Best Place To Buy Fresh Seafood on Hatteras Island

Seafood on Hatteras Island is fresh from the boat! A number of restaurants on the island offer unique seafood dishes, but sometimes it is better to cook it yourself. You can grab some after a day of adventure and then cook it yourself at your vacation rental. Some of the recommendations below even steam the food for you…making dinner prep a breeze! Either way…having seafood while on vacation on Hatteras Island is a must!
Seafood on Hatteras Island

We asked the Outer Beaches Realty team the places they would recommend for the freshest seafood, and their recommendations can be found below. They even offered up some suggestions about what to get!

Harbour House Seafood Market

28129 NC-12, Hatteras | (252) 986-2039 |

This family owned and operated fish market has been in business since 2007. They not only catch some of the fish they sell themselves, but also work with local commercial fisherman to offer a wide selection of fresh, frozen and prepared seafood. Their house made specialties include Shrimp & Crab Enchiladas, Blue Crab Dip, Spicy Shrimp Dip and Crab Cakes.


Sunrise Seafood Market

40658 HWY 12. Avon | (252) 995-7003 |

Owner Mark Martino has worked in the Outer Banks seafood industry since 2012. It was in 2017 that he opened Sunrise Seafood Market. This locally owned and operated market features a number of different locally sourced seafood products, and will even vacuum seal you selection so you can take it home with you! Selections vary with the season, but this one stop shop offers tips, recipes and sides to make a complete seafood feast.

OBR STAFF RECOMMENDATION: Ask About the Catch of the Day

Ocracoke Fish & Seafood Company

416 Irwin Garrish HWY, Ocracoke | (252) 928-5601 | Facebook Page

Visiting the Ocracoke Seafood Company is getting fish straight off the boat. The collaboration of over 30 waterman from Ocracoke and neighboring communities, the hours and menu at this market changes regularly. Be sure to click on the link above to visit their Facebook Page to find out when they will be open and what the feature of the day is.

OBR STAFF RECOMMENDATION : Just go! The experience is worth the trip!

Surf’s Up Seafood Market

41838 NC-12, Avon | (252) 995-3432 |

This seafood market is located in the heart of Hatteras Island in Avon. Right on the main road, they offer a wide selection of seafood from the local waters and popular fish & shellfish from outlying areas. The market also offers a number of spices, tolls and even desserts! Definitely your one stop place for a complete seafood dinner.


Fresh seafood is an important part of a Hatteras Island vacation. Whether you chose to dine at a restaurant, take your fresh food to your vacation home and cook it yourself, or purchase a prepared meal from the local establishments above, you will not regret your decision to have seafood for dinner.

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