In Edenton, North Carolina, you can enjoy a good meal at one of our locally owned restaurants. Specialties include fresh seafood pulled from local waters and farm-to-table produce and meat from the region’s abundant agricultural resources. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, enjoying a date-night on the town or dining together with family, Edenton offers a setting to accommodate your outing.
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309 Bistro & Spirits, located in the heart of downtown Edenton, is a frequent stop for locals and visitors. Signature dishes include steak, chicken, pasta and seafood specialties.
Executive Chef and Owner Kevin Yokley and his wife Jennifer invite you to come dine with us, where each dish is prepared with personalized detail. Serving only the finest quality seafood available, we source our products from the most reputable and respected purveyors and fishermen, giving preference to local seafood that’s sustainably caught.
The bar offers handmade cocktails, along with a great draft beer and wine selection, including many local options.
Located on the water about a mile from downtown Edenton, the oyster bar offers indoor and outdoor seating with a view of the bay. Start with the creative oyster lineup, from traditional raw or steamed to Southern-style, fried with creamed collards, or grilled-cheese style with pimento cheese and country ham. <paragraph break> Those familiar with North Carolina fish houses will recognize the fried seafood platters of shrimp or flounder served with fries, slaw and hushpuppies. Other specialties include crab cakes, fish tacos and seafood chowder. The menu changes with the seasons and depends upon the availability of what’s coming off the boats, so the food is as fresh as possible. Make sure to peruse the drink list, complete with an assortment of specialty cocktails.
621 W Queen Street
More than just a local sub shop, this fast-casual eatery is known for good service and tasty, consistent food. In addition to a long list of subs (served hot or cold), the menu features lasagna, fried chicken, wraps, salads, spaghetti platters and more. Local tip: The Philly cheesesteak is said to be one of the best around.
Eat in the small dining room or take your order to go.
Known as “Edenton’s living room,” Governor’s Pub is a friendly neighborhood joint where out-of-towners quickly feel like locals. Traditional pub/sports bar fare includes wings, burgers, subs, soups, and fish and chips. The extensive beer list offers domestic drafts, as well as rotating craft beers and international imports.
Known for authentic Mexican cuisine, Mamasita’s has an extensive menu of specialties. Choose from fajitas, enchiladas, tacos, burritos, quesadillas and salads. For a real treat, explore options in the chef’s favorites section. <paragraph break> The kids menu has a variety of Mexican and American options to please picky eaters. And the lunch menu is a great value with fresh dishes that arrive quickly. Margaritas have their own section on the menu with a variety of flavors and sizes from small to “monster.”
Made-from-scratch Southern specialties make up the core of the menu. Specialty salads and sandwiches suit diverse tastes. Other highlights include a children-friendly environment, homemade desserts, and our famous cornbread.
The periphery of the dining area, which has expanded its seating capacity from 85 to 150, is filled with retail items - collectibles, antiques, fine arts, jewelry, unusual greeting cards, gourmet baked goods, furniture, the unique and cute.
Altogether, the cafe and market is a unique shopping and dining experience.
Champion of Food Network’s renowned “Chopped” series, award-winning pitmaster Adam Hughes preaches the gospel of traditional Southern culinary ingredients and methods. With his team of local chefs, Hughes smokes meat — pork, beef, chicken, turkey and sausage — over hard wood coals (never gas or electric) right outside the restaurant. Sides and desserts are all made from scratch in house using family recipes that have been passed down for generations. The restaurant serves lunch only, but has a market with ready-made-dinners and other culinary delights that is open daily during the week. <paragraph break> Smoked chicken salad and pimento cheese are available by the pint. Large trays with a variety of meats and sides feed from three to 10 people. A food truck is available for catering and events.
The 51 House is a traditional American restaurant overlooking the Albemarle Sound. The combination of a gorgeous waterfront setting, upscale food and warm hospitality makes The 51 House a destination for locals and visitors.
Taking inspiration from the Edenton Tea Party — when 51 women led by Penelope Barker revolted against the British tea tax — and the American Revolution, The 51 House combines classic and modern dishes for a menu that’s sure to please.
Chef Vic “Vegas” Moea made a name for himself on the reality TV show “Bar Rescue,” and now in Edenton has created a menu focused on local seafood and contemporary American comfort food.
In addition to dinner, the restaurant serves Sunday brunch. The 51 House is also a popular choice for weddings.
Delicious Southern-style family restaurant serving fried chicken, fish, and seafood accompanied by satisfying side dishes. Treat yourself to the mouth-watering apple turnovers to top off your meal. Eat in, carry out or enjoy the convenience of the drive-thru. The Chicken Kitchen is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
New Garden Buffet is a community favorite, known for delicious Chinese cuisine, excellent service and friendly staff. New Garden takes classic Chinese dishes and gives them a modern interpretation, using fresh high-quality ingredients. Customers may choose to eat off the buffet or order off the menu. The restaurant, which is open for lunch and dinner, also offers online ordering for takeout.
Located off the courtyard of the Inner Banks Inn in a converted carriage house, The Table serves seafood, steaks, salads and pastas in an upscale atmosphere, with a menu that rotates seasonally.
The Table sources fish and shellfish from local waterways, and meat and produce for area farms. Choose to dine indoors in the intimate well-appointed dining room or outside on the patio adorned with market lights and a fire pit. Outdoor dining is pet friendly.
Reservations are recommended. The Table also offers catering for weddings and other events.
Waterman's Grill occupies one of Edenton's many historic buildings, which in the 1960 and ’70s was home to the Tynch & Toppin Fish Market. Since, then, Waterman's has become a local landmark for visitors and locals alike.
Featuring two dining areas (one upstairs and one downstairs) as well as a bar, Waterman's offers a lively, casual elegance. So whether you're looking for a romantic dinner by candlelight, treating the whole family, or having a couple of drinks and watching the game, Waterman's provides a welcoming and friendly atmosphere.
The large menu serves a variety of salads, sandwiches, steaks and pasta dishes. But the star here is the seafood, particularly the offerings from the steamer and raw bar. Waterman’s is open for dinner only.