Though not too fancy, Captain’s Choice Restaurant has a glowing reputation, and is a fine tribute to the Down East local seafood and southern hospitality. Located in the heart of Harkers Island, and a favorite post-beach spot for visitors who are returning from the Cape Lookout Lighthouse, Captain’s Choice will impress newcomers with a long menu and plenty of flavor.

Open for breakfast on the weekends, and lunch and dinner the rest of the week, the restaurant’s main menu shines a spotlight on seafood of veritably every variety. While there’s certainly options for the non-seafood fans, like sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, salads, steaks and even traditional favorites like pork chops, grilled ham steak and fried chicken, seafood is the star of the show. Diners can opt for surf and turf combos, to enjoy the best of the land and sea, enjoy combination platters of bay scallops, flounder, crab cakes, deviled crabs, and other local delicacies, or opt for one of the house specialties, like the stuffed shrimp or flounder, shrimp creole, or soft shell crabs. Desserts are also available, and a salad bar is on-site for dine-in patrons.

Always tasty, with nice big helpings that will satisfy a post-beach appetite, Captain’s Choice Restaurant is a little gem in the coastal community of Harkers Island.

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Harkers Island
*Off-season hours may vary*
Call (252) 728-7122 for current hours.
  • Tuesday10:00am-9:00pm
  • Wednesday10:00am-9:00pm
  • Thursday10:00am-9:00pm
  • Friday7:00am-9:00pm
  • Saturday7:00am-9:00pm
  • Sunday7:00am-9:00pm
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