Wanchese Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Wanchese

April 14, 2018 Venice Greaves

Wanchese /ˈwɑːnˌtʃiːz/ is a census-designated place (CDP) on Roanoke Island in Dare County, North Carolina, United States. It was named after Wanchese, the last known ruler of the Roanoke Native American tribe encountered by English colonists in the sixteenth century. The population was 1,642 at the 2010 census.
Things to do in Wanchese

1. O'Neal's Sea Harvest

622 Harbor Rd, Wanchese, Roanoke Island, NC 27981-9588 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Seafood Lunch +1 252-473-4535
Excellent
76%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 196 reviews

O'Neal's Sea Harvest

Reviewed By Paul P

This is a local’s restaurant. It is a simple place in the working fishing harbor. What it does best is simple and fresh local seafood right off the boat. Most of the food is fried but some is not. North Carolina shrimp, oysters, crabs and fin fish are not to be missed. You order at the register and take your order to the kitchen window for service. The atmosphere is casual with a local flare. So this is a great place for lunch. I recommend the daily special as that is what is freshest. They have some not seafood selections for those who do not like fish.

2. Front Porch Cafe

300 South Highway 64/264, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, American Breakfast, Lunch SGD 3 - SGD 13 +1 252-473-3160
Excellent
76%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 180 reviews

Front Porch Cafe

Community Coffeehouse and Bakery. Locally roasted coffee (at our Nags Head location). Also serving wine and local craft beers both in store and retail. Free high speed internet, plug in available. Open everyday year around.

Reviewed By NikkNikk - Virginia

The barista didn't treat me like an idiot for not knowing how to pronounce "cafe au lait". The service was excellent and they have a unique assortment of pastries. The dining area is clean and relaxing. If you're in the area, it's perfect for breakfast.

3. The Hungry Pelican

205 Budleigh St, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954-9637 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards American, Delicatessen, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch SGD 7 - SGD 10 +1 252-473-9303
Excellent
71%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 145 reviews

The Hungry Pelican

An owner operated deli in historic downtown Manteo. Great deli style sandwiches on baked to order rolls. Fresh cut salads, homemade dressings, house made side dishes and soups. Ice cream and desserts available also. Eat in or takeout. Outside seating is available, pets welcome there.

Reviewed By Mike J - New Providence, New Jersey, United States

We stopped for lunch on a recommendation from a shop nearby and it was right on target.
The Turkey reuben on marbled rye was excellent. One of my daughters gave the cheesy grill cheese 5 stars. The Turkey and cheddar club was excellent and the chipotle chicken on lettuce was fantastic. My wife had that since she is on a gluten free diet.

The fellow who took our order was enthusiastic and helpful with suggestions.
They make their own bread and every kind we had was great.

4. Dunkin' Donuts

817 US Highway 64, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954-9587 Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards American, Fast Food, Cafe Breakfast, Brunch SGD 13 +1 252-473-1712
Excellent
64%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 33 reviews

Dunkin' Donuts

Reviewed By Mje12518 - Southern Shores, North Carolina

We stopped here for the usual coffee and bagels on a morning trip to the store. While visiting, I couldnt help but note the unique appearance and quality of this site in comparison to the hundreds of DDs I have stopped at while traveling.

Not only it this a DD with a beautiful appearance, the staff is friendly and quick. This DD should be an example for other Dunkin Donuts, as well as other fast food related establishments.

5. Olde Towne Creamery

500 North Main Highway, Corner of Ananias Dare & US Hwy 64/264, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating American Lunch, Dinner +1 252-305-8060
Excellent
57%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 85 reviews

Olde Towne Creamery

Olde Towne Creamery (Open Daily) is a locally owned ice cream parlor that offers all the sweets and treats your whole family craves! We have premium ice cream, Greek-style yogurts, Italian ice, sherbet, smoothies, milkshakes, sundaes, banana splits, and fudge. Or those without a sweet tooth, or arriving with an empty tummy, Olde Towne Creamery has delicious New York style all beef hot dogs, North Carolina BBQ, burgers and more!

Reviewed By Didojen - Marlboro, New Jersey

Nice little ice cream shop/ fast food place. We didn't order any hot food but they had burgers and hot dogs. All of the ice cream they serve is Hershey's. Service was fast and friendly. Take your ice cream outside to one of the many chairs or picnic tables. Bathroom is outside around the back.

6. Great Gut Deli

219 Thicket Lump Dr, Wanchese, Roanoke Island, NC 27981-9604 Seating Soups, Cafe Lunch +1 252-473-2479
Excellent
64%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 11 reviews

Great Gut Deli

Reviewed By Cathy G - New Bern, North Carolina

Super morning on the water and great stop right on the edge of the dock for lunch. Friendly, neighborhood atmosphere. You feel like you are walking into someones home. Windows on two sides offer nice view of the sound. Menu offers deli sandwiches and special items such as shrimp salad sandwich. Clean and casual.

7. Big Bucks Homemade Ice Cream

207 Queen Elizabeth Ave, The Waterfront Shops, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954-9282 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible American +1 252-423-3118
Excellent
52%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 27 reviews

Big Bucks Homemade Ice Cream

Reviewed By srb1996 - Honea Path, South Carolina

Nothing remarkable about the ice cream or menu, it's rather average menu. Typical ice cream and candy. However the location the setting set the place apart. Second floor outside seating in downtown Manteo absolutely beautiful. Must stop n relax and cook off.

8. Charis Coffee Co.

107 Budleigh Street, Unit G, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954 Takeout, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards American, Cafe, Fast Food Drinks SGD 3 - SGD 7 +1 252-423-3333
Excellent
50%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Charis Coffee Co.

Hidden in quaint Downtown Manteo, this coffee shop has a wide variety of coffee options as well as bagels, cinnamon rolls, oatmeal and granola bars. Charis Coffee Co. offers brewed coffee, espresso, French press, pour overs, cold brew and blended beverages. You can take your coffee to go or stay for a while and hang out on the couch or at a table. A large table is also available for meetings.

Reviewed By Guillaume F - Lausanne, Switzerland

This saturday we were looking for a good coffee and a warm place in Manteo. People pointed us to Charis coffee. And frankly it was exactly the place we were looking for. Great coffee, feel-good musoc and warm welcome. Highly recommended. Guillaume.

9. Stripers Bar and Grille

1100A S Bay Club Dr, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954-9028 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 7 - SGD 25 +1 252-475-1021
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 575 reviews

Stripers Bar and Grille

Is a premier service orientated restaurant welcoming all guests to a casual fun filled dining experience. Our Outer Banks cuisine will always be offered to our customers for lunch, dinner, brunch and in house catering, with a capacity to serve up to 160 people. It is our intention to treat everyone like a VIP. Finally, we are here to serve the customer . Hospitality and our employees is our greatest asset.Our mission, at Stripers Bar & Grille is to achieve 100% customer satisfaction by providing quality products and service in a clean, fun, organized, friendly and unique environment. As a hospitality service organization, we will always strive to go the "extra distance" to please each and every guest. We invite you to come taste the fun and good times at Stripers.Give the gift of great food, good times and waterfront atmosphere. You can purchase Stripers Bar and Grille gift certificate cards in any amount you wish.

Reviewed By Randall L

The Trip Adviser ratings were spot on for Stripers Bar and Grille. We stopped here for a Sunday brunch before leaving the Outer Banks area for home. The fried flounder sandwich with a cup of the soup of the was delicious. This was one of...MoreRandall, We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed a great Sunday brunch with us! We hope to see you again soon to enjoy more delicious food! -Stripers Management

10. Island Perk Coffee Shop

101 Budleigh Street, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC American
Excellent
80%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 5 reviews

Reviewed By Peggy A - Richmond, Virginia

The barista was so friendly, and they allow pets inside. We were just taking a quick walk around the waterfront right there and happened to see a cool little coffee shop. The coffee was good! Cool area to walk around and hang out for a few!

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