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Gulfstream Restaurant

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Gulfstream is located by the yacht basin and charter fishing boat marina at Carolina Beach. It’s the perfect spot for both local fishermen and beach vacationers to dine side by side in this casual restaurant. In addition to a wide range of seafood entrees, we suggest also trying the daily specials, including meatloaf, pastas, and fried chicken.

Website: http://www.gulfstreamrestaurantnc.com/index.html


Hurricane Alley’s


If you’re looking for a fun rooftop experience, Hurricane Alley’s is the place for you. Offering steam pots, crab legs, grilled sandwiches, and 18 beers on tap, we won’t be surprised if you want to hang out here all afternoon! With views of the Carolina Beach Boardwalk and live music every weekend during the summer months, this is an absolute favorite local spot.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/HurricaneAlleysCB/


Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar


Overlooking the Atlantic, the Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar offers a mix of fresh, coastal delicacies and a casual beachfront bar scene. Enjoy panoramic views of the shoreline upstairs, or sit back and enjoy the sea breeze from the downstairs patio and dining area. Either way, this is a great place to hang out and enjoy a good meal or drink after a day at the beach.

Website: http://www.oceangrilltiki.com/index.php


Bowman’s Seafood Restaurant


Serving the finest Carolina Beach cuisine “calabash style,” Bowman’s offers a great selection of shrimp, oysters, flounder, deviled crab, clam strips, and of course, hushpuppies! It also serves mouthwatering steaks and pulled pork for those who want to try something different. Come by in the afternoon for one of the daily lunch specials, or drop by in the evening and warm up with a homemade soup.

Website: https://www.bowmansseafoodrestaurant.com/


Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar

Named one of the “Best Seafood Dives in America” by Coastal Living magazine, the Shuckin’ Shack is the perfect place for all ages. Dine inside or outside and enjoy fresh oysters, shrimp, crab legs, and a signature drink to wash it all down. Whether you’re here with friends or family, this no-frills atmosphere oyster bar is the perfect place to relax and indulge.

Website: http://www.theshuckinshack.com/


Gibby’s Dock and & Dine

Located on the Intracoastal Waterway, Gibby’s is known for its harbor views, ocean breezes, and great food. Set in a casual, yet classic diner environment, visitors can choose to sit at a table, booth, or right at the kitchen counter. Offering a covered deck for outdoor seating and live music at night, Gibby’s is a fun spot you must make time for during your stay at Carolina Beach!

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Gibbys-Dock-Dine-592391074121910/

Britt’s Donut Shop

You cannot leave Carolina Beach until you’ve tried a donut from Britt’s! Frequently making it to the top 10 national donut shop lists and operating for almost 80 years, Britt’s may be the best donut shop in North Carolina! Located conveniently on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, locals and tourists alike flock to Britt’s to sink their teeth into the signature glazed donuts.

Website: https://www.brittsdonutshop.com/


Squigley’s Ice Cream & Treats

Proudly serving Carolina Beach for almost 25 years, Squiqley’s eye-catching pink and white ice cream parlor is a must when vacationing at our coastal town. It’s known for the trademark treat, the Squigley®, which starts with a base of real vanilla ice cream from cow cream, followed by two or three toppings from a list of fruits, candies, and baked goods to be “Squiggled” into a custom flavor of ice cream using Squigley® machines. After buying their ice cream, visitors can venture upstairs to check out the parlor’s one-of-a-kind gift shop. 

Website: https://squigleysicecream.com/