for over 30 years. Dock on Taylor's Creek while you dine on the waterfront deck. Wine tastings and live music. Small gatherings or large special events. Lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Hours vary seasonally, please call to confirm. Dinner reservation recommended. 

   The Bakery opens early everyday, providing home-made breads and desserts for our restaurant, special orders and retail take out. Scrumptious creations include: Coconut pies, Chocolate French Silk Pie, Key Lime Pie, The Best Carrot Cake, Eclairs, Creme Horns, Napoleons, Strudels, Turnovers, Cookies, Brownies and More. 

300 Front St. Tues-Sunday 728-4956 & 728-6967 FACEBOOK
     Great food and a coastal ambiance equals an extraordinary dining experience! Stillwater strives for originality and diversity, focusing on the quality and freshness of organic and sustainable prime ingredients and local products. Humble southern ingredients, such as stone ground grits, local vegetables, fresh fish and smoked ham, meet Caribbean spices! The restaurant serves lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch - inside and out. Boat dockage available for guests.
     The Rhum Bar is a covered-and-heated outside waterfront bar, serving light food and drinks all day - perfect spot for relaxing at water’s edge! Great place to enjoy selections from the extensive rum, wine and beer lists. Just outside the bar area, the waterfront dock is filled with sofas, lounge chairs and market umbrellas - illuminated by hurricane lanterns in the evening. This is a great place to enjoy a drink with friends while enjoying the view of Taylor's Creek, Beaufort Inlet, the wild horses and sunsets.

114 Middle Lane 
    Aqua is a favorite spot for locals and visitors year-round. Fresh local flavors take priority. Diners are likely to find sun-ripened local tomatoes, fresh-caught grouper, regional cheeses and more among the menu choices. 
    Large moderately priced wine selection, beer and specialty drinks. $10 wine tasting every other Tuesday. Open Tuesday-Saturday. Reservations Encouraged.
    "We were totally impressed that food of this quality and creativity was found tucked into this quaint little historic village." TripAdvisor 

Beaufort Grocery Company
117 Queen Street 728-3899 
Closed on Tuesday- Facebook
    Once Owens Grocery Store, this restaurant is reminiscent of a French country Bistro. Executive chef, Charles Park, is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and member of the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. Special dinners, private parties, receptions and other catered events are accommodated in the house and garden next door.
    Open six days a week for lunch and dinner, the lunch consists of creative homemade soups, salads, deli-type sandwiches, fresh-baked bread and a large assortment of cheesecakes and other unique desserts. Take out service and prepared picnic baskets are available. Brunch is also served on Sundays as a complement to the daily luncheon fare.
    In the evening, the Beaufort Grocery transforms into one of the area's most sophisticated restaurants, with daily seafood specials and a wide variety of other entrees, appetizers and desserts, complimented by a great wine list.

Clawson's 1905 
Restaurant & Pub  
425 Front Street 728-2133 FACEBOOK
   At Clawson's we specialize in real, home-cooked food made by real people — many who have been with us for years. When you come in for our lump crab cake, know that we've spent hours perfecting the recipe. When you dig into a giant piece of "Death by Chocolate Cake," you can be certain our baker, Debbie, made it with care. Even our ridiculously-tasty ranch dressing is mixed in our kitchen.  
   Lunch & Dinner - Open 7 days. Closed Sundays off season. Catering & Private Parties. Take Out. Call Ahead Seating. 

No Name Pizza & Subs 
408 Live Oak 728-4978 
     Great pizza, Greek food, hamburgers, pasta, salads and more. Great fries. Mushroom cheese burgers are to die for!! Casual dining. You can also call ahead and pick up at the drive-thru. Owned Chris, John and Zack Manousaridis - in the area and serving the community since 1982. 
     "A true institution with Greek flair - Of course, their namesake pizzas are great, but my favorites are the steak & cheese as well as the Greek salads. Seems to be always busy, but no waiting....Awesome pizza, and veal parm and spagetti, salads, and garlic bread. The Ranch dressing is amazing too!....No name pizza is awesome. You do not go here for high quality service or atmosphere. You go here for great food. Their burgers are second to none and the pizzas are great as well. I love visiting my family in Beaufort so I can eat here." Review and photo from TripAdvisor

Ribeyes Steakhouse 
509 Front Street 728-6105   
    "I thought the steak was outstanding and I enjoyed eating in the bar with different sports on TV. I also liked the salad bar but the steaks were especially tender and flavorful." 
    "This place is basically three things: salad bar, steak and potato. All three are excellent. Only place I have been that has smoked oysters on the salad bar. Great location on the main drag in Beaufort....Great food, service, and atmosphere! We were a pretty big party of pirates during the Beaufort Pirate Festival. Food is great, my husband said it was one of the best steaks he has ever had. Loved the salad bar. Food was quick and hot. The owner even stopped by our table twice to see how everything was. Would definitely recommend this as a place to eat." TripAdvisor

Queen Anne's Revenge 
510 Front Street 504-7272 - FACEBOOK
     Charming full-service eatery and bottle shop on the Beaufort boardwalk.​ The waterfront restaurant is known for fresh local seafood, hundreds of craft beers and boutique wines, and, most of all, delicious pizzas.  

     Homemade artisan pizzas start with dough and sauce made fresh daily, adding only the finest ingredients and toppings. Then they are baked in QAR's special pizza oven. Customers will not leave disappointed. Full service coffee shop and live music every weekend. Beer, Wine and Food Specials Daily.

Finz Grill & Bar
330 Front Street 728-7459
    Located on the historic Beaufort waterfront, Finz Grill serves seafood, steaks, burgers, wraps, soups, salads and more for lunch and dinner. Floating Dock Access for boaters.

    "My son loves their shrimp - they have the best crab cakes between Beaufort and Morehead! Good veggies as well. Will make this restaurant a priority during my next visit to Beaufort...Best shrimp and grits around. Really enjoyed the island chicken. The black beans and rice and mango salsa were awesome! Very nice atmosphere, great view of the waterfront." TripAdvisor

Plaza Mexico
521 Front Street 728-3702 
     "Plaza Mexico is a great place to meet friends or just to dine. The food is GREAT; the staff is very friendly and eager to serve. The atmosphere is light and relaxing. We go at least weekly, and usually more. There is often a line to get in, but it is worth waiting for."
     "We were craving Mexican food and took a chance on Plaza Mexico. What a great find!! I had the nachos and was blown away by the sheer complexity of flavors!! Turns out they make their own cheese!! That's the secret ingredient!!! The folks with me, also fussy New Yorkers ordered carnita tacos and guacamole salad. All of it was delicious!" TripAdvisor

Blackbeard's Grill and Grog
1644 Live Oak Street 728-3335 
      Blackbeard's Grill and Grog is dedicated to serving quality foods that are prepared fresh using only local seafood and other ingredients. Local owners, who fished the area's waters most their lives are dedicated to receiving the freshest seafood from their friends, family, and other harvesters in Eastern North Carolina. Without a doubt when you ask what our grill is known for the answer is simply, North Carolina Seafood. We are bringing fresh ingredients one step further, by incorporating them in our cocktails! Our Rum infusions will bring Caribbean flavors to the Crystal Coast. Five minute drive from the Beaufort waterfront. Dine in or take out, free shuttle and free delivery.
     "Thanks for the wonderful lunch. The grouper sandwich was great and thanks for letting me tr the jalapeno cornbread and the crab/corn chowder; they were both delicious. I'll definitely be back soon!" Sarah, Gloucester

The Dockhouse Restaurant
500 Front Street 728-4506 FACEBOOK
   The Dockhouse Restaurant was established in 1978. The Dockhouse, as the locals call it, has been serving the folks in Beaufort, North Carolina on the beautiful waterfront over looking Taylor's Creek for over 30 years. The Dockhouse is a well known spot for listening to live music in Carteret County. Check out our music calendar for events on our boardwalk or in our newly renovated upstairs lounge. If you are looking for a cool place to eat you have found the spot. Dine inside or out on our patio overlooking the wild ponies on the Rachel Carlson Reserve across Taylor's Creek.

Roland's Barbecue
1507 Live Oak Street

(252) 728-1953 

Tues-Sat 11:00am-8pm
Eat-in, Take-out & Catering

Backstreet Pub
124 Middle Lane
728-7108 FACEBOOK

Voted one of the Top 50 Bars in the South - Garden & Gun Magazine March 2012

"...the friendliest, funkiest little bar from Maine to Venezuela!" - Latitudes & Attitudes Magazine  
Restaurants with Breakfast
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Both open 6:30am and close late - 7 days!
    Great place to relax with homemade soups, pizzas, fresh sandwiches and more; many have gotten hooked on the taco chile. The offerings include what include Escazú artisan chocolates and tasty light fare.
     The same eatables are offered at the Coffee Shop, including quesadillas, hot soups and sandwiches. Breakfast offerings include smoked salmon on bagel with herbed cream cheese, delicious smoked bacon & egg in flatbread-grilled pannini, fresh-made cinnamon rolls, croissants, muffins & scones, fresh fruit, teas, juices and more. Costa Rican Escazú Coffee, latte or espresso.

Beaufort Café  
817 Cedar Street 728-4400  
(Corner of Hwy70 and Live Oak) 
Opens at 6am - Sunday 6:30am FACEBOOK
Drive Thru available. 
      Serving fresh coffee and hot breakfast, the Beaufort Café is a place to enjoy good food in a warm, friendly environment.
     The menu includes breakfast platters, omelets, pancakes & waffles, biscuits and breakfast sandwiches. Children's menu available.
"We would like to invite everyone to join us for the BEST breakfast in Beaufort...We have daily specials and now have free internet bring you laptop and enjoy a great cup of coffee."

Royal James Café  117 Turner Street 728-4573   Open 9am until...   Cash Only
    This unique old-fashion cafe and pool room is the oldest continually existing business in Beaufort’s historic district. The simple menu, including delicious shrimp burgers and signature double cheeseburger with secret sauce, keeps customers coming back. Breakfast Plate: eggs, choice of meat, grits or baby cakes and toast. Breakfast sandwiches: ham, bacon or sausage egg & cheese or egg & cheese sandwich.

The Spot Grill 202 Wellons Drive  (right off Live Oak just past Wells Fargo Bank)Open daily for Breakfast and Lunch - 8am-3pm
(252) 728-4020  
   This great little off-the-beaten-path, spic-and-span grill has been popular to locals for over 60 years, serving delicious old-fashion American-favorite hamburgers and hot dogs, plus a traditional hot breakfast as well as breakfast sandwich. 

The Dockhouse Restaurant
500 Front Street 728-4506 FACEBOOK
SERVING A FULL BREAKFAST MENU AS OF MAY 1, 2015!! Upstairs at The Bean Coffee and Egg. Breakfast hours will be Monday-Saturday 7:30am-11am - Sunday from 7:30am-12pm. Best view in town for breakfast - overlooking the wild ponies on the Rachel Carlson Reserve.