We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Dinky's Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
57980 Highway 12, above Village Marina, Hatteras Island, NC 27943
+1 252-986-2020
17:00 - 21:00
Closed now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 17:00 - 21:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

341 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 339: English reviews
Asheville, United States
Level Contributor
17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

I had parmesan encrusted grouper which was marvelous. My wife had Mahi-Mahi Mahi-Mahi which was over cooked, They fixed another one which was still tough. Service was good and so was the atmosphere. I would go back even though we had one fair meal.

Thank Miguel C
Dinwiddie, Virginia
Level Contributor
20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our food was good, especially the crab cakes, but it is a small place and not the best for large groups. We had a party of 9 and tried to call ahead and they wouldn't let us so we had to wait a very long time. Then they were short waiters so our food took a long time too but... More 

Thank tlucytravel
Fairfax Station, Virginia
Level Contributor
301 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This time of year not too many restaurants are open and many on limited hours. Ate here on Sunday night and it was very busy since Hatteras Sol was closed we found Dinky's. It upstairs and not really handicapped accessible. Later found there was a service elevator but around back of entrance and we only found out about it after... More 

Thank maevans70
Greenville, South Carolina
Level Contributor
27 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great restaurant if you want to grab an upscale dinner in a casual environment. Dinkys has a great view of the sound and local marina with an unbelievable scene to watch the sunset. There fresh fish is fantastic as well as any of the appetizers. Highly recommend for families or couples.

Thank Brian S
Level Contributor
92 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

We were tired and not very hungry was it was recommended so we went anyways. The atmosphere was VERY nice. I recommend it for couples. The food was good and fresh.

Thank luv2travel30
Port Hope, Canada
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

This restaurant has a great atmosphere. The views of the sound are beautiful. The menu is variable, unfortunately they only have fried clam strips when they are in season(July). Their other seafood is fresh and always delicious. Caesar salads are superb. It is however expensive.It is sometimes a little noisy unless you book a little later in the eve.

Thank beachseeker2016
Herndon, Virginia
Level Contributor
7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 13 February 2017

We had dinner at Dinky's and it was fantastic. It may be the best dinner we've had in the Outer Banks. We both had the seafood platter and it was a generous amount of food--plenty really. And it was prepared perfectly. The cocktail sauce was amazing, with just enough zing from the horseradish to make the eyes water and the... More 

Thank Mark E
Avon, North Carolina
Level Contributor
17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

We had a girls night out here and EVERYONE WAS HAPPY! The food was amazing from start to finish. The staff is fun and friendly and the atmosphere is perfect for a nice night out with family or friends. We got there after dark but it must be mentioned that they are waterfront so get there early for the sunset... More 

Thank mimi_dezignz
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Level Contributor
17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016

Wine & drink lists are extensive. 2nd floor water/marina view. Very good service. Pam was great, as was our seafood.

Thank CharlesNewt0n
Jackson, Wyoming
Level Contributor
35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Had seafood stew (winter dish) it was good and plentiful. Shrimp, scallops, fish and veggies. Fresh bread was good. Apps were steamer clams and she crab bisque..all good. Wife had a Thai chili seafood dish with jasmine rice. Total with tip for 2 = $100 (no alcohol).

Thank Michael W

Travellers who viewed Dinky's Restaurant also viewed

Buxton, Hatteras Island
Avon, Hatteras Island
Buxton, Hatteras Island

Been to Dinky's Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 57980 Highway 12, above Village Marina, Hatteras Island, NC 27943
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Hatteras Island
  • Phone Number: +1 252-986-2020

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Dinky's Restaurant and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
6 months ago

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Dinky's Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?