The Crystal Coast’s most delicious dining destination

Food and drink make up a big part of Beaufort. You don’t have to go far in any direction to find amazing chefs, locally-sourced meals, and great restaurants. You’ll discover a variety of restaurants serving up dishes both traditional and creative cuisine, from North Carolina seafood and barbecue to classic bistro fare. Many local restaurants feature North Carolina craft beers and wines. There are family-friendly eateries, pubs, and romantic gourmet destinations, many with history and stories as delicious as the food.

So, it’s no wonder Beaufort is home to one of the most well-known food festivals in the country with Beaufort Wine & Food. The non-profit organization serves up several year-round events to benefit of Carteret County charities. 

With a wealth of independently-owned restaurants, Beaufort is a place where cravings can be satisfied many times over and where new experiences can be found. Discover the freshest seasonal ingredients as you savor our local flavors from “farm to table” and “dock to dish.” Be inspired!  Be in Beaufort.

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FOOD & DRINK

Looking for fresh seafood, a family-friendly restaurant, or a romantic dinner for two? With our extensive restaurant guide, you’ll learn everything you need to know about where to dine in Beaufort. Search our directory of many chef or family-owned and managed restaurants that bring you an exceptional dining experience. Named the “Best Small Town for Adventure” by Southern Living, Beaufort offers everything from upscale dining to pubs and outdoor cafés to make your next culinary adventure on the Crystal Coast a memorable dining experience.

Restaurant Guide

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FOOD TOURS

You’ll nosh and sip your way through Beaufort’s 300 years of history as you enjoy a culinary tour that includes an appetizer, entrée, and dessert. On Sundays, enjoy a signature brunch tour by bike or foot to Beaufort Grocery Company. Award-winning tours operate year-round. Walking tours are offered rain or shine! Four-person minimum. Hungry Town Tours is rated #1 Year-round Activity on the Crystal Coast – Tripadvsor.com. Very limited availability due to restaurant schedules and staffing. Call for dates and times at 252-648-1011 from 8 am – 7 pm.

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SPECIALTY SHOPS

Learn where to go to find delicious gourmet products and unique gift items for the food lover & fanatic. Kitchenthusiasts will score new finds at a chef-inspired kitchen store stocked with hard-to-find gadgets and other culinary wares. Discover an assortment of culinary-themed goodies made in Beaufort from homemade cheese straws to Beaufort’s own chocolate bar. Distinctive wine shops offer a variety of wines and gifts that will satisfy the wine enthusiasts. Cookies, éclairs, chocolate silk pie, coconut pie and carrot cake are hard to resist from a chef-owned bakery.

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LOCAL SEAFOOD

While most of the seafood consumed in the United States is imported from other countries, you’ll have the opportunity to try fresh seasonal fish from right here in Carteret County. Whether you’re dining in a local restaurant or selecting fish to take home, please support our local commercial fishermen by eating “local” seafood. Learn about Carteret Catch, a joint venture between the county’s commercial fishing industry and local restaurants. Participate in an award-winning, community supported fishery (CSF) program that connects local fishermen to Raleigh and Durham.

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UNIQUE VENUES

Unique venues in Beaufort bring together one-of-a-kind events for groups looking for something new. Find the perfect event space that allows you to be creative for meetings, conferences and special events. Choose a unique and unforgettable venue that’s entirely outside the ordinary to instantly set the scene for a wedding that your guests will never forget. Beaufort offers some great venues both on land and on the water. You’ll discover some very unique and historical venues that will intrigue and excite your guests. These venues will provide you with special memories.

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BITS & BITES

Our Beaufort Food & Drink blog will provide you with interesting articles and more in-depth information on signature events, restaurants, and off-season promotions We’ll feature seasonal dishes, and tips from locals that will help create your food travel itineray. We’ll provide you with some flavorful dining articles so you can build your “bucket list” of dining options during your day trip, weekend getaway, or Crystal Coast vacation. You’ll find these local events, featured restaurants, and articles interesting and worthwhile.

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BEAUFORT WINE & FOOD

Beaufort Wine & Food is a non-profit organization serves up several year-round events to benefit of Carteret County charities. The highlight is the annual Beaufort Wine & Food Weekend in April (yes, the weekend runs for five days). Guest chefs are paired with local chefs for creative wine dinners and tastings, an amazing champagne brunch, and a grand reserve auction. The event culminates with their popular Vin de Mer Epicurean Village.  The annual Beaufort Wine & Food Weekend returns April 27 – May 1, 2022.

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OLDE BEAUFORT FARMERS’ MARKET

the Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market provides Beaufort and the surrounding communities a marketplace for local foods, arts, crafts, and information. Local farmers, food producers, craftsmen, and artists proudly sell their food and art that has been raised, created, and produced locally and by hand. You’ll find fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, seafood, baked goods, plants, coffee, meats, and more. The market takes place under the live oak trees at the Carteret County Courthouse. The 2022 market season opens April 16th.

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THE NEW ETIQUETTE. BE KIND. 

Be the change. Now is the time when we need to support each other in any way we can. And that includes supporting our local restaurants and bars. Please be kind to servers. They are working extremely hard to provide you with the best culinary experiences possible. Sure, maybe now and again there will be mistakes. We’re all human. But, treating everyone with kindness and respect is more important now than ever. You have the opportunity to make a lasting impression. Be Kind. Together, We Can Make Things OK. 

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