Black Pelican Restaurant on Diners Drive Ins and Dives

Black Pelican Restaurant in Kitty Hawk, NC

An American restaurateur, author, game show host, and television personality, Guy Fieri is a busy guy. The star of several successful shows on the Food Network, including Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, a TV series where Guy travels from coast to coast in search of good food.

All of the restaurants that he visits during the series must be independent and locally-owned. It isn’t difficult to find a restaurant on the Outer Banks of North Carolina that meets that criteria!

When Guy traveled to the OBX to film a few segments for his hit show, he visited several restaurants on the island. One of the places he visited was The Black Pelican Restaurant in Kitty Hawk.

Chef Jason Smith of The Black Pelican provided The Food Network with one of his favorite recipes to make, Wanchese Fisherman’s Risotto. You can view the recipe and watch a video on how to make the dish by visiting

In addition to The Black Pelican in Kitty Hawk, Guy visited and filmed at these five other locally-owned OBX restaurants: The Outer Banks Brewing Station, Tortugas’ Lie Shellfish Bar & Grill, The Brine & Bottle (unfortunately closed), Ortega’z Southwestern Grill & Wine Bar, The Weeping Radish, and Cravings Steaks & Seafood.

With the added publicity from a nationally televised show, these restaurants have certainly seen an uptick in their business… and for good reason!

More About The Black Pelican Restaurant

From many tables at the restaurant, patrons can enjoy an unobstructed view of the Atlantic Ocean… not many establishments on the Outer Banks can say that!

The building the restaurant is in originally served as historic Lifesaving Station # 6 which was constructed in 1874. Station #6 and its crew served to provide aid for boats and their crews that were stranded along the oceanfront.

In addition to a lifesaving station, the structure also served as an active weather bureau. This might be the most important weather bureau in the world, as the Wright brothers used information garnered by this particular bureau to plan their experimental flights at Kill Devil Hill, several miles south of the building.

The building also served as an active weather bureau. The Wright Brothers used information garnered by the weather bureau to plan their experimental flights. In 1903, after their successful First Flight, the Wright Brothers sent the telegraph announcement from Station # 6.

Open year-round for lunch and dinner, the restaurant’s menu consists of a variety of items including fresh seafood, steaks, vegetarian dishes, sandwiches, and wood oven pizzas. Large parties are welcome here, and their states that they can accommodate parties as large as 22.

Located at milepost 4 between the two main roads in Kitty Hawk!

Black Pelican Oceanfront Restaurant
3848 Virginia Dare Trail North
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
(252) 261-3171

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