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Open Water Grill

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39450 NC Hwy 12, Avon, Hatteras Island, NC 27915
+1 252-305-5287
12:00 - 22:00
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

We loved the food at the Open Water Grill. We arrived fairly late, close to 9 pm, but were greeted enthusiastically and had great service. On previous visits to Avon we have braved the mosquitoes and sat at an outside table to view the sunset. It's worth it but remember to bring your mosquito repellent!

Thank cmcnerney75
Avon, North Carolina
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Second time here..first was in July, food was OK...came back in October...terrible! I ordered the Orange Shrimp Stir Fry...I've had better Lean Cuisine dinners! No orange sauce, and the veggies looked frozen and microwaved, definitely NOT stir fried. My companions meal was only slightly better...scallop dinner and the scallops were as white as snow...nothing on his plate was browned or... More 

Thank kpavlosky
Florence, New Jersey
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Off season. Only one other couple in the place. Took 25 min. For cup of soup that tasted no better than can. In the middle of soup entrees arrived. Soup was extra. No salad included with meal. No bread offered.

Thank Elaine I
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

so, this place started out fine, gorgeous patio, nice waitress, and then all hell broke loose. mosquitoes swarmed us right at dark, and we had to relocate inside immediately. and then, our entrees included filet and salmon and filet and scallop pasta. the filet was the biggest piece of crap I have ever tasted in my life. i don't even... More 

Thank BailyTN
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Stopped in for lunch and very glad we did. Ordered tuna, scallops and shrimp. All were cooked to perfection and very fresh. Waiter was very attentive and friendly. View of the sound was very relaxing while enjoying a great meal. Highly recommend this restaurant.

Thank Heather H
Cleveland, Ohio
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

I normally don't rave about something being "the best I've had," but I have to say, if you want a margarita, you can get one of the best ever here. All of the drinks were made from fresh squeezed juice, not mixes. You can see them made right in front of you. This margarita had some orange juice in it... More 

1 Thank Anthony F
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

We picked this place based on positive reviews, and the location. We wanted to eat dinner and watch the sun set. The view of the Sound was good, and we got to see the sun set. The menu look spectacular, and sounded great. What we got was reheated frozen dishes that were not terrible, but they were very bland. Overall... More 

1 Thank Rich R
Louisville, Kentucky
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

My wife and I stopped here for lunch during our vacation. The outdoor seating was really nice. The service was friendly. My wife had the fish sandwich and I had a crab cake sandwich. Both were very good. The view overlooked the sound and from our vantage point we saw crabs and small fish going about their business.

Thank Wing1966
Marco Island, Florida
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

We stopped here on a day visit from Duck to Hatteras. The sign doesn't stand out so you must look for it, but well worth the stop! We were a bit apprehensive until we walked in. Our waitress Tima was amazing. She was super friendly and informed us of all the specials. We had fried pickles, tacos, and fish sandwich.... More 

Thank Stephanie Z
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Went on an offseason night in mid-September. Busy for a Wednesday night, but staff was very nice and up front they were busy and gave us accurate info about the wait it would be. While things took a decent amount of time to come out, everything was worth it, best fish tacos I've ever had and the spicy kale salad... More 

1 Thank Jason A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12 - US$25
Seafood, American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 39450 NC Hwy 12, Avon, Hatteras Island, NC 27915
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Hatteras Island  >  Avon
  • Phone Number: +1 252-305-5287
The doors are open for the 2016 season! Come on in and check out our totally revamped menu with a fresh new look for Hatteras Island. With unique options and great view Open Water Grill is sure to be a dining destination you wont want to miss. Located at MP 54 at the northern end of Avon. Come see the view for yourself!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?