With summer right around the corner, its time to start thinking about vacation—and what to eat during it! Here are our picks for the best places to get seafood in North Carolina.

Head To these 6 Places For The Best Seafood In North Carolina

1. Bull and Beggar, Asheville

The Bull and the Beggar is a nice taste of ‘European-inspired Appalachian cuisine’. Not sure what that is? It’s a place where you can get a full English breakfast, but also try fresh oysters and clams, or a nice grilled octopus. Be sure to stop in during the raw bar happy hour, which takes place every day from 5-6 p.m., or come in for a nice formal dinner with the family. With such a variety of high-end items, The Bull and the Beggar is quickly becoming a favorite to many local North Carolinians so be sure to make your reservations ahead of time.

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2. Buxton Munch Company, Buxton

For a casual dining experience by the coast, you can head over to Buxton Munch. This small town restaurant is known for serving relaxing vibes and great food to locals for 18 years now, and isn’t planning on stopping anytime soon. With award-winning crab cakes and fish tacos, you’re sure to get your fix of seafood or a nice fish sandwich. You can even order a platter and create your fish taco just how you like it. Don’t want to wait for a while? Order your food to go and enjoy a nice picnic on the beach.

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3. Ceviche’s, Wilmington

Ceviche’s is a Panamanian-inspired seafood restaurant. Named after a popular seafood dish, this restaurant features a variety of different Central American seafood favorites including Calienta Tuna and Tuna Tostada. The service at this restaurant adds to the delicious tastes of the meal. Stop by and enjoy a delicious Latin brunch, or enjoy a quiet dinner with cocktails. Be sure to try your seafood over the coconut rice to send your taste buds into seafood heaven.

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4. The Saltbox Café, Kill Devil Hills

This quaint little restaurant lies right in the heart of Colington Island, and focuses on local seafood, fresh meats and vegetables. They have both indoor and outdoor seating, with the outdoor seating offering you a beautiful view of Colington Creek. Come in and enjoy dinner with the family, stop by for a quick drink at the bar and order takeout or even plan a nice Sunday brunch. Whenever you decide to come by, be sure to try the tuna, mahi or crab, and end your meal with a nice helping of dessert!

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5. Shuckin’ Shack, Carolina Beach

What started as a place for local family dinners quickly grew into a thriving restaurant for friends and family to enjoy great seafood and better cocktails. With beer-cartons for menus, this restaurant serves as a great place for you to relax with the family while you watch the latest sport match on TV, or just enjoy the company of some friends while you take in some local history. Be sure to try the Shuckin’ Shack Surf n’ Turf: oysters, shrimp or crab legs with chicken wings, or opt for some of their other steamed seafood options.

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6. Tortuga’s Lie, Nags Head

In the dunes of the Outer Banks you’ll find Tortuga’s Lie—a nice Caribbean style restaurant serving up some of the best food in the beach area. With everything from grilled yellowfish tuna to a selection of fried dishes, it’s no surprise that this restaurant has gained a lot of media attention, including from Guy Fieri and his hit TV show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”. The menu at Tortuga’s isn’t the only thing that makes it so great—with an aqua-tinted interior, the restaurant is located right next to the beach, so come in and get your food (and maybe one of their famous “Shark Attack” cocktails) and enjoy your meal by the ocean.

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This article was written by Kellyn Nettles.