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The Crystal Coast’s most delicious dining destination

With a long history of world-class fishing, North Carolina’s Crystal Coast is famous for its local seafood. Certainly, Beaufort is no exception. But, the sea is only where our cuisine starts in our historic seaport.

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. The highlight is the annual Beaufort Wine & Food Weekend in April (yes, the weekend runs for five days). Named a “Top 20 Event in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society, 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.

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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RESTAURANTS & BARS

Looking for fresh seafood, a family-friendly restaurant, or a romantic dinner for two? With our restaurant guide, you’ll learn everything you need to know about where to dine in “America’s Favorite Town.” We have assembled the most extensive restaurant guide for dining in Beaufort. You can search our complete directory of the many chef or family-owned and managed restaurants that bring to you an exceptional dining experience. From upscale dining to pubs and outdoor cafés, you’ll find the best restaurant that will make your getaway, overnight, or Crystal Coast vacation 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 make five culinary stops including three restaurants, a wine tasting, and olive oil pairings at a chef-inspired kitchen store. The tour is built around a three-course progressive dining experience to include appetizer, entrée, and dessert. All culinary stops are within proximity to each other. On Sundays, enjoy a signature brunch tour by bike or foot to Beaufort Grocery Company. These award-winning tours operate year-round. Walking tours are offered rain or shine! Hungry Town Tours is rated #1 Year-round Activity on the Crystal Coast – TripAdvsor.com.

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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 fudge 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 family-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 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 where they’ll deliver fresh local fish to you.

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VENUES

Unique venues in Beaufort bring together one-of-a-kind events for groups looking for something new. Find the perfect meeting 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. Most importantly, these venues will make your memories special.

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BITS & BITES

Be sure to check out our Beaufort Food & Drink blog. You’ll find interesting articles and more in-depth information on signature events, restaurants, and off-season promotions. Be sure to check out “Bits & Bites.” We’ll provide you with some flavorful dining reviews so you can build your “bucket list” of dining options during your day trip, weekend getaway, or Crystal Coast vacation. If it’s your first visit to Beaufort or a returning getaway, you’ll find these reviews, featured restaurants, and articles interesting and worthwhile.

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EVENTS GUIDE

Looking for what’s going on in Beaufort? You’ve come to the right place. With our Events Calendar, you’ll learn everything you need to know about what’s happening in “America’s Favorite Town.” Designed for smartphone use, you’ll find our Events Calendar is an easy reference for everything from culinary events and food tours, to wine tastings and where to enjoy a craft beers. We’ll even tell you what’s going on for live entertainment and music. Everything you need to know will be in one convenient place – on your smartphone or desktop computer! Image: Beaufort’s Brewin’ Craft Beer Festival by Dylan Ray Photos.

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STAY CONNECTED

Don’t miss the boat! Stay connected with “America’s Favorite Town” so you’ll be up-to-date on the events, activities, and things to do throughout the year in Beaufort, North Carolina. It’s as easy as logging onto your desktop computer and adding us to your “Favorites.” On your mobile device, be sure to add our Events Calendar to your home screen for easy access on your smartphone!

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