Reviews

Great place! We had a party of 6. The food was all very fresh, even the oysters on the half shell :). We will definitely go back. If you like fresh seafood, you will like this place. You do have to pay a little more for the quality of the food.
Joshua Foster via google.com - Nov 10, 2017
Great place, people, and staff. A Corolla must do!
Bob White via google.com - Nov 7, 2017
We had an excellent dinner here ...
We had an excellent dinner here tonight thanks to the recommendation from the woman working at the front desk at the Hampton Inn. Crab soup was a special, and was delicious. My husband had the seafood pasta and I had the grilled rock fish, which was delicious. It came with smashed red bliss potatoes and steamed broccoli with just a t ... read more
Kathy A. via yelp.com - Nov 7, 2017
Dinner with family
Recent trip to meet up with family from Virginia on the Outer Banks. Hotel staff recommend this restuarant. Great choice. Food and service were great. Fried oysters were wonderful.
438goodtimes via tripadvisor.com - Nov 3, 2017
lunch
Being off-season the North Banks is one of the best restaurants north of Kitty Hawk. The food is excellent and the service very warm and professional. Good bar and table service. Dave North ... read more
david n via tripadvisor.com - Oct 30, 2017
Best food anywhere
Just drove 11 hours today to get here for dinner, and it exceeded my expectations, if that's possible. Plump and tasty Eastern shore oysters and the best tuna steak you'll ever taste. As usual, the staff was totally professional, friendly and accommodating. I will be...More ... read more
Judelle C via tripadvisor.com - Oct 27, 2017
An OBX tradition
We love to visit North Banks Restaurant & Raw Bar. The place is not huge and sometimes there's a wait, but it's well worth it. My favorite is the fried oysters and what OBX a meal is complete without hush puppies? Just a fun, lively...More ... read more
Bella3020 via tripadvisor.com - Oct 15, 2017
Yum. Some of the best fried scallops I've ever had in any restaurant. Steamed shrimp were great too. It's a small space so I bet it's slammed on-season but no complaints off-season.
Justin McCormick via google.com - Oct 12, 2017
Excellent Food, Great Selection of Adult Beverages, and a Friendly Staff and Management
The title reflects all my thoughts regarding this establishment. Well not all, I suppose. I should point out that the craft cocktails are the bomb. Try a Brooklyn. And, North Banks has off luncheon season specials this time of the year, like the $6.99 fried...More ... read more
Trailer Guy B via tripadvisor.com - Oct 11, 2017
Great food, doesn't break the bank
This place is small, so if you get there after 5, you'll probably need to wait 45 minutes. We sat at the bar and got good service there. My wife had the seafood pasta, which was penne pasta with shrimp and scallops. Tasted fresh and...More ... read more
jonchaley via tripadvisor.com - Oct 11, 2017
After biking and a trip to Currituck ...
After biking and a trip to Currituck Lighthouse, North Banks hit the spot for some cold draft beers and spicy blackened Tautog fish tacos.  Served with perfectly cooked black beans, yellow rice and pico,  it was a great plate to share with our beers.Although we didn't try any, the craft cocktails look really great, too.The place is r ... read more
Anne S. via yelp.com - Oct 11, 2017
Great food, friendly service
Our friends wanted seafood but didn't know where to go. Went here, prices reasonable, service was great! We all had something different and all were satisfied with the meal. Went for lunch, planning on going back for dinner before we leave the outer banks!
suekas via tripadvisor.com - Oct 10, 2017
Outstanding food
Have been to this restaurant 3 times and quality of food has always been outstanding. Restaurant is small and a little noisy but no reason not to go visit.
OBXJohnson138 via tripadvisor.com - Oct 8, 2017
Lunch with Mom
The two of us escaped for the afternoon, while everyone was doing touristy activities, and had lunch at North Banks. I had the pulled pork sandwich, which was very good (no fat), and my mom had the fish sandwich special, which she said was delicious....More ... read more
Elizabeth G via tripadvisor.com - Oct 7, 2017
I will echo what other reviewers ...
I will echo what other reviewers stated in that this restaurant is small so the wait can be long. The food however did not take long to come out. I ordered the hush puppies with the jalapeño butter and they were delicious and one order is enough for a party of four. I had the fried seafood combo and I was pleasantly surprised at the ... read more
Tara D. via yelp.com - Oct 5, 2017
Enjoy the Atmosphere
We visit North Banks each year and enjoy the food and service. A bit pricey but it’s once a year and worth it.
A TripAdvisor Member via tripadvisor.com - Oct 4, 2017
Nice
Older looking restaurant. We had lunch with excellent service from Meredith. The calimari was a little undercooked, the she crab soup was very good and the tuna bites were excellent. The restaurant seems to be small so it can be hard to get in.
Steve P via tripadvisor.com - Oct 1, 2017
Worth finding!
We had to drive around the parking lot a couple of times to figure out where it was located but so worth the hunt. Second best crab cake ever! We came for lunch. Had fried oysters, crab cake appetizer, crab cake sandwich and fish sandwich....More ... read more
Lori_Carlson_Realtor via tripadvisor.com - Oct 1, 2017
Great food!
North Banks was recommended to us by the host of our inn while we checked in to our room. We were not disappointed. Although there were many people at the restaurant, we were seated immediately. Space was tight but still comfortable. Our wait staff was...More ... read more
fansofrainforest via tripadvisor.com - Sep 30, 2017
Went with my wife tonight. Had ...
Went with my wife tonight. Had the steamed spice shrimp, capn crunch shrimp, scallops, and salmon everything was really well prepared and tasted great. Great service from the waiter as well.
Van R. via yelp.com - Sep 29, 2017
So good!
Our family of 10 wanted to have a nice seafood lunch and we definitely had a delicious meal with great service at NBX Restaurant. The chipotle crab dip appetizer was really tasty. The cocktails were on point and the entrees were wonderful. There wasn't a...More ... read more
skt05 via tripadvisor.com - Sep 23, 2017
Great Seafood
At the recommendation of the desk at The Inn at Corolla Light we went to North Banks our first night at the Outer Banks. I ordered the salmon and my husband had a seafood platter. In both cases the food was excellent. I also had...More ... read more
E3679WAlindav via tripadvisor.com - Sep 22, 2017
Very Loud and Friendly
We were recommended to go to this place by our hotel, it was very busy but we got a table straight away. The service is good and friendly, you can eat at the bar or at a table. The food is good standard fare. Prices...More ... read more
SimonSaint via tripadvisor.com - Sep 22, 2017
Best seafood in OBX
Our visits each year to Corolla are not complete unless we have at least one dinner at North Banks. This time our meal consisted of an assortment of delicious seafood appetizers. Scallop skewers, tuna bites, crab grenades -- all so fresh! And, the sauces and...More ... read more
SamNClyde via tripadvisor.com - Sep 19, 2017
Decent place very small DO NOT ...
Decent place very small DO NOT go if you have a large party! We went for lunch here and it was ok service. We felt like we where back burner to our server and the food was ok. Not the first place I will recommend.
Ashley C. via yelp.com - Sep 18, 2017
Delicious food
Great food for the lazy day lunching out type of meal. Loved the calamari! This is a casual diner that does a great job at incorporating a bit of heaven into the meal.
Monica S via tripadvisor.com - Sep 16, 2017
We came here the day before we ...
We came here the day before we were leaving OBX, and we regret not coming here the first day we came! Delicious food. Appetizer, fried calamari, the waitress brought out extra marinara sauce for us. Our 16 month old was getting restless and she brought out her pasta asap to keep her happy. Pulled park sandwich was delicious, along wi ... read more
Nikki V. via yelp.com - Sep 16, 2017
Awesome fresh fish
My husband had the crab cakes and I had the rockfish special. Both were amazing. Also had great service! Best dinner in OBX ... read more
shana52003 via tripadvisor.com - Sep 14, 2017
Great little local spot!
Atmosphere, service, and food was amazing. I loved the stainless steel tables and mosaic mural walls! Our server was excellent and very helpful. We ordered beer, wine, daily specials, and menu favorites, including shrimp/andouille soup, coconut shrimp, and chipotle crab dip. Our kids enjoyed the...More ... read more
bneverha via tripadvisor.com - Sep 14, 2017
Good food.  Good service.  Their ...
Good food.  Good service.  Their oysters and crab cake were great.  Their calamari had a bit too much batter.  I would go back again if I lived around here.  We are in the area for a wedding.
Negar J. via yelp.com - Sep 14, 2017
Best dinner in Corolla... husband ...
Best dinner in Corolla... husband had the crab cakes and I had the rockfish which were both excellent. Also excellent service!
Shana L. via yelp.com - Sep 14, 2017
Great Lunch!
Stopped in here while doing some shopping in the plaza. It was very good. I had the BBQ pork sandwich with fries and loved it. Service was great as well. Would be a place I'd go back to again.
ARI924 via tripadvisor.com - Sep 13, 2017
Good Food, Small Place
Second time eating here in two years. Table of four seated immediately at 5:15 on a Wednesday. Hush puppies were tasty with a nice jalapeño butter -- good flavor, not just heat. Steamed crab cake tasted wonderful and had virtually no filler. Companion's ribs were...More ... read more
ShenValVATraveler via tripadvisor.com - Sep 13, 2017
Nice
My wife and I are in the area on vacation and stopped by for lunch. It was a nice meal, but nothing fantastic. Our server was great and made the visit better with his knowledge. My wife had a chicken dish and was pleased. I...More ... read more
Tom S via tripadvisor.com - Sep 13, 2017
Dinner for four
Busy fish restaurant in Corolla. Our first visit but family here every year for the crab grenades which have to say where very good. Service great, waiter very knowledgeable and friendly. We sat in small alcove, if we returned would ask to sit in main...More ... read more
TNT6264 via tripadvisor.com - Sep 12, 2017
We had great service, really good cocktails, and the food was excellent ... read more
Cheryl Daugherty via google.com - Sep 12, 2017
Lunch
Fresh oysters, nice menu, great drinks. She absolutely loved her bloody Mary, I had a local draft. Clean place, nice atmosphere, relaxing. We really enjoyed it.
greg b via tripadvisor.com - Sep 11, 2017
Great crab cakes.
Joseph Cordaro via google.com - Sep 11, 2017
My family and I went to dinner here last night. There are 10 of us total, 2 are kids under 5. My husband and I went ahead of the rest to put our name in. We had a 45 minute wait which is completely normal for a large party. We were able to give them our number so we could walk around and shop while we waited for our table. The restau ... read more
Katie Fling via google.com - Sep 9, 2017
on the more expensive side but ...
on the more expensive side but definitely worth it!!! i had the seafood pasta and it was amazing ... read more
Angie Z. via yelp.com - Sep 8, 2017
Great service, great seafood
Make sure you get there early--it's popular! The restaurant is small but the portions aren't. We had fish and crab cake appetizer. Excellent!
John P via tripadvisor.com - Sep 7, 2017
Great Food...Great Service
It is a small place, does not take reservations, but worth going. Excellent raw bar, impressive Twin Maine Lobster Tail entrée Can be a little loud, but staff keeps you comfortable ... read more
Kevin072651 via tripadvisor.com - Sep 6, 2017
Amazing food! Good oysters and ...
Amazing food! Good oysters and great service. We got a ton of apps and our meals were impeccable.
Jill R. via yelp.com - Sep 6, 2017
Good ribs and lumpy crab cakes
Quick and friendly service and since it was only 2 of us, no wait for a table. I ordered the ribs and fries lunch and my husband ordered the crab cake sandwich. My ribs were tasty and moist, my fries slightly crispy. Husbands crab cake...More ... read more
Just_a_normal_mom via tripadvisor.com - Sep 4, 2017
Amazing food great server...couldn't be happier ... read more
Jennifer Roland via google.com - Sep 3, 2017
Reliable Lunch Spot
We have been coming to OBX almost 30 years. Northbanks remains one of the reliable eating spots up Corolla way. Great oysters.
stevesottl via tripadvisor.com - Sep 1, 2017
Nice restaurant
This restaurant offers very tasty food that is fairly priced. My shrimp pasta was delicious and my friend had very good fried shrimp. Would recommend it, no doubt.
DameDeBronze via tripadvisor.com - Aug 30, 2017
Felt Hometown Not Tourist
To show my gratitude to the family we vacationed with in the Outer Banks, I wanted to surprise them with a dinner out, and not just another dinner out. To my dismay, most places were so busy, and really no surprise, including North Banks Restaurant....More ... read more
tardito402 via tripadvisor.com - Aug 30, 2017
We had an awesome time sitting ...
We had an awesome time sitting at the bar, eating great food, drinking killer margaritas and visiting with the crew. We had ridden our bikes at dusk and realized it was going to be harrowing ride trying to get back 3 miles north to our hotel on HWY 12. Brady our barkeep told us how to use side roads home. Thank you very much for a gr ... read more
Thomas L. via yelp.com - Aug 26, 2017
I loved this place. The food was very fresh and fast service. My husband order the crab legs and I order the oysters. It was yummy. We paid $20 for 12 oysters and it was well paid. I will definitely be back.
Miyali Payán via google.com - Aug 24, 2017
Great food and friendly staff.
This was our first eating stop in the OBX area. Great food provided quickly. Attentive staff. My only complaint is the labyrinthine quest to get to the restrooms.
Rory B via tripadvisor.com - Aug 23, 2017
good local seafood. and service ...
good local seafood. and service was great. but, it is a very small restaurant.  not much room.  need a bigger space.
J P. via yelp.com - Aug 22, 2017
Awesome food, nice place ... read more
Matt Sanford via google.com - Aug 20, 2017
The food was AMAZING!!!! My husband ...
The food was AMAZING!!!! My husband and I ate at the bar, and our food and service were wonderful. I will definitely be dining here the next time we visit the OBX!
Michelle J. via yelp.com - Aug 17, 2017
Best seafood yet, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina
We just returned from the North Banks Restaurant and had a five star meal with a great server named Jordon. The food was excellent with a large portion for a reasonable price in a tourist town.
DickSantaFe via tripadvisor.com - Aug 16, 2017
great food!
great food and great service. would recommend. local seafood. and for non seafood lovers something for them. small restaurant, but would recommend.
juicee000 via tripadvisor.com - Aug 14, 2017
Great staff - speedy and super friendly. Great food.
Grim Rogue via google.com - Aug 14, 2017
The wait for your table will be ...
The wait for your table will be long, but the food is so worth it.  We were staying in corolla and loved this place so much we spent two evenings eating here.  The clam chowder is awesome and the soup of the day never disappoints!!
C J. via yelp.com - Aug 14, 2017
North banks is a very small restaurant ...
North banks is a very small restaurant in a shopping complex that opens for dinner at 5 pm. We arrived at 515 with a group of 10 and were told there was already an hour and fifteen minute wait. Seeing as they had only been open for 15 minutes, the wait time was shocking, but we had a couple cocktails in the lounge while we waited.  O ... read more
Stephanie Y. via yelp.com - Aug 12, 2017
Good meal, attentive aervice
North banks is a very small restaurant in a shopping complex and opens for dinner at 5 pm. We arrived at 515 with a group of 10 and were told there was an hour and fifteen minute wait. Seeing as they had only been open...More ... read more
Stephanie D via tripadvisor.com - Aug 11, 2017
The steak and crab legs were excellent ...
The steak and crab legs were excellent. The sides were good too. Not cheap, but I'd rather pay a little more and get great food and service. It's a small place though so the wait for a table is long.
Andrew N. via yelp.com - Aug 11, 2017
Regional Manager
My family has been coming to this restaurant for the pat 14 years and it has never disappointed. We went this simmer and six of us had excellent meals. The waitstaff has always been very accommodating and helpful. Can't wait to go back ... read more
Mark W via tripadvisor.com - Aug 10, 2017
late light lunch
We stopped here on our first day having just driven up island. We wanted something light before we could check into our rental. This is a small establishment with limited table seating and a good size bar. We choose to sit at the bar to...More ... read more
akonicki via tripadvisor.com - Aug 8, 2017
Ate here twice in three days. The ...
Ate here twice in three days. The raw oysters are amazing. The soups are also quite good, although on the second visit someone in the kitchen was quite heavy handed with the thyme in the chowder. We had to wait a while to get a table but it is very much worth it.
Nicholas W. via yelp.com - Aug 6, 2017
Their fresh catch of the day is always great. Don't bother ordering it as a sandwich, the buns take away the flavor. You'd be missing out if you didn't try the crab cakes as well!
Nathan Solak via google.com - Aug 5, 2017
Tasty Tuna & hushpuppies
Recommended by our hotel front desk we made a beeline Sunday evening for the restaurant to find a 2-hr wait (they have 11 tables). The extremely friendly host offered up an alternate place with faster seating, which we did, but promised to return another night,...More ... read more
Jon M via tripadvisor.com - Aug 4, 2017
Outstanding Seafood
This is an old standby for us! Great food well prepared by Kenny et al and an outstanding wait staff! No reservations but you can wait in the lounge- a new and welcome addition with good small plates . Open nearly all year round. Good...More ... read more
BobS S via tripadvisor.com - Aug 4, 2017
Always a favorite restaurant in Corolla, Outer Banks. Great food!
Brett Lewis via google.com - Aug 2, 2017
Fantastic seafood platter! Don't Miss it!
Went there when we found our the highly rated Outer Banks Boil is NOT a restaurant but a place you carry out seafood to cook at home. Sat at the bar for immediate seating on a Tuesday night since the secret must be out in...More ... read more
Prudence J via tripadvisor.com - Aug 1, 2017
We've eaten here twice now. The ...
We've eaten here twice now. The crab cakes and bouillabaisse were amazing! A little expensive but worth it. The service was great as well. We can't wait to go back.
Devon B. via yelp.com - Aug 1, 2017
Great Food!
Food and service were really good! We had an hour wait, but with all the shops around that was no problem. I had the local yellowfin tuna and it was absolutely delicious! Also tried the local white wine and it was really good.
travelgeek213 via tripadvisor.com - Jul 30, 2017
Tasty food at a middle price (5 adults, 2 children $130). Busy during lunch but the service was good. Small, But bustling . Parking is bad, delivery trucks just stopped in the road creating bad bottle necks. ... read more
Douglas Ziemer via google.com - Jul 28, 2017
Good raw oysters
We sat at the bar and had local raw oysters. Bartenders were friendly and atmosphere was nice. Beer selection was okay.
MzJAJ via tripadvisor.com - Jul 20, 2017
Tasty apps and meals
We stopped in for quick meal. We had a short wait then were seated in a small but nice looking restaurant. We found a decent selection of draft beers. Our favorite appetizer was the tuna bites. The crab grenades were a little too much breading...More ... read more
Bonj2015 via tripadvisor.com - Jul 18, 2017
Excellent! We came for lunch had a decent wait however everything our party of 9 got was delicious! Their chicken was amazingly tasty and tender. Others loved the house oysters, burger and the Tuna bites were considered to be the best they have ever had! We hope to dine there again before we leave Duck.
Rachel N via google.com - Jul 18, 2017
Had a party of 8 for dinner on ...
Had a party of 8 for dinner on a Sunday night. Arrived at 5 but had to wait for an hour and a half. Sat at the lounge and sampled their great selection of beer. WELL WORTH THE WAIT! Tuna bites app, crab dip and hush puppies (w/jalapeño butter) were all fantastic along with the warm buns. The seafood pasta is mouthwatering. We will be ... read more
Kelly K. via yelp.com - Jul 17, 2017
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