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Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
American, Bar, Seafood, International
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Live Music, Waterfront
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cook vibe by the water. Beautiful spot to watch a sunset. And oh… the most tasty seafood I have ever had. And they had delicious vegan options for my fiancé!

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 9 August 2022 via mobile

Ok, this place just wasn’t for us. It’s Monday so not many restaurants open. It’s busy which is no big deal. We did not know that you wait in line, go in, order your food and drinks, then pick a spot to eat, outside only....No shade at all, the sun was setting ,it’s 100 degrees shining bright on our faces. Flies all over our food bc we’re outside. The food was decent the service ok. Just the entire concept of this “restaurant” is terrible. Would not ever go back.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 29 June 2022 via mobile

Went with another family and this place exceeded our expectations. The service was grade A. Been to numerous Michelin Star places that didn't have the service we had here. The food was phenomenal. Tuna was cooked to perfection and everyone was happy, even the kids....I couldn't recommend this more if I wanted to.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 18 June 2022 via mobile

This is one of our favorite spots in Hatteras. Nice views, friendly service, and good food. We would recommend.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 27 May 2022

We had a family dinner and everyone was really happy with the taste of the food! The service was impeccable; there was always someone there to check on us and refill waters. We will definitely be back.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 8 April 2022

I was staying at Watermen's Retreat and enjoyed dinners and drinks at this restaurant. The ambience also is super fun! I highly recommend this place. The staff is super friendly. And the views are amazing, especially at sunset.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 25 October 2021 via mobile

Great view and super quick service. I was there on a Friday at about 5pm and there were tons of tables which surprised me. I ordered the painkiller, tuna appetizer, and crab cake entree. The cocktail was pretty solid and the tuna was well seasoned,...but it did taste like it was on its last leg. The crab cakes were incredible though. I would absolutely come back here.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 25 October 2021

The food was delicious and the view was wonderful! Great atmosphere - we really enjoyed our lunch on the deck! I got the salad and added the crab cake. I was skeptical since I live on the Chesapeake Bay and our crab cakes are hard...to compete with....but....this one was soooooo good! Hubby got the tuna and he said it was outstanding. We will definitely put this on our OBX must do every trip!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 8 October 2021 via mobile

Trip Advisor listed this place closed. We drove by and saw cars so stopped in. We ordered at the counter the Shrimp and Crab Guactail, Sesame Seared Tuna and 2 draft beers. They brought our food quickly and everything was fantastic. We could have sat...outside all day with the water view and ocean breeze. Highly recommend!!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 22 September 2021 via mobile

Tasty food, great atmosphere! We did takeout one night and a lunch at the outdoor dining area another day. Both times food was great and kids and adults loved it. The shop next door is great too. Unfortunately we did not get to see any...windsurfing the day we visited but we’ll be back again soon.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 18 September 2021 via mobile

I was initially opposed to eating here. Picnic tables and counter service didn’t appeal to me with their prices of entrees. However, finding restaurants nearby where we were staying that were actually open on our trip was a huge challenge, so our final night we...gave this a try. Best meal we had in the outer banks, hands down! The crab stuffed mushrooms was enormous and delicious app. My husband had the surf and turf, and I had the tuna, which I didn’t realize even came with a crab cake on top! Both were delicious! Others in our party were impressed by the ribs. While the setting/ building is still sort of odd, it’s great that it’s on the water and you can watch the kite boarders. Service was also wonderful- give this place a try!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 29 August 2021 via mobile

Big plus is outside dining for COVID (no one wears masks down here- idiots. Bugs were terrible. NO PRICES POSTED ANYWHERE so we had to ask which is embarrassing. Food was mixed. Blackened tuna was good. Fajitas were TERRIBLE. Chicken was so dry it was...inedible. Waitress was tired, bored, inattentive. We got one napkin and she saw us and didn’t offer another one. Then walked by and said “wanna beer?”More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 28 August 2021 via mobile

We were looking for covid friendly options for two families (didn’t want crowded indoor dining) and were able to get an outdoor table. Fun ambience with kite surfing and sunset. Food was super “eh” for the price and bad service. You have to go in...and order your food and drink. They wouldn’t give my husband both of our beers (said I needed to come in and prove I was there) but gave our friend both of their beers to one person. Service not great. Asked two waitresses (who asked if we needed anything) for water and never got any. Asked and waited without result for a take out container at end of meal. Could be bc we hit it at end of night (they stop all service at 8pm) but we agreed food was nothing special for price. We got much better food for less at food trucks even. Also bugs terrible here! Which was weird bc we never experienced bugs anywhere else - even at our beachfront home - all week. One plus though is the covid safe option to eat outside.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 13 August 2021

Drove into town for some kiting, but thought I would stop at the Waterman's for a bite to eat first. The staff was very friendly and provided me with some great intel concerning the area. Got a seat at the picnic tables and enjoyed a...good burger. Since the wind hadn't come in yet, there were alot of flies buzzing around. Was hoping to kite at Real, but couldn't because I wasn't staying there or taking lessons. They should offer a day pass for people who just want to launch and recover from Real.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 31 July 2021 via mobile

We actually decided not to eat here. Even though this place looked great from the outside...it had no inside seating. We walked in and were told we had to order at the bar and then set outside. The menu was posted outside the door for...you to look at, but had no prices on anything.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Wouldn't waste your time here, this place is overpriced and service is horrible. They make you feel really uncomfortable and un welcome. There is many other good places.
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Watermen's Bar & Grill is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5