Manteo



About Manteo

The town of Manteo wraps around Shallowbag Bay on the eastern side of Roanoke Island, part of North Carolina's Outer Banks. Named the seat of government for Dare County in 1870, this waterfront community incorporated in 1899. In those early days, every store lining the waterfront had two doors - one for those coming by boat, and the other for those coming from the courthouse or one of the inns on Water Street. Manteo is home to more Bed and Breakfasts than any other Outer Banks town.

Today, county business still brings people to the charming downtown streets, as do the many reminders of the island's unique history, including the representative 16th century ship Elizabeth II at Roanoke Island Festival Park, and the George Washington Creef Boathous and Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, part of the Roanoke Island Maritime Center. Each summer, Manteo welcomes singers, dancers and actors back to Waterside Theatre, where they perform the nation's oldest outdoor symphonic drama, The Lost Colony.

Weather is always a topic on an island, and in Manteo, the day's weather report takes the form of signal flags flying from a restored US Weather Bureau tower.

No matter the weather, there's always something different to do in Manteo, and another reason to return. Maybe there's a concert or art show or nature program that brings you back. First Fridays, Dare Day, July 4, Virginia Dare's Birthday, Halloween and Christmas are special times in the town for residents and visitors alike. For more information visit the town website townofmanteo.com

Roanoke Island is home to Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, famed site of the first English Colony in the New World. You can still walk the grounds where Queen Elizabeth I established a lone military outpost in 1585 for raiding Spanish ships laden with Aztec gold. In 1587, just over 110 men, women and children sailed to the Outer Banks to scratch out a new life in an unexplored land. All that remains is their earthen fort that is still available to the public today. No one ever saw them again. 20 years later, the English would claim a stake in the New World again, at Jamestown.

Roanoke Island is home to the Freedmen's Colony, a place of safe haven during the Civil War where African-Americans could escape slavery if they could just make it across the Roanoke and Croatan Sounds. A marker located at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site recounts their humble beginnings. Freedman's Colony is an official honorary stop along the Underground Railroad.

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, and the Elizabethan Gardens are two popular attractions located on the north side of the island. The Aquarium has a 1/3 scale replica of the U.S.S. Monitor as the centerpiece for their Graveyard of the Atlantic tank, patrolled by sand tiger sharks, barracuda, and other fish found along offshore reefs. Elizbethan Gardens is home to an English pleasure garden, exquisite statuary, and a walking trail that takes you into a world of rare roses, tea shrubs, and a cornucopia of camellias and azaleas.



Manteo with its waterfront/downtown area is an attraction in itself, with shops, art galleries, eateries, a lighthouse, a waterfront boardwalk and boats sitting in the harbor of Shallowbag Bay. The Manteo historic district is full of restored homes and inns that make for great sightseeing or overnight stays. It is perfect for exploring on foot or by bicycle. Park the car and walk around; the town is quite pedestrian friendly.

Seldom will you find so many things to do and so close to homeport. On the island you'll find Roanoke Island Festival Park, the Elizabethan Gardens, The North Carolina Aquarium, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Waterside Theater- Home of the Lost Colony & the Island Farm. Off island, and all within an hour's drive, are Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, Somerset Plantation, the Wright Brothers Memorial, Currituck Beach Lighthouse & three other Lighthouses.

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Manteo Restaurants

Restaurants accept credit cards and are handicapped accessible, unless otherwise noted. Website addresses, email addresses and phone numbers are subject to change. Restaurants listed are open year-round unless otherwise noted. Smoking is prohibited in all enclosed areas of restaurants and bars.

Locally caught seafood changes seasonally, please check with the individual restaurants to find out what is in-season.


Full Moon Café & Grille

Lunch, Dinner
Best steaks and seafood in town. Local favorites: Lump crab cakes, eggplant napoleon, shrimp & crab augratin. Homemade quiche and pasta specials daily. Outdoor seating. Pets welcome outside.

Downtown Manteo
(252) 473-6666
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Big Al's Soda Fountain & Grill

Open March - November
Lunch, Dinner
Fifty's theme featuring blue plate specials, fresh local seafood, burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches and soda fountain. Beer and wine available.
Serving Local North Carolina Seafood

US 64/264, Manteo
(252) 473-5570
Website



Pizza Hut

Lunch, Dinner
Pizza, wings, pasta, salad bar, appetizers and sandwiches. Also in Kill Devil Hills.

US 64/264, Manteo
(252) 473-1945



1587 Restaurant

Dinner
Upscale gourmet cuisine with global and American influences. Bar. Reservations recommended.

Queen Elizabeth Street, Waterfront, Manteo
(252) 473-1587
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Garden Deli & Pizzeria

Lunch, Dinner
Deli subs, salads, pizza and desserts. Homemade bread.

US 64/264, Manteo
(252) 473-6888



Poor Richard's Sandwich Shop & Pub

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cold and grilled sandwiches, homemade soups, variety of salads. Beer and wine selection. Entertainment Thursday - Saturday at 8 p.m.

Waterfront, Manteo
(252) 473-3333
Website



Stripers Bar and Grille

Lunch, Dinner, Sunday Brunch
All housemade soups, sauces, desserts, fresh seafood, USDA beef and pasta. Kids menu. Three levels of seating overlooking Shallowbag Bay. Reservations recommended.
Serving Local North Carolina Seafood

Manteo
(252) 473-3222
Website



The Coffee House on Roanoke Island

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ice cream, milkshakes, fresh baked pastries and breads, cakes, bagels, cereals, smoothies, specialty coffees and loose teas/chai.
Getaway Card Accepted


Downtown Manteo
(252) 475-1295



Magnolia Grille

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Seafood, quesadillas, homemade soups, specialty salads, sandwiches and more. Kids menu. Outdoor seating available.

Downtown Manteo
(252) 475-9787



McDonalds

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Fast Food. Burgers, french fries, chicken, milkshakes. Also located in Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills.

US 64/264 Manteo
(252) 473-5737



Mimi's Tiki Hut

Open May - September
Offering a wide selection of beer and wine along with light snacks. Open noon - 8 p.m. Live entertainment.

2000 Sailfish Drive, Pirates Cove Marina, Manteo
(252) 473-3906, (800) 367-4728
Website



Ortega'z

Lunch, Dinner
Southwestern fusion cuisine, made fresh daily. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Prices $6 - $22.

Sir Walter Raleigh Street, Manteo
(252) 473-5911
Website



Front Porch Cafe Front Porch Café

Open at 6 a.m. Evening hours in-season. Traditional coffee house offering a wide assortment of fresh baked goods. Also located in Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head.

US 64/264, Manteo
(252) 473-3160
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Darrell's Seafood Restaurant

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Casual dining, fresh local seafood, homemade BBQ, chicken, steaks, soups, salads and sandwiches. Daily lunch and dinner specials.
Serving Local North Carolina Seafood

US 64/264, Manteo
(252) 473-5366
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Subway

Lunch, Dinner
Sub sandwiches served on fresh bread, wraps, salads, fresh cookies and delicious ice cream.

US 64/264, Chesley Mall, Manteo
(252) 473-4544



T.L.'s Country Kitchen

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Country cooking, local seafood and steaks.
Serving Local North Carolina Seafood

US 64/264, Manteo
(252) 473-3489



The Hungry Pelican

Memorial Day - Labor Day (dinner)
Lunch, Dinner
Waterfront deli. Open year round for lunch.
Getaway Card Accepted

Waterfront Shops, Manteo
(252) 473-9441



Adrianna's Restaurant

Dinner
Utilizing fresh ingredients, local seafood and natural proteins.

207 Queen Elizabeth Street, Manteo
(252) 473-4800
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Bed & Breakfast Inns

The White Doe Inn Bed & Breakfast                                                                                                     

Rates: Call for rates
Units: 8 rooms
Amenities: Spacious luxurious rooms offering gas fireplaces, queen or king beds, private baths, tv/dvd players, and WIFI throughout the inn. Balcony and whirlpool rooms are available, all rooms are smoke free. We serve a full four-course breakfast each morning, afternoon refreshments and evening sherry. In-room Spa Services available. Only two blocks walk to the Manteo Waterfront where you can enjoy shopping, fine dining and more.                                      

Manteo
(800) 473-6091, (252) 473-9851
Website
White Doe Inn Reservations

 

 

Scarborough Inn

Rates: Call for rates
Units: 14 rooms
Amenities: Refrigerator, Microwave, Coffee Maker, Continental Breakfast, Non-Smoking Rooms, Handicap Accessible, Internet Access. Rooms furnished with antiques and collectibles. All rooms feature private bath, tv, telephone and air conditioning.

Manteo
(252) 473-3979
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Tranquil House Inn

Rates: Call for rates
Units: 25 rooms
Amenities: Continental Breakfast, Non-Smoking Rooms, Restaurant on-site, Evening wine/cheese, Handicap Accessible.

Waterfront, Manteo
(800) 458-7069, (252) 473-1404
Website

 

OUTER BANKS BLISS 

Anyone who has spent time in the outer banks knows that pure relaxation on the beach with your feet in the sand, smelling the salt air, and hearing the waves crash is what the Outer banks is all about!

With an abundance of vacation rentals to chose from there are a lot of lodging options near the beach. But if you are looking for romance and the chance to get away from some of the summer crowds you will want to try the Roanoke Island Inn, an historic bed and breakfast located in Manteo on Roanoke Island.

At the Roanoke Island Inn the staff strives to maintain your privacy, only interacting as needed to make your stay comfortable. Your initial exposure to the Inn begins as you cross under the brick archway that supports an upper level open air sitting area. As you enter the Inn your eyes are immediately drawn to the frescoed ceiling of the sitting room which is well appointed with antiques, books, games, and the Inn Keepers pantry.

The pantry is open 24 hours a day where quests can come and grab snacks and refreshments as needed. A continental breakfast is also served in the morning for quests to serve themselves as the please. The well decorated rooms with comfortable king beds are quiet and romantic. The room we stayed in had hardwood floors, antique furniture including the 4-poster shaker style bed, and a well appointed private bath. The Inn built in the 1860's offers bikes for riding around the quant town of Manteo and the rest of Roanoke Island. The 2nd floor porch is a great place to sit with coffee, wine or breakfast overlooking the Manteo waterfront and the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse.

The inn is located at 305 Fernando Street, and you can contact them at (252) 473-5511, or visit their website at www.roanokeislandinn.com.

Within walking distance of the Inn are quant shops, coffee houses, and several restaurants including the fantastic 1587 Restaurant located on the Manteo waterfront inside the Tranquil House Inn hotel. Make sure to order the 1587 house salad with champagne vinaigrette dressing, any of their great seafood offerings, and save room for one of their succulent desserts. Have a great dinner here and watch the sail boats and the sunset! You can see the menu on line and get additional information at www.tranquilhouseinn.com.

As you travel back across the cause way that connects Roanoke island with the Outer Banks take the time to stop at Hurricane Mo's located on the 2nd floor above the ships store in the Pirates Cove complex. This is a nice place to stop for good clam chowder, steamed spiced shrimp, and a couple of Coronas!

If it is wine you are interested in there are two very good wine bars. The Flying Fish Cafe (252 441-6894) located on the Rt 158 bypass road at mile post 10 in Kill Devil Hills offers over 40 wines by the glass, and the Ocean Boulevard Bistro another excellent choice is located on the Beach Road. Both of these establishments carry a nice selection of wines by the glass with selections from Chile, Argentina, Australia, Italy, France, South Africa, and the US. 

 

Enjoy Wine at the Beach!

Relaxing on the water front deck at the Tranquil House Inn.


Twilight over the Sound in Manteo

Roanoke Island Inn


The Tranquil House Inn and 1587 Restaurant in the Town of Manteo on Roanoke Island

View of the marina from the deck at the Tranquil House Inn

Sunset over the Outer Banks

The Roanoke Island Inn

 


View of Waterfront from Roanoke Island Inn

 

Roanoke Island Inn

Open April - November
Rates: Call for rates
Units: 8 rooms
Amenities: Refrigerator, Microwave, Coffee Maker, Grills/Picnic Facilities, Recreational Facilities, Continental Breakfast. Rooms with outside entrances.

Waterfront, Manteo
(877) 473-5511, (252) 473-5511
Website

 

  

Scarborough House Inn

Rates: Call for rates
Units: 4 rooms, 1 suite
Amenities: Refrigerator, Microwave, Coffee Maker, Continental Breakfast, Non-Smoking Rooms.

Fernando Street, Manteo
(252) 473-3849
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Cameron House Inn

Rates: Call for rates
Units: 6 rooms
Amenities: Refrigerator, Microwave, Indoor and Outdoor Fireplaces, Coffee Maker, Continental Breakfast, Non-Smoking Facility, Bikes, TV/VCR, Wireless Internet, Large Soaker Tub, Located in the Historic Manteo Waterfront Area and In Walking Distance of Roanoke Island Festival Park, Spa Services. Call for Pet Policy.
Pets Welcome

Budleigh Street, Manteo
(800) 279-8178, (252) 473-6596
Website
Cameron House Inn Reservations

  

 

Clemons Cottage

Rates: Call for rates
Units: 1 cottage with two bedrooms and a full kitchen
Amenities: Refrigerator, Microwave, Coffee Maker, Grills/Picnic Facilities, Non-Smoking Rooms Available, Cooking Facilities, Full Kitchen. Walking distance to Olde Town Manteo, Waterfront and Roanoke Island Festival Park. Call for pet policy.
Pets Welcome

406 Budleigh Street, Manteo
(252) 256-2662
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Outdoors Inn

Rates: Call for rates
Units: 2 rooms
Amenities: Refrigerator, Microwave, Coffee Maker, Full Breakfast, Hot Tub, Non-Smoking Property, Internet Access, Pool.

Manteo
(252) 473-1356
Website
Outdoors Inn Reservations

 

  

Burrus House Inn

Rates: Call for rates
Units: 8 suites
Amenities: Continental Breakfast, Hot Tub, Non-Smoking Rooms, Internet Access, Fireplace/Stoves, Private Decks.

Soundfront, Manteo
(252) 475-1636
Website
Burrus House Inn Reservations

 

 

The Booth House

Rates: Call for rates
Units: 9 rooms
Amenities: Refrigerator, Microwave, Coffee Maker, Cooking Facilities, Non-Smoking Rooms.

Soundfront, Manteo
(252) 305-1205, (252) 473-3515
Website