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The Local Scoop on the Best Places to Eat on Emerald Isle

One of the best parts of any vacation is experiencing a new and exciting food scene, and Emerald Isle does not disappoint. With miles of pristine coastline, you’ll have no trouble finding plenty of fresh and delicious seafood. If you’re not in the mood for crustaceans, there are some excellent nearby options for steaks, burgers, and other yummy dishes. Check out some of the best places to eat on Emerald Isle below!
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The Best Places to Eat on Emerald Isle

Flipperz Family Grill

The name doesn’t lie! Flipperz Family Grill is a fun time for the whole gang. With live performances almost every week and a menu packed with plenty of options, there’s something for everyone here. As any parent to a picky eater will tell you, this is an essential feature of family restaurants. So while Flipperz is known for their awesome seafood, you can also order burgers, spaghetti, hot dogs, or even peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the little ones! For the adults, the drink menu is fantastic. If you want a taste of the South, try the Flippin’ Sweet Tea. It’s Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea vodka with lemonade, served in a mason jar.

Rucker Johns Restaurant

Rucker Johns Restaurant is putting a new twist on some classic dishes! A good example of this is the shrimp and grits, a Southern favorite. Rucker Johns’ version includes a Parmesan garlic sauce and is finished with tomatoes, mushrooms and applewood bacon. If you want to try something a little sweet and a little spicy, order the hickory-seared tuna: a seared filet of yellowfin tuna dusted with a hickory molasses spice blend and served with a honey-citrus dipping sauce.


There are three categories of food available at Caribsea Restaurant. The first is “fish.” All of the dishes feature local seafood that has been sustainably caught. The flavors are very Southern, though the techniques used to prepare the food are decidedly modern. The second category is “prime.” This is where they showcase their selection of prime Angus beef that has been aged up to 36 days in-house. The final category is “raw.” This includes both beef and seafood dishes prepared without heat. No matter which dish you choose, you’re sure to have the meal of a lifetime at Caribsea Restaurant.

Kathryn’s Bistro & Martini Bar

Come for the extensive menu of specialty martinis and stay for the amazing seafood! Kathryn’s Bistro & Martini Bar features fantastic dishes with a relaxed atmosphere. Treat yourself to the seafood coquina, which includes shrimp and sea scallops served with an Asiago cream sauce, breadcrumbs, and seasonal vegetables. Or you can try the salmon fillet, paired with a raspberry beurre blanc and lemon-scented jasmine rice. All of these dishes can be paired with a drink from their martini menu, which features 30 varieties!

Lazzara’s Pizza and Subs

Once you’ve had your fill of seafood and steaks, head to Lazzara’s Pizza and Subs for a laid-back Italian meal. The pizza at Lazzara’s is the real deal. It is made using all-natural ingredients with no additives, preservatives, or artificial coloring, plus 100% real cheese, and dough made fresh daily. In addition, you’ll also find delicious calzones, stromboli, and sub sandwiches.

The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits

The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits is another restaurant in Emerald Isle that you are sure to enjoy. The restaurant serves a wide variety of southern favorites for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including all the fixings!

The Village Market

If you’re looking for a great lunch in Emerald Isle, head to The Village Market. This gourmet deli and sandwich shop serves a wide variety of hot and cold sandwiches, soups, salads, wraps, as well as a full breakfast menu and great coffee!

Stay in a Home from Spinnaker’s Reach

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If you’re a home chef, then one of the best places to eat on Emerald Isle is going to be in your vacation rental from Spinnaker’s Reach! Each of our homes comes with a roomy kitchen, so you’ll be able to whip up a delicious feast for the whole family. Plus, you can have groceries delivered right to your front door before you even arrive. A vacation means it’s time to kick back and relax, and there’s no better place to do just that than in a rental home from Spinnaker’s Reach!
Browse our full list of vacation rentals and book today! We look forward to having you.