Seafood on fancy dinner plate

Maybe when you think of Atlantic Beach, North Carolina it’s seafood and burgers that comes to your mind. But there’s tons of great food options in Atlantic Beach! Of course, you will find burgers and seafood when you visit the Crystal Coast, but you will also find a wide variety of international options tucked between the seafood, burger joints and fine dining! No need to search, we’ve compiled a list of the top-rated options in each food category!

Atlantic Beach Food Options


Thai Sticky Rice is vegan and vegetarian friendly with a lunch and dinner menu. At Thai Sticky Rice the atmosphere is family style and the food is fresh, local produce; which provides both a healthy and delicious meal! With an owner from Thailand who handpicks his chefs, you know that you are getting genuine Thai experience! If sushi is more your taste than Thai, Aki Hana is the place for you! Either way, you will leave feeling satisfied!


El Zarape is an authentic family owned Mexican restaurant that has been an Atlantic Beach staple for years! If you’re looking for fresh salsa, a fun evening or even a margarita to kick off your vacation on the Crystal Coast, this place is for you! Stop in for a casual meal and good spirited fun! Also, for a truly unique setting and fusion style experience, The Dank Burrito, is worth a try!


Looking for some good old-fashioned pizza? Atlantic Beach will not disappoint. Michaelangelo’s Pizza is local to Eastern Carolina with a few locations and it is the go-to spot for locals! They serve NY style pizza, made with fresh ingredients and provide take-out and delivery options!

Alright, so you’re not feeling international? You’re visiting the Crystal Coast for the fresh and famous seafood? Don’t worry, here’s a list of your top options!

·         The Island Grille “a gourmet hole in the wall”

·         The Crab Shack “fresh local seafood served daily”

·         Bistro by the Sea “live entertainment, upscale dining”

·         Southern Salt Seafood Company “Carteret County’s oldest restaurant with a new twist”

Regardless of where you decide to eat, with this list in mind, you know it is going to be delicious!